DOT’s Faux Aged Cobble Stones on Display

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The Department of Transportation and the Department of Design and Construction’s artificially aged Belgian block and mockups of it in place are now on view at Pier 6. Comments and opinion on the controversial stones can be sent to plazas@dot.nyc.gov, according to DNAinfo. The DOT plans to replace cobble stone streets in Dumbo and Vinegar Hill with the faux aged stones to make them more accessible to people with disabilities and the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, the 14 mile bike lane that will snake from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint. The plan has provoked an outcry from residents who say the cobbles will destroy an important historic element of the neighborhoods. The replacements will “restore the street’s historical elegance while removing stumbling blocks for the thousands of people walking and biking in the neighborhood daily,” said DOT Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in a statement.

Photo by Yannell Rodriguez

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