Coney Island Beach is now officially open for summer fun and soaking up the sun.
Mayor DeBlasio visited Coney Island on May 25 to celebrate both the official opening of its beach for the season the next day, as well as the Riegelmann Boardwalk’s recent designation as a scenic landmark. Hizzoner called the neighborhood “one of the jewels in the crown of New York City,” in part due to its resilient residents, and said that landmarking the Boardwalk would help preserve it as a destination for all New Yorkers.
“One of the things I love about Coney Island — it is a place for everyone,” he said. “The importance of Coney Island and the strength of its people — that’s what we celebrate today.”
Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island) used the occasion to cheer the landmarking of the Boardwalk, adding to the mayor’s sentiment that the wooden walkway’s magic is found in its accessibility for everyone to enjoy.
“The Coney Boardwalk is the embodiment of the inclusive American democratic spirit, ensuring access for all,” he wrote on Twitter.
Thousands flocked to the iconic Boardwalk and the sprawling beach over the holiday weekend as temperature reached nearly 90 degrees.