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
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