Hearing On Coney Boardwalk Next Monday, March 12!

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The long-awaited hearing that will herald a decision by the NYC Design Commission on whether we’ll continue to have a bona fide boardwalk in Coney Island – as opposed to a concrete/plastic walk – is finally upon us.

The meeting will take place at the NYC Design Commission (253 Broadway, Fifth Floor in Manhattan) next Monday, March 12, at 12 p.m.

To tell you more, here’s an e-mail we received this morning from Rob Burtstein, Chairman of the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance:

Dear Boardwalk Friends,

The approval hearing at the Design Commission is finally happening this MONDAY, MARCH 12th! After delaying twice, the Parks Department has decided to present their Boardwalk proposal to the Design Commission for approval.

If you care at all about the fate of the Boardwalk, this is the time to come!

THIS IS OUR LAST AND ONLY CHANCE TO SAVE THE BOARDWALK FROM IMMINENT
DESTRUCTION!

Whether or not you wish to speak for the 3 minutes allowed each person, is up to you. What’s crucial, is that we fill the room with our people, giving the message that this is not a desirable or acceptable plan, and that many people feel this way. Most of us are taking time off from work to be there, or otherwise making the necessary sacrifices to be in attendance. Bring your children if you
need to. PLEASE COME, and encourage your friends to attend as well.
It’s only if we each do what’s required to be there, and thus form a
large group, that we stand any chance of stopping this. It really is up to you!

Here’s the info:

  • Date: Monday, March 12th
  • Time: 12pm (please note that we must arrive at least 45 minutes before the hearing, so this arrival time accounts for that)
  • Place: NYC Design Commission, 253 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10007 (right across the street from City Hall in Manhattan).
  • The R train to the City Hall stop. 253 is right across the street from where you exit. Be sure to bring valid, current ID.

If you plan to attend, please rsvp at robburstein@hotmail.com  so that we have a rough count of how many people will be there.  Also, if you plan to come and would like to use your 3-minute time slot to read from our letters and research materials, let me know and we can email you a 3-minute segment to read.  Even if you don’t feel comfortable speaking, please come and help us fill the room!

Many of us have worked really hard these last couple of years to try and prevent the destruction of our Boardwalk. If you really don’t want it turned into a concrete and plastic walkway – and I know I’m repeating here – WE NEED YOU THERE IN BODY AS WELL AS SPIRIT, SO PLEASE ATTEND!
I’m hoping we see all of you there!

Thanks!
Rob

To view our binder full of research materials, photos, and letters that we submitted to the Design Commission, go to the website that
Christianna set up at  http://savetheboardwalk.wordpress.com