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]
Left to right: Dan Mundy Jr., Dan Mundy Sr., John and Pat Wagner unveil a new “Welcome To Broad Channel” sign. Photo by Dan GuarinoNorthbound drivers coming off the Cross Bay Bridge into Broad Channel have been wondering just what was under the blue tarpaulin to their right.
Their questions were answered on Friday afternoon, May 1, as a new “Welcome To Broad Channel” sign was unveiled.
The new sign replaces an older sign, whichBroad Channelresident Dan Mundy Sr. noted, “was in really bad shape. It was made many years ago, out of various wooden planks.
“After the storm (Hurricane Sandy),” Mundy said, “it really warped.”
He pointed out that the new sign, which is made out a composite material, was made possible by Arverneby the Sea LLC and their Project Executive, Gerry Romski. They had it built, even including new posts, and were responsible for putting it in.
The Broad Channel Civic Association was very much involved in the push to get a new sign. It features carved gold lettering against a deep blue background and bears a picture of a small boat at the top.
At the unveiling was Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr., as well as Civic Board member John Wagner, his wife Pat Wagner and Mundy Sr. Pat Wagner placed its first decoration, a small American flag.
The Wagners, whose home is just across from the sign, have been dedicated to maintaining it and the nearby grounds for years.
Although the ground under the sign was bare due to the construction, they were already making plans to lay fresh soil and have flowers and plants growing under it .