Some parts of the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk may have already been replaced with concrete and plastic, but local politicians and residents are continuing to fight for it to be landmarked. City Councilman Mark Treyger, who represents the Coney Island neighborhood, has introduced a new resolution calling on the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the boardwalk a landmark, the New York Daily News first reported."The Boardwalk is one of our community's most precious assets," Treyger said in a press release. "For nearly a century, the Boardwalk's 2.7 mile span has welcomed millions of people, locals and tourists alike. Whether it is parents pushing strollers, seniors socializing, joggers exercising, sightseers photographing, or even couples taking romantic walks along its classic wooden planks, the Boardwalk is and has been a cultural and social touchstone for all residents of Southern Brooklyn, as well as its global audience."
The boardwalk is officially known as the Riegelmann Boardwalk and named after politician Edward J. Riegelmann. It opened in 1923, and stretches from West 37th Street to Brighton 14th Street.
A landmark application was already rejected once, but the Councilman is trying again. The city's Parks Department on its part has said that replacing parts of the boardwalk with sturdier material is cheaper than procuring new wood, according to the Daily News. But most locals are opposed and preservationists are opposed to this change.
A City Council resolution is more a show of support and does not mean the city has to act on it. But Treyger does have the support of every other council member, except for the speaker.
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