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Concrete is beating out wood at the Coney Island Boardwalk.

A high-ranking Parks Department official said this week that the city is leaning toward replacing the world-famous Riegelmann Boardwalk’s wooden planks — which have been marched on for more than 70 years — with concrete.

Even though Parks says it is exploring three different options for rehabilitating the nearly three-mile long boardwalk — wood, concrete, and a synthetic material — concrete clearly has the edge for a typical reason: money.

“When you look at the finances of it, concrete is the cheapest to do,” said Martin Maher, the Brooklyn chief of staff for the Parks Department. “I’m completely convinced that at least the substructure needs to be concrete.”

According to Maher, replacing the Boardwalk with concrete would cost the city about $70 a square-foot — half of what it pays when rebuilding sections with wood.

But critics say that more concrete slabs are the last thing they want to see.

“I see them as a melanoma on the face of the boardwalk,” Robert Burnstein said. “My fear is that it will spread.”

Already, traditional wooden planks are being ripped out and replaced with concrete slabs between Ocean Parkway to Brighton First Road, and from West 33rd Street to West 37th Street — something critics think will make the Boardwalk too hot in the summer and perilously icy in the winter.

But Maher dismissed those claims.

“The reality is that concrete since the 30s has been used in Orchard Beach, and since the 60s at Manhattan Beach and in Rockaway,” he said.

That, along with the latest tree-saving boardwalk technologies, will be the death knell for old-fashioned, wooden boardwalks.

“We can’t continue to build the Boardwalk the way we’ve been building it,” Maher said. “It’s not ecologically friendly and it’s not lasting.”

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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jerry from brighton beach says:
They will have to change the name to the Coney Island Sidewalk.
Reigelman must be turning around in his grave.
June 2, 2010, 8:43 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
maybe they could put astro-turf on top of the concrete?
June 2, 2010, 1:45 pm
J from brooklyn says:
This goes really well with Mayor Bloomberg's push to rip the heart out of Coney Island, then stab it, step on it and rip it up into a million pieces.

Yes, yes, a concrete boardwalk will do quite nicely for turning Coney Island into an indistinguishable replica of every other beachside amusement area.
June 2, 2010, 2:29 pm
other J says:
J, local businesses saw crowds and fistfuls of dollars this weekend like they haven't seen in years and years. Save your nostalgia for someone who can afford it.
June 2, 2010, 5:19 pm
M from Bk says:
@other J - heartless, useless dollars spent on plastic junk. Quite an achievement.

Certainly a justification for building an ugly and unwanted concrete block. You are a bitter and greedy person.
June 3, 2010, 9:05 am
other J says:
have you been down there and looked at the actual test application of it? They even have signage explaining what they are doing. It's not nearly as bad as the Brooklyn Paper makes it sound... They are also talking about possibly just doing a substructure -- you know, the part you don't see. I'd personally like to see the plastic stuff used on top that at least looks like wood planks... Regular wood is simply too expensive, too difficult to maintain, and people are suing the city like crazy over everything from splinters to misaligned boards...
June 3, 2010, 10:36 am
H Ostrow from Bay 3 Brighton 7th says:
Total and utter disrespect for a truly wonderful American Historical Landmark!
Oct. 29, 2010, 2:44 pm
H Ostrow from Bay 3 Brighton 7th says:
Total and utter disrespect for a truly wonderful American Historical Landmark!
Oct. 29, 2010, 2:44 pm
Joe from Sheepshead Bay says:
The way things are going it won't be too long before the Cyclone becomes "too dangerous" and "too expensive and ecologically unfriendly to replace the wood."
Nov. 2, 2010, 3:28 pm
Wwilliam H. Depperman from Brooklyn says:
Part I
The So-called Brooklyn Paper has dozens of websites but tells reader that THEY may only comment on ONE of their dozens of websites in order to insure that only a few people read genuine opposition to their lies:

The Bloomberg-DeBlasio Agreement to Destroy
The Brighton Beach-Coney Island Boardwalk:

Yes, the Mayor should declare the Boardwalk a Landmark! But by remaining SILENT DeBlasio OPPOSES Landmark Status for the Coney Island-Brighton Boardwalk! The “Landmarking Process” normally takes one year, BUT the media HIDES the fact that the Destruction of the Boardwalk has already begun between Coney Island Ave. & Brighton
Fifteenth Street! What is needed is for DeBlasio to first issue an IMMEDIATE STOP WORK ORDER, which he can do easily despite the Court ruling which says “the City” MAY proceed To replace the Boardwalk with Cement and does NOT have to replace it with Hard Wood!

