Coney Island Boardwalk Could Become Concrete

Saturday, Jul 2, 2011  |  Updated 10:36 AM EDT
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Coney Island Boardwalk Could Become Concrete

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New York City has replaced wooden boards along part the famous Coney Island boardwalk with concrete strips.

The change is part of an effort to save Amazon forests, but some neighbors are unhappy with the look and feel of the new surface. The city says the historic amusement area will remain hardwood, but last summer it launched a pilot program to test the concrete strips along two other short stretches of the boardwalk.

Now it wants to start a full-blown replacement using concrete and recycled-plastic boards. The concrete boards cost about $95 per square foot compared to $127 for hardwood. The plastic ones are about $110 a square foot.

Brooklyn's Community Board 13 is opposing a plan to expand the project, but its recommendations are non-binding.

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