Coney Island

$3M in Sandy funding approved for Coney Island’s Steeplechase Pier

April 28, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Coney Island’s Steeplechase Pier, damaged by Superstorm Sandy, is shown undergoing repairs in May 2013. U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday announced more than $3.4 million in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs to pier. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday announced more than $3.4 million in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs to the Coney Island Steeplechase Pier. This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding has been awarded to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR).

“The iconic Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island was unfortunately damaged during Superstorm Sandy and was under construction for nearly one whole year. This federal funding makes sure that local taxpayers are not entirely on the hook for repairing the iconic Steeplechase Pier, but instead get to enjoy it for many years to come,” said Schumer. 

“Superstorm Sandy devastated our communities, and this critical FEMA funding will help provide much needed resources on the ground to help rebuild as recovery efforts continue,” said Gillibrand.

“The Steeplechase Pier is an iconic part of the Coney Island community. We are proud to deliver this federal grant, which will be used to repair the pier and protect it from storms that may occur in the future,” said Rep. Jeffries.

Coney Island’s Steeplechase Pier sustained significant damage in Superstorm Sandy. FEMA funding, in the amount of $3,416,360, is being awarded to NYCDPR for work that included: reinforced concrete joints, wood decking to be removed and reset with recycled plastic lumber on the beginning stretch and wings, new light poles, water line, viewing platforms, benches and shade structures.

 

—Information from Sen. Schumer’s Office

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