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Bengali Storytime

Bengali storytime is back! Join us for songs, stories, and fun in Bengali. No registration is required. Don't miss out.

Jun 26 @ 10:30 AM, Jul 3 @ 10:30 AM

New You: Skin Care Secrets for Adults

Join us for a skin care class with New York State licensed esthetician Linda Branitskaya who will share her knowledge about skin physiology, skin types, and skin care regiments. We will also create a skin care product using botanical ingredients that you can take home with you.

Jun 26 @ 7:00 PM

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

Have you ever wanted to write a novel, a comic, or both? Do you find yourself thinking about different characters and the worlds they belong to? Not sure where to start? Join us for our creative writing workshop! Each week, we will cover a different topic in creating your novel, from literary devices to character development. Space is ...

Jul 2 @ 1:30 PM, Jul 9 @ 1:30 PM, Jul 16 @ 1:30 PM, Jul 23 @ 1:30 PM

Jerry Drake and The Front Page Big Band

Jerry Drake is a composer and performer of original music in the Great American Songbook and classic big band style. Jerry has a long history as a multi-instrumentalist and singer. The 12-piece concert band (called The Front Page) that accompanies Jerry is comprised of many of the best musicians in the New York area, some of whom have been ...

Jul 14 @ 1:00 PM

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission: What We Learned from the Moon Landing

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, join aeronautical engineer Nik Moiseev for a talk about the role of the Apollo program in the technological progress, space suits and other technology that enable space flights, and what we can learn from one of the greatest endeavors in the history of science and ...

Jul 20 @ 1:00 PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Renewable Energy

We’ll explore some renewable energy strategies and the importance of sustainable energy for a cleaner city. Kids will use the design and testing process to explore wind and solar energy, plus create and race some super fun, sun powered vehicles. For grades six and up, No registration is required, but space will be limited. Major funding ...

Jul 25 @ 2:30 PM

Quetzalcoatl Against Black Snake: Environmental Awareness through Dance and Storytelling

This Native American dance performance, created by choreographer Cristina Cortes and the art organization Coopdanza, explores environmental themes and the cultural heritage of First Americans through the story of Quetzalcoatl, a hero from the Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec traditions.

Jul 29 @ 6:00 PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Shine a Light

Kids will learn the basics of how light works with lenses, including our eyes. We’ll dissect sheep eyes and compare biological lenses to glass lenses. Extending this exploration, kids will learn how the physics of light and lenses is applied to visual aids – eye glasses, microscopes and telescopes. For grades 6 and up. No registration ...

Aug 1 @ 2:30 PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: The Big Wide Food Web

A fun and educational program you can...sink your teeth into! Investigate who eats what and how we fit into the grand scheme of energy flow. Learn all about food chains through a hands on program for children in grades 6 and up. No registration required, but space will be limited. Don't miss it! Major funding provided by NY Life Foundation, ...

Aug 8 @ 2:30 PM

Stop Making Sense: Lulu Lewis Music with Veterans of Tom Tom Club and Urban Verbs

Lulu Lewis is a rock band founded by husband and wife duo Pablo Martin (Tom Tom Club, The Du-Rites) and Dylan Hundley (Metropolitan: Directed by Whit Stillman, 1990), Lulu Lewis have established themselves as one of New York’s most prolific and versatile underground rock bands over the past three years, whether collaborating with artists ...

Aug 8 @ 6:00 PM

Jun
26
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Google Tips and Tricks

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

In this single-session workshop, participants will learn about different Google tools, including sharing documents online, organizing your medical records, and much more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Preregistration is required by phone at 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center desk.


Jun
26
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in June, we will screen the following films:

6/5: "The Favourite" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
6/19: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
6/26: "Bohemian Rhapsody" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion


Jun
26
7:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

New You: Skin Care Secrets for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a skin care class with New York State licensed esthetician Linda Branitskaya who will share her knowledge about skin physiology, skin types, and skin care regiments. We will also create a skin care product using botanical ingredients that you can take home with you.


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Jun
27
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Learn how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel. To register call 718-990-8625.


Jun
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Screening: "The Vanishing"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Three lighthouse keepers stumble upon gold while they were on their six-week shift on an uninhabited island, 20 miles from the Scottish coast (2019, R).

Directors
Kristoffer Nyholm

Production year
2019

Rating
R

Studio
Lions Gate Films, Inc.

Runtime
101 minutes

Cast
Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Gary Lewis, Søren Malling


Jul
1
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Special Services and New York City Department for the Aging-Health Promotion Unit present
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
7:00PM

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8:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Low-Impact Chair Fitness for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Sharon leads this low-impact fitness class that focuses on improving core, upper body strength, and mobility. This low-impact, gentle workout will help you burn calories, tone your body, and increase your heart health. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in July, we will screen the following films.
7/2: Private Benjamin (1980, R) Customer Suggestion
7/9: Children of Men (2005, R) Customer Suggestion
7/16: Chappaquiddick (2017, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/23: Mansfield Park (1999, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/30: Batman (1989, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Marketing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

You can’t just rely on social media. This class is geared towards teaching you some of the most recognizable types of marketing. Traditional marketing encompasses the advertisements that we see and hear every day. Determine the traditional marketing actions you will take to make your business visible and attractive to your target customer.


