CONEY ISLAND - The New York City Parks Department is putting finishing touches on new comfort stations along the Coney Island boardwalk.
The new pavilions are replacing the comfort stations that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The bathrooms and changing stations are several feet above the ground, sitting on stilts.
There are eight new modulars in four locations along the boardwalk. They were built to FEMA standards and cost $1.5 million each.
Residents from the Oceana View complex in Brighton Beach complain that the pavilions block their view of the ocean and are a waste of taxpayer dollars. The Brooklyn borough parks commissioner says that while the city is sensitive to those issues, the bathrooms are needed for the huge crowds of visitors to Coney Island.
Crews hope to have the comfort stations ready by this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.