Dear friends, if you truly love Coney Island, then get yourself to City Hall on Wednesday, May 4th, to speak up to landmark the Boardwalk. Stay away and we’ll be forever damned to walk the Coney Island Concretewalk. Fail to show up and the patterns of freshly fallen snow on the slatted boards will one day exist only in archival photographs.
The City Council’s Land Use Committee is meeting at 11 AM to hear testimony on Coney Island Councilman Mark Treyger’s resolution calling for the boardwalk to be designated a scenic landmark. In February, 48 City Council Members, as well as Public Advocate Letitia James, signed on to the resolution, yet the Landmarks Preservation Commission remains silent. If it were not for Treyger’s tireless efforts on behalf of the boardwalk, this issue would have vanished from the public eye.
The City’s other scenic landmarks and dates of designation are Morningside Park (2008), Fort Tryon Park (1983) Bryant Park (1974), Central Park (1974), Riverside Park and Riverside Drive (1980), Verdi Square (1975), Eastern Parkway (1978), Grand Army Plaza (1974), Ocean Parkway (1975) and Prospect Park (1975). Doesn’t Coney Island’s world-famous boardwalk deserve to be among this illustrious company? May 15 is the 93rd anniversary of the Riegelmann Boardwalk’s official opening. See you tomorrow at City Hall and let’s make it a celebration.
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