Belgian Blocks

Historic Belgian Block Pavers Uncovered on Orchard and Broome During Resurfacing Work

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 […]

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Re-Paved Orchard and Ludlow Receive Crosswalks

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.

Orchard Street Repaved Early Tuesday Morning

Posted November 30, 2011 at 6:09 am

The museum-ified, model block of Orchard Street between Broome and Delancey is now without its longstanding cobbled character.

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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.