DUMBO's charming, if treacherous, Belgian blocks were reported to be in danger earlier this week, with an Historic Districts Council report noting that the stones don't comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. It seemed, at first, that the city would rip out the stones, but the Brooklyn Paper reports that the streets, but not my heels, are safe.

Department of Transportation spokesperson Scott Gastel told the paper that though the HDC report found that some of the neighborhood's cobblestoned streets flouted federal regulations for the disabled, the city has opted to modify them, not scrap them. "I want to be very clear that the Belgian block configuration in Dumbo is not being removed," Gastel said. "The idea that the character is disappearing from the streets of DUMBO is not true."

Instead, the Department of Design and Construction will temporarily remove them, clean them, and smooth them to make them ADA-compliant. Stones that cannot be salvaged will be replaced, but the city says they'll do their best to keep as many as possible.

This isn't the first time the 150-year-old hand-cut, hand-rounded Belgian stones have been under siege. In 2013, the Department of Transportation suggested ripping out the stones and re-shaping them to make them more bike-friendly and handicap-accessible, ultimately implementing these changes along Water Street. Neighborhood residents and workers have long been split on the blocks, which, while beautiful, are a pain-in-the-ass to walk and bike on; still, they're a charming reminder of an older New York, since far more city streets were paved like this back in the day.

"The Belgian blocks of Dumbo are much beloved but a little beleaguered," Alexandria Sica, president of the Dumbo Business Improvement District, told te Brooklyn Paper. "Businesses are asking when the streets are going to be fixed because their employees have to bike down the wrong side of the road on one block, because it’s full of holes. And mothers with strollers are constantly in my ear about how they can’t safely get across Pearl Street."

We reached out to the DDC to find out more about the stone-smoothing plan, and will report back.