Broad Channel Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"New York City is an archipelago, and its better-known smaller islands—Liberty and Roosevelt, for example—are those dotted around Manhattan. The islands in Jamaica Bay, the estuary separating the Rockaway Peninsula from “mainland” Queens, are situated not only far from midtown but even fairly remotely from central Queens. Only one is inhabited by humans and accessible by any form of transport besides boat. Its real name is Big Egg Marsh, but it’s called Broad Channel, the name of the residential community on the southern part of the island. No more than a quarter mile wide at most points, Broad Channel is one of New York’s unlikeliest neighborhoods, where some homes are reached by footbridge, many have docks instead of backyards, and the commercial district comprises a few blocks of mom-and-pop businesses. North of the Broad Channel neighborhood, more than half the island is occupied by the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, another unlikely New York City locale. Upward of 325 bird species have been spotted in Jamaica Bay, and birding is a prime draw for the refuge."