Finally, some relief!
The public bathrooms on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk opened just in time for the summer season on May 26. The pol who championed their construction said it will make the beach a better experience for Brooklynites.
“New comfort stations are important to everyone who uses our iconic boardwalk and beach,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Brighton Beach).
The new bathrooms sit on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk near Coney Island Avenue. The boardwalk’s previous bathrooms were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, and locals squabbled for years over where to put the rebuilt ones.
The original plan was to build them farther down towards Manhattan Beach, but Oceana Condominium owners said this would block their ocean views and lower property values.
After the city announced it would then build them near the boardwalk’s intersection with Coney Island Avenue, where they are now, Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Brighton Beach) warned the bathrooms could become debris and damage the nearby Shorefront Y Jewish community center in a future storm.
The city finished the project on time, since a Department of Design and Construction spokesman said last February that the comfort stations would be built by spring. The project was funded $4.3 million in federal Sandy-recovery money.
The Parks Department did not answer by press time a question about the bathroom’s hours of operation during the non-summer months. Some bathrooms on the Coney Island Boardwalk are open year-round, while others are not.