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Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This year marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to his life and legacy.

We also have suggestions for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Our Celebration of Kindness

Queens Library celebrated the kindness that fills our communities with our It’s Time for Kind campaign during this past holiday season.

“Kindness can change the world,” President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott said at a kickoff event for our campaign.

Learn all about the programs and events we held across ...

New Year Nutrition Tips!

The New Year is a great opportunity to create new habits and start eating right.

Maria Biondi, RDN, CDN, and Wellbeing Coach for NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, has some tips for a nutritious diet and a healthy year ahead.

“As folks look towards the New Year, many of them want a ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens 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 neighborhood library or ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 7-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry-level to ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

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

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

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Jan
22
10:30AM

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12:00PM

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.
Preregistration is required.


Jan
22
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes for Beginners in Spanish

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: You will learn how to edit and format and print and save a file.
*Navigating the Internet
Please call at 718-721-2462 to register.


Jan
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tech Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 9-12 can improve their computer skills and explore new apps using the library’s laptops and tablets. Try something new each week! No registration required, but space is limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children’s Room before each session.

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

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Jan
23
10:00AM

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1:00PM

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. Participants must attend the entire 12-class series. Please arrive at 10 am sharp on Wednesday, January 9 to register in person at the Broadway Library (first-come, first-served) or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Candidates must be green card holders.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Story & Play Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

This is a half hour of free play with educational toys, followed by stories, song, rhymes, and movement for toddlers ages 18-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children's Room at least 15 minutes before each session.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Messy Art Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Paint, glue, clay, glitter, and more—we’ll use lots of messy materials to create beautiful and unique works of art. Children ages 5 through 12 are welcome; 5- and 6-year-olds should bring an adult. No registration is required but materials are limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children’s Room before each session. Dress for a mess!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spelling Bee Practice

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Spellers in grades 3 through 8 can prepare to compete in Broadway Library’s annual spelling bee, to be held January 31. Registration is required; sign up and get a word list in the Children's Room. Participants must attend one spelling bee practice session in order to compete in the annual spelling bee.


Jan
24
5:45PM

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7:30PM

English Intermediate Conversation Class

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our English intermediate conversation group at the Broadway Library! No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Broadway Babies

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for the littlest library visitors! This program is for babies up to 17 months old and their parents/caregivers. No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Arts & Crafts for Adults

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Please join us for arts & crafts. We will be working on simple projects using different craft materials. This class is designed for adults with intellectual disabilities. All interested adults are welcomed.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
3:30PM

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5:00PM

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
Preregistration is required.


Jan
25
4:00PM

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5:45PM

Film Friday

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a free, family-friendly movie. Children ages five and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Jan
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Write Now! NY Writer's Coalition

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join NY Writer's Coalition for a free, drop-in writing workshop open to writers of all genres--poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else. Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome. No advanced registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
9:00AM

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12:00PM

Healthcare Insurance Enrollment

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Get help from a Healthcare Navigator of the NY State of Health with enrolling into a low-cost health plan.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Preschool Storytime

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and movement, followed by a fun, creative activity for children ages 3 and 4 years with their parents or caregivers. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children's Room at least 15 minutes before each session.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
1:00PM

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7:00PM

Drop Off Your Food Scraps With the NYC Compost Project

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Help transform organic disposals into a nutritious plant food.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Favorite Characters Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Dog Man, Greg Heffley, Junie B. Jones, and more--we will celebrate some of the best-loved book characters with read-alouds, games, crafts, and other fun activities. Each week will focus on a different character--maybe you will find a new fictional friend! This program is for readers ages 6 to 12. No registration required.


Jan
28
5:30PM

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7:30PM

English Advanced Conversation Group

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our English advanced conversation group at Broadway Library! No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
31
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Annual Spelling Bee

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

Spellers in grades 3 through 8 are invited to compete in Broadway Library’s annual spelling bee. Three winners (Grade 3/ 4, Grade 5/ 6, and Grade 7/ 8) will participate in a Queens Library Spelling Bee at the Central Library this spring. Registration is required; sign up and get a word list in the children's room. Participants must attend one spelling bee practice session in order to compete. Practice sessions will be held Thurs., Jan. 17, and Thurs., Jan. 24, at 4 p.m.


