Howard Beach has gotten a lot of negative press. Here's a positive bit, one sure to surprise. Howard Beach is a home on the range, a home to the Federation of Black Cowboys. That's right -- cowboys in Howard Beach.
The Federation of Black Cowboys rides in many New York parades, teaches horsemanship to youths from East New York (right over the Brooklyn border), and keeps alive the legacy of America's first black cowboys. Their ranch and headquarters at South Conduit Avenue was built in 1994 by its 50 members and it's where they practice riding and rope tricks and hold their "Rodeo Showdeo."
One summer with the Federation of Black Cowboys is the subject of a documentary by Greenhouse Pictures airing August 19, 2005, at 10 p.m. and August 23 at 4:30 p.m. on PBS, Channel 13.