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Concrete? Coney Island fans say only wood will do for their beloved boardwalk
Concrete? Coney Island fans say only wood will do for their beloved boardwalk

On a rainy weekend in January, the Coney Island boardwalk was not the boardwalk of memory: no salty spray, no roller coaster clatter, no standing-room-only beach. Instead, it was damp, it was gray, and it was empty. And its age was showing. But the more than 100 people gathered in a beachfront pavilion love it anyway. The residents, activists and city officials were there to protest and mourn as the city refurbishes parts of the 2-mile-long Riegelmann Boardwalk over the next 15 months, replacing the wood with a mixture of plastic wood and concrete in a move critics say threatens the fabric of this summer icon, where Nathan's Famous hot dogs and the Wonder Wheel have helped...

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