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New York, NY - Mayor Says Rebuilt Boardwalk in Rockaways Won't Be Wooden

Published on: December 1, 2012 09:30 PM
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n American flag stands on top of the devastated Rockaway beach boardwalk due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough of New York.(Photo : Reuters) n American flag stands on top of the devastated Rockaway beach boardwalk due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough of New York.(Photo : Reuters)

New York, NY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging to rebuild the miles of beach boardwalks destroyed by Superstorm Sandy - but he says the new models aren’t going to be made of wood.

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For years now, city officials have talked about wanting to replace the hardwood in the boardwalks with more durable and environmentally friendly materials, like concrete and plastic composites.

Nostalgia buffs have protested, but the mayor told The Wave, a neighborhood newspaper in the devastated Rockaway Peninsula, that the storm settled the issue for good.

He told the paper “there will be no more wooden boardwalks in Rockaway or anywhere else.”

City parks officials say concrete sections of boardwalk in the Rockaways and Coney Island held up much better in the storm.

 

 


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 Dec 02, 2012 at 08:30 AM M1 Says:

How about trex -they build decks out of that

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 09:41 AM Anonymous Says:

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M1 Says:

How about trex -they build decks out of that

plastic composites.

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

And maybe he shouldn't allow houses to built of wood anymore, either - the brick houses withstood the storm much better as well!

Some things are just a piece of the city as they were. replacing the Wonder Wheel and parachute Jump in Coney Island with merry-go-rounds may be safer, but would destroy the meaning and history of Coney Island.

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 01:11 PM shimonyehuda Says:

the mayor is using the storm to pursue his own agenda he has been trying to change the boardwalks to cement for years

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM A Says:

More durable, probably yes. Environmentally friendly, no. In what way is a boardwalk that is comprised of "plastic composites" more environmentally friendly than wood?

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM digitty Says:

I hope all the powers that be are aware that this renovation would be considered "New Construction" under The ADA, and therefore it should be recogonized that the WOOD boardwalk would not be considered compliant according to the ADAAGS.
If the City wants to be involved in expensive litigation after construction, then they should go ahead an approve a non-compliant wood surface.

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 05:45 PM my take Says:

it won't be able to be called a "board"walk if it's made out of something else.

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 Dec 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM redoitorg Says:

An advanced, wood decked, concrete composite piling and beam system that can be retrofitted over the 1930' era substructure: http://tinyurl.com/HCB-Boardwalk
This would give new Yorkers the sturdiness of the concrete substructure that survived Sandy yet preserve the traditional look and feel of the historic New York Boardwalks.

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