Coney Island has a gritty reputation, but this is ridiculous!
Winds blew huge mounds of sand off the beach and onto the neighborhood’s iconic Boardwalk, forcing the Parks Department to deploy teams of workers to remove the granules by the wheelbarrow-ful.
Community Board 13 district manager Chuck Reichenthal said he had heard concerns about the beach overflowing onto the promenade. He suggested that the wayward grains were the same ones Hurricane Sandy piled onto the walkway last October. During the post-storm cleanup, the city pushed the sand off the famed planks, but left it in big drifts along the shoreline instead of spreading it out.
“They’re just blowing back up onto the Boardwalk again,” said Reichenthal.
The civic leader said that the problem should be resolved soon as the Parks Department is in the process of leveling out the sand so it will not rise again.
“It will not be a problem throughout the summer. They are getting everything re-aligned along the beach,” Reichenthal said.
The city would not comment on the phenomenon beyond saying that removing sand from the promenade is part of a Parks Department employee’s regular duties.Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderma