Sinking Orchard Street Being Re-Paved This Week

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

Much of the charm of middle Orchard Street is tied to to the cobbled patchwork of pavement between Broome and Delancey.  But like many streets in the neighborhood, it’s still subject to the whims of Mother Nature and, of course, the traffic.  For the last two years, the road has been gradually sinking deeper and deeper, yet motorists never seem to pay any mind.  It’s quite common to hear the wince-worthy scrape of a speeding car going nose-first into the pit.

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Numerous factors contributed to the continual demise here.  Foremost was the years-long conversion of 103 Orchard Street to the new Tenement Museum visitor center, which attracted the heavy-duty machinery almost daily.  Epic snowstorms, freak Nor’easters and the like certainly didn’t help matters much either.

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However, the solution is here.  The DDC finally decided that both Orchard and Ludlow were in dire need of some TLC.  Over the weekend, and continuing the next couple days, milling machinery etched the streets from East Houston to Canal Street in anticipation of re-paving.

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But will the faux cobblestone aesthetic return to Orchard Street when the trucks clear?

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