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The Rockaway Times
The infamous “Dead Man’s
Curve” can be seen at the north
end of Broad Channel proper!
At the south end of the channel
are the Broad Channel Baths and
CrossbayBridge toTheRockaways.
The Crossbay Road officially ope-
ned in late 1926. If you look closely,
you will notice there are NO TOLL
BOOTHS at the south end of Broad
You can see that the marsh
islands shown are much larg-
er than in present times, due to
erosion over the years caused
by higher water levels and over
dredging of the bay bottom for
channels and landfill.
Back in the early 1800’s, Jamaica
Bay was described as one bigmud
flat at low tide, with one navigable
channel toFar Rockaway along the
Rockaway Beach bay front. The
Rockaway Inletwas located in the
area of P.S. 114 in Belle Harbor.
Its 10
By Pat Morgan
Where do you think New
York City’s Largest Sports and
Events venue is located?
Well, it’s right across the Ma-
rine Parkway Bridge at Aviator
Sports & Events Center. Their
space includes a whopping
175,000 square feet of indoor
sports and event space, along
with the adjoining outdoor
turf fields, plus free parking
for 2,000 cars. By the way, they
have two NHL-size skating
Did you know that they are
celebrating their 10th anniver-
sary this year?
I sat down recently with Ka-
trina Doell, Aviator’s Direc-
tor of Marketing. She and the
entire organization are very
IN THE DAY – 1929
By Emil R. Lucev, Sr. & his daughter
Katie Lucev
Today’s aerial oblique view is
of the Broad Channel Commu-
nity back in the late 1920’s.
Old Hamilton Beach is shown
at the top right with the old Long
Island Railroad coming down
through Goose Creek, The Raunt
and then Broad Channel Station.
To the left of Hamilton Beach
is Howard Beach and the North
Channel Bridge leading to
Crossbay Road heading down to
Broad Channel.
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Rockaway Park, NY 11694
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