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Rockaway Inlet to Norton Point (Coney Island)

Rockaway Inlet to Norton Point (Coney Island)

The densely populated communities along the south shore of Long Island, New York, in the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, had long experienced continual beach erosion due to storm events like the 1992 nor'easter, which caused considerable erosion and damage.

Completed Work 

Coney Island Reach

In January 1995, the Corps of Engineers, State and City of New York completed the initial construction of the Coney Island shoreline protection project, the Coney Island Reach, which extends from West 37th Street to Brighton Beach.

The Coney Island Reach project consists of approximately 3 miles of beachfront which provides storm damage reduction to the densely populated urban communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline of Coney Island.  The project includes periodic nourishment of the restored beaches for a period of 50 years.



Before Replenishment - December 1992


After Replenishment - March 1995

Work in Progress 

Sea Gate Reach

The Corps of Engineers, State and City of New York have developed a long-term solution to the beach erosion and sand accumulation problems that have occurred to the west of the West 37th Street groin, within the Sea Gate Community. The Sea Gate Reach project will complete the overall Coney Island shore protection project. 

The Sea Gate Reach project consists of constructing four stand alone T-groin structures, one rock spur off the existing West 37th Street groin, additional stone armoring of the existing Norton Point dike, and removal of approximately 1,500 linear feet of beach fill currently accumulated in front of the Gravesend Bay bulkheads. This beach fill will be placed along approximately 2,000 linear feet of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline within the new T-groin field.

There have been questions regarding the Corps of Engineers carrying out the Sea Gate work on a private beach and why the Corps is doing this work, please click here to find out more about the reasons for the Sea Gate work as well as how the work relates directly to and is important to the main Coney Island coastal storm risk reduction project.

* June 10, 2014 Public Meeting Materials:

The Corps, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, held an open house public information session to share information about the upcoming work and speak directly with the public. The posters that were displayed at the information session and the brochures that were handed out are available below for download as PDF files. 

-- Information Posters (2MB)
-- Sea Gate Work Brochure (1MB)

For more information about this project please read the Fact Sheet or email the Project Manager.

For more information on the Corps' post-Sandy near-term coastal restoration work, including replacing sand lost at Coney Island during Hurricane Sandy, please check out our near-term coastal restoration page here.