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Briarwood

Free Prenatal Classes!

Having a baby is joyful, but can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have free prenatal classes available for expectant mothers.

You can learn about important topics, like bonding with your baby, how to take care of yourself while you’re pregnant, your baby’s development, getting ready for labor and delivery, and ...

Adult Learners Program: Pre-Register Now!

Queens Library's Adult Learners Program provides lifelong learning opportunities to address the needs of the diverse and changing populations of Queens through FREE quality educational programs.

The following programs are offered at our seven Adult Learning Centers (located at Central, ...

The 11th Annual StartUP Business Plan Competition!

Got a great idea for a business?

You can get the tools you need to launch your own business and enter a contest to win $10,000 in seed funding!

Thanks to the generous support of Citi Foundation and YouNoodle, the Queens Economic Development Corporation ...

Live JBA Twitter Chats!

Join us for the next round of Twitter chats from our Job & Business Academy, when experts will answer your career questions live!

Our upcoming topics include:

Job Interviews—How to Talk the Talk: August 31 at 1:30 p.m.

You can use the hashtag #JBAQueens to follow along and join the ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Our New Music For August!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, Musiq Soulchild, Mike Posner, case/lang/veirs, Neil Young, Kevin ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Aug
25
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Movie: "Space Jam"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"Space Jam" (1996, PG) Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Tunes play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom.


Aug
26
12:00PM

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1:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Moving and Grooving with Tenaria

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

This aerobics fitness class uses easy-to-follow dance steps to increase cardiovascular health and tone the body. The instructor is Tenaria Drummond-Smith.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
29
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Family Movie: "The Rookie"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"The Rookie" (2002, rated G), a Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.


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Aug
30
7:30AM

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9:30AM

Drop Off Your Food Scraps With the NYC Compost Project

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Drop off your food waste with the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Queens Botanical Garden. We accept fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags; bread and grains; egg shells, nutshells, and corncobs; food-soiled paper towels and paper napkins; stale beans, flour, and spices; and cut or dried flowers. Please do not bring meat or fish scraps; cheese or dairy products; and fats, grease, oil, or oily foods.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
30
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Get in the Game: Create a Sports Key Ring

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Get in the Game: Create a Sports Key Chain for tweens and teens. First come, first served.


Aug
31
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, and play time.


Aug
31
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers love to talk and move around! Toddlers ages 18-36 months and their parents or adult caregivers are invited to join us for simple picture books, fingerplays, songs, and play time.


Sep
2
3:00PM

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3:30PM

Briarwood's Back to School Party

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Briarwood's Back to School Party will feature a movie along with a snack and drink, plus arts & crafts and a goody bag. For ages 6-12 and Teens.


Sep
2
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, and play time.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
7
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, and play time.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
7
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers love to talk and move around! Toddlers ages 18-36 months and their parents or adult caregivers are invited to join us for simple picture books, fingerplays, songs, and play time.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
1:00PM

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4:00PM

SNAP, SCRIE and Medicare Benefits

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Find out if you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, and get help applying. See if you are entitled to rent assistance through the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. Get help applying for Medicaid. Call the outreach office of LiveOn, formerly Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York, at 347-815-5930, or email SNAP@liveon-ny.org for other times and locations.


Sep
19
4:30PM

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5:45PM

Family Movie: "Angry Birds"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Watch "The Angry Birds Movie" (rated PG, 2016), it is an animated adaptation of the hugely popular video-game series that follows three avian friends: Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), and Bomb (Danny McBride).


Sep
24
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: New York Philharmonic Gala with Lang Lang

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of the opening gala with the New York Philharmonic and piano virtuoso Lang Lang as they play Grieg and Beethoven in a concert filmed in September, 2015.


Sep
26
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie: "Now You See Me"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"Now You See Me" (rated PG-13, 2013), FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.


Sep
28
11:00AM

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12:15PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Bring your child ages 18-36 months for a Little TLC! Play and learn with your child in a free, five-session workshop that include toys, games, puzzles and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
29
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie: "Now You See Me 2"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come and watch "Now You See Me 2" (rated PG-13, 2016) at the Briarwood Community Library.


Oct
1
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Family Movie: "Ratchet and Clank"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come and watch the family movie, "Ratchet and Clank" (rated PG, 2016).