Jan
31
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Blood Sugar Basics: What You Should Know

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Diabetes affects millions of Americans. Are you at risk? Join Dr. Yasmin Khan as she discusses steps you can take to reduce your risk for developing diabetes or how to take control of the disease and still live a full life. Dr. Khan is an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an internal medicine attending physician at Mount Sinai Queens. She specializes in endocrinology, diabetes, and bone disease. All are welcome!


Feb
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

End the school week with an hour of fun! Board games, puzzles, cards, coloring, crafts--a different activity each week. Ages 5-12 years. No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

"Who Was....?" Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Each week we'll focus on one book in this popular biography series, learning about the life of someone outstanding through shared reading, crafts, games, and more. For Black History Month, we'll explore the lives of important African Americans. In March we will learn about influential women for Women’s History Month. It's not necessary to read the books ahead of time. For readers ages 6 to 12. No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes For Beginners In Spanish

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

Learn basic computer skills including an introduction to the computer and navigating the Internet as well as an introduction to Microsoft Word. You will learn how to format, edit, print, and save a file.
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


Feb
5
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Jewelry Workshop

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Make your own piece of jewelry to keep or to give to your valentine. All supplies will be included.


Feb
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lunar New Year Celebration

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Welcome the Year of the Pig with stories, a craft, and other fun activities. This program is for children ages 5 to 12; no registration is required.


Feb
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations – Jacob Lawrence Panel 61 Activity

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

The story of migration is ongoing. In the final, 60th panel of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence leaves us with the words “And the migrants kept coming.” Today, more than 75 years later, Lawrence’s epic narrative continues to have powerful echoes. Come and help us create the next chapter, the next powerful image of migration. This program is for children ages 5-12; no registration is required. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
8
10:00AM

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11:30AM

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 a text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word’s main functions and commands. You will also learn how to use a flash drive or USB. Basic computer skills are required. To register please call 718-721 2462.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
8
3:30PM

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5:00PM

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, and introduction to the Internet. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations – Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on ... ?

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to create the vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat or flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and heart can travel! This family program is for children ages 4 to 8 with an adult. Not registration is necessary. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
12
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Broken Heart Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

We will discuss Fiona Davis's "The Address." It is a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of the Dakota, New York City's most famous residence.


Feb
12
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Broken Heart Week: Sing-Along Screening of "Grease"

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

It’s California in 1959 and good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they are now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? Join us for a screening and sing-along to such memorable songs as "Summer Nights," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Tears on My Pillow," and many more. (1978, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to Typing in Spanish

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

Learn how to use the keyboard and it will be easier for you to use a computer. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 718-721 2462 to register.


Feb
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Valentine Workshop

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Make a beautiful valentine for someone special. This program is for children ages 4-12 years; 4- and 5-year-olds should bring an adult. No registration is required.


Feb
14
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Broken Heart Week: Comedy with Comedians Michelle Slonim and Ben Rosenfeld + Friends

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Husband and wife comedians Michelle Slonim and Ben Rosenfeld and friends present Broken Heart Week Comedy, an afternoon of clean standup comedy geared to those who have been in love, want love, or hate love. For more Broken Heart Week programming, visit https://queenslib.org/BHW2019


Feb
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Vacation Week Fun!

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Games, puzzles, crafts, tech time, a movie, and more—there will be something fun to do at the library every afternoon during school vacation week for children ages 5-12! No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
20
3:30PM

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5:00PM

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. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
3:00PM

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4:45PM

Vacation Week Fun: Film Friday

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a free, family-friendly movie. Children ages five and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Feb
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Protest Music

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

From slavery to the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, music has always been a vital part of protest and social change. We will explore a wide array of music including spirituals, soul, and rap, along with current artists such as Beyoncé and Childish Gambino. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


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: (646) 661-4500
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1778
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
BarnwellB@nyassembly.gov
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 921
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 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

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