Coney Island residents rally to save Riegelmann Boardwalk
by Chase Collum
Jan 28, 2015 | 4939 views | 1 1 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joining more than 100 Coney Island residents, councilmen Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch and other elected officials gathered on January 18 to urge the de Blasio administration to save Coney Island and Brighton Beach’s historic Riegelmann Boardwalk.

Protestors are demanding that the administration immediately halt ongoing work to replace sections of wood with concrete, which they believe will irrevocably alter the character of the structure and could result in significant environmental and flooding concerns for nearby homes and businesses.

“The Riegelmann Boardwalk is a globally recognized iconic structure that draws millions of visitors each year,” Treyger said. “Our boardwalk has been neglected by the city for far too long, and all we are asking is for our history to be respected.”

Rob Burstein of the Coney-Brighton Alliance, called the Parks Department plan to replace the boardwalk’s wooden structure with concrete “misguided.”

“This is supposed to be a new administration that listens to communities and does not force a plan down their throats,” Burstein said.

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marilyn b.
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January 30, 2015
It's clear that someone got a fat contract to put down that ugly cement and destroy our Boardwalk. Typical of the corruption in this city. We will not allow this to happen. Halt the work immediately, and then continue with appropriate repairs using wood.