Thursday, November 24, 2016

From Library of Congress: At Broad Channel -- the "Gondola" at the door

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At Broad Channel -- the "Gondola" at the door
Photograph shows boat in water outside home in Broad Channel, Queens, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2013)
Contributor Names
Bain News Service, publisher
Created / Published
[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]
Format Headings
Glass negatives.
-  Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
-  Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).
-  General information about the Bain Collection is available at
1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
Call Number/Physical Location
LC-B2- 3583-9 [P&P]
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
ggbain 19856 //
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Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ggbain-19856 (digital file from original negative)
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No known restrictions on publication.
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The Rockaway Times - Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
Peter J. Mahon
November 23rd,  2016


In Broad Channel, as anywhere that people celebrate Thanksgiving, thoughts of our families are foremost in our minds.  What makes our community special is the fact that we tend to view our little community on the bay not simply as a neighborhood but as our "home" and our friends and neighbors as extended family.  

Hard to believe in this day and age but Thanksgiving in Broad Channel still remains a family centric holiday consisting of a day of humble introspection with an accompanying acknowledgement of and real appreciation for the myriad blessings we all enjoy. Okay, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to imply that Thanksgiving celebrations in the Channel are a "Mayberry RFD" affair, but unlike many other communities, we continually struggle to ward off the otherwise widespread transformation of Thanksgiving into a "gateway commercial holiday", almost indistinguishable from the following day's ("Black Friday") start of a frenzied and seemingly endless number of holiday sales in an effort to maintain our comfortable niche on the Thanksgiving celebration scale which leans more towards Norman Rockwell rather than Norman Bates. 

Oftentimes it's hard to explain to those who do not live here exactly what it is that make our small town so unique. I always tell those who are curious enough to inquire that without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. Those of us who live here can appreciate the extensive sense of caring shared by all residents for each other, our town and our environment.  It is this strong sense of caring that binds all of us together as a community.  This sense of caring has served our town well since 1875 but is probably best exemplified by the devastation wrought by Super Storm Sandy back in October of 2012.  In the space of but a few hours, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean surged into Jamaica Bay and rolled across our island transforming the vibrant 21st century town of Broad Channel into an early 1800’s coastal village lacking power, communication, transportation, fuel, sanitation, food, habitable living space, churches and schools.  The realization slowly dawned on all of us that not only had we suffered incredible individual losses, we had also lost what most of us hold most dear,,,that which keeps us anchored to our island community – our town. 

Although the Thanksgiving immediately following Sandy was celebrated as best we could with shared turkey dinners at the American Legion it was perhaps a  holiday more memorable than those past as each of us had the opportunity to realize just how much we had to be thankful for as we prepared to pull together to restore our community! 

And pull together as a community we did! Together we shared laughter, tears, frustration, elation, sorrow, hope, food, drink, showers, towels, soap, clothes, money, tools and much more. But most importantly, together we endured that disaster and came away from the shared experience with a new sense of hope and purpose. Four years later as we all celebrate Thanksgiving this week in 2016 we should all be thankful and proud of the fact that, regardless of any adversity thrown our way, we remain a united, strong and caring community, very much alive with the hopes and aspirations of all our residents.  

Although I, like many of you, may often take this grand old town of ours for granted I think on this Thanksgiving day our small island community on the bay deserves a special shout out. 

Happy Thanksgiving Broad Channel!  Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Broad Channel VFW to host NYFAC's 3rd Annual Toy Run

VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260
705 Shad Creek Road
Broad Channel

The Broad Channel VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260 is proud to host the New York Families of Autistic Children (NYFAC) 3rd Annual Toy Run on Sunday, December 4th, 2016.

It's a motorcycle run with each rider contributing a new toy for children of families impacted by autism.

 Guided by two of Broad Channel's favorite elves, Frank and Debby of West 12th Road, the band of "Merry Biker Santas" and their bags of treats will depart the Forest Park Bandshell at 1:00 pm Sunday, December 4th, and roll south along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards to our local Broad Channel VFW Post #260 on Shad Creek Road for an fun filled afternoon of food and music.

To learn more about this terrific organization contact 
NYFAC at 347-566-3122 (X-305) 
or visit the organization's website at 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lighting Up the Channel


17 NOVEMBER 2016

Christmas cheer will once again come to Broad Channel. With the 5th Annual Broad Channel Christmas Lights Drive underway, the lighted holiday garlands are set to brighten Cross Bay Boulevard later this month. On Friday, November 18, those who helped to make this tradition possible will have a chance to receive a gift of their own in a $5,000 giveaway. 

