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Amidst stiff opposition, the NYC Parks Department has announced that the Boardwalk will now be topped with concrete and recycled plastic formed to look like wood.
The plastic stuff will reportedly last for 75 years.
Relatively affordable, this is the same stuff that wooden roller coasters, like Coney Island's famous Cyclone, were made of.
Speaking of Coney Island, we can assume they followed the same wood "diet" for their boardwalk erected in the 1920s, though we don't know for sure.
Choosing the material to build a boardwalk out of can be tricky.
Never mind the amount of people traipsing over the thing; being located on the shore, it is subject to salt spray.
At some point, some bean-counter worked out the math and the switch was made. It's rot-resistant, insect-resistant and even naturally fire-resistant, and the boards laid at Coney Island did indeed last for two and a half decades before needing to be replaced.
However, there will not be another wood replacement cycle at Coney Island.
I understand that, but it's so much better to have a surface to walk on next to the beach.
"We love our icons of the past, and sometimes you can preserve them," Ms.
The rise of pesticides changed the wood game after World War II.
By the 1950s Atlantic City had switched materials once again, this time going with chemically-treated Southern Yellow Pine.
In a 1934 book called "Trees You Want to Know," American botanist Donald Culross Peattie wrote that Atlantic White Cedar would "endure moisture indefinitely," and wood that weathered well was in demand; lots of folks began using it for fencing and roof shingles.