The City of NY showed up this morning and took my street away. Actually, what's going on is called 'milling and paving'. They'll scrape off the top layer of the street today and come back tomorrow to lay down a fresh, shiny(?) new top layer.
Here's a look at the scrapy machine shooting grated asphalt into a dump truck.
And here's a shot of the road after they've scraped off the top layer.
They only put up signs that they'd be doing this around 3:00 yesterday afternoon. Thankfully, I noticed the signs when I got home and parked somewhere else. A bunch of people got towed. (In cases like this, they 'relocate' your car to the nearest legal parking and you can call the precinct to find out where your car is. Unfortunately, sometimes, what's legal when they tow the car at 8:00am isn't legal at 11:00am when street cleaning kicks in.)
What else can you tell from these photos? First, you'll see that I'm the only one on my block who checked the Dept. of Sanitation web site and therefore knew that recycling pickup was canceled last week for people with Friday pickups. Nothing like having the recycling sit on the curb for an entire week. Also, the school across the street is getting all new windows, so that lovely scaffolding bridge went up last week over the sidewalk. I won't be at all surprised if I'm still looking at it a year from now.
(It occurs to me that my usual pictures don't have much in common with Scalzi's periodic sunset shots. Oh well.)