Coney Island visitors who are arriving via the subway stop at West 8th Street get off the train with a bird's eye view of the water, the Cyclone, and the rest of the amusements. It's then kind of a beach bummer to then have to make one's way from the station to the shore via a rather rundown pedestrian bridge that enjoys a view of a less exciting vacant lot next to the Cyclone rollercoaster. But a brand new $11 million grand entrance is planned for that section of the boardwalk, where beach goers will be able to enter the seashore through a wide stepped plaza made of heat resistant materials and featuring seating, bike racks, and plantings. The footbridge that currently spans Surf Avenue was deemed too expensive to replace and will be torn down after the upcoming summer season. The new entranceway should be ready to accept Coney Island visitors by 2014.
· New Beach Entrance Just Beachy [NYP]
· Coney-o-Rama coverage [CurbedNY]