New York’s Coney Island Boardwalk Becomes An Official Landmark

If you’ve ever been to New York City, you’re probably familiar with the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk. One of Brooklyn’s most popular waterfronts, the 95-year-old Boardwalk has officially been named a designated landmark.

Designed by Philip P. Farley, the Boardwalk was officially opened on 15 May 1923 as a place where all kinds of people could enjoy the lovely Brighton Beach. It remains a popular summer destination. The Coney Island Boardwalk, also called the Riegelmann Boardwalk, was named after Brooklyn Borough President Edward J. Riegelmann.

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West Brighton Beach resort in the late 19th century
West Brighton Beach resort in the late 19th century

Its recent designation as a scenic landmark “will protect the boardwalk’s presence along the beachfront, and preserve this iconic site for future generations,” according to Zodet Negrón of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The Coney Island Boardwalk Is An Important New York Landmark

The Commission’s Chair, Meenakshi Srinivasan, added that “The Coney Island Boardwalk is as much a part of the culture as it is a part of the history of New York City. It is a beloved public space that embodies Coney Island’s democratic spirit and reflects our City’s values of tolerance, inclusivity, and equity.”

Coney Island Boardwalk
People have enjoyed the Coney Island Boardwalk for decades

The promenade is beloved by locals and visitors alike. As Mitchell J. Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner, says, “By officially being designated a scenic landmark, the Landmark Preservation Commission is affirming what New Yorkers, and especially Brooklynites, have known for nearly 100 years; Coney Island’s Boardwalk is a timeless treasure. With its rich history, I am confident that with this designation, it will stand and serve this city and its visitors for hundreds of years to come.”

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