Out with the broken, in with the new. That’s the current status of our almost-100-year-old historical boardwalk, which was destroyed by superstorm Sandy back in October. With boardwalk removal underway, proposals are apparently being submitted for its rebuild. I can only imagine what’s being proposed. With that, here are a few running through my head. Please feel free to comment with your own.
MY BOARDWALK WISH LIST
- Boards. No matter what material is ultimately used, a boardwalk with no boards is no boardwalk. If we don’t use boards then we can’t call it a boardwalk. Did I mention how it’s no longer a boardwalk if boards aren’t used? You get the point.
- Harder Wood with screws. It’s not going to happen, but this is my wish list, so there.
- I know wood is not going to be used, but please use a material that somehow absorbs heat. If we use cement, we will be sorry….
- I know wood is not going to be used, but please use a material that is somehow easy on our knees. If we use cement, runners will be angry….
- See video/article on the mistake Coney Island made by using concrete – “grainy, hard on the foot, discoloration and repair patches galore!”
- Colorful ticket booths. Some of you might remember my article from last July when I opened my big mouth and called for the repainting of the ticket booths. Little did I know our city would read the article and called me out on it. So last September, fellow resident Allison and I organized a booth painting party over at the Magnolia Beach entrance (read – We Came. We Saw. We Painted). Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so we spoke at a city council meeting for permission to paint the rest. City council said yes, with hope to get the rest painted by this spring. Sandy came and you know the rest. Will the new boardwalk have new booths? If yes, make them fun. If we just use the old booths, please let’s make them look fun. Not everything needs to be beige.
- Better organized signs. Sign pollution is a municipal problem. I get the feeling that municipalities order signs just to keep their budgets going. Look at all the booth signs in the photo below. Do we need all of them? Can’t we consolidate some of that information into one single sign? It’s very confusing to understand as it is. Oh.. you mean the Beach is closed 11pm to 5am? But it’s open from 5am to 11pm? I need two signs to tell me that? Speaking of simplifying signs, NYC seems to get it: (read – Parking in 140 Characters or Less: New Signs Simplify Parking Rules). Simplifying signs is an easy way to beautify (less sign pollution!).
- One of the signs in the photo above says NO MOTOR VEHICLES AT ANY TIME! Is that enforced?
- Ornamental lamp posts. I love looking at old photos of the boardwalk and seeing those decorative lamp posts (See photo below, courtesy of I Love LBNY). I realize how the city installed those environmentally friendly lamp heads last summer (see post), but maybe we can use those for streets lights which haven’t been ‘environmentally’ updated yet. Installing those old & sandy-beaten lamp posts back on a new boardwalk is like putting a beat up license plate on a brand new car. We are unfortunately getting rid of our historical wooden boardwalk. Let’s try to keep some history by replicating what we once had with lamp posts at least.
- Free wifi (wi not?). Google is giving NYC areas Chelsea, the highline promenade & the meatpacking district some free wifi. Wouldn’t it be great if Google did the same for our storm-ridden Long Beach? Come on Google, send some love over here too! (Read @ Daily News : Free WiFi comes to Chelsea thanks to Google, making it largest hotspot in NYC and offering thousands in public housing Internet access.)
- Official distance markers for runners/joggers. No more makeshift paint lines. Make it nice and neat.
- Planters. If we use concrete, we are going to need some trees to cool things down..
- More snack shacks or a food truck area. You heard me!!
That’s all I can think of. Anybody have any better ideas?