Broad Channel, New York (Images of America Series)

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Broad Channel is considered a small town in the big city. From its houses perched on stilts over the waters of Jamaica Bay to pairs of mute swans swimming across the waters of a popular beach of yesteryear, it is hard to believe Broad Channel lies within the boundaries of New York City. The only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, it arose from the area known as Big Egg Marsh on navigational charts. It began as a fishermen's haven and grew into a summer vacation playground with fine hotels. During Prohibition, with...
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Broad Channel is considered a small town in the big city. From its houses perched on stilts over the waters of Jamaica Bay to pairs of mute swans swimming across the waters of a popular beach of yesteryear, it is hard to believe Broad Channel lies within the boundaries of New York City. The only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, it arose from the area known as Big Egg Marsh on navigational charts. It began as a fishermen's haven and grew into a summer vacation playground with fine hotels. During Prohibition, with bootleg liquor easily smuggled by boat, the isolated island became known as a rumrunner's paradise and became home to several speakeasies. Through vintage images, Broad Channel explores the area's boardwalks and unpaved roads to celebrate the community's rich history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738555225
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 957,018
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Liz Guarino writes "Broad Channel Bits," a community column for the Wave, and is the editor of the Channel News, a publication of the Broad Channel Civic Association. Dan Guarino does extensive publicity writing for the nonprofit Rockaway Artists Alliance. He is an exhibiting photographer, and his photographic stories and writing have appeared in many local papers.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     6
Introduction     7
Way Back When: Broad Channel of Old     11
Mardi Gras: Community Celebrations     35
Surrounded by Water: Broad Channel and Jamaica Bay     53
In the Hands of Faith: Community and Church     67
School Days: Buildings, Books, and Blackboards     73
Famous Places: Restaurants, Hotels, and Beaches     77
Sport and Diversion: Fun of all Kinds     87
The Vollies: A Century at the Ready     103
Coming and Going: Railroads, Trains, and the Track to Broad Channel     111
Giving Back: Young and Old in Service to the Community     117
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