Cobblestone streets like these in DUMBO, Brooklyn often go into disrepair as they are much more expensive to replace.
The term “cobblestone” itself refers to a patchwork of mixed rounded stones installed for pavement. While it is true that there was a time when all of New York City’s streets were made of cobblestones, you’d be surprised to find out that the ones that remain today (in DUMBO and SoHo, for example) aren’t quite as old as you would expect. And the Department of Transportation has already set in motion big plans to replace a lot of the city’s cobblestone.
Over the past four months we’ve been visiting the construction site of 1 WTC and the Calatrava Transit Hub and showing you images from inside. Yesterday, the passageway between station World Trade Center PATH station and the new Brookfield Place Pavilion at the World Financial Center opened officially, featuring the signature ribs of the Santiago Calatrava design. This marks the first time that a commuter concourse has been open at the World Trade Center since 9/11. Eventually this will be filled with retail, so go now to revel in its most architecturally pure state. For a critical angle, read the article on Next City by Stephen J Smith who estimates that this tunnel alone cost $100 million, of the bloated $4 billion price tag for the transit hub.
For more pictures of the passageway, check out this Tribeca Citizen article. Read on for more history about the area underneath the World Trade Center.
Originally founded in 1949 as a mail and cargo carrier at LaGuardia Airport, New York Airways later converted to carrying passengers around New York City, making it the very first helicopter airline in the United States, according to an article by The Atlantic Cities. It was initially well-received by the public because it allowed passengers to bypass New York’s notoriously congested streets without having to take the equally-frustrating subway, and allowed quick transfers between airports. A trip from LaGuardia to JFK Airport (known then as Idlewild Airport), took 10 minutes and cost $4.50. Imagine being able to skip the Belt Parkway so quickly today?
According to the Rules of the City of New York, Section 4-08 (E)(9): “It is against the law to park, stand or stop within or otherwise obstruct bike lanes.” Photo from Cops in Bike Lanes by Mikey Q
Last month a new Tumblr surfaced called Cops In Bike Lanes, that is dedicated to calling out NYPD officers obstructing bike lanes. The blog was featured at Gothamist recently and was begun by a NYC cyclist who often uses these bike lanes to get around.
Nevertheless, we were anxious to hear where the project is since last year’s “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit took over an abandoned warehouse on Essex Street and blacked out the windows to test the fiber-optic/mirror contraption that will be the light source for the one-acre Super Mario Bros.-inspired park.