The Coney Island Boardwalk will be replaced by plastic and concrete

The boardwalk at Coney Island, a historic 2.7-mile-long stretch of wooden waterfront decking in southern Brooklyn that stretches between Coney Island and Brighton Beach and has served as a summertime destination for New Yorkers for 98 years, is getting its first-ever major renovation. However, not everyone is happy with plans to replace the boardwalk’s tropical hardwood planks with textured plastic.

The Riegelmann Boardwalk sits between iconic Coney Island spots like Luna Park, the Wonder Wheel, the New York Aquarium, and the Atlantic Ocean, and even its underside has been immortalized in song. Built from Brazilian ipê planks, a weather-resistant tropical hardwood that’s only become

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