Red Hook #3: Removed Beard Street Paving Stones Reappear
Those who have mourned the demise of the paving stones torn out of Beard Street in Red Hook to make way for a smooth, paved street that can handle Ikea traffic can stop: the paving stones are back. They are not on the street, but rather on the sidewalk, alternating with spaces where trees will be planted. We noticed them when we were checking up on progress on Ikea and looked down to find something familiar next to the freshly-poured concrete. Given that a lot of paving stones were removed from about two blocks, one supposed they will be popping up in many places in front of and inside of the Ikea property. How one feels about this--good, bad or indifferent--will likely depend on how one feels about the dramatic change on Beard Street. Us, we loved the paving stones on Beard Street and love them on other Red Hook streets where they survive...for now.