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This Weekend at Queens Library

This weekend, Queens Library wants you to enjoy a special family performance by Queens Theatre; learn about Chinese folk songs and culture with musician Yixuan Pang; join us for a film screening and discussion with filmmaker Elliot Storey; celebrate the amazing work of manga artists; see the last film in the Hobbit trilogy; and learn more ...

Open Budget Hearing

Queens Library invites the community to its open budget hearing. Please join us to learn about our funding priorities and contribute to the discussion.

You are invited to review the proposed budget priorities here. Public comments are encouraged. Speakers may sign up upon arrival and will have an opportunity to speak on a ...

31 Books for Women's History Month!

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, Queens Library is posting pictures of noteworthy books by women authors to our social media sites every day!

These 31 books include literary classics, memoirs, children’s books and more.

You can see our choices by checking out our social media sites, including ...

Learn How to Code and Become a Tech Leader!

Have you ever wanted a career in the growing tech field but don't have the skills you need?

Join us at Flushing on Wednesday, April 1 and the Central Library on Thursday, April 2 to find out how to apply for a great learning opportunity and a full scholarship!

Coalition for Queens (C4Q) is a local nonprofit ...

Elder Law Seminars

Learn more about planning for your retirement and financial future.  Attend one of our many Elder Law Seminars (free of charge), where you can learn valuable information on how you can make plans for the future that will benefit you and those you love. Seminars will run from mid-April through early-June across Queens.

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A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Queens Library's Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center proudly presents “America is a Dream… A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Please join us to learn about the struggle for civil rights and enjoy this all-day blend of speakers, film, dramatic presentation and live music on Saturday, April 4, ...

Invest in Libraries! Invest in New Yorkers!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library have come together to let Mayor De Blasio and the New York City Council know that NYC’s libraries need more funding to stay open more hours and address our capital needs.

We Need You to add your voice to ...

Teen Battle of the Bands

Many bands will enter but only one will be chosen as the winner of  the first ever Teen Battle of the Bands. Come and watch local teen bands battle.   Join us at the Flushing branch on April 7, 5-7 PM.  For FREE tickets and more information, click here.

Help Us Find the Next Queens Poet Laureate!

The search is on! Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens College and Queens Library are partnering together to find the next Queens Poet Laureate, who will be charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout our borough.

Queens Library is happy to join the Poet Laureate partnership for the first time this year, and ...

Celebrate Earth Day 2015

Earth Day is an annual worldwide event begun in 1970 for the purposes of celebrating our planet and promoting environmental awareness.  Queens Library is marking the 45th anniversary of this global initiative with programs and activities for the whole family. 

Click here for details.

 

Mar
27
4:30PM

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Support Group

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Are you an employed person recovering from a mental illness or working your way through mental health issues? Would you like to learn from and share experiences with other professionals like yourself? This four-week, job-related support group will touch on topics such as stress at work, job retention, and career advancement.


Apr
1
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Writing Workshop: Share your Memories

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Kathy Cohen leads a two session writing workshop. Learn basics, tips and techniques of memoir writing. Share writing assignments, thoughts and ideas.

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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5:00PM

Beginning a Business: Spring Series

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

This interactive workshop series is presented in partnership with the Small Business Administration. Day 1 - How to start your own business 2 - SBA programs and services that can help your business; Day 3 - writing a business plan; Day 4 - selling to the federal government; Day 5 - e-commerce and social media marketing

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

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Apr
2
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Tables Have Turned: Caring For an Older Adult

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

The Tables Have Turned: Caring for an Older Adult
Stay ahead of the game and come to this seminar led by Kathy Livingston, Owner and President, of Senior Helpers. Review options and strategies to keep a loved one safe, independent and enjoying life in the later years. This series will include finding the right setting, creating a safe home environment and working with providers.

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

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Apr
6
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Chair Yoga with Irene Failenbogen

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Irene Failenbogen will teach you the techniques and exercises that participants can practice while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.


Apr
7
1:00PM

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6:00PM

SNAP and SCRIE Benefits

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Find out whether you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, and the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program, and get help applying. No appointment is necessary. For more information and a list of other locations and times, call the outreach office of LiveOn NY (formally Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc.) at 347-815-5930 or email SNAP@liveon-ny.org.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
8
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

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, April 8 at 10:30AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register.

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Apr
11
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Job Readiness Workshops: Resumes and Cover Letters

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make them the best that they can be! This workshop will cover different types of resumes; how to get started on one; what to include and exclude; and tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger.


Apr
17
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Healthy Eating Habits for Home

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Healthy at-home eating doesn't have to mean following a strict set of rules or giving up your favorite foods. It's about making commonsense choices, which you can learn about at this lecture.


Apr
18
11:00AM

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2:00PM

SAT Workshop

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn some tips and strategies to master the SAT.


Apr
20
6:00PM

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7:00PM

History and Headlines: A Nonfiction Book Discussion Group

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

In April we will discuss "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" by Michael Pollan. To learn more about our food choices, Pollan enters the worlds of processed food, organic food, foraged food and cooked food to critique the American way of eating.


Apr
24
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Fire Safety for Seniors

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


May
5
2:00PM

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3:15PM

A Quilting Workshop

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

In this two-session workshop, Alacia Stubbs will demonstrate how to create easy quilting designs, including four-patch and cathedral window. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


May
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

What's That Sound?

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

This is a fun-filled exploration of instrument families in the modern classical orchestra. Children ages 5 and up and their parents or caregivers can learn about brass, string, percussion and woodwind instruments and how they make music.


May
14
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Keeping Your Mind Sharp

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

RN Kathy Moran leads a discussion about keeping your mind sharp through word play.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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: (718) 726-0357
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1808
New York NY, 10007
phone:
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. Margaret M. Markey
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