Few are upset about the change to the fake stuff. What has residents up in arms is the city's plan to install a 12-foot-wide strip on concrete down the middle of the less-iconic faux-boardwalk. "This is violating the one piece of solitude in a city that’s already a concrete jungle!” one advocate said at a recent meeting, the Post reports.
The city considers the plan a compromise: in March, they had asked for a 16-foot strip, which was way down from an original plan to replace the boardwalk with sidewalk. The concrete is necessary, they say, to handle traffic from emergency and parks department vehicles.
Critics say faux-wood can handle traffic just as well as concrete, and the city admits that the most important factor is cost. Concrete costs $24 less per square foot.
The community board will vote on the proposal, but only in an advisory capacity. The final decision rests with the city.