Coney Island Boardwalk Could Become Sidewalk

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The Coney Island boardwalk could be a thing of the past.

 WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

People flock to Coney Island to escape the concrete jungle.

When they get there in the future, they just might find a sidewalk instead of a boardwalk.

New York City is going to test less expensive, more durable concrete in place of wooden beams.

It’s generating more screams than the Cyclone.

“I walk on concrete all day long. I need a break from it. Don’t change. Keep it the way it is. some things are just meant to stay the same,” one man told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

Another man said, “I think it takes away from some of the atmosphere, you know. You know, you don’t get the same ‘clack.’ It doesn’t make the same sound against the feet.”

“I’m not really for it…. I like the old way,” said a boardwalk purist.

A concrete walkway will be tested for five blocks from Coney Island Avenue to Brighton 15th. The amusement area will keep its old-style wooden boardwalk.

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  • Barbara

    Noooooo. I grew up by Brighton 15th. It’s a BOARDwalk, it’s easier on people’s feet and legs, it feels like you’re out of the ‘city’, the rain and snow fall through. And nooooo, darnit.

    • Barbara

      I’m told from an old friend that still lives there that the main thing wearing out/ breaking the boards so quickly now are the police CARS and other trucks riding up and down the boardwalk all day. Which they are not supposed to do… the boards are not designed for that. They used to be on bicycles…

  • Pee Wee

    Who cares
    In a few years, it will be muslim island
    as this will be the the united states of muslim

    • Barbara

      What’s it like to live this life you and we ALL have been given with such a narrow, insulated, fearful mind?

  • Lamont Sanford

    Unfortunately, I think the concrete is to cut down on lawsuits stemming from lifted/damaged boards. I wish it would stay wood, tho, otherwise it’s not a boardwalk.

  • T-guy

    Yeah but what’s the most cost effective? still wasting money like water lol spend spend spend unbelievable lol

  • Barre Flynn

    The Concrete is already installed by Ocean Parkway. I don’t think that they are getting rid of it anytime soon. They have replaced so much of the boardwalk that it seems hard to believe that this will actually happen anytime soon. The concrete makes it easier for the cops to race up and down the boardwalk

  • Johnmonotone

    While the concrete is still soft, I’m inscribing “1-8-7-7-Kars-for Kids, K-A-R-S Kars-for-Kids, 1-8-7-7-Kars-for-Kids, Donate your car today”, so WINS reporters will feel at home, when covering the story.

    • Flynn

      okay I just choked on my drink! That was hysterical! Kars for Kids LOL!

  • T-guy

    If keeping the boardwalk the way it is, wooden then no $$$ needed then lol…wouldn’t be a bad idea to create more open, green spaces instead of just concrete jungle…that would be money spent right and wisely

  • T-guy

    Either wasting the money, or spending it wisely! Perhaps if they knock the boards down and replace with concrete, that costs a chock full of money right?
    Bottom line is no more wasting money! “Save a buck or a two” lol as 1-800 Collect kindly reminds us!

  • duke

    Don’t turn Coney Island into Phoney Island!

  • T-guy

    Nowaday’s it seems like it’s all about cutting the cost and saving money! Do what you gotta do

  • Dee

    I hope they leave them I don’t agree with removing hictorical land marks. Im from Indiana and would love to come see your boardwalks. We still have some brick streets, and officials have tried to remove them for paving, so far we still have them Not the smootest ride but love driving down them.

  • Mike

    we run on the boardway as much as possible, the boards are better for our legs. Concrete is a killer to runners. They did this parts of Rockaway and it is ugly.

    • Pee Wee

      MAN-UP !

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