10. It’s One of the Few Places to See Belgian Block in NYC

In a study published in 2017 the Historic Districts Council estimated that there are only fifteen miles remain, citywide, of original Belgian block streets. The historic pavers can be found primarily in the historic districts of Tribeca, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Fulton Ferry, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, and of course, the South Street Seaport.

Most of New York City’s surviving Belgian blocks date to the 18th and 19th centuries. Frequently referred to as cobblestones in casual conversation. Belgian blocks differ from that earlier type of naturally rounded stone. As opposed to cobblestone, Belgian blocks are tooled, usually granite, and much more smooth and resilient.

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