Man Sues NYC After Falling 'Through the Planks' on Coney Island Boardwalk

August 12, 2020

    A Brooklyn man is suing the city after he says he was injured in a fall through a gap at the Coney Island boardwalk last week.

    Mark Leyderman filed a lawsuit Monday in Brooklyn Supreme Court claiming he fell “through the planks” on the Riegelmann Boardwalk on Aug. 4, the New York Post reported.

    In the suit, the 52-year-old says he was walking on the boardwalk near W. 5th Street and Surf Avenue when the planks acted as “a snare and a trap,” causing him unspecified injuries.

    Leyderman claims the city and Parks Department “negligently and carelessly caused the walkway portions of the boardwalk and the planks on the boardwalk … to become and remain in an unsafe and dangerous condition.”

    City Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci told the Post: “We can’t comment on any of the particulars. We’ll review the suit.”

    Residents have been complaining about the boardwalk’s condition for years, with a number of lawsuits filed over injuries.

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