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The Belgian Blocks of Lower East Side Streets

Last modified November 28, 2021 at 5:43 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.

Delancey Hell Holes Plugged

Posted July 31, 2009 at 6:33 am

Rest easy, Delancey motorists. A few weeks on, the three hell holes situated between Allen and Eldridge Streets are finally plugged. We’ll see how long it lasts.