Broad Channel is the only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, making it a unique destination for your daily dog walks. The neighborhood itself occupies the southern parts of the island, known as Rulers Bar Hassock, or Broad Channel Island by the locals. It’s a small neighborhood with only three thousand inhabitants and can be accessed via Cross Bay Boulevard from Howard Beach, Queens, or from the Rockaway Peninsula. Some of the houses on Broad Channel can be accessed by a series of canals that make up the western portion of the neighborhood, making it a stunning summer destination.
Perfect Pet Spa is located on the main thoroughfare through the island, Cross Bay Boulevard. Otherwise, the pet amenities in Broad Channel are incredibly limited. You’ll have to travel to mainland Queens for veterinary services and any pet stores of a reasonable size. The nearest dog run is located on the Rockaways on Beach Channel Drive.
Broad Channel is a fairly low-lying island with most of the terrain below 18ft above sea level. This makes the area incredibly susceptible to flooding, especially when a hurricane hits New York. On the positive side, it means that traversing the island requires nothing more than a pair of sneakers and some bags. No hiking gear required!
The neighborhood itself is artificial terrain, consisting of streets of houses and businesses. However, Broad Channel Island as a whole has very mixed terrain. The north of the island is a wildlife refuge that provides and maintains the natural habitat of the birds and other small creatures that would naturally live in Jamaica Bay. The southern tip of the island is also very natural terrain, consisting of two parks: Sunset Cove Park and Broad Channel American Park. Therefore, Broad Channel is ideal for those who want to live within the city borders but still experience all that nature has to offer.
As previously mentioned, Broad Channel has a great balance between the residential neighborhood and the wildlife refuges and parks which are home to the area’s animal population. This means that you’re never far from a greenway that will provide you with enough grass, coastal views, and wide-open space to satisfy your pooch’s animal instincts. If you head south down Cross Bay Boulevard, you’ll encounter two parks. Sunset Cove Park is the first of the two and is home to a couple of sports fields and a recreational area. The next park you’ll come across is the Broad Channel American Park. Described by the locals as a romantic place with stunning views over the water, it's ideal for sunrise or sunset walks.
North of the island is where you’ll find the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. There is a large inlet here known as West Pond, providing you and your pooch with plenty of waterside views that will never fail to amaze.