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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us this weekend for a concert with New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi, a Chinese author talk with Lan Jiang and Nancy Wang, the Turkish art of ebru, our celebration of Southeast Queens authors, empowerment storytelling with Ife The Storyteller, an open mic, a creative writing workshop, great activities for older adults, tutoring ...

A Celebration of Southeast Queens Authors

Many authors call Southeast Queens their home. Join us on Saturday, July 22 at Cambria Heights Community Library in celebrating a few of our literary lights!

Some of our authors have an extensive publishing pedigree, while others are the proud creators of their first work.

Our participating authors will ...

Launch Your Food Business with Jamaica FEASTS!

Calling all aspiring food entrepreneurs: Jamaica FEASTS is back!

This completely FREE incubator program was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food-based business.

Learn the fundamentals with our hands-on workshops, receive a one-on-one session with an industry expert, and ...

Enter the Naturalize NY Lottery!

Green card holders: Enter the Naturalize NY lottery today for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will receive a $725 voucher to cover the cost of applying for citizenship. The deadline to register for the lottery is Friday, July 28.

You ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free tickets to Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," performed by the famed Public Theater, will be available at Queens Central Library (89-11 ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of July.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools, veterans' health care facilities, and the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at Queens College's Colden ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

The 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands is less than a week away, and here's where you can learn about our talented contestants.

For today's spotlight, it's last year's third-place finalists, the returning Global Warming! They've played in every Battle of the Bands—is this ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Jul
25
11:30AM

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12:45PM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

This is a beginner's computer class. Come in for one-on-one computer session. Lessons include Introduction to computer, Microsoft Word, email, Internet.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jul
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Gardening Club

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Plant, tend, and feel the dirt between your hands as you watch our garden grow this summer.


Sep
23
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Full Circle Actor/Writers Workshop

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

This fall, take part in a creative writing and performance workshop that will run every two week beginning in September 2017 thru June 2018. Bring your short written or performance pieces (less than 5 minutes) to share! All genres welcome.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Astoria Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers for adults
  • 2 public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Astoria Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Greek
  • Arabic
  • Urdu
  • Hindi

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Astoria Community Library include:

  • Citizensip
  • ESOL
  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Evodia Calderas
8-10 27th Avenue, Apt. 707, 7th Floor
Astoria NY , 11102
Shirley Long
3-06 Astoria Boulevard, Apt. 5A, 5th Floor
Long Island City NY , 11102
Roberta Perkins
4-24 Astoria Boulevard, Apt. 6A, 6th Floor
Long Island City NY , 11102
Astoria Blue Feather Head Start
27-07 8th St.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 721-3960
St. Margaret Mary Head Start
2-00 27th Ave,
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718)721-8065
Hallet Cove Child Development
2-08 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718)726-5272

Community Board
Community Board District # 1
3601 35th Ave
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 785-3335
  

Community Organizations & Services
Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens
29-21 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 204-2444
fax: (718) 204-9145
HANAC Workforce Development Training and Employment Services
24-09 41 Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
 

Fire Department
Fire Station Engine 262
30-89 21 Street
Queens NY , 11102
  

Local Hospitals
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Ave.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 932-1000
  

Local Newspapers
Astoria Times Ledger
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
Rainey Park
Corner of 30th Ave. & 29th St.
Astoria NY, 11102
 

Police Department
114th Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
  

Post Office
Astoria Post Office
27-40 21st Street
Astoria NY , 11102-8777
phone: (800)275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Raphael’s R.C. School (preK-8)
48-25 37th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-0482
Ideal Islamic School
31-21 12th St.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 728-5307
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 017 Henry David Thoreau (Q017)
28-37 29 Street
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 278-8257
PS 17 Mini School (Q17M)
28-37 29 Street
Long Island City NY , 11102
P.S. 234 (Q234)
30-15 29 Street
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-5650
PS 171 Peter G Van Alst (Q171)
14-14 29 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-0909
fax: (718) 932-6749
  

Public High Schools
William Bryant HS
48-10 31 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
fax: (718) 728-3478
Aviation HS
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-8654
Long Island City HS
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
fax: (718) 545-2980

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Academy for New Americans (Q235)
30-14 30 Street
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-5876
  

Senior Centers
Raices Astoria Senior Center
21-21 30 Drive
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 726-9642
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Costa Constantinides
CConstantinides@council.nyc.gov
District Office 31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 209
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 274-4500
fax: (646) 661-6799
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1808
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6963
NYS Assembly
Hon. Aravella Simotas
SimotasA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 401
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 545-3889
fax: (718) 545-3607
Albany Office LOB, Room 652
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5014
fax: (518) 455-4044
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1804
fax: (718) 932-1805
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Astoria's western border is the East River. The southern border is just north of Queens Plaza, though the Post Office marks it along Broadway and 31st Avenue. The eastern border with Woodside is 50th Street.

