Courtesy of vampirebird via Flickr

Courtesy of vampirebird via Flickr

We noted yesterday that, as part of the city’s rehabilitation plans, the Coney Island boardwalk will be rebuiltsoon. Well, we didn’t realize how soon. Giddy to play with its new toy, New York City Parks and Recreation Department quickly awarded the $13.7 million, two-year construction contract to T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc., through its affiliate Triton Structural Concrete.

According to the San Diego, CA,-based company’s press release:

Work will begin immediately to demolish portions of the existing damaged wooden boardwalk; precast concrete slab units will be installed as the foundation of the 2.7-mile boardwalk to strengthen and stabilize it. The boardwalk’s existing hardwood timbers will be replaced by a combination of colored and textured pre-cast concrete slabs, custom exposed aggregate and sustainably harvested hardwood wood decking. The project duration is two years, however, Triton anticipates completing early in approximately fall 2010, dependent upon the weather and summer tourism.

First, we have to wonder whether this $13.7 million project could’ve waited until after we got ourselves out of the current financial boondoggle. Next, we ask why would you go with a company based outside of New York? Granted, sending taxpayer money off to California is a bit like charity these days, but we can put that to good use here at home.

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  • Local Broker

    ned you are busy today i like that. that was the first thing that i thought of reading this why wouldnt they give it to a local contractor. we definitely dont have a shortage of cement and wood guys in brooklyn. also they should do most of the boardwalk not just the amusement area. i think there is alot more traffic on the brighton part of the boardwalk than coney island. if you go there right now i guarantee brighton is packed.

  • Local Broker

    ned you are busy today i like that. that was the first thing that i thought of reading this why wouldnt they give it to a local contractor. we definitely dont have a shortage of cement and wood guys in brooklyn. also they should do most of the boardwalk not just the amusement area. i think there is alot more traffic on the brighton part of the boardwalk than coney island. if you go there right now i guarantee brighton is packed.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Local: Thanks for noticing. We hope to have this kind of volume more often. As for the boardwalk, I believe they are redoing the entire thing. It’s scheduled to take two years and cover 2.7 miles, and the press release notes that the Coney Island boardwalk stretches down to the edge of Manhattan Beach. So it sounds to me like it’s the entire thing, which I do believe is called the Coney Island boardwalk, even the parts in Brighton Beach.

  • http://www.NedBerke.com Ned Berke

    Local: Thanks for noticing. We hope to have this kind of volume more often. As for the boardwalk, I believe they are redoing the entire thing. It’s scheduled to take two years and cover 2.7 miles, and the press release notes that the Coney Island boardwalk stretches down to the edge of Manhattan Beach. So it sounds to me like it’s the entire thing, which I do believe is called the Coney Island boardwalk, even the parts in Brighton Beach.

  • Ray Johnson

    Ned is working hard each and every day! Let’s hope we’re all sharing the site with others.

    As for the boardwalk being rebuilt: I’m confused. Is the entire thing going to be ripped out and rebuilt? Doesn’t this sound excessive? Will they be adding anything extra to bring the boardwalk area to the modern world? Bike paths and storage areas, shower facilities and lockers — would be very welcome.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    This contract was awarded too quickly. Was there no bidding process at all? Most importantly, why give the contract to a company that is on the West coast, and make no pretensions of being national in scope.

    http://www.tritonstructural.com/

  • Ray Johnson

    Ned is working hard each and every day! Let’s hope we’re all sharing the site with others.

    As for the boardwalk being rebuilt: I’m confused. Is the entire thing going to be ripped out and rebuilt? Doesn’t this sound excessive? Will they be adding anything extra to bring the boardwalk area to the modern world? Bike paths and storage areas, shower facilities and lockers — would be very welcome.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    This contract was awarded too quickly. Was there no bidding process at all? Most importantly, why give the contract to a company that is on the West coast, and make no pretensions of being national in scope.

    http://www.tritonstructural.com/

  • Local Broker

    im sending you a picture of the name.

  • Local Broker

    im sending you a picture of the name.

  • Bill W

    Based only on a press release from the contractor, news like this can spawn all sorts of rumors and stories.

  • Bill W

    Based only on a press release from the contractor, news like this can spawn all sorts of rumors and stories.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    I don’t think we needed to wait. Wouldn’t the money come from federal grants given to the city specifically for construction work from the various stimulus bills anyway?

    However, there certainly should have been a bidding process over the course of a least a few weeks. This city has a very…..suspicious habit of awarding no bid contracts.

    As for it being a West Coast company.
    1. Regardless of being a West Coast Company don’t they have to hire local workers? They arent actually going to fly out peons and grunts to do the labor from the west coast are they?

    2. Are there any local contractors left that arent involved in some shady mafia bullshit?

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur B

    I don’t think we needed to wait. Wouldn’t the money come from federal grants given to the city specifically for construction work from the various stimulus bills anyway?

    However, there certainly should have been a bidding process over the course of a least a few weeks. This city has a very…..suspicious habit of awarding no bid contracts.

    As for it being a West Coast company.
    1. Regardless of being a West Coast Company don’t they have to hire local workers? They arent actually going to fly out peons and grunts to do the labor from the west coast are they?

    2. Are there any local contractors left that arent involved in some shady mafia bullshit?

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    Oh, and the Boardwalk stretches from Brighton 14th – West 37th.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur B

    Oh, and the Boardwalk stretches from Brighton 14th – West 37th.

  • lalaland

    2. Are there any local contractors left that arent involved in some shady mafia bullshit?

    I agree with that totally, but imagine it was as simple as the city put out an RFP for the work and there are more companies looking to bid now. There are definitely contracting rules; i’d be surprised if no-bid.

  • lalaland

    2. Are there any local contractors left that arent involved in some shady mafia bullshit?

    I agree with that totally, but imagine it was as simple as the city put out an RFP for the work and there are more companies looking to bid now. There are definitely contracting rules; i’d be surprised if no-bid.

  • http://www.samanthalosapio.com/ Samantha

    Wait a tic, didn’t they redo it after like, 75 years or so just a few years ago? My dad works for the Parks Dept, and I remember them having a ceremony– we have pieces of the original boardwalk and everything. Was that just part of it?

  • http://www.samanthalosapio.com Samantha

    Wait a tic, didn’t they redo it after like, 75 years or so just a few years ago? My dad works for the Parks Dept, and I remember them having a ceremony– we have pieces of the original boardwalk and everything. Was that just part of it?

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    They’ve redone parts of it as recently as last year. Those are “band-aid” repairs, and only fix trouble spots. The new materials used (ie. NOT WOOD), are supposed to reduce the need for such repairs. We’ll see.

  • http://www.NedBerke.com Ned Berke

    They’ve redone parts of it as recently as last year. Those are “band-aid” repairs, and only fix trouble spots. The new materials used (ie. NOT WOOD), are supposed to reduce the need for such repairs. We’ll see.

  • http://hardwoodflooringinstallation.net/3-steps-to-refinishing-your-hardwood-floors.html Refinishing Hardwood Floors

    This certainly is a worthwhile cause, but I DO agree we should be using that money towards our homeless and our educational system