Belgian Block Reconstruction

The DUMBO Improvement District advocates on behalf of the community for better services and public spaces, transportation enhancements and preservation of the neighborhood’s industrial character and historic charm. Phase One of a capital project to improve the streets and infrastructure while restoring the historic Belgian block was completed in 2011. DUMBO will undergo Phase Two, a major capital project to upgrade sewer and water infrastructure, reconstruct our Belgian block streets and build-out the Archway plaza space.

Streets on the docket include:

Pearl Street, Water Street, John Street, parts of Front St and Jay Street, Pearl Plaza (including Anchorage Place + the Archway), Adams Street, Plymouth Street and Main Street.

Here is a look at the way the City will restore the Belgian blocks by keeping the old original stones and adding a granite bike lane. Smooth stones will also be put into crosswalks to ensure ADA accessibility. This design was endorsed by Community Board 2 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.