On December 7, 2014 the New York Daily News blipped an “EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE” reporting that City Councilman Mark Treyger had called for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the entire 2.6 mile Boardwalk as “an historic site and landmark, which cannot be converted to concrete.” The article was declared an “exclusive” as a phony pretext for the other media NOT to report on the proposal to landmark the Boardwalk so that far fewer people would EVEN HEAR ABOUT IT! But landmarking the Boardwalk is an issue which would concern all New Yorkers! How do we know for a fact that Councilman Treyger and all the other Brooklyn and New York City politicians were in on this many-layered scheme and cover-up100%, and how do we know that Treyger was really acting in BAD FAITH in order to raise the issue of landmarking the Boardwalk before laying it to rest as if landmarking would not work (?), or it was too late, or there were too many problems? All of which are BIG LIES!

First of all, Treyger did not even lay out the shortest surest path to Landmark the Boardwalk! Namely Treyger did not demand that DeBlasio issue an IMMEDIATE STOP WORK ORDER to prevent any further destruction of the Boardwalk and openly call for cancellation of the Bloomberg cement project! Allowing destruction of the Boardwalk, which has already begun to continue is designed to send the false message of fait accompli, meaning already an accomplished fact that since the demolition has already begun therefore no one can stop it supposedly, an obvious BIG LIE! By choosing NOT to call a regular press conference with other politicians on landmarking the Boardwalk Treyger insured that FAR FEWER New Yorkers would ever hear about New York City’s devious scheme to destroy the Boardwalk and replace it with cement and fake wood under multiple false pretexts! By appearing alone with No other City, State or National Politicians Councilman Treyger provided a pretext for diminished media coverage and conveyed the belief that FEW other politicians ARE very concerned about the Boardwalk either! The Truth? Other politicians know they dare not open their yap on THIS Bloomberg scheme where presumably $billions are at stake! But if THEY appear to act unconcerned then no one else should be either! Then the issue must really be inconsequential! What did the Daily News actually report? What’s the truth? This Treyger episode describes a standard formula used by the Capitalist Dictatorship of Millionaires and Billionaires on virtually all issues: Treyger was put out in front of the proposal to landmark the Boardwalk by the Big Capitalists and developers themselves in order to lead it to defeat! Treyger serves the same purpose as the so-called “Friends of the Boardwalk” & “Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance!”

