Syracuse, New York: Green on Top Traffic Light

Supposedly the only working traffic light in the U.S. with an upside-down color sequence -- a tribute to its Irish neighborhood.
Tompkins St., Syracuse, NY
The West end of Syracuse, NY. Corner of Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue.
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Green on Top Traffic Light.

Green on Top Traffic Light

The upside down traffic light was doing its job while I was filming a recent episode of Exploring The Obscure.

[Tim Martini/Exploring The Obscure, 12/09/2015]

Green on Top traffic light.

Green on Top Traffic Light

Green on Top Traffic Light is referred to as "the upside-down light" by the locals. It is tradition to paint the road under the light green as soon as it becomes St. Patrick's day (12:01 AM march 17th). The fun continues as everyone swarms to Coleman's (at the end of the block) for good old fashioned Irish green beer (Only the little Irish are allowed to use the Leprechaun phone booth and Leprechaun door at the famous Coleman's.).

This is the biggest day of the year on "Tip Hill," Syracuse's "Irish" neighborhood. People spend weeks to prepare for this event.

[Diana Rapp, 07/03/2008]

December 2015: Photo added.

Green on Top Traffic Light

Irish pride abounds in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, NY, where the only working traffic light with green on the top can be found in the US.

[Anne Irwin, 11/29/2006]

Betcha color blind drivers appreciate that touch of signal whimsy....

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