A recent article in the New York Daily News discussed the city’s plan to make over the Coney Island Boardwalk with concrete and fake wood. However, a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge, Martin Solomon, has made the point that slippery artificial lumber could result in costly slip and fall lawsuits.
In March 2012, the rebuilding of the Coney Island Boardwalk was given the green light by the city Design Commission. They allowed the rebuild to begin from Coney Island Avenue to Brighton 15th Street. More recently, Coney Island advocates found themselves in court fighting to stop the city’s $7.4 million plan to rebuild the first five blocks. If they initial rebuild goes well, the plan was to most likely take care of the entire 42-block stretch as well.
Judge Solomon was an early backer of Coney Island redevelopment, but he argued with lawyers on both sides of the case. The Parks Department claimed that they had really thought things through and did not think slip and fall lawsuits were going to be an issue.
The judge hearing the case said he will make a decision within 60 days about whether the Boardwalk makeover should be paused until the Parks Department does an environmental impact study. The city has already put down concrete slats on the Boardwalk at Ocean Parkway to Bright First Road and W. 33rd to W. 37th Street.
An activist at the hearing said Solomon’s attitude “frustrated” him. Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance president Rob Burstein said, “He was shutting down our attorneys much of the time.”
Faulty construction decisions and poor workmanship can create a hazardous place for visitors—whether it is a public area or a private home. If you have suffered a Pennsylvania slip and fall injury where the property owner knew or should have known of the hazard, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and financial losses. Connect to the legal team at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo by calling 215-545-1870 or 1-888-807-WORK for a free, no-obligation consultation.