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Let There Be Light: Notorious Dark Patch of West Side Greenway Gets Bright

4:37 PM EST on March 1, 2013

New lights on the Hudson River Greenway between 59th and 72nd Streets. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sd/8516807301/##Sebastian Delmont/Flickr##

New lights appeared earlier this week on the Hudson River Greenway between 59th and 72nd Streets, on a notoriously dark stretch beneath an elevated section of the West Side Highway.

Although a few patches remain dark, sources tell us it's a vast improvement. Word is that DOT is responsible for installing these lights, which are a temporary solution until the Parks Department redesigns this area of the park next year. Repeated appeals from local cyclists to the Parks Department to provide this simple safety upgrade were met with surprising apathy in the past. Parks first promised lighting on this stretch of the greenway in 2010, but didn't deliver anything until last year. The new lights seem to be a big step up compared to the old ones.

Streetsblog has checked with DOT and the Parks Department for more information. We'll let you know if we hear an update.

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