Oct
3
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Meditation Workshop Series for Adults

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Vajra Henderson teaches participants simple but effective techniques for transcending limitations and discovering their true potential, and shows them how to integrate these ancient and powerful techniques into their daily life.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Movie: "The Huntsman Winter's War"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us and watch "The Huntsman Winter's War" (rated PG-13, 2016), which serves both as a prequel and sequel to the original film, "Snow White and the Huntsman".


Oct
17
3:30PM

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5:15PM

Family Movie: "The Jungle Book"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"The Jungle Book" (rated PG, 2016) is a reimagining of the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling. Director Jon Favreau uses visually stunning CGI to create the community of animals surrounding Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a human boy adopted by a pack of wolves.


Oct
29
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Latin Beat

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. Alexander Wu and the ZigZag Quartet take audiences of all ages on a journey across Latin culture through music and dance.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Briarwood Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers for Adults
  • 4 public computers for Juneniles
  • 3 public computers for the Young Adults
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Briarwood Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • New Americans Program (ESL)

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A To Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Ave.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Bovov World Wide HS
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Queens NY , 11415
Briarwood Early Childhood Center
139-76 85th Drive
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-5288
Iras's Parkway Toodlers Program
141-20 Grand Central Parkaway
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-1803
Kids Palace
84-75 Daniels Street
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 658-7818
Sholom Day Care
82-52 Abingdon Road
Queens NY , 11415
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe DC
83-06 Abingdon Rd
Queens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7865
fax: 718-264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Briarwood Community Association
139-15 Pershing Crescent
Briarwood NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-4542 or (718) 297-9680
  

Fire Department
Engine 298
153-11 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY , 11432
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Queens NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
Jamaica Hospital Center
8900 Van Wyck Expwy.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Briarwood Playground
148th St and 85th Avenue
Manton Playground
Manton Street and 83rd Avenue
 

Police Department
107th Precint
71-01 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Briarwood Finance Station
138-69 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11435-9996
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Archbishop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Briarwood NY , 11435-1697
phone: (718) 441-2100
fax: (718) 849-8251
Ezra Academy (Grades 7-12)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Kew-Forest School (Grades K-12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375-6143
phone: (718) 268-4667
Our Lady of the Cenacle School
87-25 136th St.
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 657-6690
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School (Grades Pre-K-8)
80-22 Parsons Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1900
Yeshivat Ohr Haimm
82-52 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 633-2540
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 82 Hammond
88-02 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4139
fax: (718) 297-0290
PS 99 Kew Gardens
82-37 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 544-4343
fax: (718) 544-5992
PS 117 Joyce Keld/Briarwood School
85-15 143 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4780
fax: (718) 297-1796

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck School
85-05 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 657-1120
fax: (718) 291-3668
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
Young Israel Queens Valley Senior Center
141-55 77th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-6995
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael A. Simanowitz
simanowitzm@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 742
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The present Briarwood community stretches from Union Turnpike on its northern side to Hillside Avenue and Queens Blvd., to Parsons Blvd. on its the eastern side. The Briarwood area of Queens was undeveloped until after the turn of the century. In 1907 real estate developer Herbert A. O’Brien formed the Briarwood Land Company to develop the area between Parsons Blvd. and Queens Blvd. The name “Briarwood” was suggested by Mrs. O’Brien because the area was heavily wooded and full of briars. The company went bankrupt and the area remained undeveloped. In 1936 Briarwood Estates Development Corporation began selling homes in the area. In an ad in the 1939 World’s Fair News it proclaimed “You owe it to yourself to visit Briarwood Estates, a refined residential community”; however the area didn’t fully develop until after WWII when returning GI’s settled in the area. Of note, Archbishop Molloy High School is located across the street from the library at 83-53 Manton Street. It was opened in 1957. The population of Briarwood has grown from only a few residents at the turn of the century, to 10,000 in 1940, to its current population of almost 30,000 residents who reside in over 2,000 private homes and over 100 apartment buildings. The Briarwood Branch of the Queens Library was opened in 1975.

Sources:

About Briarwood by Seymour Schwartz, President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)

Briarwood by Gerhard Heese, 1st Vice President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)