It is a fact that after Hurricane Sandy TWO AND A HALF MILES OF THE FIVE MILE ROCKAWAY BOARDWALK were largely untouched and will remain tropical hardwood. And the Long Beach Boardwalk was completely replaced with tropical hardwood! These facts are hidden by the Daily News which reported: “Park officials contend the substitute material (fake wood) is sturdier and much cheaper. It costs about $90 per square foot, compared to approximately $130 for real wood,” but then reported “Treyger (D-Coney Island) and other ‘lovers of lumber’ counter that they have already spotted cracks in the argument—and the concrete.” The News further reported: “The areas under the wooden portions of the Boardwalk sustained minimal damage after Superstorm Sandy, others said, noting the concrete stretches fared worse.” The article goes on to describe the lengthy landmarking process while knowingly covering up the fact that the Parks Department is in the early stages of demolishing the Boardwalk and just ripped out all the benches and half the railings between Coney Island Ave. and Brighton 15th Street in the pouring rain! The reason that DeBlasio, Bloomberg, Benepe, Silver and Jeffries all want to get rid of the Boardwalk is that the capitalist dictatorship intends to commercialize that 2.6 to 2.7 mile stretch beyond anyone’s most horrific nightmare, similar to the ongoing “River to River” gentrification/commercialization of 125th Street! This is the real reason crooked corrupt paid-off judges all discounted all the studies showing that hardwood was far superior to cement and plastic!
Dec. 17, 2014, 10:15 pm
Wwilliam H. Depperman from Brooklyn says:
Part II
It would be a very large mistake, a mistake which is often made, to think that because DeBlasio has said nothing about the Boardwalk that means that 1.) He either does not know about it, or 2.) He knows about it, but is too taken up with other matters such as reacting to the Eric Garner Demonstrations and relentless media attacks targeting him and his wife Chirlane McCray, or that he does not think that it is important enough to openly state his position on landmarking the Boardwalk. So what is the only explanation which fits the facts? DeBlasio was the Public Advocate under Bloomberg! The Public Advocates is to act as a check on the Mayor’s actions if they are deemed harmful to the public good. If DeBlasio had a disagreement with Bloomberg and Benepe over the scheme to destroy the Boardwalk and replace it with cement and fake wood he would probably have said something then! But he did not! In fact, DeBlasio went along with Bloomberg on virtually everything while Bloomberg was mayor. When he was elected Mayor himself he dropped Bloomberg’s appeal on Stop and Frisk and gave City Workers a contract! Very good! But it is clear now that DeBlasio left all the “Big Ticket Items” alone! DeBlasio also agrees with Bloomberg’s plan to destroy the New York skyline by putting up hundreds of new el-cheapo junk tin can buildings in the center of Manhattan, some of which will use tropical hardwood for a large part of the interiors on the lower floors! Bloomberg, worth $33 billion in March, is the developers’ dream! DeBlasio has said nothing on that either! But it is a fact that the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk is a de facto LANDMARK and historic site! But protection of the Boardwalk by the official Landmarks Preservation Commission can ONLY BE ASSURED if Mayor DeBlasio issues an IMMEDIATE STOP WORK ORDER to stop the ongoing demolition of the Boardwalk between Coney Island Avenue and Brighton 15th Street and cancel the cement/plastic scheme entirely! Failure to act immediately means at a minimum that DeBlasio passively supports the Bloomberg-Benepe staged-in scheme, carried out behind a wall of subterfuge!

The New York City Budget is $73.9 billion! The town of Long Beach replaced their entire Boardwalk with tropical hardwood for $40 million! Chump change for New York City! The “cheaper” argument is thus MOOT, VOID and FRAUDULENT! It should be noted that Treyger made his landmarking proposal probably only after reading a letter written by this writer to DeBlasio posted Online in local Brooklyn news websites. Although this writer did not propose that the Landmark Preservation Commission become involved the Boardwalk was described as a landmark and called on DeBlasio to issue an Immediate Stop Work Order, a request which was ignored!

What About the “Save the Rain Forest” Propaganda Campaign?

