Broad Channel, a project by alum Maureen Drennan published in Refinery 29

When you think of New York City, you probably picture soaring skyscrapers, picnics at Central Park, maybe a posh Brooklyn brownstone on a tree-lined street.

©Maureen Drennan 2016

©Maureen Drennan 2016

But the city's five boroughs are also home to small — often overlooked — neighborhoods that feel worlds apart from the fluorescent lights of Times Square.

Broad Channel, Queens, is one of those communities.

The island is about an hour by car or subway from Midtown Manhattan. You can even see the skyline from its shores.

But unlike the densely packed and fast-paced island of Manhattan, the mile-long Broad Channel retains a small-town vibe. The mostly working-class neighborhood is home to fewer than 3,000 residents — many families have lived there for generations. Kids play freely in the streets and swim in Jamaica Bay.

Photographer Maureen Drennan, a native New Yorker, first encountered the neighborhood in 2012, when its weathered clapboard houses caught her eye during a subway ride to the nearby Rockaways.

All captions by Maureen Drennan. This project was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Check out the photo gallery below to see more of this wonderful project!