Donna Ferrato

Photographer
  
Tribeca Cobblestone: Harrison Street Reconstruction
Location: New York
Nationality: American/Italian
Biography: Donna Ferrato is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist known for her groundbreaking documentation of the hidden world of domestic violence. Her seminal book   Living With the Enemy   (Aperture, 1991) went into four printings and,... MORE
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Tribeca Cobblestone: Harrison Street Reconstruction
Copyright Donna Ferrato 2022
Updated Mar 2022
Summary
This is a tribute to the men that did the work in bringing Tribeca's streets back to the glory of the past.

NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Reconstruction of Harrison Street

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
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