Bowery Paves the Way

Posted on: October 17th, 2008 at 9:20 am by

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In another calculated move to beautify the city, the DDC [link] will soon re-pave the pot-hole-ridden Bowery. The past couple nights, a pavement milling beast (nay, evil Constructicon) was grinding away to prepare for the big pour. But the street-work is not limited to our beloved thoroughfare. It is reportedly part of a $5 million infrastructure plan to re-surface streets in the Bronx and Manhattan.

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Speaking of which, I stumbled upon this NY Times article entitled Paving the Bowery [link], originally published May 3, 1853. It’s quite fascinating to read, as some observations still hold a kernel of truth today. Here are some choice excerpts:

“…the street should be sewered, before it is thus permanently paved.”

“The Bowery, notwithstanding its many peaceful charms, is anything but a pleasant place on a hot summer’s day.”

“Sloshy, yellow pools lie here and there by the sidewalks…”

“And the Bowery especially should have a large sewer running through it for the discharge of its own impurities as well as those of the streets running into it.”

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