Saturday, June 13, 2015

Coney Island's wooden boardwalk is now in Italy

From Brooklyn Daily:

Wood from the Riegelmann Boardwalk that was supposedly damaged during Superstorm Sandy is being reused in Italy — as a boardwalk.

In a classic case of one city’s trash being another’s tesaro, architects who designed the U.S.A. Pavilion at Milan’s Expo 2015 used lumber from Brooklyn’s Boardwalk to build an indoor boardwalk at the Italian World’s Fair. The city has for years been trying to convince residents that concrete and synthetic boards are better suited for beachfront walkways — and has routinely replaced portions of the wooden Boardwalk, which stretches from Coney Island to the edge of Manhattan Beach, with non-wood options — upsetting old-school Boardwalk advocates who say it is the wood that makes it good.

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And to them, the ironic move to repurpose Boardwalk wood to make a boardwalk could be the last straw.

“What a travesty — shipping our Boardwalk’s wood off to another country to be re-purposed and enjoyed there, while we have plastic and concrete shoved down our throats,” wrote Coney–Brighton Boardwalk Alliance president Rob Burstein in a letter to us when he heard of the Italian job.

Biber Architects designed the Milan boardwalk and purchased the timber from salvagers Sawkill Lumber, who harvested the historic planks for the city after Sandy “wrecked” the wooden walkway in 2012, a Biber spokeswoman said.


Anonymous said...

I built the boardwalk in coney island in the 80s,concrete was a better idea because every time we finished a section the animals would park a car under it and torch it,sure it was job security but how many times can you burn it down,Please,spare me.

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 1: There's no place under the boardwalk to park a car. It's a solid embankment. It was like that before Sandy as well.

Anonymous said...

You may have rebuilt sections, but you didn't build the Boardwalk. It was there for a long time before the 80s.

Anonymous said...

Sell chunks of it as collectables. NYC could use the money.
"Under the Boardwalk" where I copped my first feel. Ooh....aahhh.
Welcome to the wonderful world of 50s teenagers.

Anonymous said...

Sacred splinters from the boardwalk.

Anonymous said...

Leave the wood in the forests and go with modern materials. The transit elevated platforms were once made of wood too. Now they are concrete or composite. Save the nostalgia unless you want a tax increase.