Check out this article and video over at NY1 regarding the Coney Island Boardwalk (NY1 – Design Commission Keeps Concrete Away From Coney Island Boardwalk). According to the article, the NYC Parks Department are pushing to make the boardwalk “more durable and cost effective” by using cement. Well it’s crumbling and the residents of Coney Island don’t like it:
“I can’t call it a boardwalk anymore. It’s a cement structure, it’s grainy, it’s really hard on the foot,” said one opponent.
“It’s disgusting. Why do you want to put a garageway in the middle of Coney Island?” said another opponent.
Other options include replacing the boardwalk planks with more durable materials — synthetics and prefabricated concrete have been discussed — that are stronger than the current pine planks…..
“All of a sudden they’re looking at it again and talking about a concrete boardwalk, all things that residents don’t want,” said City Councilman Mike Fagen. (source LB Herald – Residents call for boardwalk to be fixed).
Concrete would be a disaster – both aesthetically and historically. Not to mention how hot it gets! I can’t embed the NY1 Video, so go over there and watch it. It’s only two minutes long.