Broad Channel, only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, is an inholding within the Gateway National Recreation Area, a unit of the U.S National Park Service. The small island sits in the middle of much water, with great views of Brooklyn, Queens, the Rockaways and JKF. The MTA’s A subway line hops through on its way to ocean beaches.
This is a weird place if I ever saw one. Three thousand souls, full of stray cats, strange small houses all decorated for Halloween months in advance, gardens and backyards full of junk, pick-ups and Mustangs, über-suburban and yet off the grid, strangers unwelcome, home to the seemingly very successful sanitary company Call a Head (We’re number one at taking care of number two), and then, the park.
Two ponds, one on each side of the road. Peace. Silence. Trails. Nature. Bliss.