Mayor cheers start of summer, boardwalk landmarking in Coney Island – Brooklyn Paper

Mayor cheers start of summer, boardwalk landmarking in Coney Island

Packed playa: Thousands flocked to Coney Island beach on its opening weekend.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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.

Jump start: Brooklynites got an early start on summer on May 25, packing Coney Island beach and the Boardwalk as Memorial Day weekend kicked off with nearly 90-degree weather. The city’s beaches officially opened on Saturday.
Photo by Paul Martinka

“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.

Midnight sun: Ceciclia Skinnirud, Sara Aasen, Ingveig Eilresten, and Ida Jahensen, visiting from Norway, enjoyed the relatively tropical sunshine at Brooklyn’s premier beach.
Photo by Paul Martinka

“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.

Wheel in the sky: Dino’s iconic Wonder Wheel ride greeted beachgoers on opening day.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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