CONCRETE BOARDS?

A boardwalk is hardly a boardwalk when it’s made of concrete; the famous and constitutional, if old-fashioned and rickety, boardwalk at Coney Island could be subjected to such a technical misnomer. The ambitious restoration project occurring there, with the emphasis on high-tech attractions and voguish appeal, will apparently result in wood planks being replaced with concrete slabs; the old-fashioned seaside stroll being, if not upon as quaint and nostalgic a pathway, on a firmer and longer-lasting one.

The slabs will have a tan hue and be textured to resemble pebbles and sand, said John Natoli, the Parks Department’s chief engineer.

He added that concrete will be more durable than wood and last “100 years instead of 30 or 40 years” — but fans of the classic wood planks were having none of it.  The Brooklyn Paper

The current boardwalk at Coney Island was part of a $3 million beach improvement project headed by Brooklyn Borough President Edward Riegelmann (1869-1941). Started in 1921, the boardwalk construction required 120,000 tons of stone, 7700 cubic yards of reinforced concrete, and 3.6 million feet of timber; it stretched from W. 37 Street to Ocean Parkway and “opened with great fanfare” when it was dubbed “Coney Island’s Fifth Avenue” on May 15, 1923.”  Of course, many modifications and additions were made to the boardwalk since then…this potential concrete transformation will certainly be the most dramatic.  NYC.gov

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