2002-07-27 / Community

Broad Channel Featured On Thirteen

Broad Channel Featured On Thirteen

Thirteen, the public television station of the New York tri-state area, presents The Other Islands of New York, premiering Tuesday, August 13 at 8 p.m.

The island-hopping documentary, which goes to some 40 islands in New York’s waters, includes Broad Channel, along with Roosevelt Island, Ellis Island, and the Isle of Meadow.

Many of the islands featured in the hour-long documentary are well known to New Yorkers, but their histories may not be. Roosevelt Island, bought by the city in 1828 when it was Blackwell’s Island, was home to a penitentiary that held such notables as infamously corrupt politician Boss Tweed and performer Mae West, who was jailed for refusing to stop performing her play Sex.

Broad Channel, the only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, was called Little Cuba, referring to its speakeasies and summer lifestyle that mirrored Havana in the 1920’s, which made it a popular destination for well-to-do New Yorkers during Prohibition.

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