City’s plan for Boardwalk leaves just four blocks of wood

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The city is moving ahead with a plan to remove the wood from virtually all of Brooklyn’s famous Riegelmann Boardwalk, replacing it with cement or a synthetic material along all but a tiny stretch of the two-and-a-half-mile beachfront walkway.

The Parks Department, which is responsible for the nearly 90-year-old walkers’ paradise, will first replace wood with concrete on a long stretch of the Boardwalk between Coney Island Avenue and Brighton 15th Street in Brighton Beach, despite opposition from residents and Community Board 13.

The plan is expected to be approved by the Public Design Commission later this month — and likely lead to the paving of the rest of the Boardwalk, part of a long-stated city goal of replacing the costlier wood from Manhattan Beach to Sea Gate, except for a four-block section in the historic amusement district between W. 15th and W. 10th streets.

Opponents are furious.

“The Boardwalk is historic,” said Brighton Beach resident Ida Sanoff, who opposes a concrete makeover. “It’s not a sidewalk.”

That might not be true for long, however.

Last year, the city installed two small sections of concrete to test the material, as preparation for a larger $30-million renovation to the aging, 2.7-mile Boardwalk, which opened in 1923.

Parks spokeswoman Meghan Lalor said concrete was chosen because it’s sturdier — and, at $90 per square foot, it’s about $40 per foot cheaper than replacing the Boardwalk’s worn-down planks with real wood.

But last month, critics pointed out that the slabs were already starting to crack after just one year of use.

“Concrete might be the cheapest solution, but it’s not the best one,” said Todd Dobrin, president of Friends of the Boardwalk. “It isn’t the end-all be-all with this project.”

Small cracks are indeed visible in the concrete, but city officials said there’s no cause for alarm.

“There are minor hairline cracks, which are not structural in nature and pose no safety issues,” said Lalor, the Parks Department spokeswoman.

Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

WTF from Coney Island says:
Where the 99% of people live, they get sidewalk
Where the top 1% live, they get boardwalk.
Oct. 12, 2011, 6:56 am
Boardwalk from sidewalk says:
Occupy Wallstreet should Occupy the Boardwalk
Oct. 12, 2011, 7:04 am
bengee from Coney says:
Which one off the PDC and Parks Dept. buddies is getting the contract for the cement.Has any body asked yet.I wonder will it be a bid contract or do they already have one off there friends picked out.
Oct. 12, 2011, 7:35 am
Hector from PH says:
Concrete cracks when it comes in contact with salt.

The link is just one of many available. Placing a concrete sidewalk so close to the salt water beech is a bad idea. It may cost 40 less to install but will end up in a short time, a few short years, looking horrible. The city planners should really do some thinking on this cost savings. I can tell you from first hand experience concrete near ocean waters in a frost zone is a bad idea. They city will spend more on repairs and maintenance in the long run then in up front replacement of the wooden planks.

Oct. 12, 2011, 8:21 am
UmadBro? from wat says:
Who cares? I'm all for them ripping Coney Island up and rebuilding everything, the place has been a dump for years. They can start by knocking down those project buildings. It would be nice to have a half way decent entertainment district to bring our kids during the warmer months.
Oct. 12, 2011, 8:24 am
Mike from GOP says:
That's a great socialistic idea UmadBro? Let the government take down private businesses and rebuild disneyland on the beach. The place looks like $hit, you're right. Get rid of the projects and build condos. But you're missing the point about the boardwalk. If they use concrete, the place will still look like ——. So you should care, since you'll have to pay for it, and look at the losy work with your kiddies. They'll ask, hey why does this place look so crappy? You can say, because this is what happens when the government makes a bad decisions with my tax dollars.
Aren't they going to fix it? No, because they spent all the money on disneyland. Now get on the ride! Hurry up!
Oct. 12, 2011, 8:49 am
UmadBro from wat says:
Look at this moron get worked up over concrete.
Oct. 12, 2011, 8:57 am
Mike from GOP says:
The Pot calling the Kettle black.
Oct. 12, 2011, 9:45 am
UmadBro? from wat says:
You don't need to capitalize p in pot or the k in kettle.
Oct. 12, 2011, 9:51 am
Mike from GOP says:
What are you, an English teacher? Thanks for the lesson.
Oct. 12, 2011, 9:53 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
Don't forget it will look just great when the graffiti artists start using the sidewalk as a canvas.
Oct. 12, 2011, 9:53 am
UmadBro? from wat says:
It really is no problem at all Mike. Bearing in mind your apparent disabilities, I don't expect all that much from you. I am only here to help.
Oct. 12, 2011, 9:59 am
Mike from GOP says:
That is rather funny UmadBro! Because your username screams douchebag! Actually, it screams daddy douchebag.
Oct. 12, 2011, 10:05 am
UmadBro? from wat says:
“daddy douchebag” – Brilliant stuff there Mike, you could have been a poet.

The fact that you're even able to work a computer is an accomplishment you can be proud of. You’re a credit to disabled Americans everywhere.
Oct. 12, 2011, 10:12 am
Ed from Park Slop says:
I went to the Coney Island boardwalk recently and saw that stretch of "sidewalk" replacement. When they said they were going to do this they said it would look very much like the real boardwalk. It looks like concrete with a stamp of wooden planks. It looks ridiculous.
Oct. 12, 2011, 10:25 am
Mike from GOP says:
That's good stuff. Wow! You gave me $hit over wasted tax dollars on concrete, and now you're on here getting worked up over grammar.


