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Coney Island Boardwalk Reconstruction at Brighton Beach

Boardwalk with Coney Island in the background

We're rebuilding a better Coney Island Boardwalk at Brighton Beach that's safer, stronger, and more environmentally sound than ever. 

What to expect at Brighton Beach

Built to last and better protect the community for generations, the new boardwalk, between Coney Island Avenue and Brighton 15th Street, will maintain the look and feel of a traditional boardwalk while helping our city serve a responsible role in reducing deforestation—an important factor in global climate change.

Steeplechase Pier

To accomplish that, we're using recycled plastic lumber—the same material we've used to reconstruct the iconic Steeplechase Pier, pictured above and below.

Steeplechase Pier

Over the years, along with input from Community Board 13 and the Public Design Commission, we've considered using the traditional tropical hardwood, but replacing this portion of the boardwalk (Coney Island Avenue to Brighton 15th Street) using hardwoods could destroy some 6,000 acres of tropical rainforest, while 45,200 acres would be destroyed to reconstruct the entire boardwalk. 

Recycled plastic lumber fared better during Superstorm Sandy and it has a much longer life expectancy in high-pedestrian traffic areas than hardwoods, which showed deterioration, warping, splintering, and mold within a few years. Here's a review of materials considered for the Coney Island Boardwalk

Safety

We're committed to improving our facilities to ensure everyone's safety; so to better accommodate emergency response services on the boardwalk, a 10-foot-wide concrete carriage lane will be included in the 50-foot-wide boardwalk.

Rendering of new boardwalk showing a concrete carriage lane

The concrete provides better traction for emergency vehicles to allow for faster response.

Construction timeline

Construction on the boardwalk between Coney Island Avenue and Brighton 15th Street began in November 2014 and is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 beach season. During construction, temporary paths will provide public access. 

More information

This project is funded by Assemblymen Steven Cymbrowitz and Alec Brook-Krasny through a $10 million New York State Capital Assistance Program Grant (DASNY).  For more information, please visit the Coney Island Boardwalk Capital Project page.

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