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Coney Island’s West 8th Street Walkway Was Torn Down Over The Weekend
Posted By Willie Simpson On August 13, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In News & Features | 67 Comments
The shark-painted walkway stretching over Surf Avenue at the corner of West 8th Street was torn down over the weekend, just like the city promised.
Last May, we reported  that the rusted bridge was being dismantled for safety reasons. Originally, the bridge was put up 50 years ago to transfer people coming off of the Culver and Brighton lines into the then newly built aquarium.
Critics, including City Council candidate Todd Dobrin, charged that the removal of the overpass would make the intersection less safe, as pedestrians would have to contend with traffic. Allan Shweky, who runs Friends of Ocean Parkway , a blog focused on pedestrian safety, provided us with the images of the now removed overpass and lent his thoughts.
“As you know a traffic light will replace the bridge. There will be a new entrance to the Boardwalk on West 10 Street but the walk from the subway will force subway riders to cross a crowded Surf Avenue to get to the beach. Will be as safe as the Stillwell Avenue intersection which is not saying much,” Shweky told us.
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URLs in this post:
 Last May, we reported: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/05/coney-island-walkway-will-be-torn-down-this-summer/
 Friends of Ocean Parkway: http://www.friendsofoceanparkway.org/
 Video: Track Fire At West 8th Street – New York Aquarium Subway Station: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2011/08/video-track-fire-at-west-8th-street-new-york-aquarium-subway-station/
 Stillwell Avenue Graffiti Mural Spotlighted By New York Times: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/09/stillwell-avenue-graffiti-mural-spotlighted-by-new-york-times/
 Salon Tackles The History Of Coney Island Development And The New, New Coney Island: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/08/salon-tackles-the-history-of-coney-island-development-and-the-new-new-coney-island/
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