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Introduction to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that ...

Apr 19 @ 12:00 PM

Mar
23
9:30AM

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11:00AM

MICROSOFT WORD FOR BEGINNERS IN SPANISH

Location: Broadway
Registration: By phone or in person

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word’s main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first-served basis. To register please call at 718-721 2462.

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

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Mar
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TECH TIME: Little Bits Circuitry

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Combine imagination with technology! Kids build with Little Bits, creating circuits to make things move!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
23
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Play With Me Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, and fun activities for children ages 5 and younger and their parent/caregiver, in the Early Learning Area. Preregistration is not required.

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

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Mar
24
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Classes For Adults

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

Topics include: Introduction to the computer, searching the Internet and creating an E-mail account. You will learn how to type, copy, edit, format, print and save a file. Space is limited and on a first come, first-served basis. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-721-2462 to register.


Mar
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations with PowerPoint 2010.
• Learn how to create and edit slides
• Change designs and colors
• Insert illustrations
• Present your slide show
Preregistration is required.


Mar
25
10:30AM

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12:30PM

"We Are New York" English Conversation Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

"We Are New York" is an Emmy Award-winning television show created to help immigrant New Yorkers practice English while informing them of the city’s resources. The Broadway Library will be hosting this 10-session program to help people practice speaking conversational English while learning about health, social, educational and employment services. Please call 718-721-2462 to register.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
10:30AM

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12:30PM

WANY Group at Broadway CL

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

We Are New York English conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Write Now! with NY Writers Coalition

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Want to get past your writers block or just put pen to paper and see what happens? Join us for free creative writing workshops that will bring out those powerful stories we have yet to share on the page. Poetry, prose, theater, rhymes, and everything in between — all created in a single room! This workshop is open to writers (Age 18+) of all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels. Writing prompts and other materials will be provided. Just bring yourself!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
27
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Tot Hop

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, creative movement and active games for children ages 3 & 4 and their parents/caregivers. Preregistration is not required.


Mar
27
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Interview Preparation

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

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Topics include:
*Introduction to the computer (using mouse & keyboard)
*Introduction to Microsoft Word
*Navigating the Internet
*Introduction to E-mail


Mar
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

E-MAIL FOR BEGINNERS IN SPANISH

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

Learn how to create and navigate an e-mail account: log on, send and receive messages and attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic computer skills before the workshop. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first-served basis. To register please call at 718-721 2462.


Mar
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for non-competitive Scrabble games and to learn new words. Adults and teens are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Basic Computer Class in Bengali

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

Topics Include:
1. How to use the mouse and keyboard.
2. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word.
3. Navigating the Internet.
4. Open an e-mail account.
Preregistration is required.


Mar
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Community Service Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

A different project each week: create cards for military members, seniors, or sick children; make toys for shelter animals; paint a picture to brighten a hospital or nursing home room; share positive messages with posters or painted stones; knit or crochet squares for baby blankets. Earn service hours for school while doing something good for your community or people in need. Ages 9-12 years. No registration required.


Mar
29
11:00AM

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2:30PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Wednesday, March 29 at 11:00 AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be Green Card holders. The first day of class is Registration day when they should have a copy of their Green Card.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Discovery Club: Spring Science

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for a hands-on science and nature activity celebrating the new season. Ages 5-12. No registration required but materials are limited; first-come, first-served.


Mar
31
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Action Racket Lab Storytelling Workshop

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

What makes a good story? Teens learn the basics of storytelling in this hands on workshop. Word games inspire participants to reveal the stories they've always wanted to tell.


Apr
1
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Board Game Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for a casual afternoon of board games like Scrabble, chess, and more. Adults and teens are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Story and Craft Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Listen to springtime stories and then make something special. For children ages 4-8 and their families. No registration required.


Apr
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Creative Kids

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Stories, music, and artistic activities for children ages 3 & 4 and a parent or caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Community Service Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Do something good for your community or other people in need!
Earn community service hours for school!
A different project each week:
- Create cards for military members, lonely seniors, or sick children
- Paint a picture to brighten a hospital room or nursing home
- Make toys for dogs in shelters
- Knit or crochet squares for baby blankets
- Share positive messages with posters or painted rocks
Ages 9-12. No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Magic Tree House Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Enjoy fun games, crafts and other activities based on the time-traveling adventures of Jack and Annie, the heroes of the Magic Tree House book series. Explore the age of the dinosaurs, learn about the mummies of ancient Egypt, discover what pirates were really like, and find out about one of the most famous earthquakes in American history. Ages 6-10. No registration required. You do not have to read the books ahead of time.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
6
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Microsoft Word for Beginners in Spanish

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste Items; and use Word’s main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first-served basis. To register please call at 718-721 2462

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

Additional Dates


Apr
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Board games, puzzles, crafts--a different activity each week! Ages 5-12. No registration required.


