In commenting on the sign temporarily erected near Broad Channel for the filming of the movie, “Imogene,” (Welcome to Ocean City – America’s Greatest Family Resort), The Wave avered that “nobody ever called Broad Channel a family resort …” Well, I beg to differ. As I wrote in the Introduction to the book Broad Channel by Liz and Dan Guarino, the town was often thought of as a summer colony or vacation spot. In documenting the history of the town, the Broad Channel Historical Society uncovered a brochure from the Broad Channel Corporation from the 1920s that advertised our town as “An Inexpensive Place for an Ideal Vacation.” There were several hotels off the LIRR station that offered families a Sunday dinner away from the heat of the city. Summer in Broad Channel meant fishing or swimming in the bay or at the Broad Channel Baths. The Society recently received a letter from a resident of Virginia who reminisced about his adventurous boyhood summers at the Turner Camp, a.k.a., the German Club on 17th Road, where he learned to swim and row a boat. As the Corporation brochure stated: “And nowhere on God’s green earth can you get so much real enjoyment, among real people, for the little money you spend, as you can here.”
To learn more about the real Broad Channel, visit our library and learn about the “Venice of New York” from our historical collection.