Where did we first hear about the “save the rain forest” campaign in regard to the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk? Straight from the lips of people like Bloomberg! That should have alerted everyone immediately that the claim was bogus as being used! Note that it is a fact that if all the climate treaties were adhered to 100% by ALL the countries in the entire world that would have no effect whatsoever on the fossil fuels global warming runaway greenhouse effect! Ditto the fluorescent bulb campaign! The only way to reverse the runaway greenhouse effect is by abolishing the use of fossil fuels as an energy source worldwide. And that cannot be done under capitalism! Why not? Because the three pillars of capitalism are: 1.) The war industry (the military industrial complex), 2.) The OIL industry and 3.) the Banks! Is there anything which can supplant fossil fuels as an energy source? Yes there is! Tidal Electric Tidal Lagoon Technology plants have already been built and they are 3 to 4 times more efficient than nuclear power plants. There are also certain waterfalls such as the Kaieture Falls in Guyana with a total drop of 822 feet (5 times the drop of Niagara Falls) and Victoria Falls in Africa, the largest waterfalls in the world. The Kaieture Falls has been estimated to be able to supply the power for all industrial and residential needs for North and South America combined. No power is being taken from the Kaieture Falls and very little is being taken from Victoria Falls. The oil industry has made sure of that. There are at least 5 Tidal Lagoon Technology plants which have been built. One is in England, one is in France, one is in Germany, one is in the Russian Federation and one is in China. But the oil companies have put the kibosh on that. The game is Oil and Profit! Even though DeBlasio would never issue a call to Get Rid of Capitalism, a call which is needed, we are not obligated to play the fool and destroy the Brighton Beach-Coney Island Boardwalk, a New York City and American Landmark. Note that the relentless media attacks on DeBlasio and his wife Chirlane McCray are due to the fact that he is white and she is Black and that she acts as his primary advisor! McCray is also not merely “technically Black” like Obama. The term—of the Black Panther Party means not politically Black! That relationship undermines racial division, one of the main divide and conquer strategies of the capitalist dictatorship in the United States & worldwide! Failure of NYC government to stop demolition of the Boardwalk under overwhelming popular opposition proves once again that capitalism cannot be reformed! We Have to Get Rid of Capitalism!
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Peoples’ Committee for Wood Restoration of Riegelmann Boardwalk 10 East 16th St., New York, N.Y. 10003
whd2a@yahoo.com UNION LABOR DONATED PLEASE REPRINT AND DISTRIBUTE!
Dec. 17, 2014, 10:17 pm
William H. Depperman from Brooklyn says:
Letter to DeBlasio:

YOU MUST ISSUE AN IMMEDIATE STOP
WORK ORDER TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT!
NEW YORK WILL NEVER FORGET WHO DESTROYED THE
BRIGHTON BEACH BOARDWALK-DEBLASIO & BLOOMBERG!

10 East 16th Street, Apt. 16
New York, N.Y. 10003
December 2, 2014

Even though the case has been decided by the Court why
Mayor Bill DeBlasio Don’t You Simply Agree to Petitioners’ Terms in the matter of
City Hall Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance? But Follow through like
New York, N.Y.10007 Long Beach which Properly Used Tropical Hardwood. It Cost Long
Beach—Only $40 Million Chump Change! NYC Budget is $73.9Billion!

Dear Bill,

You withdrew Bloomberg’s appeal to the Stop and Frisk Decision and gave City Workers a new contract! Very good! So why on Earth do you persist with the plans to DESTROY the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk and replace it with cement and plastic? That was a Bloomberg plan NOT a DeBlasio plan! If you fail to issue an IMMEDIATE STOP WORK ORDER then you are not simply destroying a New York City and an American Landmark, you are permanently poisoning your relationship with a significant percentage of the people of New York City who are aware of this issue, which the media—simply an arm of the misnamed, so-called “intelligence community”—has tried to cover up and downplay. And your legacy will be permanently poisoned as well no matter what you do to try to compensate for it. You are making a lot of enemies by persisting to act as a clone of Bloomberg. I have sent you 4 previous letters which have mentioned this and related issues. I have received no response whatever to any letter and more importantly—NO ACTION! The key thing in this matter is WHY DO YOU PERSIST IN THIS BLOOMBERG PLAN? What is the real reason, NOT the proffered pretext? Obviously, the actual reason is to set the stage for commercializing the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk area to an extent that most people would consider repulsive and unimaginable! Long Beach replaced their 2.2-mile boardwalk with the finest tropical hardwood: such as bethabara (Ipe), ekki (aka red iron wood is by far the most durable and needs NO preservatives) and Cumaru hardwood (Brazilian Teak) for a measly $40 million! Their expertise should be enlisted in the restoration of the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk, which is 2.6 to 2.7 miles long. The New York City Budget is $73.9 billion! This is eminently doable! The citizens (subjects) in New York City have no say on any issue in this capitalist dictatorship of millionaires and billionaires. This is End Stage Capitalism!

