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This Weekend at Queens Library

Our Lunar New Year and Black History Month events continue this weekend at the Library! Plus, you can get help with your taxes, take a writing class, join a crochet circle, bring your kids to a Family Engineering Festival, and so much more! We hope to see you ...

Queens Library To Take Plastic Bags Out of Circulation

In an effort to protect the environment and better use our financial resources, Queens Library will stop offering plastic shopping bags to our customers at all 65 locations on June 30, 2018.

Plastic bags release toxins into the ground and water, can take hundreds of years to decompose, and in many cases are used ...

Celebrate National Library Lovers Month

Show your love for libraries by entering our Share Your Love for Queens Library Photo Contest.  

Enter the contest today and show how much you love your library for a chance to win a Samsung 16 GB Galaxy Tablet!

Complete contest rules here.

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 ...

Mar
14
5:00PM

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Guided Meditation

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. Those who practice it regularly may experience reduced levels of stress and increased inner peace and well-being. The instructor will help you focus on relaxing your mind and making positive mental changes.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
21
5:00PM

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Zumba Gold

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

This class is perfect for anyone who is looking for a fun dance workout at lower intensity. Come ready to sweat and leave feeling strong! This class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardio, muscular conditioning, flexibility, and balance.


Apr
18
5:00PM

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Bellyfit Sage™

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Bellyfit Sage™ is perfect for mature women seeking a gentler, more customized form of movement that honors their sensuality, strength, and varied levels of ability without sacrificing the fun factor or the fabulous workout! You'll leave feeling more balanced, flexible, energized, and stronger to the core! All levels of fitness are welcome. Wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable for exercise and bring water.


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May
9
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Guided Meditation

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. Those who practice it regularly may experience reduced levels of stress and increased inner peace and well-being. The instructor will help you focus on relaxing your mind and making positive mental changes.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
5:00PM

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Chair Yoga

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Come join this beginner level chair-based class. We will focus on getting more in touch with the body through breathing and stretching. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring water.


Jun
27
5:00PM

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Focus on Fitness

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Get started achieving your fitness goals in a supportive environment with a Certified Personal Trainer. This class will teach you simple exercises you can do at home to incorporate into your busy daily life. We will also discuss how to make an exercise plan.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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 613, 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 Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
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.