Local residents will soon find out if the Riegelmann Boardwalk will be added to the city’s list of landmarked places, Coney Island News has learned.
A spokesperson for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) told Coney Island News that they are continuing to “evaluate the potential for a landmark designation of the Coney Island Boardwalk” and will conclude the evaluation “in the coming months.” If designated, the wooden boardwalk would be saved from major alterations.
The latest development comes nearly two months after Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the effort to landmark the boardwalk at a town hall meeting in Coney Island. De Blasio said he asked the LPC to explore ways to create a landmark status but also said his administration will nonetheless use additional measures to preserve it and protect it — a particularly challenging balance considering the boardwalk in Far Rockaway was wiped out by Sandy.
De Blasio’s announcement in August was well-received among local politicians. Councilmember Mark Treyger called it a “great win for our community and our city’s history” and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams tweeted in support of the announcement.
Treyger and Councilmember Chaim Deutsch have made strong efforts to push for landmark designation; they introduced a change.org petition directed to the LPC several years ago, and last year Treyger drew support from many of his fellow council members when he introduced a resolution to encourage the LPC to designate the boardwalk.