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Bridge Connecting W. Eighth Street-New York Aquarium to Boardwalk Will Come Down This Summer

Coney bridge is falling down — or will be soon, city says

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The city is burning its bridges — or at least the pedestrian walkway connecting the W. Eight Street train station to the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Citing safety concerns and the structure’s unsightliness, the New York City Economic Development Corporation — the agency responsible for promoting business and tourism — plans to dismantle the walkway over Surf Avenue and the New York Aquarium parking lot at a yet-to-be-unspecified date this summer. An agency spokesman called the half-century-old bridge an eyesore, and said that it was likely to become unstable in the next few years.

In an effort to keep crossing Surf Avenue easy, the spokesman said that the city will broaden the sidewalks, install a crossing light at the intersection of W. Eighth Street, and create a new entrance to the Boardwalk at W. 10th Street.

Community Board 13 district manager Chuck Reichenthal applauded the news, saying that the neighborhood panel has begged the city for years to tear down the deteriorating walkway. The bridge — originally built 50 years ago to convey people from the F-Q stop to the then-new aquarium — has long been an orphan, with the MTA, the aquarium, and the Parks Department all denying responsibility for maintaining it.

“It started looking like hell 15 years ago,” said Reichenthal. “It has to go.”

But not all community leaders are pleased to see the bridge fall. Todd Dobrin, president of promenade advocacy group Friends of the Boardwalk — and a candidate to replace term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island) — argued the bridge is necessary to keep children and the elderly out of danger while crossing busy Surf Avenue.

“It’s a safe gateway into Coney Island and directly onto the Boardwalk,” said Dobrin. “What about all those kids who come here on field trips, and the old people?”

Dobrin offered to have his organization take over the structure’s upkeep, but admitted that Friends of the Boardwalk does not currently have the funding to pay for the maintenance, and would need grants.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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sal from coney island says:
Todd Dobrin is a real joke. He keeps talking about his BIG Organization Friends of the Boardwalk.
He' talks like their are actually members in this organization.
Well, let the truth be known. There are none.
Todd Dobrin is the President of Friends of the Boardwalk. He's the only member.
They haven't had a board meeting in the last 5 years. Probably more.
Let it be known that Todd Dobrin's Friends of the Boardwalk is a sham organization.
It's just like Todd , he'll say anything that you want to hear.He likes haering himself talk.
Let the truth be heard , Todd you are a
phony & a fake.
More to come....
May 10, 2013, 8:58 am
Rainbow from Coney Island says:
Friends of the Boardwalk? Who is he kidding? That organization exists in name only. Marty Levine founded it and the only thing that organization ever accomplished happened when Marty Levine was its leader. Once Dobrin took it over, it did nothing except sign on to a lawsuit that was spearheaded by someone else. That bridge has been a problem for years and many people have tried to either save it or have it rebuilt, yet Dobrin wants you to believe that nothing ever happened before him. Marty Levine was a visionary who had a plan for Coney Island. Dobrin is just a bag of hot air who rides other people's coat tails.
May 10, 2013, 9:03 am
Carl from Coney Island says:
Todd Dobrin is a fraud. His organizations is a front for do nothing crazies. He has not done a thing ever in the community, he shows up to places to take photos and say I was there. He doesn't know a thing about public works. He wants to take over maintaining the bridge? Where was he years ago with his fake organization when no one was taking responsibilities for it. What a clueless individual. How can anyone ever associate themselves with him. He is just not a smart person.
May 13, 2013, 9:02 am
Brooke from Shore Parkway says:
wait until they start investigating the groups financials, particularly in light of the lawsuit that they filed recently and lost. Group had no financial disclosures in years but operate under 501 C3 status. AG and DA will have a field day with this guy Dobrin. Another corrupted politician in the works.
May 13, 2013, 9:22 am
Brooke from Shore Parkway says:
here is some info to back it up this guy is not simply a fraud, he is a liar and a deceiving crook!!!!! Organization either is in-existing or is shady without any financial record keeping. And the president Mr. Dobrin wants to be your councilman? Oh no I am calling everyone out on this.

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May 13, 2013, 9:37 am

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