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City Halts Concrete Plans On Coney Boardwalk


How does this sound: “Take a lovely stroll on the Coney Island concrete-walk!”? Well, hopefully you won’t be hearing that anytime soon.

Plans to convert wood planks on the famed Coney Island boardwalk into concrete have been halted by a city panel, reports NY1.

The City Design Commission turned down the New York City Parks Department’s proposal of a concrete strip down the middle of the boardwalk, with recyclable plastic lumber on each side, during a hearing this Monday, citing the need for further study.

“I think that it’s great that the Design Commission has come to the conclusion that more environmental and engineering studies are required before this project goes forward,” said Todd Dobrin, of Friends of the Boardwalk.

There has been a concern raised by many local residents that concrete will break down easier and won’t allow sand or water to seep through, unlike the current boards that are there. Some residents brought to the hearing pictures of the disfigured concrete and even actual pieces of it.

Park officials said that the section residents used as an example was rushed, and they will further evaluate the issues.

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  1. Sooo Half of the Boardwalk is Covered in Cement, and the other half isn’t?

    Sounds like a Half Ass’d Job. /facepalm

  2. A concrete strip would make some sense, especially if its made specifically for the few vehicles that travel (destroy) the boardwalk.

  3. Twice in my last two trips to the Boardwalk I saw the same police SUV and once a regular police car.  I also saw another SUV, I think from the Fire Department.  I understand the need for the Parks Department to use trucks to empty the garbage cans, but why do we need any other large vehicles except in cases of emergency? Why can’t all the routine patrols be done with golf cart type vehicles, small police scooters or bicycles?

  4. As someone who practially lives on the boardwalk (jogging, walking, reading, drinking), I’m very divided on this issue:

    1. Concrete would be bad for the knees running. Nothing like the wood to run on.

    2. The boardwalk is in awful shape. Fell twice running this summer. Wood? Too expensive, and suddenly where are the environmentalists? Is this another case of “yes, environment, but not in my neighborhood”??????

    3. Examples of broken concrete, are they kidding? I dare you to walk the wood between 23rd and 27th street without looking down. You won’t survive. Examples of broken concrete are hypocritical, and I’ll bet those people chipped away at the concrete themselves.

    4. Let’s face it, wood (or synthetic wood)  looks better, feels better.

    5. But, try walking the wood after a rain. You feel like you’re on a pair of ice skates. No slipping on concrete.

    6. Here’s the funniest objection to concrete: “It’s too hot, I walk on the boardwalk barefoot now, i won’t be able to”. I was sitting there in August, a Russian gentleman walked by me barefoot, and suddenly looked at me and shouted in utter pain. I swear, he had a four inch piece of the boardwalk hanging out of his foot. I hope he’s okay, but I strongly advise no barefoot on the boards!

        So, all in all, I have no vote on the issue, too many pluses and minuses for me, the brain can’t handle it to vote. But some of the objections to concrete are really ridiculous, I must say. I’m leaning towards the concrete, but it would be nice to have a cost-effective, environmentally sound boardwalk of wood.

  5. i dont understand something. I’ve been walking/running the boardwalk for almost 46 years now. Until about 10 years ago, i don’t recall the absolute traffic of vehicles constantly going back and forth. If you saw one in a day, it was an event. What the heck happened in the last 10 years or so that has brought a virtual highway to the boardwalk??  I’d like to know what some of those vehicles do, besides drive back and forth….

  6. Yes you do really sound divided on the issue. Maybe I can help you make up your mind.

    1. Very true and in my mind the most important consideration.

    2. Wood not that much more expensive. Also, if it were maintained properly over it’s lifetime like they do in Long Beach and elsewhere by replacing single boards rather than one board at a time, the overall cost wood even be cheaper. And cheaper yet if unnecessary heavy vehicles weren’t constantly driving over
    it. The environmentalists have been out in full force against wood and pro- synthetic wood or specially treated non rainforest wood which is the most expensive choice.

    3. No one disagrees that the boardwalk is generally in awful shape especially the oldest sections. It has always been that way by being replaced one section at a time. It has only been in good condition as a whole for maybe only two or three years at a time during the past 50 years. No one has been chipping at the concrete. Of course it is in much better shape than the boardwalk now because it is only one year old. Give it a few more and watch it deteriorate and see how it will look with patches that won’t hold. No one is being hypocritical.

    4. Correct.

    5. The synthetic wood they tried is slippery all the time once the texture wore off after only one year. The thing is there are many other varieties that perform well. They tried the cheapest on the market so that it fails so they can
    go ahead with concrete. Also, conditions right after a rain is important but a small minority of the time.

    6. Agree that objection is ridiculous. Concrete is cooler than wood or the same.

    What they need is good quality synthetic wood, (no heavy vehicles), or treated non rain forest wood that is properly maintained, but no concrete. It’s advantages are over estimated.

  7. […] The New York City’s Parks Department plans on converting all of the 2.7 miles of the famous Coney Island Boardwalk, except four blocks, into concrete and plastic wood. They’re expected to go to the Public Design Commission to get approval for their plan, which was previously halted after the Design Commission demanded data justifying the conversion. […]


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