Council supports landmark status for Coney Island Boardwalk
by Patrick Kearns
Jul 19, 2016 | 3311 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Official landmark status for the Coney Island Boardwalk got a big vote of support last week when the City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to support the designation.

The move puts further pressure on the Landmark Preservation Commission to act in favor of an application submitted back in December 2014.

“The iconic Coney Island Riegelmann Boardwalk is not just a symbol of Coney Island and Southern Brooklyn, but one synonymous with New York City," said Councilman Mark Treyger, who co-sponsored the legislation. "Millions have walked the boardwalk’s wooden planks for nearly a century, forging the legend of one of our city's best-known cultural touchstones.”

The 2.7-mile-long Coney Island Boardwalk, the centerpiece of the Coney Island and Brighton Beach peninsula, first opened in 1923 and in that time, according to Treyger, has become one of the most iconic destinations in New York City.

Treyger was joined by Coney Island historian Charles Denson in submitting the formal application in 2014. A designation, according to Treyger, would provide an additional layer of protection.

One negative example he cited was the replacement of parts of the boardwalk with concrete in sections, which he said drastically alters the boardwalk’s character.

“I believe we must preserve this legend, this symbol, so that our children, their children, and millions of others who visit our great city in the years ahead will be able to walk those same wooden planks and create their own memories,” he said.

Treyger also said that southern Brooklyn has been overlooked by the commission when it comes to landmarking.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that the landmarking process is equitable with regard to all parts of the city,” he added. “Southern Brooklyn has a rich history of culture and tradition, too, and few places epitomize that history better than the Coney Island Boardwalk.”

Joining Treyger in co-sponsoring the legislation was Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who said the unanimous support of the City Council was a testament to how important the boardwalk is to the entirety of New York City.

“The Reigelmann Boardwalk has been one of the most recognizable features in all of Brooklyn and New York City since it's opening in 1923,” he said. “I am hopeful that the passage of this resolution will lead to a positive decision from the Landmarks Commission, and our boardwalk will be designated as the landmark that we all know it to be.”
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