Last week, the boardwalk was fenced off with a chain link fence starting at the Lifeguard Station at the end of Coney Island Avenue. No one disputes the fact that the boardwalk between Coney Island Avenue and Bay 1 is completely falling apart. But this has been deliberately allowed to happen to make it falsely appear that the Parks Department is riding to the rescue and “had no other recourse but to destroy the boardwalk and replace it with cement and plastic!” I am trained as a medical doctor, am a political analyst a writer and am there every other day to take care of the Brighton Beach Feral Cat Colony. There are broken planks from the boardwalk lying all around which have broken off primarily because of the NYPD vehicular traffic. They should ALL be on foot patrol on the boardwalk at all times. I personally was recently forced to rake up all the smaller branches cut by the Parks Department in June (!), which Parks refused to remove after all sorts of entreaties. The area around the mulberry tree at the end of Coney Island Avenue is where the attached photograph was taken. I still do not know how to remove those branches in the attached photo! I also raked up 7 huge bags of leaves that the Parks Department and the Oceana Condominium complex, which has a contract with NYC to do just that, refused to do and have refused to do for about 4–5 years. If you think that you can cover up this issue and drown it out with the issue of the city’s response to racism and the city’s response to the police murder of Eric Garner, etc. etc. and the racist murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, or divert attention with any other maneuvers you are mistaken! People
Mayor William DeBlasio William H. Depperman
December 2, 2014

consider both issues to be important although in an entirely different way. The masses know that the city must do its job in all areas. The situation demands that you must take immediate action in this matter! The city at this moment is in the early stages of actually destroying the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk. You can stop it with the snap of your fingers! So, Stop it now! And obtain the necessary and proper tropical hardwood and properly replace the Brighton Beach-Coney Island Boardwalk just as Long Beach just did!

Attached is a copy of an email sent to dupes of “Friends of the Boardwalk,” one of 2 fake “opposition” groups—the other is the “Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance”—organized by the political operatives in Bloomberg Regime itself and the misnamed “intelligence community” in a formula manipulation to keep well-meaning dupes within the framework of capitalism, while shepherding through the destruction of the boardwalk with a go-nowhere lawsuit in a knowingly corrupt Court System where the people NEVER WIN ANYTHING and are systematically and progressively demoralized, an important part of the operation, because the judges are all paid off cronies of the capitalists: e.g. developers and landlords, etc. and the Mayor himself is secretly a (well-meaning) stooge of the Rule by Decree Capitalist Dictatorship. Note that Rob Burstein, the Bloomberg intelligence agent who runs the latter group divisively manipulated people into signing a petition where the small print supports use of concrete and a “variety of composite materials…for everywhere else on the boardwalk EXCEPT from Coney Island Avenue to Bay 1 (!?)” Totally disgusting! Prove this analysis wrong!? Unlikely! In the attached email the coordinated phony appeal is made to call LOCAL politicians, but to go nowhere near City Hall and Gracie Mansion, when this is obviously a mayoral matter NOT a local matter! Why are you so loyal to the capitalist dictatorship which is waging a daily media war against you? The truth is that you do not even know how to defend yourself properly and think that by towing the Bloomberg Line the media will back off. That is apparently what is in back of your strategy on many things. It would be a mistake to try false disassociation to cover up the fact that you are apparently working with Bloomberg on many issues. Democrats are used to tighten the capitalist dictatorship in order to try to “legitimize” its constant hardening. Lowering the speed limit, which admittedly saves lives, is combined with putting cameras in the subways and buses and on every street corner, for example. Our slogan has to be: “Let’s Get Rid of Capitalism! An Idea Whose Time Has Come!” Not: “Send a message to Obama (or whomever) Please be nice and throw us some crumbs.” Please issue that STOP WORK ORDER IMMEDIATELY! Thank you very much.

