Coney Island’s boardwalk is ready for summer

The city is almost finished installing new wood planks along a four-block stretch of the Riegelmann Boardwalk.

That section from West 10th Street to Stillwell Avenue may be nearly completed but two other portions of the Boardwalk — from Ocean Parkway to Brighton First Road in Brighton Beach and from West 33rd to West 37th streets near Sea Gate — remain under construction.

Pat Singer, president of the Brighton Beach Neighborhood Association, isn’t happy about the ongoing work.

“I’m glad they’re getting Coney Island off the ground but we are concerned for the elderly people here and how they will be hindered by the lack of repairs on our side,” Singer said. “I’m a little disappointed that Brighton Beach is taking second place on this. Hopefully, they’ll resolve it soon since it’s almost June.”

Parks has said the sections should be finished “no later than mid-summer at worst.”

But some residents are in no rush for the city to complete the Brighton and Sea Gate projects, which will replace the traditional wood path with concrete slabs.

“It’s unacceptable for any part of that boardwalk to be concrete,” said Todd Dobrin, chairman of the Coney Island Friends of the Boardwalk. “We need to replace the boardwalk, but not with concrete.”

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