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Battle of the Bands Spotlight: Noise on 93rd

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Queens Library Magazine

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Free Summer Meals

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Celebrate LGBTQ Pride With These Great Books!

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We hope you will check out these great books and join us in Celebrating Pride!

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Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

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Get in the Game: Summer Reading 2016!

Get in the game this summer and slam-dunk some reading goals. The annual Summer Reading Program at Queens Library is back and better than ever!

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Summer Poetry Contest!

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Jul
1
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


Jul
2
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a screening of the gala concert filmed at the 100th birthday celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes. Performances by The New York Philharmonic, Christina Aguilera, Sting, and Bernadette Peters, among others, make this a memorable event.


Jul
5
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


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Jul
6
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


Jul
6
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers love to talk and move around! This interactive storytime features simple picture books, songs, and rhymes for toddlers and their parents or caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Family Movie: "Air Bud: Golden Receiver"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Air Bud: The Golden Receiver (rated G, 1998) picks up where Air Bud left off. Now, Josh is the legal owner of Buddy, who plays football instead of Basketball!


Jul
14
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Family Movie: "Air Bud: World Pup"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Air Bud: World Pup (rated G, 2000) A boy and his dog take on the world of soccer.


Jul
18
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.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
21
4:30PM

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6:00PM

"Family Movie: Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Josh goes to college and his sister Andrea has their dog, Buddy, join her baseball team. However, Buddy's puppies are then kidnapped by Rocky the Raccoon. Rated G, 2002.


Jul
25
4:00PM

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6:15PM

Movie: "A League of Their Own"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"A League of Their Own" (rated PG,1992) Despite their growing rivalry two sisters join the first female professional baseball league.


Jul
26
1:30PM

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2:30PM

KidFit Obstacle Course

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Calling all kids ages 6-10! Come jump, squat and help each other conquer obstacles in a supportive team environment. This is your chance to practice goal setting and working with others to accomplish them in a fun and safe environment.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Family Movie: "Air Bud: Spikes Back"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Disney serves up adventure with everyone's favorite golden retriever! (Rated G, 2003)


Jul
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Rogue, the Comedy Illusionist

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Featured on America’s Got Talent in 2014, Rogue, the Comedy Illusionist, invites you to his amazing program of illusion. Afterwards he’ll teach you a trick that is certain to wow your family and friends! All ages are welcome!


Aug
3
12:00PM

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12:45PM

End of Summer Reading Party: Ages 5 and under

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

GET IN THE GAME, READ! Come and Celebrate the End to Summer Reading 2016 with your little ones, who are under the age of 5.

Must be accompanied by a parent and/or caregiver.


Aug
4
5:00PM

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6:45PM

Family Movie: "Little Giants"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Misfits form their own team to defeat the best peewee football team, coached by the other team's coach's brother. Rated PG, 1994.


Aug
5
3:00PM

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5:00PM

End of Summer Reading Party

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

GET IN THE GAME, READ! Join us for snacks, drinks, games, arts and crafts, and prizes at Briarwood's Summer Reading Ending Party! For ages 6-12 and teens!


Aug
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Mozart Celebration"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with the Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. This month, enjoy a festive all-Mozart program featuring the exquisite Piano Trio in B-flat major, K. 502; the charming Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407; and the exuberant Viola Quintet in C major.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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)