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Should the Coney Island Boardwalk be landmarked? Make your voice heard

P.S. Here are some sunshiny Saturday Boardwalk photos to brighten this rainy Monday

April 16, 2018 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
There will be a public hearing on Tuesday about landmarking the Coney Island Boardwalk, which was crowded with visitors on sunshiny Saturday, April 14. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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Should the Coney Island Boardwalk be landmarked?

Here’s your chance to make your voice heard on this matter.

On Tuesday morning, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing about granting protected status to the iconic walkway that’s an essential element of Brooklyn’s famed seaside playground.

The meeting will be held at the LPC’s Lower Manhattan headquarters in the David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street. The hearing room is on the ninth floor of the building.

You must pass through a metal detector to gain admittance, so get there early. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.

Testimony time is limited to three minutes per person. It’s a good idea to prepare a speech of that length and also hand a longer, typed version of your testimony to commissioners.

If you can’t attend the hearing in person, go to to find an online form to submit digital testimony. It should be handed in by 4 o’clock today.

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In 2016, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the landmarking of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, which is its formal name. More than 1,500 people signed a petition supporting the measure.

The beloved walkway is 2.7 miles long. It was called “Coney Island’s Fifth Avenue” when it opened in 1923.

It is a vital piece of Coney Island’s history, hearkening back to the days when the People’s Playground was filled with elaborate amusement parks.

Though by comparison, Coney Island’s amusement district is much smaller in the 21st century, it is immensely popular. The rides, the beach and the boardwalk draw millions of visitors every year.

Coney Island's comfort stations are included in the Coney Island Boardwalk's landmarking proposal.At this end of the Coney Island Boardwalk, you find the entrance to the Thunderbolt.

The proposal under consideration calls for landmarking the entire walkway. It runs from the West 37th Street border of the private community of Sea Gate to Brighton 15th Street in Brighton Beach.

Landmark protection would be extended to Steeplechase Pier, which juts into the Atlantic Ocean. The pier was repaired after Superstorm Sandy damaged it.

The comfort stations, benches and light fixtures along the Boardwalk and the beach beneath the Boardwalk are also included in the proposed landmark designation.  

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