Thursday, March 15, 2012
Where is the Coney Island Boardwalk now?
Mystery Solved. We have it here.
Coney Island Boardwalk reclaimed wood flooring
NYC’s most famous playground,
Coney Island, has been undergoing a facelift. Sections of the boardwalk
are being replaced with concrete and synthetic wood. The species of wood (such
as ipe) that was used for years as decking are being depleted due to the
deforestation of the Amazon rain forests.
The Coney Island Boardwalk construction began in 1921. It opened on May 15, 1923. It’s almost 90 years old! It’s 80 feet wide, 2 miles long and contains about 1.3 million boards. These boards have seen it all. They've withstood hurricanes (Hurricane Donne 1960), caravans of garbage trucks, sand, wind, sun and millions of visitors. These boards have inspired artists (“Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters, 1960). The boardwalk has given shade to those ducking underneath, and privacy for those seeking a smooch. Over 100 movies have been made on the Coney Island Boardwalk including, American Gangster, Street's of Gold, The Pick Up Artist, and Brighton Beach Memoirs just to name a few.
Think of the rich history of this place. Picture the first round of immigrants coming here to let loose and blow off steam. They experienced the freak shows, the Cyclone roller coaster (built in 1927), the street food, and live music. What a spectacle it was and still is. Today you can watch the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest (66 in 12 minutes!), participate in the Mermaid parade (sea creatures galore), ride the same Wonder Wheel your Grandparents rode (built 1918), pay a quarter to use the bathroom, make a wish to Zoltar and see a two headed gerbil all in one day! The Coney Island Boardwalk is a symbol of NYC. It’s a wonderful, crazy, charmingly tacky symbol, part of our history, part of our past, part of us.
Call us today for a quote on your flooring project. 212-595-0900 or visit us at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York at booth # 482.
Here are just a few of our products made in the USA from Authentic Coney Island Boardwalk.
#10 Surf and Sand, Old face Coney Island Boardwalk flooring.
# 8 Brick City, Coney Island Boardwalk flooring.
# 27 The Spirit of Fun, New face herringbone, Coney Island Boardwalk flooring.
# 26 Tranquil Vitality, Old face herringbone, Coney Island Boardwalk flooring.