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This Weekend At Queens Library

Enjoy this weekend at Queens Library with a free Lincoln Center Local Live event, tips on immigration law, science, crafts, and ancient Chinese music.

 

 


Go Inside the Whimsy Works!

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"THE SOLAR POWERED LIBRARY" -- ALL SUMMER IN GANTRY PARK

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Join the Summer Reading Fun!

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Borrow a Google Nexus Tablet!

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Lincoln Center Local! Live Performances

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There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Events page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

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

 

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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

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Astoria Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 278-2220 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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: (718) 726-0357
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1
New York NY, 10007
phone:
NYS Assembly
Hon. Aravella Simotas
Simotasa@assembly.state.ny.us
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 Senate 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.

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