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.
The boardwalk, which officially opened on May 15, 1923, 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. 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.
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. 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. The Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected the application for landmark status and the replacement project began in 2015.
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