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Expanded Hours & Locations on July 21

UPDATE (7/19): We added more locations! Now, 18 QPL branches are open this Sunday!

New York City is going through a heat wave, and Queens Public Library is here to help with special hours of operation this weekend!

Eighteen QPL locations will be open on Sunday, July 21 from 12 pm to 5 pm ...

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Blast Off Into Summer Reading! Join us this season for our summer reading activities, ranging from book discussions and films to outer space-themed crafts and projects for children and teens of all ages.

Pick up our book lists at your local library, or download them today from the convenience of your home. Keep track of your ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

What are your thoughts about Queens Public Library Magazine? Share them with us: take our survey now!

Queens Public Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your ...

Free Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Queens Public Library, along with the NYC Department of Education, will provide FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer Meals are open to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Queens ...

Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

It’s our second annual Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

This year, we’ve selected 16 of the best YA books for you to choose from, including Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, and Inspired by Real Life.

Vote for your favorite titles during the month of July, and challenge your friends to pick their favorites, ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for FREE—and make ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

This summer, the Public Theater will present William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in Central Park and you’re invited to get free tickets on the day of the show!

Free tickets will be available on Thursday, July 18 at 12pm at Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street), and are first-come, ...

City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

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Ask A Specialist

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Come into our Broad Channel branch for answers to your technology-related problems!
From configuring your new tablet to PDF troubleshooting, we are here to help you learn.
For appointments, call 718-318-4943. Walk-ins are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Broad Channel Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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Each branch of the Queens Library provides for general and local needs by collecting both general interest materials and more specialized materials in English and other languages.

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Broad Channel Community Library include:

  • Broad Channel Historical Collection

 

 

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Rockaway Child Care Center
14-66 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718)327-1384
Rockaway Community Neighborhood Head Start Program
72-05 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 945-3077
Hammels Child Care Center
82-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-3162

Community Board
American Legion Post 1404
209 Crossbay Blvd.
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-5029
  

Community Organizations & Services
American Littoral Society North East Chapter
Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month
28 West 9th Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-5029
Broad Channel Athletic Club
P.O. Box 1
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718)318-0600
Broad Channel Civic Association
P.O. Box 4
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (212) 530-7774
Broad Channel Historical Society
The collection is housed in the Broad Channel Library c/o Broad Channel Civic Association
P.O. Box 4
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-1127
Iroquois Yacht Club
1004 Church Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-9668
North Channel Yacht Club
1622 Church Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-5106
Prince-Wynn VFW Post 260
713 Shad Creek Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718)327-1384
Shad Creek Association, Inc.
529 Crossbay Blvd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
 

Fire Department
FDNY- Engine 266
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Dept.& Ambulance Corps.
Emergency Phone: (718) 474-8888
15 Noel Rd.
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-6888
 

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
5115 Beach Channel Dr
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
  

Local Newspapers
The Wave
Located off Crossbay Blvd. 1½ miles Joseph Addabbo Sr. Bridge (Formerly North Channel Bridge) Look for the brown Parks Dept. sign
P.O. Box 930097
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Gateway National Park Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn NY , 11234
phone: (718) 318-4340
Playgrounds Gene Gray Park
East 9th Road and Crossbay Blvd
NY ,
Seventeenth Road Playground
Seventeenth Road and Crossbay Blvd
NY ,

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
Post office
90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway NY , 11693
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 47 Chris Galas School (Preschool–8)
9 Power Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-7167
  

Public High Schools
410 Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Dr
Far Rockaway NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
  

Senior Centers
Queens Community Board # 14
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
Hammel Senior Center United Irish
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4047
Rockaway Senior Service Center
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-1215

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 811, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Broad Channel is a small close knit community, two miles long and three blocks wide. In the 1640’s the area was sold to the Dutch. The land was granted to Hempstead settlers and became part of the Town of Jamaica.

In 1881, it became a stop on the Long Island Railroad. The railroad allowed Broad Channel to become a summer hot spot for city travelers. Over 3 million people traveled by train each year to the Rockaway beaches and the Broad Channel hotels. Hotels grew and seasonal bungalows popped up. Residents paid $25 in rent each year to the city’s Dock Department.

Around 1900, Jamaica Bay became part of New York City. By 1907, there were an estimated 300 homes and businesses in Broad Channel. Fishing was a big industry there until 1921 when the bay became too polluted to continue to fish. The completion of Cross Bay Boulevard in 1925 allowed Broad Channel to change from a seasonal area to a year round residence.

In 1938, Robert Moses tried to have the residents evicted and the whole area made into wildlife refuge and recreational park. The plan was too expensive, and in 1950, after the train trestle burned down, the Metropolitan Transit Authority took over train service. Several small islands were connected by filling in part of the bay for the construction of the new A train. The area that was filled in became the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The 9,155 acre refuge was opened in 1953. Today more then 325 species of birds have been found there.

This was not the first or the last time the residents were facing eviction, including by a JFK runway expansion plan and a plan to make Broad Channel part of Gateway National Park. During this whole time residents were fighting to purchase their land from the city. Finally in 1995 the battle was won and residents were able to buy the land their homes were built on.

Broad Channel is the home to one of New York City’s ten remaining volunteer fire departments. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community for over 100 years.

The community was served for many years by a weekly Bookmobile, which was withdrawn during the city’s fiscal crisis in the mid-1970’s. After some years of community pressure for the reinstatement of library service, Queens Library decided to provide library service by means of a pre-fabricated Porta-Branch, the first to be erected in Queens. Serving a population of 2,500 people, the Broad Channel Library opened on July 17, 1990.

Sources:

Broad Channel Historical Collection

Home Town Long Island by Newsday with Forward by Billy Joel

The Other Islands of New York City: a History and Guide by Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller

Special Services

Return all Queens Library books, videos, music at Queens Library at Broad Channel. Use the self-service book return, available every day and every night. Receipts given for your security.