Happy Thanksgiving from Queens Library! This weekend, bring your children to the Saturday Story Costume Party and the Kids’ Clothing Swap, enjoy the cinematic guitar of Woodside's own Hiroya Tsukamoto, attend a lecture on Chinese poetry, watch great movies—including "Jurassic World"—and more! We hope to see ...
Asia Society in Queens: Free Programs This Fall in Flushing
Our Asia Society in Queens series continues on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. with journalist Eric Fish, who will discuss his ﬁrst book, "China’s Millennials: The Want Generation," which profiles Chinese youth coming of age in different parts of their country and how they are navigating the education ...
The 7th Annual Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival
The Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival returns on Saturday, December 5. This year's festival is based on sharing stories and creating connections. Join us in celebrating writers and be inspired by the power of literature.
Learn more about this year's great lineup of writers and register ...
A Saturday Afternoon with Route 9 Ensemble: Standards and Holiday Highlights
Route 9 Ensemble's core string quartet will delight music lovers of all ages with an exciting program featuring standard chamber music repertoire and holiday favorites. The quartet will perform *Schubert's Quartet No. 14 in D minor*, also known as *Death and the Maiden*, and Joan Tower's *Night Fields*, as well as selections ...
#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Invest in Our Library, Our Neighborhood, and Our Future!
Make an Year End Donation to Queens Library through the Buy A Book program. For every $25 donation Queens Library can purchase a book and did you know that books at Queens Library are read by an average of 40 children.
This December, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!
Queens residents can visit 47 community libraries to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need. Each year, more than 100,000 coats are collected across the five ...
Bellerose traces its roots back to 1906, when a Massachusetts real estate developer named Helen M. Marsh purchased 77 acres of gladiola fields in Long Island for $155,000. Ms. Marsh dreamed of developing a model community which contained modestly priced homes. In the Panic of 1907, the mortgage on one of the properties was called and Ms. Marsh pledged $50,000 of her own securities to prevent foreclosure.
Construction on the first home began in 1910. Ms. Marsh lived in this home while supervising construction on the remaining properties. She worked with an architect to lay out streets and houses around circular flower bed islands. During a drought, she was known to drive around the neighborhood watering the plants and in the wintertime, she also went from home to home to keep the furnaces burning.
Transportation was already provided by the Long Island Railroad at the nearby Floral Park and Trolley service along Jericho Turnpike. In 1911, Ms. Marsh convinced the LIRR to build a station in Bellerose.
In 1917, the property owners ratified the name of “Bellerose”. According to some sources, the name derives from the Rose farm that was found south of the area and their daughter “Belle”. Ms. Marsh always replied that she chose the name merely because it sounded “euphonious”.
Today, there are three communities with the name Bellerose —the Queens section of Bellerose, and the Incorporated Village of Bellerose and Bellerose Terrace, which are both part of Nassau County. Bellerose, Queens, is bordered by Little Neck Parkway on the East, Grand Central Parkway on the West, the Creedmoor State Hospital grounds on the north and Braddock and Jamaica Avenues on the south. Bellerose Queens is known for the state-run Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and the New York City-owned, but privately operated Queens County Farm Museum.
In recent years, Bellerose continues to grow and thrive. According to the 2000 census, the population was 18,687 comprised of Irish, Italian, German, Polish, Scottish, Hispanic, Asian Indians, Filipino and Chinese. One example of the diversity of Bellerose can be seen from the different Southeast Asian shops and grocery stores that have opened around the community.
The Bellerose Library opened its doors on February 27, 1978 with Ms. Jean Dickerson as the Branch Library Manager, a small staff, 20,000 books and various periodicals on order. The idea of opening a branch library in Bellerose was conceived in 1975 and accomplished through the work of local community leaders and civic leaders, including then-State Senator Frank Padavan, Councilman Matt Troy, Jr. and Borough President Donald R. Manes.