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Taking up the southern section of “Broad Channel Island”, also known as Ruler Bar Hassock, Broad Channel is a neighborhood in Queens that is made up of about three thousand locals. Broad Channel is connected to the remainder of Queens via a bridge that leads to Howard Beach to the north, connecting to Rockaway to the south. The island is mostly comprised of residential areas located on dead-end streets with a few small businesses scattered here and there. While it may make for a pleasant, casual stroll, the streets are small and can be crowded at times. There is a lack of any real tenets of city life, making way for a more “small town” feeling throughout. Being along the water’s edge may also present a rather humid climate in the summer months, but if you’re interested in being relatively removed from New York’s busier areas, Broad Channel is a decent neighborhood to be in.
Terrain in Broad Channel
All Artificial
Mostly Artificial
Good Balance
Mostly Natural
All Natural
Mostly Flat
Mostly Hilly

A great majority of Broad Channel is made up of flat terrain with no real hint of incline or descent. Even in the greener park areas of the island, the terrain is mostly evened out, making for an area that is fairly easy to navigate. The layout, full of dead-ends which branch off of a central roadway, is also easy to find your way around, though regardless of this, walkers should also be aware that certain areas of the neighborhood may be closer to the water, and therefore, less stable or more prone to flooding during particularly rainy seasons. Staying close to the more populated areas is ideal to avoid accidents, and shoes that can handle a little bit of water may come in handy throughout your walk. If you’re looking for natural, yet safer areas to wander while you’re out and about, the local parks may be a better area to explore.

Greenways in Broad Channel
Neighborhoods in New York have an average of:
12 Greenways
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While most of the island is occupied by the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, there are still some other areas where locals and visitors alike can explore the greener areas of the neighborhood. Broad Channel American Park is the largest area, with baseball fields and other small amenities such as tennis courts and a playground. Most of this area is not fenced in and may provide protection for wildlife species, so double check the leash laws in the area before allowing any pets off-leash. While there are no intense hiking spots for those looking for something of that sort, the island still offers plenty of great views throughout and provides a decent balance between suburban and natural surrounding, but caution is still advised near the edges of the island as you get closer to Jamaica Bay. High tides and flooding may always be worth watching for, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the island’s other natural areas.

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