Another unpleasant surprise I got was that the footbridge connecting the F train West 8th Station and the Boardwalk was closed permanently. At first I thought it was just under construction, but the sign said "permanently". I know certain section of it was under repair, as evidenced by the chain-link fence, but it seems the entire bridge will be taken down. There goes my favorite way to cross Surf Avenue. I wonder if it's just a bad wording of the construction.
I love footbridges in general, but this particular one is part of my mostly car-free route from home to the Boardwalk. Starting at Stillwell Avenue and Avenue V, I mostly travel along the Coney Island Rail Yard and have to actually cross the street only once, at Neptune Avenue. While running, the less I have to deal with cars the better. In the future, I'll just have to cross Surf Avenue, not that it's that busy in the early morning when I run. Of course, it takes only one bad driver to ruin the experience. I know, I know, First World Problem, but it's still a problem.
|There is juice in the station, as the green light is on, reflected on the platform, but cable didn't work.|
|"CAUSEWAY PERMANENTLY CLOSED", oh no!|
|The soon-to-be-demolished causeway? In the back is the famed Cyclone roller coaster.|
|Access to the F train West 8th Station is blocked off by boards.|