To quote Faye, aka Mama Brokelyn, Kickstarter is both a boon for dreams and an enabler of bad business ideas, and we’re not sure where this one falls. An NYC-based artist is using reclaimed wood to create iPhone and iPad holders that boost the sound of your device, all using no wires or cords, just natural, reclaimed wood. As a special July 4 bonus, he’s offering the sound boards made of pieces of the Coney Island boardwalk for a pledge of $175 (usually $250) to the first 50 backers. The whole appeal of the thing is that its made of bits of the historic Coney Island wooden boardwalk, which will soon be an endangered species. But is it worth the money, particularly since the contraption only doubles the sounds, which means it’s still only slightly above audible? (more…)
The Coney Island boardwalk may be losing its iconic wood planks as the city looks to replace them with concrete and plastic, so this may be literally (literally) one of your last chances to own a piece of Coney Island history. Someone on Craigslist claims to be giving away 4×14 wood joists between 10-18 feet long that were “just ripped up” from the boardwalk and some Ipe wood (aka boardwalk planks) still attached to the massive joists. We’d say be careful for this to be a scam, but honestly, dressing up regular wood as boardwalk planks just to give it away for free seems like a lot of work. Everything must go by Thursday, so call 516-967-6866.
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