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New York - Famed NYC Coney Island Boardwalk May Get Plastic Makeover

Published on: February 20, 2012 10:56 AM
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New York - New York City’s Coney Island boardwalk may be getting a makeover — from wood to plastic.

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The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/xtxiDs ) that the city parks department is proposing to replace stretches of the aging, 2.7-mile boardwalk with a combination of concrete and a type of recycled plastic that looks like wood.

Rob Burstein, chairman of the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance, says the plan would amount to “putting a piece of plastic into a diamond ring.”

But Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says the plastic composite can last 75 years and is cheaper to build with than wood.

The parks department says some natural woods last just eight years.

The plan to rebuild the boardwalk must be approved by the city’s Public Design Commission before it can be carried out.


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 Feb 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM post4 Says:

Its a great plan, this matirial is very nice and strong, my only qwestion is maybe it will get very hot? I guess we'll find out.

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 Feb 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM VeyIzMir Says:

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post4 Says:

Its a great plan, this matirial is very nice and strong, my only qwestion is maybe it will get very hot? I guess we'll find out.

Wooden decks get very hot in the sun too.

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 Feb 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM shimonyehuda Says:

this is an attempt to hurt the poor and middle class in brooklyn if this was in manhattan the boardwalk would remain wood anywhere else it is too "expensive"

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 Feb 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Yes then people can go rollerblading there.

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 Feb 20, 2012 at 05:14 PM Butterfly Says:

How much is this going to cost??

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 Feb 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM Anonymous Says:

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post4 Says:

Its a great plan, this matirial is very nice and strong, my only qwestion is maybe it will get very hot? I guess we'll find out.

It's really a shame that Coney Island, the buildings there and the boardwalk never got landmark status. Kids will never know what the parachute jumps was like, or George C. Tilyou park with the steeplechase horse races. Now they woin't even know what a boardwalk is.

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 Feb 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

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shimonyehuda Says:

this is an attempt to hurt the poor and middle class in brooklyn if this was in manhattan the boardwalk would remain wood anywhere else it is too "expensive"

Of course Manhtattan gets special treatment, including a wood Boardwalk (if we had a Boardwalk). We pay much higher taxes in Manhattan than you do in Willy or BP so deserve the higher end materials. We are the World center of finance and commerce. No one really cares what the Brighton Beach or Coney Island boardwalk looks like.

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 Feb 20, 2012 at 06:44 PM post4 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

It's really a shame that Coney Island, the buildings there and the boardwalk never got landmark status. Kids will never know what the parachute jumps was like, or George C. Tilyou park with the steeplechase horse races. Now they woin't even know what a boardwalk is.

I agree to the first part of your comment, but you probably never saw theese plastic, they look just like wood and also feels the same it's just more practical becouse it lasts much much longer. Don't worry it will be very nice for a very long time.

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