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Briarwood

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Free UPK at Ravenswood

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood, located at 35-32 21st Street in Long Island City, offers an outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified staff; the best learning experience for your child; free after-school care until 5:30 p.m.; and all the ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library.

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend traditional ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're age 60 and older, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Celebrate Black History Month at Queens Library!

We hope you will join us at Queens Library this February for Black History Month!

We’ll be screening movies, hosting talks, and presenting concerts to celebrate and commemorate the Black experience in America.

Programs are available for children, teens, and adults, including five special events focusing on Claudia ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Feb
22
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Google Computer Science First & Coding Class for Tweens

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Google Computer Science First teaches tweens about computer science and programming. They will especially learn about computer coding for free. Tween (grades 4-6) classes will be on Mondays & Thursdays from 5pm-6pm. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first come, first served.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Language Learning Group for Level II Beginners in Spanish

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Do you know a little Spanish and wish you could speak more of the language? Learn how to use Transparent Language Online and benefit from an 10-week group learning experience too! You will need a Queens Library card and a computer, tablet, or smart phone to access Transparent Language to do your weekly assignments. Bring your device to the first session for help in setting up your Transparent Language Online account. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Arts and Crafts for School-Age Children

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come and join us on Friday afternoons to make an arts and crafts project!

For school-age children


More...
Feb
24
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Google Computer Science First and Coding Class for Teens

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Google Computer Science First teaches teens about computer science and programming. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first come, first serve. For grades 7-8.


Feb
26
12:30PM

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3:30PM

IRS Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

This is an IRS Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program, which offers free tax help for taxpayers, particularly those who are age 60 and older. For more information visit, http://connect.queenslibrary.org/1010

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

Additional Dates


Feb
28
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 picture books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, and play time.


Feb
28
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, songs and play time.


Feb
28
12:30PM

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2:00PM

ESOL Technology Class

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

The ESOL Technology Program will prepare English language learners to use various computer software programs in order to improve their computer and English skills. Students will use Microsoft Office to draft electronic documents and spreadsheets with transferrable skills related to the job search process. This program is funded by NYC Council Member Rory Lancman.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Botanical Watercolor Painting

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn to tone fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches. Focus on concepts of light source, value, and shading to create form. Learn about brushes and techniques to create different leaf and flower forms. Learn about surface design, watercolor effects and realism versus abstraction. Intermediate Level Course in Watercolor Painting. Registration required call 718-849-7150.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come and join us on Friday afternoons to make an arts and crafts project! For school-age children.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Google Computer Science First and Coding Class for Teens

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Google Computer Science First teaches teens about computer science and programming. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first come, first serve. For teens grades 7-8.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Google Computer Science First & Coding Class for Tweens

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Google Computer Science First teaches tweens about computer science and programming. They will especially teach about computer coding for free. Tween (grades 4-6) classes will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 5-6pm. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first come, first served.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
10:00AM

--to--

10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent or caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent or caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Join us to learn what a computer is and its functions; how to use a mouse, keyboard, and social media; and how to save and print your document. Pre-Registration is required in person at the Briarwood Reference Desk or by phone at 718-658-1680.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
10
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Art Deco Inspired Cuff Bracelet

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Let's return to the 1930s and create a cuff bracelet using the decoupage method and art deco images. Embellish with pearls, sequins, beads, and crystals to give that one-of-a-kind fashion statement. Sponsored by Friends of Briarwood Library. Limited space. Preregistration required.


Mar
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Hands-On STEM Energy Workshops!

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Join Queens Public Library, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and Solar One for hands-on STEM activities! Solar One is a nonprofit sustainability education organization based in NYC. Throughout the workshops, Solar One educators will work with children and teens to explore energy efficiency, solar power, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
17
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Afternoon Movie Screening: Despicable me 3

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes - and the Minions


Mar
24
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Irish Music

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Mary Courtney, vocalist/guitar/bodhran, performs a concert of Irish music with Donie Ryan on tenor banjo.


Apr
7
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Magic and Comedy Show

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Friends of Briarwood Library invite you to join us for this Magic & Comedy Show featuring flowers, music, animals and giveaways by Rogue the Illusionist!


Apr
9
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Know Your Rights: Public Benefits and Resources in Bengali

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Topics:
Part I:Getting a job in the U.S., human rights law, education, healthcare, language access, and resources for immigration victims of domestic violence!
Part II: Health, education, children's behavior, cultural competencies, and healthy family relationships!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
11
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Ask the Pharmacist

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Bring your prescriptions, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements, and make a list of your questions to ask the pharmacist. Learn what medications you are taking, why, and get tips on how to remember to take them. To jump the line to speak with the pharmacist, contact Tamara at tmichel@queenslibrary.org or 917-702-4295.


Apr
14
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Friends of Briarwood presents: The American Red Cross

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Citizen Preparedness Training
Comprehensive training in how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. Provides detailed information on all types of common disasters and how to prepare as individuals, family, and community members.

Greater New York Home Fire Campaign
Provides home fire safety information. Interested residents can sign up for free home smoke alarm installation.


Apr
18
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Broadway Show Tunes

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Enjoy this music program of classic Broadway shows such as "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera," "Fiddler on the Roof" and more performed by pianist William Gati and vocalist Allyson Briggs.


Apr
21
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Afternoon Movie Crooked House

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Afternoon Movie


Apr
23
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Chair Yoga with Irene Failenbogen

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Friends of Briarwood Library presents Chair Yoga. Instructor Irene Failenbogen leads this beginner level chair-based yoga class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and a smile! Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


May
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Laughter at the Library

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Special Services presents comedian Mark Brier, who shares his unique humor, including jokes, anecdotes, and impressions, in a fun-filled program.


May
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Cancer Prevention

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come learn basic facts about breast, prostate, cervical, and colorectal cancer prevention and early detection with Peer Educators from New York Presbyterian Queens. All are welcome.


Jun
8
3:30PM

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4:30PM

The Music, Bubble, and Comedy Show: Born To Read

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

“WE WERE BORN TO READ!” That's why libraries rock? Join Queens Library and Turtle Dance Music in this Music, Bubble and Comedy Show where children will be engaged with songs, comedy, bubbles, music technology, and original stories about why libraries rock!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Briarwood Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers for Adults
  • 4 public computers for Juneniles
  • 4 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. Daniel Rosenthal
Beckstk@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
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, Suite A
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)