Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Planks for the memories


Above: The Coney Island Boardwalk provokes powerful nostalgia for those who stepped upon it.


Above: Bennett Orfaly 45, and the chair he purchased made from boardwalk wood.

Daily News Brooklyn

As Coney Island performs major repair work on the aging wooden walkway, a Manhattan company has been quietly salvaging the discarded planks to turn into furniture it trumpets is made from “a piece of New York City history.”

Olde Good Things, which specializes in architectural salvage has been using the aged Brazilian walnut boards that once welcomed throngs of beachgoers to make benches and tables. The company also sells old planks by the foot for homeowners to use for outdoor decking, either “reworked” or in its original condition with its natural ocean-weathered gray patina.

Daily News Brooklyn

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