NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The iconic Coney Island boardwalk has officially been designated as a “scenic landmark” by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The commission voted on the designation Tuesday morning, meaning the 2.7 mile stretch of boardwalk from West 37th Street to Brighton 15th Street can never be torn down and will have to be repaired if damaged or destroyed.

“We are so proud to designate the Coney Island Boardwalk a Scenic Landmark,” said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan in a statement. “The Coney Island Boardwalk is as much a part of the culture as it is a part of the history of New York City.”

The boardwalk has been a place for making memories for 95 years.

“Coney Island, that’s the place to be,” Jack Jozefs, who grew up in Coney Island, told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.

“If you’re from other boroughs, you may not know how beautiful it is,” said restaurant employee Joe Arniotes, who spends summers working on Coney Island like his dad and grandfather.

Most who walk the boardwalk regularly welcomed the new designation, but some say the new landmark needs a lot of TLC.

“I think it’s good to keep it the same way,” said Coney Island resident Genia Bekker. “However, I think it needs to be in better condition.”

“There’s a lot of nails sticking out, a lot of people fell, a lot of people injured,” said Brighton Beach resident Roman Block.

“They should take care of the boardwalk. They don’t,” said Bensonhurst resident Gonzalo Morales. “They leave it alone and that’s why it gets messed up.”

CBS2 saw crews working to make repairs and regulars hope the new landmark status will mean even better upkeep.

“My family, kids come up and enjoy,” said Arniotes. “Grandkids will see.”

The city council now has to vote to formally approve the designation. Supporters are hoping to have the mayor sign off on it before July 4.


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