A good time was had by all

The Door Prize; mounted aerial view of Broad Channel; a photograph by John Grillo
The Door Prize; mounted aerial view of Broad Channel; a photograph by John Grillo

Residents, former residents, and other interested New Yorkers came to the VFW Hall in Broad Channel on Sunday, October 14, to immerse themselves in the history of the town known as the “Venice of New York.” The collection, started in 1994, has grown over the years and no longer can the Broad Channel Public Library house all of it. Thus, our bi-annual Historical Day provides the opportunity to see the collection in full, including banners, a reproduction of the Honor Roll from WWII, and other memorabilia that do not fit in loose-leaf binders. You can see photos of the event on the pictures page

Several people brought new pictures to be scanned; others promised to provide aerial footage of the town, as well as a first-hand account of riding out Super Storm Sandy in a boat.

Participants were able to replace previous years’ Historical Calendars lost to Sandy. Also, framed pictures of Mardi Gras and other aspects of life in Broad Channel were available, thanks to the former owner of the BayGull Store whose walls they adorned before Sandy hit.

The Historical Committee is planning its next open house in 2020. Watch this space.

A Brief History

Policemen standing guard in the 1940s

The Broad Channel Historical Society was founded in 1994. Our mission is to document and preserve the history of Broad Channel, often referred to as the “Venice” of New York. The committee was initiated by then President of the Civic Association Danny Mundy, who came up with the idea from reading the “Glimpse of the Past” column in the town newsletter, “Channel News.” With seed money from then New York State Senator Ada Smith, we purchased loose-leaf notebooks and plastic sleeves to begin documenting the colorful history of “The Channel.” After one year of articles, written memories, and videotaped interviews, we held our first Bi-Annual Historical Day in June of 1995. This event brings out the townspeople and folks from the surrounding area to enjoy our collection, usually housed in the Broad Channel Public Library. Our collection always grows after Historical Day as more residents bring interesting memorabilia to light.