Cordially,

William H. Depperman
(212) 627-1373
whd2@columbia.edu
Dec. 17, 2014, 10:19 pm
William H. Depperman from Brooklyn says:
Letter to Chirlane McCray:

10 East 16th Street, Apt. 16
New York, N.Y. 10003
December 8, 2014

Chirlane McCray-DeBlasio
City Hall
New York, N.Y. 10007

Dear Chirlane,

Attached is a letter to your husband. The intense and relentless media campaign against you both and the fact that I have received no response to any of the previous letters I have written Bill on this matter and closely related topics, I and others have come to the conclusion that there may be those in City Hall who would block the Mayor’s access to certain information. It is well known that Bloomberg has not entirely left City Hall. A slight understatement I admit! It is conceivable that the mailroom is one area where it would be wise to deploy people to censor what the elected Mayor is allowed to see. Bloomberg has already proved his total contempt for elections! So I decided to try to personally deliver these letters to both Bill and you. We need an Immediate Stop Work Order! Then Bill should cancel the entire cement-plastic project and call for what is properly needed: tropical hard wood.

Only yesterday in the Daily News was there finally an article about the boardwalk. But the article covered up the most important points! The Parks Department, actually a private contractor named “Beaverton Cement Company,” has been assigned the task of destroying the boardwalk first between Coney Island Avenue and Brighton 15th Street and then ENTIRELY, replacing it with cement and plastic. This destruction has already BEGUN! So Councilman Mark Treyger’s idea to LANDMARK the boardwalk, which is a very, very good one seems a little late in the game and it can still be done, but the much better idea is for Bill to first issue an Immediate Stop Work Order and stop the ongoing destruction in its tracks!! The second step is to CANCEL the Bloomberg-Benepe cement-plastic project ENTIRELY! The third step is to replace the entire boardwalk with TROPICAL HARDWOOD and not some other type of wood! In comments in parentheses within the above Daily News article here attached I have pointed out a couple of the disingenuously false arguments being used by Bloomberg, Benepe, Victoria White and their puppets: Kevin Jeffries—appointed by Bloomberg as the Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner—and apparently Mitchell Silver (the “planner”) appointed by Bill! Can you inquire where Bill heard of him and how on Earth Bill decided to recommend him? Sounds like Bill may be surrounded on this issue and is possibly being manipulated and steered as much as possible to work unknowingly for Bloomberg on these issues while “being allowed” full rein on others.

And what about the “save the rain forest” propaganda? Where did we first hear it in regard to the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk? Straight from the lips of people like Bloomberg! That should have alerted everyone immediately that the claim was bogus as being used! Note that it is a fact that if all the climate treaties were adhered to 100% by ALL the countries in the entire world that would have no effect whatsoever on the fossil fuels global warming runaway greenhouse effect! The only way to reverse the runaway greenhouse effect is by abolishing the use of fossil fuels as an energy source entirely worldwide. And that cannot be done under capitalism! Why not? Because the three pillars of capitalism are: 1.) the war industry (the military industrial complex), 2.) the OIL industry and 3.) the banks! Is there anything which can supplant fossil fuels as an energy source? Yes there is! Tidal Electric Tidal Lagoon Technology plants have already been built and they are 3 to 4 times more efficient than nuclear power plants. And there are also certain waterfalls such as the Kaieture Falls in Guyana with a total drop of 822 feet (5 times the drop of Niagara Falls) and Victoria Falls in Africa, the largest waterfalls in the world. The Kaieture Falls has been estimated to be able to supply the power for all industrial and residential needs for North and South America combined. No power is being taken from the Kaieture Falls and very little is being taken from Victoria Falls. The oil industry has made sure of that. There are at least 5 Tidal Lagoon Technology plants which have been built. One is in England, one is in France, one is in Germany, one is in the Russian Federation and one is in China. But the oil companies have put the kibosh on that. The game is Oil and Profit! Even though Bill cannot issue a call to Get Rid of Capitalism, we are not obligated to play the fool and destroy the Brighton Beach-Coney Island Boardwalk, a New York City and American Landmark. The boardwalk does NOT need to have that designation to be a landmark, which it already is!

Sincerely,

William H. Depperman
Enc. (212) 627-1373,
whd2@columbia.edu
Dec. 17, 2014, 10:20 pm

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