2008-03-21 / Community

Where's The New Boardwalk?

By Miriam Rosenberg

Not much has changed since The Wave originally ran this photo back in November. Not much has changed since The Wave originally ran this photo back in November. The protective gates went up in July. The work started last fall. Yet, the replacement of boards between Beach 20 and Beach 23 Streets on Far Rockaway's boardwalk is less than half finished with the beginning of the beach season just two and a half months away. While the work on the street side is still going on, there is no indication of when work on the beach side will begin.

All of this is not a good sign, considering boards on the beach side are in worse shape than they were when the season ended last year. There are jagged and rotted boards, some with dangerously protruding nails, as well as missing boards.

Katherine Hanley walks the boardwalk every day.

"This is an accident waiting to happen," said Hanley, a Caffrey Avenue resident on Saturday, as she pointed out the hazards to The Wave. "Nobody gives a damn about Far Rockaway."

An unidentified woman pushing a wheelchair agreed, saying it was dangerous - not only for wheelchairs - but for children on bikes, as well.

This is just one example of the bad shape the boards are in on the beach side waiting for repair. This is just one example of the bad shape the boards are in on the beach side waiting for repair. Last fall a representative for the Department of Parks and Recreation addressed the repairs in an e-mail to The Wave. In our November 23, 2007 issue, the spokesperson was quoted as saying the repairs were due to be completed in the spring.

In an e-mail to The Wave on Wednesday, Trish Bertuccio of Parks gave an update on the progress of the repairs.

"The work has been ongoing at the boardwalk," said Bertuccio. "The North Side of the boardwalk between Beach 20 and 23 is under construction now, and the contractors will start the south side after the north is complete.

"The plan is still to have the boardwalks finished by Memorial Day so beachgoers can enjoy the new boardwalk just in time for the season."

Looking west, more old wood on the boardwalk is being dug up on the street side. A close look on the beach side shows jagged and rotted boards sticking up. Looking west, more old wood on the boardwalk is being dug up on the street side. A close look on the beach side shows jagged and rotted boards sticking up.

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