While I was taking this photo, a woman who looked like she could have been a long-time neighborhood resident, said to me that Boulton & Watt was a bar that had been at that corner a long time ago. But that seems not to be the case. The artificial aging of the brick and the artistic creation of the faded name on the wall apparently convinced her.
If they do what they did on the north side of the street this new curbing on East Houston Street will widen the sidewalk by about 18 inches, to where the cut line in the street paving is. Though it looks like I am in for some noise during this process, at least they seem to be putting the finishing touches on the work that has been happening here forever. Or at least so I hope.
My hope for a wider sidewalk at Norfolk Street was crushed. A new stone curb replaces the ugly but utilitarian metal, but the width remains the same.