The DOT’s Cobblestone Proposal for Dumbo and Vinegar Hill

Gothamist published the city’s proposals to revamp Dumbo and Vinegar Hill’s cobblestone streets to the tune of $20,000,000. The city has proposed two designs. The one pictured above preserves many of the old cobblestones, while adding some new ones, and includes a granite strip for bicyclists to use. According to Gothamist, these granite strips were used for crosswalks a century ago — but they’ve never been used as bike lanes. The second design uses new stones with a smoother edge, leaving an even surface for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. What do you think of the look? The DOT will keep the two options on view at Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street today until 11 am and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm, then they will present a final design to Community Board Two on July 22. Some Vinegar Hill residents have objected to the proposal, but it turns out the DOT needs access under the streets to repair sewer lines and water mains, according to Gothamist. All this work would start next year.
Dumbo’s Bike-Friendly Cobblestone Future Revealed [Gothamist]
Photo by Gothamist

4 Comment

  • While I think its great that DOT wants to spend money to both make needed repairs to the cobblestone, and to accommodate bikers, I’m a little skeptical about the solutions. The city just spent good money building out a new bike lane on Eastern Parkway to connect the old lane to the new infrastructure at Grand Army Plaza, and I’ve heard avid bikers complain that they find the non-asphalt surfaces to be slippery when wet. As a result, many bikers are still using the street or riding on the opposite sidewalk rather than using the bright new bike lane. I’d hate for the city to spend millions installing granite strips only to have bikers not use them in the rain or snow (which happens a fair amount around here).

    • it is true, the fully painted bike lanes are slippery when wet, but any smooth stone is slippery when wet, either the granite or the cobbles. I would just avoid cobbled streets in the rain, period. Both solutions look pretty good, and it was sporting of DOT to even do this.

  • $20M for cobblestones? Good lord!