Last modified April 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm
Some routine resurfacing work within the last few weeks uncovered the paving methods of a previous generation of Lower East Siders. Several local streets were scraped bare three weeks ago as part of a $17.9 million job (#HW2CR16B) that includes resurfacing work in the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. In doing so, the historic Belgian Block […]
Posted December 16, 2011 at 11:18 am
The slick new asphalt, while a godsend for skaters, bikers, and motorists alike, completely erased the imitation Belgian Blocks, and with it, some neighborhood character.
Last modified May 14, 2010 at 7:43 am
Before asphalt pavement became the norm, most New York City streets were paved with “Belgian block,” rectangular granite slightly larger than brick. The method was allegedly first introduced in the city around 1850. Some still survive in quiet residential areas and in historic districts, but have mostly disappeared from view.