Construction has begun on a new boardwalk in the Rockaways to replace the one destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
Crews put up fencing Monday along a section of the boardwalk stretching from Beach 86th Street to Beach 97th Street.
They'll then rip out what remains of the old boardwalk and install new pilings, which will be topped by concrete.
The work had been delayed because of a lengthy permit approval process.
Residents said they're happy to see it finally starting.
"Beautiful. It's about time," said one resident. "You know, we've been struggling going in the street, going up the new lump, I don't know how to call it."
"You know, it's going to take about three years to complete, which I think is a long time, but we're very happy that it's finally getting started," said another.
"I just wish everybody could come here and enjoy the beautiful weather, beautiful ocean, the view and the quiet," said a third.
The city hopes to finish this section by Memorial Day 2015 and have the entire boardwalk rebuilt by the summer of 2017.
The beach will remain open during construction.