Construction of new Rockaway boardwalk to begin this week

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of the beachside promenade, work is set to begin at last on building a new one

Rendering courtesy NYC Parks

At last, a new Rockaway boardwalk is on its way! The wooden promenade was almost entirely wiped out by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012—the storm destroyed nearly everything except concrete pilings, some of which date back to the 1920s. This week, workers will begin to demolish those pilings so that they can drive new ones into the ground and put in place a new concrete boardwalk.

The first section to be dealt with is from Beach 86th to Beach 97th Streets; expect earsplitting construction noise from 7am through 4pm on weekdays. By this summer, the city hopes to be working on the strip from Beach 97th to Beach 106th Streets. Though the work isn't expected to be completed until Memorial Day 2015 (!), you can still enjoy the popular seaside spot this summer; there will be beach access at 88th, 90th, 92nd, 94th and 97th Streets.

So what took so long to get this process started? Since the October 2012 superstorm, delays around permits and designs have delayed construction. Pictured here are draft renderings from the Parks Department, currently pending final approval. And just in case sunbathing by a construction site isn't your thing, don't forget that the nearby beach at Fort Tilden is reopening—first time since Sandy!—to the public for the 2014 beach season.

(h/t New York Daily News)

Rendering courtesy NYC Parks

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