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]
Broad Channel VFW hosts NYFAC Bike Show and Swap Meet
NYFAC Bike Show
By Vanessa Vasquez
All Photos by Vanessa Vasquez
What started off as a gloomy rainy day, quickly turned into a wild party as bikers and rebels alike pulled up to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post #260 located in Broad Channel on Saturday Sept. 24 to raise money for the New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC).
The NYFAC committee spent the entire day planning and making preparations to attract visitors passing nearby with a theme that no inner rock star could pass up. Inside endless displays of vintage motorcycles of all kinds were lined up for viewing, as bikers strapped on their helmets and leather chaps, and of course the classic leather jacket. Mirrored aviator sunglasses completed the biker look that catches anybody’s attention.
Besides the interesting attire, raffles for prizes, free BBQ and drinks made specially by the NYFAC committee were given out to visitors. In addition, all participants who came out to show support with their kids got the chance to be a judge and pick their favorite bike displayed and vote for that best bike title trophy.
Vendors from “What Are You Wearing America?” displayed apparel for sale. It is a company that brings back jobs to American workers by supporting the manufacturing and selling of only American products. Every time a visitor made a purchase, they were also helping a fellow American support a family in need as well as showing the love and support for the children.
Another vendor company, American Vendetta, displayed and sold custom motorcycle parts to bikers in need of remodeling bikes on their own, which included bike handles, leather bike seats, wheels, and various other bike parts. With so much to see already, the party was only starting.
Live rock music from Walker & The Brotherhood Of The Grape were featured and performed songs from their new album, Dive Deep Down, while visitors, bikers, kids, and NYFAC committee members danced the day away to every song.
A generous offer was made as free CDS of their new album were also given out by the band to all attending.
After all the excitement at the NYFAC Bike Show, upcoming event posters displayed even more future events to also raise money for Autism Awareness by the NYFAC Foundation which includes a comedy fundraiser on Oct. 1 and the 3rd annual Toy Run on Dec. 4.
If anybody would like to participate or just attend the events for support, visit nyfac.org/ to help brighten up a child’s day.