In Flatiron District, 'cobblestones' come up for air
Repaving projects are a bane to drivers, but for the history-minded pedestrian, they can represent a trip to a time before horseless carriages ran amuck on Gotham's streets.
Case in point: The area around 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, where today's boring asphalt has been stripped down to cobblestones (or really Belgian block, see comments). With the charming Madison Square Park across the street and the 1902 vintage Flatiron Building down the street, you could squint, and just for a second, ponder the New York of 106 years ago.
The cobblestones are there for a limited time, before they disappear again under their asphalt prisons.
-- Rolando Pujol
Photos: Elisabeth Stuveras