Which brings me back to what I said before.

The Pot calling the Kettle black. (with all it's incorrect grammar)

You mad Brother? You're so ironic "UmadBro?" Clever incorrect use of grammar. I like it.
Oct. 12, 2011, 10:28 am
UmadBro? from wat says:
Oh Mike, your poetic way with words has inspired me to write you a haiku.

an empty head
cold as concrete
misuses the word irony
Oct. 12, 2011, 10:46 am
Mike from GOP says:
Thank you, I'm going to hang it in my office! It is absolutely Brilliant! A haiku from daddy douchebag. I'll hand it up next to my GED.

Jetzt kann ich al meine Verwante und Freunde zeigen was Daddy Douchebag mir geschenkt hat. So toll!

Danke! Du hast meinen Tag verbessert und meinen leben verändert.
Oct. 12, 2011, 10:59 am
UmadBro? from wat says:
I think you intended to write "hang it up next to my GED"

Anyway, I am always glad to have improved a simpleton’s day. I would be honored if you shared my little poem with your family and friends! If they're related to you I imagine they'll find it very impressive.

It is dullards such as you Mike that keep me posting.
Oct. 12, 2011, 11:14 am
Mike from GOP says:
I rather enjoy the fact that you are so worked up over grammar. I think you assume I actually care. Lol! I do enjoy your candor. It's refreshing! Keep posting, the braggarts are counting on you.

Oct. 12, 2011, 11:36 am
UmadBro? from wat says:
"I do enjoy your candor"
"the braggarts are counting on you."

You’ve grown so much over the course of this thread. From awe inspiring classics like “daddy douche” to using words like “candor” and “braggart”, I’m so proud of you! They must be teaching people how to use the thesaurus and spell check in G.E.D. programs now.

Oct. 12, 2011, 11:54 am
Mike from GOP says:
You're still so worked up! hahahahaha!

I love it!
Oct. 12, 2011, 11:55 am
UmadBro? from wat says:

U mad bro?
Oct. 12, 2011, 12:01 pm
Mike from GOP says:
Wink. You go!
Oct. 12, 2011, 12:13 pm
Justine Swartz from Brooklyn Heights says:
The 'Boardwalk' will become a highly trafficked private roadway for Police and Parks Department vehicles. It doesn't matter what the People want or need.
Oct. 12, 2011, 2:14 pm
imnewhere from park slope says:
this was hysterical. Thank you Mike and Umad, I'm still laughing.
Oct. 12, 2011, 8:15 pm
Boggy from Bath Beach says:
This is news? They started doing this a year ago, people! They're also evicting Ruby's Bar, Cha-Cha's, The Grill House, The Souvenier Shop and Paul's Daughter, most of whom have been on the boardwalk for over 40 years, at the end of October. Next year, that stretch of boaredwalk will be covered in generic eurotrash cafes to give the area a more european feel to better fit in with Central Amusements International's "vision of Coney Island". You can thank CAI for also ruining the Cyclone by eliminating re-rides.
Oct. 13, 2011, 6:55 pm
bklyngal from Kensington says:
It seems to me that as this is a historic site it shoud be desgnated as such. That would prevent - or at least temporarily halt- the boardwalk relacement until it gets determined whether or not it gets desigated as such. Community activists in the area should look into this possibility.
Oct. 14, 2011, 8:39 am
Boardwalker from Flatbush says:
I love Coney Island, and I hope that the bars, shops etc are preserved, but honestly, I wouldn't mind a different material for the boardwalk. Even on newer portions, I have tripped on uneven boards more times than my pride wants me to admit. I've also had long pants get stuck on protruding nails, which is a bit awkward. Perhaps concrete isn't the solution, but the wood definitely seems to not be the safest solution (though it is classic).
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:32 am
jay from none says:
Concrete at $90 per square foot. Why not $100 ?

Must be a Union job ?
Oct. 15, 2011, 9:49 am
josef from downtown brooklyn says:
funniest comment thread i've ever seen ever on this paper's site so far.

amazed anyone in bklyn would openly admit to being a GOPosaur. doesn't mike know they're supposed to be extinct?
Nov. 8, 2011, 12:45 pm
josef from downtown brooklyn says:
funniest comment thread i've ever seen ever on this paper's site so far.

amazed anyone in bklyn would openly admit to being a GOPosaur. doesn't mike know they're supposed to be extinct?
Nov. 8, 2011, 12:45 pm
Will from Midwood says:
It's like they just don't care. The planks are nice. The concrete looks awful. Who are these people that are slowly but surely replacing everything nice with cheap garbage and then patting themselves on the back. Sad.
Feb. 1, 2012, 1:45 pm
Depperman from Brookln says:
This has to get out there to as many people as possible:
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!

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!
Peoples’ Committee for Wood Restoration of Riegelmann Boardwalk 10 East 16th St., New York, N.Y. 10003 UNION LABOR DONATED PLEASE REPRINT AND DISTRIBUTE!
Dec. 17, 2014, 10:23 pm

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