Apr
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations with PowerPoint 2010.
• Learn how to create and edit slides
• Change designs and colors
• Insert illustrations
• Present your slide show
Preregistration is required.


Apr
10
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Community CPR Training Class

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

This CPR class, designed for the general public, teaches the core skills of CPR: pushing on the chest (compressions), breathing for the victim (ventilations),
checking the victim for signs of circulation, and calling 911. (Not for certification).


Apr
14
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Candyland!

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Play a life-size version of this classic board game in the Broadway Library Auditorium. A sweet way to end school vacation week! Ages 5-12. No registration required.


Apr
18
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Topics include:
*Introduction to the computer (using mouse & keyboard)
*Introduction to Microsoft Word
*Navigating the Internet

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

Additional Dates


Apr
19
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.


Apr
20
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word's main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Earth Day Celebration

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

How can kids help preserve our planet? Let's brainstorm and then make posters to share our ideas. Ages 5-12. Not registration required.


Apr
26
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


May
8
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


Jun
8
5:30PM

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6:30PM

An Ounce of Prevention

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Looking for the path toward a healthier you? The journey begins with some simple tweaks to your lifestyle. The right screening tests, diet, exercise, and stress-relief all play a big role. Learn how to achieve optimum health by effectively managing, cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and other medical conditions. Hear from Dr. Phylicia Baird, MD, how simple health screenings and positive lifestyle choices are a powerful prescription for better health.


Jun
12
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170


Jun
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build A Better World

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build A Better World engages children with songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology and original stories about why engineers, architects and designers rock! For children 6 to 12 and their families.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Broadway Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the Broadway Community Library include:

  • Arabic & Bengali
  • Chinese & Croatian
  • French & Greek
  • Gujarati & Hindi
  • Italian & Korean
  • Portuguese & Punjabi
  • Russian & Serbian
  • Spanish & Urdu
  • and Tagalog.

 

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

  • Classics
  • Black Experience
  • Careers
  • Test Preparation
  • Colleges
  • Graphic Novels
  • New Age
  • Mind & Body
  • FYI
  • New Americans

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
Adventureland Preschool
41-31 58th St
Woodside NY , 11377-4755
phone: (718) 274-4769
Bright Beginnings
49-22 30th Ave
Woodside NY , 11377-7959
phone: (718) 777-6664
Kid Krazy
2125 21st Ave
Astoria NY , 11105-3228
phone: (718) 545-5728
Mi Nuevo Mundo
31-05 51st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 626-7394
My New World
31-31 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-4521
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board 1
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3335
fax: (718) 786-3368
  

Community Organizations & Services
Central Astoria Local Development Coalition
28-27 Steinway Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718)728-7820
Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens
29-21 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 204-2444
Greater Astoria Historical Society
35-20 Broadway 4th Floor
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 278-0700
LIC Business Development Corporation
29-10 Thomson Avenue, 9th Floor
Astoria NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-5300
Queens Rainbow Community Center
30-74 Steinway Street, 2nd floor
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 429-2300
American Museum of the Moving Image
35 Avenue at 36 Street
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 784-0077
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
32-37 Vernon Blvd
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 204-7088
P.S.1 (MOMA)
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-2084
Socrates Sculpture Park
Broadway and Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 956-1819

Fire Department
Engine 263, Ladder 117
42-06 Astoria Blvd South
Astoria NY , 11107
  

Local Hospitals
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1000
Queens Surgical Community Center
46-04 31st Ave
Long Island City NY , 11103-1842
phone: (718) 545-5050
Steinway Family Health Center
25-92 Steinway Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-6100

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
Astoria Heights Recreational Park
30th Road between 45th and 46th Streets
Athens Square Park
30th Avenue and 30th Street
Astoria NY ,
Broadway Playground
38th Street between 31st Avenue and Broadway
  

Police Department
114th Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd.
Queens NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
  

Post Office
Steinway Post Office
43-04 Broadway
Astoria NY , 11103-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Corpus Christi
31-29 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 721-2484
El-ber Islamic School
25-42 49th Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 274-9060
Evangelical Christian
31-29 Crescent Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 937-9601
Most Precious Blood
32-52 37th Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-9850
Queens Lutheran School
31-20 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 721-4313
Saint Demetrios Greek American School|
30-03 30th Drive
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-1754
Saint. Joseph School
28-46 44 Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 728-0724
  

Public Elementary Schools
Our World Neighborhood Charter
36-12 35th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 392-3405
P.S. 70
30-45 42 Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 728-4646
P.S. 151 Mary D. Carter
50-05 31 Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 728-2676

