This is a tribute to the men that did the work in bringing Tribeca's streets back to the glory of the past. Master bricklayers were imported from Portugal and Italy to rebuild the cobblestone. It's bad for the bicycle wheels, and women in heels, but good for horses' hooves... I feel nostalgic for the days with the horses and the mounted police. I could hear their hooves on the cobblestone streets especially when they made their rounds at 9 o'clock at night.
“It was really noisy, dusty and dirty. Everyone thought they were just wrecking our street, but then it was like someone pulling a curtain back. We could watch them making it.” Donna Ferrato quoted in the New York Times, 2010.
“I feel it gives a real texture to the urban experience, and it puts you back in history,” Ms. Hulser said. “You have something under your feet that may in fact have been the very same stones that the patriots ran over.” New York Times, 2010