The Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island is a really iconic spot, beloved by vacationers and locals alike all through the years. And now, the favored attraction could very nicely be on its option to being recognised as an official scenic landmark, following a spirited marketing campaign.
20 March noticed the primary formal step going down within the designation course of for the boardwalk to turn into recognised as a scenic landmark, in a process referred to as calendaring. “The Landmarks Preservation Commission (has) voted in favour of calendaring the Coney Island (Riegelmann) Boardwalk in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The Coney Island Boardwalk, which extends 2.7 miles along Coney Island and Brighton beaches, is considered one of the best-known waterfront pedestrian promenades in the world and a memorable destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike,” a consultant of the Landmarks Preservation Commission advised Lonely Planet Travel News. Once calendared, the LPC will maintain a public listening to on the proposed designation, adopted by a public assembly throughout which a vote will likely be held.
Named for Brooklyn Borough President Edward J. Riegelmann, who performed a significant function in its creation throughout his two phrases in workplace, the boardwalk was initially a part of an bold plan to rejuvenate the neighbourhood and seaside. Inspired by the success of earlier boardwalks in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and different areas, public officers hoped a boardwalk would flip Coney Island right into a year-round resort.
Planned and designed by engineer Philip P. Farley, the boardwalk is an elevated deck supported by strengthened concrete piles and girders. 80 feet-wide and 9500 feet-long, the primary part, between Ocean Parkway and West 37th Street, opened in May 1923.