Judge: Coney Island Boardwalk Can Go Plastic

City officials say the plastic composite lasts longer than wood, and it's cheaper

Monday, Dec 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:11 PM EDT
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Judge: Coney Island Boardwalk Can Go Plastic

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Children stroll along the boardwalk that connects Brighton Beach with Coney Island

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Coney Island's famous boardwalk is going plastic.

A judge ruled last week that New York City can move ahead on its plan to replace five blocks of the wooden boardwalk in Brooklyn with concrete and plastic planks.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long wanted to replace the hardwood in the boardwalks with more durable and environmentally friendly materials, like concrete and plastic composites.

City parks officials say concrete sections of boardwalk in the Rockaways and Coney Island held up much better during Superstorm Sandy.

Advocacy groups had filed a lawsuit to stop the plan, claiming it was not subjected to the necessary state and city environmental review.

The Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance, which had filed the suit, released a statement saying they were disappointed in the decision.

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