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.
Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:04 am
Within the last week, a dangerous depression developed in the middle of Ludlow, just outside Shop Smart. By Tuesday night, an orange square was drawn around the perimeter to alert motorists of the treacherous trap. Southbound traffic bottlenecked as vehicles swerved to avoid catastrophe. Then last night, as if by miracle, the problem was “fixed” […]
Posted March 27, 2009 at 8:22 am
The $5 million urban infrastructure plan to re-surface countless streets in the Five Boroughs continues. Spring Street, just off the Bowery, received shiny new pavement earlier this week. Related Reading:Bowery Paves the Way [Bowery Boogie]