Sunday, August 17, 2014

Broad Channel VFW BBQ (Saturday, August 16, 2014)

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

One of the ways the wonderful people up at our Broad Channel VFW Post funds 
their continual services to the veterans of St. Albans Hospital is, you guessed it….a good old fashion community BBQ.  

This past Saturday, August 16th, the Post hosted another of their summertime BBQ’s
 from 2-6 pm with lots of ice cold draft beer and soft drinks, steaks, chicken hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings, clams on the half shell, a big backyard lush with neatly trimmed bright green grass, a view of Jamaica Bay and the Manhattan skyline to die for and some great conversation between neighbors and friends.  

The grills were fired up and the steaks and chicken were already sizzling as Margaret Glade greeted everyone attending the VFW's BBQ with a smile.  

The weather was great and the temperature was just warm enough to fill the picnic benches under the shaded canopy portion of the yard with everyone eagerly awaiting clams on the half shell.

Of course, if bright sunshine was not your cup of tea, you could always retreat to the canteen where Gail Waldheim had the A/C cranking!  Yep, that's you know from the A&E hit Television series, Duck Dynasty, in the background who dropped by to support our vets and wanted to keep it on the down-low!  

A big thank you to all our friends from Woodside's  Catholic War Veterans Post 870 who came down to enjoy the day.

Eating along the A line: A deli, a pizzeria and a bar that serves history on the side in Broad Channel

All American Channel Market, Rocco's Pizzeria and Grassy Point Bar & Grill are three spots to visit on this Jamaica Bay community

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 2:00 AM
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NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiJOHN TAGGART FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSA italian combo sandwich is seen here from The All American Channel Market in Broad Channel, Queens, New York August 6, 2014. (John Taggart for New York Daily News)
Broad Channel is one of New York’s most unusual neighborhoods: a tiny marshfront community on an island in Jamaica Bay. It’s served by a handful of businesses along Cross Bay Blvd., like these three, which are thankfully just a few blocks from the Broad Channel A train station.

Bodega brothers

If you live in Broad Channel or visit often, chances are high you know Rob and Alex Pisani, the brothers who run roughly half of the places to eat in the neighborhood. Their first business, a deli they started in 1998, is still their home base and also serves as the community’s largest grocery store.
Completely renovated since Superstorm Sandy destroyed the space, All American Channel Market now offers staples such as steaks, beer, soup, peanut butter, cereal, eggs and sugar in its bright aisles. But many folks head straight to the deli counter in the back, which, like the store, is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
Favorites there include chicken cutlet Parmigiana ($13.99 as an entree, $7.99 for a sandwich) and an Italian hero large enough for two on a seeded loaf ($8.99). There’s also the garlicky roast beef ($10.99) that Rob makes in-house using top round from Weichsel Beef Co. — his cousin’s wholesale meat market in Manhattan, one of the few remaining in the Meatpacking District. “I like it pink,” says Rob, who makes sure it’s prepared properly medium rare.
All American Channel Market: 925 Cross Bay Blvd., at W. 10th Rd., Queens; (718) 945-7400
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiJOHN TAGGART FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSA "Sicilian Grand Ma" pie from Rocco's Pizzeria

New kid on the block

Like the All American Channel Market next door, the newest restaurant in Broad Channel is also owned by Rob and Alex Pisani. The months-old Rocco’s Pizzeria is a sparkling-clean space, featuring sleek granite counters, a shiny new oven and a pizza maker with 20 years of experience baking pies on Hillside Ave. in Queens.
The specialties of the house are the square slices: like a “Sicilian Grand Ma” with a skinny, crispy crust topped with fresh basil ($3); a thick Sicilian where the sauce tops the cheese ($2.75); and an oversized $5 stuffed “Roman” filled with sliced potatoes, sausage and pepperoni.
There are also stuffed garlic knots, little twists of buttery dough sliced open and stuffed with meat and cheese. Three cost $4.
Rocco’s Pizzeria: 921 Cross Bay Blvd. at W. 10th Rd., Queens; (718) 945-2244
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The entrance to the Grassy Point Bar & Grill ...
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Channeling history

For at least 50 years, Grassy Point Bar & Grill has served as both a beloved watering hole and a living museum of American and Broad Channel history. Nearly every corner of the vast bar — an old wooden house with a tree-shaded backyard and a horseshoe pit — is filled with antiques and oddities collected by the owner.
In the hallway to the screened-in porch, you’ll find dozens of postcards from Rockaway Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods throughout the past century. On the walls and tucked into the shelves surrounding the snug wooden booths are mementos from old TV shows, collectible Coke bottles from 1960s national sports championships, the waxed paper cups Dairy Queen once used to serve ice cream, and pins from presidential candidates like Dwight Eisenhower.
If that’s not enough entertainment, there’s also a pool table. And on Sundays, says bartender Tim Macklin, the owner uses the kitchen to make steaks, lamb chops, “other pub grub” and at least one house-made soup, sold for $4.95 a bowl. Those are “outrageous,” says Macklin, who usually comes in on his day off to have them.
Grassy Point Bar & Grill: 18-02 Cross Bay Blvd., at W. 18th Rd., Queens; (718) 474-1688