12/04/12 10:00am

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Image source: Heritage Radio

Yesterday we told you that Mayor Bloomberg has decreed that the rebuilding of the Rockaway boardwalk – and all future NYC boardwalks – will never be built with wood again. Concrete is the other practical material with which to build the Rockaway boardwalk and those to come. Of course, the concrete can be formed into pieces that resemble wood, but it will nowhere be near the real thing.

That said, the only parts of the boardwalk that survived Hurricane Sandy were the ones made with concrete; the wooden parts were thrashed. So what do you think? Is the Mayor right? Or is nostalgia and natural materials more important when it comes to building a boardwalk? Should it actually be made of… boards? We’d love to know your thoughts – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

12/03/12 2:00pm

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Image source: Reuters via Travelers Today – concrete sections of the Rockaway boardwalk

Well, we’ve mentioned this boardwalk debate – wood vs. concrete – before, and had wondered what the decision would be in rebuilding the Rockaway beach boardwalk. Well, the Mayor has spoken – no wooden boardwalks will be constructed… EVER. (more…)

11/20/12 9:30am

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Image source: NYDN – Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski near Beach 101st Street

The NY Daily News reports on the “unprecedented” destruction of the Rockaway boardwalk caused by Hurricane Sandy. People knew it was bad but were still astonished at the damage. In the words of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), “A symbol of the destruction has been the boardwalk.” Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said, “It’s sheer devastation.”

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