East Houston Capital Works Project Underway

Posted October 4, 2010 at 6:17 am

Another round of Houston headaches are on the doorstep.  Capital works project HWMP2019 is now underway along parts of East Houston.  The final phase of the crosstown big dig.  A bunch of heavy-duty equipment is now primed for imminent action.  All the regulars are in attendance – traffic cones, metal barriers, a Komatsu backhoe, and […]

Busted Sewer Main Below Orchard Street

Posted October 1, 2010 at 6:26 am

Blame the busted sewer main beneath the intersection of Orchard and Rivington.  That’s why you weren’t able to sleep last night, and currently nursing your third Five Hour Energy.  Noise abounded as the ear-splitting jackhammers, chainsaws, street saws, backhoes, and dump trucks were all on scene in full force to repair the subterranean infrastructure.

East Houston Roadwork to Begin with Test Pits

Posted August 23, 2010 at 6:26 am

Preliminary preparations for the large-scale East Houston capital works project are now underway (project #HWMP2019). Flyers along the thoroughfare indicate that the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will be punching so-called “Test Pits” in the pavement between Chrystie and Pitt Street by mid-September.

Early Edition: August 19

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The Belgian Blocks of Lower East Side Streets

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.

The Troublesome Bowery Hell Hole

Posted May 5, 2010 at 6:33 am

A few weeks ago, a troublesome hell hole formed in the northbound lane of Bowery near Spring Street.  In mere days, it was filled, defying all expectations.  There was even some cause for celebration; but it was short lived.  As usual, the asphalt plug was a rush job, and remains a deep depression.

Painting the Neighborhood Crosswalks

Last modified May 4, 2010 at 6:50 am

The pock-marked streets of the Lower East Side are receiving more attention as of late.  Well, somewhat.  Saturday afternoon, the crosswalk painters were mobilized across the neighborhood.  We caught up with them near the corner of Rivington and Essex.  The crew – a trio of men and their machinery – moved westward at a snail’s […]

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Fill Job on East Houston

Last modified January 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

Now that another portion of the street-level work on the $96 million mega-station project is complete, some road repair seems next on the agenda.  Indeed, for the past few weeks, crews of construction workers have been filling in the deep pit outside the Puck Building on East Houston.  Steel supports run the length of the […]

Grand Street Steam

Posted December 10, 2009 at 6:11 am

With winter now upon us, it’s time to revive our on-again-off-again street steam series.  On a recent Sunday night, two Con Edison workers were conducting some sewer maintenance outside the stalled construction site at 324-326 Grand Street.  Aside from their bulky equipment, the street was rather empty; not many people were on the sidewalks.  The […]

New Traffic Pattern, New Road Signs

Posted September 29, 2009 at 6:19 am

With the Allen Street Mall renovation in full swing, updated road signs marking the new traffic patterns are now in place.  For instance, if heading east on Stanton Street, you will encounter these right turn warning signs; no through traffic.  Or the no left turn onto Delancey for southbound motorists.