For the fifth year in a row, Stephanie Wagner is helping to bring holiday lights to Broad Channel. The annual tradition started after Hurricane Sandy. “I was raising money after the storm to help out residents and someone suggested we decorate the town a little bit because it was so depressing. We reached out to different companies and partnered with PC Richards, which donated gift cards, so we were able to have a Christmas party in the town and raffle off the gift cards and we used the rest of the money to put our lights up. Now this has become a tradition,” Wagner said. “In light of all that our little town has been through, I like to remember this as one good thing that came from a disastrous time. Now, these lights serve as a reminder of all that we are capable of. We are a small town, but we are a mighty one.”
For the past few weeks, Wagner, with the help of other locals, has been selling $50 raffle tickets to raise money for the lights. Over the past four years, every ticket has sold out and as we go to press, Wagner says they pulled it off again, with all 400 tickets officially sold out. The winners will be chosen at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Bungalow Bar.
The first place winner gets a whopping $5,000, but there are plenty of prizes for runner-ups. Second place gets $1,000, third and fourth place gets $500, fifth gets $250 and five others will win a $100 prize each. Santa’s little helpers also get a gift. The person who sold the grand prize ticket gets $500. While the main giveaway tickets are sold out, a chance at the Mega 50/50 can be purchased for $10 at
Winners do not need to be present at Friday’s event, but it’s going to be a fun time for those who attend. The event, which is open to the public, will feature drink specials, a 50/50, and music by DJ Paddy Tubz of DJs@Work, who is donating his time to the cause.
Wagner spearheads the fundraiser, but calls it a community effort. “We’re a part of this great community that works together. I like that the town raises the money on our own because there are other towns that get them and have companies that donate them, but like most things in Broad Channel, we take things into our own hands,” she said. The community’s efforts will come to light after Friday’s event. The light company, Illuminations by Arnold, is expected to install the decorations sometime around Thanksgiving weekend and they will remain hanging until mid-January.
The Broad Channel Christmas Lights are a tradition that will live on for many years to come. “Hopefully we continue the tradition, but with all of the support we get, it makes it easier to do it every year,” Wagner said.

The Rockaway Times (Thursday, November 17th, 2016 edition)

Between the Bridges - Trigger Warning : Proceed at Your Own Risk

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
Peter J. Mahon
November 17th,  2016


Trigger warning!  If any mention of Donald Trump's recent election victory will cause you emotional stress, please immediately cease reading this column and retreat to any designated  safe space located well outside the realm of reality!  

On the morning after last week's general election while the rest of the country (some sad, some happy) got out of bed and went to work, pathos devolved into absurdity on many college campuses when university administrators .decided to treat their student populations more like kindergarten students rather than undergraduates attending institutions of higher learning as the reality of the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States set in. 

There were campus wide "cry-ins" with tissues and hot chocolate being handed out,  Some colleges offered coloring books, Play-Doh and arts and crafts sessions  to help assuage the discomfort being experienced by their students. Students gathered in groups on campuses, hands held high with middle fingers extended accompanied by such intellectual protest signage as "F&%$ Donald Trump" and "F&%$ America".  Of course, since no protest these days is complete without it, there was also the requisite burning of American flags. Classes and exams were cancelled either because the students were too upset to attend or their professors too distraught to teach. Are these so called intellectuals so dense as to not realize that this type of insular and entitled behavior, when viewed by normal working class citizens, was a contributing factor in Trump's win? Additionally, I am at a loss to explain how parents, shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in tuition for the education of these special snowflakes, tolerate this type of behavior on the part of their children.  

I also want to send a special "shout out" to all those self important and politically correct Hollywood and other celebrities who thought they had their fingers on the pulse of America and could help sway the election with empty threats to leave the country States if Donald Trump won. To put it bluntly, nobody cared! 

By the way, if the individual(s) who removed the "Trump - Pence 2016" banner hanging across Cross Bay Boulevard by the 17th Road Park on election day  thought they were making a political statement, they should know that their act of vandalism did not go unnoticed as it was quite the topic of discussion among the residents of Broad Channel as they traveled to P.S. 47 to cast their votes where, I have been told, 80% of which went to Donald Trump.

To our democrat friends who are discomfited by the awkward situation of having their hopes of retaining the Presidency dashed, they would do well to heed the advice of two of their more well known colleagues regarding their democrat victories - New York Senator William L. Marcy who stated way back in 1828 "To the victor belongs the spoils..." and more currently, our very own President Barack Obama who stated "Elections have consequences and at the end of day, I won!" while lecturing House Republican Whip Eric Cantor back in 2009.

In closing, I should tell you that when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in Game 7 on November 2, just six days prior to the election it should have been clear to everyone that  a win by Donald Trump was not all that implausible!

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tidal Flooding on West 12th Road

Tidal Flooding has impacted West 12th Road with the morning tides of both Monday and Tuesday, November 15th and 16th, 2016. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Two-Story, 10,500-Square-Foot Fire Station Filed At 305 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel

Vacant 305 Cross Bay Boulevard. Image via Google Maps.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department has filed applications for a two-story, 10,510-square-foot fire station at 305 Cross Bay Boulevard, in Broad Channel, Queens. The new facility will feature a garage, offices, and storage space on the ground floor, an equipment room on a mezzanine level, and a meeting room, a kitchen, additional offices, and a dormitory on the second floor. John D. Calcagnile’s Howard Beach-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 23,004-square-foot plot of land is vacant.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Weekly Construction Schedule [Mon Nov 14th - Fri Nov 18th]

Good Afternoon...

[Below] please find the Weekly Construction Bulletin for the Broad Channel Reconstruction project.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a good weekend,
Fern Weinreich
Community Construction Liaison
Broad Channel Project   ID: HWQ1182A
Field Office Number: 646-300-4351
Cell Number: 917-854-8341