The Coney Island Boardwalk Could Soon Be Designated a Landmark
Summer in New York City just isn’t the same without hot dogs, boardwalks, and roller coasters at Coney Island.
While locals see the stretch of beach to be an iconic part of the city, the Coney Island boardwalk has yet to receive landmark status — until now.
Meenakshi Srinivasan, chairwoman of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, said on Thursday that the Coney Island Boardwalk will be added to the agency’s list of properties to consider for landmark status, Crain's New York reported.
In 2014, there was a push to give landmark status to the boardwalk, as a means to prevent parts of the wooden walkway to be converted to cement. At the time, City Councilman Mark Treyger argued that concrete portions of the walkway sustained more damage from Superstorm Sandy than the wooden portions — meaning there is a practical as well as historical reason to preserve the site.
The proposal will still have to go through the proper approval process in order to be officially distinguished as a landmark. According to Crain’s New York, the commission would be able to approve the status in spring or summer.
This would preserve and protect the boardwalk in the future, since any construction or renovations would have to be approved by the preservation commission, which is dedicated to preserving the historical accuracy of city architecture.