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Brooklyn lawmaker again pushes landmark status for Coney Island’s boardwalk

LPC designation could save promenade from faux wood, concrete

February 05, 2016 12:45PM

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Coney Island’s boardwalk (inset: Mark Treyger)

Part of Coney Island’s charm is its iconic boardwalk, as synonymous with the amusement park as hot dogs, roller coasters, cotton candy and family fun.

As the city plans to change some of the materials used for the promenade that evokes Jazz Age shenanigans, City Councilman Mark Treyger continues his push to landmark the historic wooden-planked path.

Treyger, who represents Coney Island, introduced a resolution that urges the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the 2.5-mile Riegelmann Boardwalk, which dates to 1923, as a historic site so that it cannot be changed.

“The boardwalk is one of our community’s most precious assets,” Treyger told the New York Daily News. “This beloved local treasure deserves official status so that its defining structural and aesthetic characteristics are preserved and protected.”

The City Council passed a resolution in support of the landmarking proposal, but the city is not obliged to act.

The city Parks Department has been running trials over several years, using concrete and fake wood, which is much cheaper, on parts of the boardwalk.

Coney Island has been an hotbed of development, including Cammeby International’s slender 41-story, 673,000-square-feet tower at 532 Neptune Avenue. [NYDN] — Dusica Sue Malesevic

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