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The Riegelmann Boardwalk, named for Edward J. Riegelmann but known by many as the Coney Island Boardwalk, is located along the southern shore of the Coney Island peninsula in Brooklyn, New York City, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

Summary

The boardwalk, which officially opened on May 15, 1923,[1][2] stretches for 2.51 miles from West 37th Street at the border of Coney Island and Sea Gate to Brighton 14th Street in Brighton Beach. It is the second-longest boardwalk in the world, surpassed only by the Atlantic City boardwalk.[citation needed] Many of its most famous amusement parks no longer exist, but the boardwalk still hosts the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster and the Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel, as well as the New York Aquarium. The more recent MCU Park is home to the minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team. In 2016, a live performance venue, the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island, opened on the boardwalk.

Information

The Riegelmann Boardwalk has a steel and concrete foundation supporting wood planking for the walkway. Restroom facilities, benches and waterfountains are located along its length. As of October 2010, the city has been renovating the boardwalk: parts will receive new wood planking over concrete supports, and parts will be replaced with concrete entirely, for lower maintenance cost.[3][4] In reaction, local members of the City Council, (Mark Treyger/District 47(Brooklyn)-Democrat) and (Chaim Deutsch/District 48 (Brooklyn) - Democrat) have suggested making the old boardwalk a New York City Landmark.[5] The Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected the application for landmark status and the replacement project began in 2015.[6]

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Coordinates: 40°34′24″N 73°58′44″W / 40.5733°N 73.9788°W / 40.5733; -73.9788

References

  1. ^ "New York City Department of Parks and Recreation". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ The American Experience, PBS
  3. ^ Handy, Ryan Maye (December 2, 2010). "Coney Island Boardwalk to be Concrete". Archived from the original on April 15, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ Press release, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  5. ^ Blau, Reuven (December 7, 2014). "Push to landmark Coney Island's historic boardwalk". New York Daily News. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Hansen, Matt (April 27, 2015). "Concrete? Coney Island fans say only wood will do for their beloved boardwalk". Los Angeles Times.