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New York City Lighting: The Five Boroughs of Design

Hit the lights New York style

With a city as large and diverse as New York it would be impossible to define it by one style. In fact, it is said that New York is defined by its five boroughs. As varied as the Big City is, the style of each borough is an opportunity to add history, culture, art and design into your home.

The Bronx

Troy Lighting B4762 Street Art 8 Inch Wide Wall Sconce

Troy Lighting Wall Sconce

Most people know it as home to the New York Yankees baseball team and the world famous Bronx Zoo.

Did you know that South Bronx is also the birthplace of hip hop? In the late 1970’s outdoor block parties were all the rage. DJ’s started experimenting with techniques like back breaks and scratching. Along with the hip hop culture came break dancing and a new movement of street art and graffiti.

Paying tribute to this unique and vibrant art form is the Street Art wall sconce by Troy Lighting. The rectangular wall sconce features a curved back panel, drenched in bright colors and curly graffiti. Behind a weathered corrugated shade, two lamps light up the artwork. This graffiti- inspired wall fixture brings a cool vibe to an entryway, powder room or home bar.


Brooklyn is the most culturally and ethnically diverse of the boroughs. Some say walking through its neighborhoods is like a walking tour of the world.

One of those real-life neighborhoods is Coney Island, home to the Cyclone roller coaster and the Boardwalk. The Brooklyn Bridge is a majestic feature of Brooklyn’s skyline and for breathtaking skylines and the best sunsets in New York, nothing comes close to Sunset Park.

Troy Lighting F3546 Hanger 31 15 Inch Wide 1 Light Large Pendant

Troy Lighting Pendant

A mecca for new and veteran artists, Brooklyn’s boutique-lined streets burst with creative energy – with art spaces and galleries around every corner. In the summer, a large open-air market called the Brooklyn Flea features vintage art, clothing and handmade jewelry.

Like the signature landmarks of Brooklyn, the Hangar 31 by Troy Lighting makes its mark with its unique vintage industrial vibe. Showcasing solid brass propeller-like accents, the pendant suspends from a stainless steel aircraft cable. Bundled in threes, these pendant lights are showstoppers in a traditional or farmhouse kitchen.


Sonneman 4291 Chelsea 5 Inch Wide 1 Light Mini Pendant

Sonneman Mini Pendant

Manhattan is the most densely populated of New York’s boroughs. The heart of “the Big Apple”, its landmark sites include the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

Each of its famous neighborhoods has something to offer. Greenwich Village has its poet and music history. SoHo has shed its artsy neighborhood status and has become a shopper’s paradise with designer outposts and luxury boutiques.

The giant digital billboards of Times Square are always good for a high voltage jolt. Or you could trade in that high voltage retail therapy for high-powered lunches in the financial district. Home to the historic Wall Street’s charging bull, the fashion is classic and professional.

Brimming with its own classic appeal, the Chelsea by SONNEMAN is a dressed up industrial design. Suspended from a black silk covered cord, the 1-light pendant showcases an industrial socket with a historic carbon filament lamp covered by a drop glass shade. The Chelsea pendant is equally at home in a Manhattan style loft or urban brownstone.


New York’s image for being a global melting pot rings the truest in this sprawling suburb.

Corbett Lighting 155-33 Muse 18 Inch Wide Semi Flush Mount

Corbett Lighting Semi Flush Mount

All that ethnic diversity makes it a prime location for great food and world class art. It has its own arts district in the Astoria neighborhood that spans 24 blocks. Overlooking the East River is Socrates Sculpture Park with large outdoor exhibitions featuring the work of local and international artists.

Throughout history, artists have had muses. Aptly named, the Muse Semi Flush Mount by Corbett Lighting showcases a unique sculpture-inspired design. Like the delicately curved roofs of a Japanese pagoda, the design features a layered configuration with light emitting between the layers for a decorative light and shadows display. The hand-cut faceted crystal centerpiece creates a prismatic downlight, ideal for a modern dining room, living room or bedroom.

Staten Island

Take the Staten Island Ferry five-mile tour of the harbor and head for New York’s least populated borough.

Hudson Valley 7308 Haverhill 8 Inch Wide 1 Light Mini Pendant

Hudson Valley Mini Pendant

Far from the bustle of the city, this area is home to 170 parks and miles of hiking trails. Take a stroll along the South Beach boardwalk or do some sunbathing on the shoreline. Or spend an afternoon taking in some marine fresh air at the Ocean Breeze fishing pier.

Invite a modern marine look to your favorite spaces with the Haverhill by Hudson Valley. Inspired by vintage nautical lanterns, this mini pendant light showcases a clear glass ribbed shade and cage with a metal-rimmed diffuser plate.

If you’ve just moved into a new neighborhood and plan on making some upgrades to your home’s lighting, you won’t go wrong with this exceptional lineup of artistic and functional light fixtures for every room.

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