3. The Coney Island Library ceiling contains boardwalk planks

Pieces of the Coney Island boardwalk on the ceiling of the Coney Island Library
Photo by Kathleen Fowler, Courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library

Look up at the Coney Island Library! The ceiling of this south Brooklyn branch contains pieces of the famous Coney Island boardwalk salvaged from Hurricane Sandy. Coney Island Library, Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend and Red Hook libraries, all sustained extensive damage during the storm.

When the Coney Island Library was renovated after the storm, it was given a fresh new look that pays homage to the neighborhoods past. The salvaged boardwalk planks were incorporated into the design and the walls were covered in large images of Coney Island’s historic theme park attractions like the Parachute Jump and Wonder Wheel.