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Parks Department Releases Plans for Elevated Bathrooms

New Coney bathrooms to stay high and dry

Brooklyn Daily

Call it a bathroom over troubled waters.

Coney Island beachgoers heeding nature’s call will be relieving themselves more than 13 feet in the air this summer, according to new Parks Department designs.

The new commodes on the Boardwalk at W. Eighth Street will be perched atop concrete columns to keep them clear of a storm surge like the one that wrecked the old lavatories during Hurricane Sandy. They will also come with an array of new features, including skylights, solar panels, and ramps for the disabled, and will join Tom’s Restaurant and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on the growing list of year-round attractions in the People’s Playground.

“The new modular buildings are vastly superior to the structures they are replacing,” said city spokeswoman Megan Lalor.

Lalor said that modular units — prefabricated off-site — will open for business on May 25. Similar high water closets will also rise up in Staten Island and the Rockaways.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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ObserverV from Brighton Beach says:
3 months these constructions will be in use. The rest of 9 months we, residents will be suffered from foul smell, drug dealing, homeless, scattered human waste and all the consequences of a public toilet presence in front of us. The toilet is being built right in front of the 12 residential condominiums, ONLY 50 FEET AWAY.
A mayor of New York wants the beach to be ready for this season, for that he is willing to forever destroy the property in a residential community
A blind bureaucratic machine is simply running over the residential community.
April 5, 2013, 4:17 pm
Sophie from Ocena residential condominiums says:
The residents will be suffered from foul smell, drug dealing, homeless, scattered human waste and all the consequences of a public toilet presence in front of us. The toilet is being built right in front of the 12 residential condominiums, ONLY 50 FEET AWAY.
April 7, 2013, 11:36 am
Vlad from Oceana reresidential condominiums says:
Yes, city lawyers (we should rather label them city liars) deceived HOA about the timing of installing concrete columns, trying to win time and giving orders to the workers to accelerate the construction.
By looking at what is being erected, you think: Who in their right mind - architects, parks' officials etc - could design such monstrosity and then place it in front of Oceana buildings, blocking ocean views even of the top floors?! Now beach-goers and homeless will be enjoying the views of the ocean, as well as the views of our apartments. Unbelievable stupidity and ignorance by the city officials. Making hurricane-proof toilets a priority over the residents' living conditions.
April 8, 2013, 2:18 pm
parks & recreation bureaucrat from manhattan says:
Who cares about those resident russian families? We need to build a toilet for those kids who come en masse to the beach on Brooklyn-Queens Day to shoot at each other. The kids need to feel welcome.
April 8, 2013, 9:49 pm
Ilya from Oceana from Oceana/Brighton Beach says:
NYC intentionally covered up the plans to avoid community discussions. Then NYC lawyers suggested to post ads into Brooklyn Daily Eagle which is inadequate notification. Not a single bill board about the project was posted at its location. Not only does NYC treat the beach as it does Staten Island Landfill ( no offense to actual landfill ), it now decided to treat NYC residents and their real estate investments like trash too. Moreover, it is stupid to waste money on these UFO-style bathrooms on 20 ft piles before Sandy stuff is fixed. Kids at schools still don't have a gym !!!!!! Its still flooded or broken by Sandy.
April 9, 2013, 10:42 am
Anatoliy from Gravesend says:
It's terrible ! Instead See Air boardwalk small like —— and piss. What the hell this city bureaucrats made with Coney Island beach. Shame
June 14, 2013, 12:11 am
Gary from UES Manhattan says:
I was out at Brighton Beach using the facilities that are known for their frilly decorations from a woman staff a couple yrs back. Using this one is now my go-to bathroom after the older one near the E. end came down following Sandy. Now I know why these new beautiful looking modular units haven't been completed yet....the community who have their own bathrooms fight every step of the way in sharing their beach with visitors from other parts of the city.
Aug. 6, 2013, 9:18 pm

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