2013-04-05 / Community

Share Your Stories: Community History Night


Swimming off Broad Channel in 1914, back when the train line over Jamaica Bay was the Long Island Rail Road. Swimming off Broad Channel in 1914, back when the train line over Jamaica Bay was the Long Island Rail Road. The Queens Library and the producers of “Jamaica Bay Lives” are inviting residents to share their stories about life in and around Jamaica Bay, now and in decades gone by at the upcoming Community History Night.

All are welcomed to document the history of Jamaica Bay and Hurricane Sandy by joining this special event, organized by the Queens Memory Project and the “Jamaica Bay Lives” film project.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 24th, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Queens Library at Broad Channel at 16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Organizers encourage everyone to bring their old family photographs and home movies and tell their stories on camera to help preserve the community’s history at this important time. Admission is free; registration is required.

In a news release, they say, “If you remember Weiss’s Restaurant or O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy, if you attended Broad Channel Day Camp, if you knew about the Great Hurricane of 1938 and the Storm of the Century of 1992, want to talk about your experiences during Hurricane Sandy or share your thoughts of an idyllic life watching the waterfowl on the bay, we want to hear from you.”

Residents can register to share their Jamaica Bay story by contacting Dan Hendrick at jamaicabaylives@gmail.com or 917- 207-8715.

Hendrick is the producer of “Jamaica Bay Lives,” the first-ever, feature-length film about the bay, and the author of “Images of America: Jamaica Bay” (Arcadia Publishing) a fascinating history of the bay and the communities around it.

This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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