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As we reported last month, the battle over the future of Coney Island’s historic boardwalk is finally coming to a head this Thursday, October 25, at 360 Adams Street, Kings County Supreme Court House, in hearing room 38.

Todd Dobrin, president of the “Friends of Coney Island Boardwalk,” along with Rob Burstein, president of the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance, are taking on the Parks Department’s effort to replace the wooden slats that comprise the historic walkway with plastic and concrete.

Dobrin and Burstein not only object to whatever cosmetic degradation a plastic and concrete boardwalk might bring, but also to, what they believe, are looked-over safety concerns ignored by the Parks Department in the installation of a massive concrete infrastructure. Dobrin and Burstein made their complaints clear in an op-ed to the Daily News:

Already, thousands of settling cracks have appeared in the concrete pilot project sections of the Boardwalk, and chunks of concrete have broken off in a number of places.

Concrete stores heat, making it uncomfortable to sit on and increasing the temperature of the whole area. The sun glare is blinding, and the hard surface is damaging to the joints of the countless runners and pedestrians who use the Boardwalk daily.

For those wishing to attend the hearing, it is requested that you dress modestly, bring no signs of any kind, and arrive as early as 9:00 a.m. Because this is a high profile case with large public interest, it is likely that it will be the first case called at 9:30 a.m., so arriving early will afford attendees adequate time to pass through security and find seating.

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  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    Well, I’ve decided that if nothing is done to fix or change the wood, next season’s jogging will not be done on the boardwalk. Its condition is way too dangerous. I fell once walking, and once running this past summer.

    I don’t often side with government, but their idea of concrete down the middle (for vehicles), and the fake wood elsewhere sounds like the best to me. I’m not in favor of “Friends of the Boardwalk” demanding the wood be fixed. The city will never do it, too expensive.

  • guest

    Silly peasants. Does thy think thy king and queen of New York cares. His and her royal highness-es receive kickbacks from the cement company. If thy reneges on the kings royal decree of concrete, thy will simply punish more of the citizenry by issuing you a sidewalk violation and make you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix the sidewalk around your property, put up more traffic lights, raise sewage and water rates and raise thy rents and property taxes. Thou commoners think the boardwalk is for thy feet? Ney. That concrete is there to satisfy the cyclist and generate kickbacks..

  • peppertree5706

    President Marty Markowitz will spend $2 Million to light up the parachute jump. That money is better spent preserving the wooden boardwalk.

  • http://kibblesbits.wordpress.com/ Ann

    Dress modestly?

    • nolastname

      I intended going dressed as the Parachute Jump.

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