Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Lil Kass and Jack Hartell, Queen and King of the BC Mardi Gras, pose for this 1950’s photo.Long time resident Muriel Berry Stemmann is known for her large collection of pictures and clippings and Broad Channel memories.
Recently she shared these vintage Channel photos with The Wave.
Some names, dates and notes on the back were a little blurry in places, so we’d be happy to hear from anyone who can fill in the blanks.
Frankie Morrow gets his skates on and poses with what looks like a 1930’s Ford Model A on a frozen Jamaica Bay in 1941. All Photos courtesy of Muriel Berry Stemmann. Jacky Jessup stands high and dry after the storm. Left to right, Jean Schroeder, Alice Goetke, Muriel Berry and Norma Philips show off their dolls as Billy Mundy looks on. The year is a little unclear. Long before Sandy came around, the last hurricane in Broad Channel memory was in 1939. Though many people forget it’s an island, Broad Channel people are never far from the water. Seems like some things haven’t changed much since this photo, marked 1940, was taken. Cruising the canal on West 14th Road.