Public High Schools
Academy of American Studies
28-01 41st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361 – 8786
Baccalaureate School of Global Education
34-12 36th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 361-5275
Aviation Career and Technical High School
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-2980
William Cullen Bryant High School
48-10 31st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Baccalaureate School of Global Education
34-12 36th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 361-5275
I.S. 10 Horace Greeley School
45-31 31st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 278-7054
 

Senior Centers
Senior Healthcare Center
27-15 30th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-0007
Woodside Senior Center
50-37 Newtown Road, Building 19
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-6916
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Costa Constantinides
CConstantinides@council.nyc.gov
District Office 31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 209
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 274-4500
fax: (646) 661-6799
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1808
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6963
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard,Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1833
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Brian Barnwell
Markeym@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 712
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4755
fax: (518) 455-5032
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Senate Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1804
fax: (718) 932-1805
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Dutch settlers were the first inhabitants of the area that is now known as Long Island City. This area was the first part of Queens to be settled. The name Long Island City was created by Captain Levy Hayden in 1853. After selling a large number of shares from his Hunter’s Point Marine Railway to the Beebe family of Ravenswood Captain Hayden named the area with the hope that one day all of the Hunter’s Point, Astoria, and Ravenswood would be unified. The idea of a Long Island City came from these areas wanting their own self government. A public referendum was passed on February 16, 1869 by a vote of 299 for and 150 against. The city was charted as a merging of the villages of Astoria, Steinway, Ravenswood, and Hunter’s Point. It borders the East River in the North and West and Newton Creek to the South.

The charter to establish Long Island City was signed on Wednesday May 4, 1870. Abraham D. Ditmars, of Astoria, was the city’s first Mayor. Early problems for the new city were a lack in decent roads to travel upon. Due mainly to the financial resources and tenacity of James Thomson many of the major roads of Long Island City were completely paved by 1880. This included the complete drainage of Ravenswood swamp. Most of the inland territory of what is now Long Island City was made up mostly of marshland. The city was prosperous due to thriving community industries in oil and glass. The city quickly gained the reputation of being a commercial and industrial district. One of the most prominent families were the Steinways. The German family, headed by Patrick Henry Steinway, were responsible for many upgrades to the Long Island City community and industry. They created streetcar lines, a piano factory, and a successful amusement park called North Beach which operated from 1886 to 1920. This park was located on the spot that is now known as La Guardia Airport. Riker’s Island once belonged to Long Island City until it was purchased by New York City in September 1884 for the price of $2,500.

Long Island City operated as its own separate entity outside of greater New York City. Mayor Henry S. Debevoise was arrested on a warrant by the citizens for fraud and his ineffectiveness as mayor during a tense battle with gamblers that had invaded the city in the early 1880’s. Patrick Jerome Gleason won the mayoral election of 1886 and became just as notorious as Henry Debevoise. Mayor Gleason appointed himself chief officer of the Police board, Fire Department, and Board of Education while appropriating funds of over $245,000 for a school that was not completed until he was removed from office. Gleason’s acts of corruption gave the once highly touted community a reputation of political crime that was looked at badly by the rest of the country. These acts of corruption led to the Consolidation Act for a Greater New York which led to Long Island City becoming a part of greater New York in 1898.

The creation of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909 opened the isolated suburb to commuters who now had quick access into and out of Manhattan. The opening of the Penn Tubes in 1910 opened Long Island to travel from the Southern section of the city. People now had accessibility to other parts of New York and the once strong economic clout of Long Island City was slowly taken away by Manhattan. Over time many immigrants from various European countries such as Italy and Iceland came to settle in Long Island City. By far the biggest ethnic group is from Greece as Long Island City boasts the largest number of Greek people outside from the country of Greece.

Today Long Island City stands as one of the most industrialized melting pots of New York City and the United States.

In 1893 a movement to establish a Free Public Library began in the Long Island City community. The first Broadway Branch was opened in 1906 on 9th Avenue. It was the sixth library unit built for the Queens Public Library system. Circulation for the first year was 36,000. Circulation grew steadily leading to several changes in location.

Children’s services in particular lead to two major moves. The first move led to a Children’s facility created in 1930 on Steinway Street. Children’s programs became so popular that they had to be discontinued due to lack of space. The need for more room led to the opening of the library’s current location on April 25, 1958. The three story building is 15,800 in square feet and is located at 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City.

Sources

Seyfried, Vincent F. , 300 Years of Long Island City 1630-1930, Queens Historical Society Publication 1984

Websites

Welcome to Long Island City

LICNYC

Long Island City History