Astoria dates to the colonial 1650s, when William Hallett Sr. received a land grant for what would become known as Astoria and Hallet's Cove. Stephen Halsey founded the village in 1839, naming Astoria after John Jacob Astor. In the 1870s William Steinway built Steinway Village for workers at Steinway & Sons Piano Factory.

Waves of immigrants have made Astoria home, from Czechs in the 1890s to Brazilians in the 1990s. Though famous for Greeks, Italians-Americans were more numerous until recently.

Long Island City lies in western Queens across the East River from Manhattan. The history of Long Island City spans more than 360 years from its humble beginning as Dutch farmland in the 1640s to its growth into a residential and commercial hub. On the western shore of Queens, Long Island City borders the East River to the north and west (spanning the length of midtown Manhattan to Harlem), Newtown creek to the south, and 51st/Hobart Street to the east. Although it has always been an integral part of the history of New York City, Long Island City has its own unique past.

Chartered in 1870, Long Island City was the merging of the village of Astoria and several hamlets such as Steinway, Ravenswood, and Hunters Point. Long Island City existed independently from New York City for 28 years until it was incorporated by the City of New York in the consolidation of 1898.

During the late 1800's, there was an increase in the commercial and industrial life of New York City, bringing about an increase in European immigration and a greater demand for real estate in Astoria. This era marked the beginning of the German settlement of Astoria by German cabinet makers. Few people have done so much to transform a country village into a community as the German immigrant Henry Steinway, patriarch of the Steinway Piano factory. After building a piano factory in 1853, Steinway and his family erected both a sawmill and a foundry. They carved out streets and opened a streetcar line; they built what was known as Steinway Village, complete with Victorian row houses, a church, and a school where German was taught as a second language. They also provided workers with one of the first free kindergartens in the United States.

The Long Island Rail Road terminal was built on Hunters Point in 1861, which helped the district become an industrial center during the Civil War. After the villages were consolidated into Long Island City, the new city government encouraged developing industry; gas plants, chemical and glass factories soon lined the East River waterfront.

The status of Astoria was changed in 1898, when it became part of greater New York City. Large farms and country estates were transformed into housing tracts for single family homes and apartment complexes. The largest gasworks in New York State and a railroad trestle for the Pennsylvania Railroad were constructed. By the end of the 19th century, the city had the highest concentration of industry in the United States.

In 1909, the biggest transformation began with the opening of the Queensboro Bridge, immediately changing the community from a remote suburb to a destination minutes from Manhattan. Continuing this expansion, the Second Avenue elevated train opened in 1917, connecting Long Island City even more closely to Manhattan. The Queensboro Bridge and the Second Avenue train proved only to be the beginning of the routes in and out of Long Island City. The Triboro Bridge, linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens, was finished on July 11th, 1936. Today, Long Island City is connected with the rest of New York City by six tunnels and five bridges. The development of bridges, tunnels and roads helped make Long Island City an accessible and vital industrial area for New York City.

Astoria Pool opened with much fanfare on the fourth of July in the scorching summer of 1936 on the first day of the Olympic trials. It was the best of 10 pools that opened within a 10-week span in what was dubbed as “the swimming pool year”. It is still the city's largest pool (54,450 sq. ft.). Tens of thousands have enjoyed the warm water of Astoria Pool since its opening.

The Astoria branch is located at the corner Astoria Boulevard and 14th Street in Astoria. The branch opened on November 19th 1904. The total construction cost was $47,208.09. An addition was added to the original building in 1936. WPA artist Max Spivak’s circus mural graces the wall of the Adult room. The branch is 8600 square feet. The orange brick building stands one story high.

More information about the community of Astoria is available from the following sources:

Websites

http://www.astorialic.org

http://queens.about.com/od/neighborhoods/p/astoria.htm

http://myastoria.com/history

Book:

300 years of Long Island City : 1630-1930 by Vincent F. Seyfried.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.