Jul
3
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in July we will screen the following films.

7/3: "On the Basis of Sex" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/10: "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/17: "First Man" (2018, PG-13)
7/24: "The Girl in the Spider's Web" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
7/31: "Creed II" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Origami Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join us as we learn the ancient Japanese art of origami. Origami can help improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and stimulate the brain. But most of all, it can bring joy, satisfaction, and pride in creating something with your own hands.  Join the “fold” and enrich your life!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Social Media Marketing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

Social media is at its prime for marketing, if you know how to use it the right way. This course will prepare you with the knowledge to skillfully utilize social media resources to connect to your customers. Pick up strategies to becoming successful with a variety of social media marketing tools for your business.


Jul
15
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Make your resume the best it can be. This workshop provides insight into what resume reviewers look for, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. For further information, call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
16
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Where's The Money? Get The Money!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Of course you need money to start, but in the end you’ll be making a huge profit from your own product! Become familiar with the variety of traditional and nontraditional resources available to help fund your business. The course will leave you knowledgeable about various loan options, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more.


Jul
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Boss Talk Live

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 27 openings

Boss Talk Live features real entrepreneurs, real stories, and real lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from guests' experiences. Join Entrepreneurship Coach Candid Mack as she talks with special guests Jataon & Teychenne Whitley, owners of Milk & Cookies Kids Spa and Salon. Both ladies will be sharing their experiences on what it takes to run a successful business. This is your opportunity to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. There will be a Q & A at the end of the program.


Jul
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Queens Artists and Non-Profit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about the 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant Program! The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) awards grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations that are producing arts and cultural programming in visual, performing, literary, and folk arts disciplines. Program guidelines and the application process will be reviewed.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Word

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word, and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
1
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories; you bring your own project and fabric. There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine. No registration is required, but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in August, we will screen the following films.

8/6: "Analyze This" (1999, R)
8/13: "Taking Woodstock" (2009, R)
8/20: "The Untouchables" (1987, R) Customer Suggestion
8/27: "Hitchcock" (2012, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in August, we will screen the following films.

8/7: "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018, PG) Customer Suggestion
8/14: "The Upside" (2019, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
8/21: "What Men Want" (2019, R) Customer Suggestion
8/28: "Captain Marvel" (2019, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Aug
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

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

You already use Google for email. Now learn what else your Google account can do for you, including calendars, maps, Google Drive, and more.


Aug
13
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Realities Of Becoming An Entrepreneur

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

Entrepreneurship is not as easy as everyone thinks it is. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. In this class, you will learn about characteristics, skills, interests, and aptitude in pursuing entrepreneurship.


Aug
15
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presentation tips.


Aug
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

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

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
27
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Make it Legal! Register Your Business

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

If you don’t own it, don’t promote it. Make your business legal! Participants are guided through the organizational tasks needed to set up a business and begin operation. Learn about legal structures and all the information you need to register and operate legally in NYC.


Aug
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job search techniques at this workshop! For more information, call 718-990-8625 .


Sep
3
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Developing Business Connections

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

Building relationships are key for starting a business. In this class you will learn to develop networking strategies in order to foster partnerships and build relationships that lead to motivation, connections, resources, and investment opportunities. Attain new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting.


Sep
10
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Marketing

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

You can’t just rely on social media. This class is geared towards teaching you some of the most recognizable types of marketing. Traditional marketing encompasses the advertisements that we see and hear every day. Determine the traditional marketing actions you will take to make your business visible and attractive to your target customer.


Sep
17
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Social Media Marketing

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

Social media is at its prime for marketing, if you know how to use it the right way. This course will prepare you with the knowledge to skillfully utilize social media resources to connect to your customers. Pick up strategies to becoming successful in a variety of social media marketing tools for your business.


Sep
24
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Where's The Money? Get The Money!

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

Of course you need money to start, but in the end you’ll be making a huge profit from your own product! Become familiar with the variety of traditional and nontraditional resources available to help fund your business. The course will leave you knowledgeable about various loan options, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more.


Sep
30
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Queens Artists and Non-Profit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about the 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant Program! The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) awards grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations that are producing arts and cultural programming in visual, performing, literary, and folk arts disciplines. Program guidelines and the application process will be reviewed.


Oct
12
11:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Come Get Your Annual Mammogram!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Patients are eligible for a screening mammogram if they:
•Are 40 and over
•Have not had a mammogram in the past year
•Have no signs or symptoms of breast disease
•Are insured, underinsured, or uninsured
To preregister, please contact The Mobile Mammography Team at 844-396-2666.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

  • 100 public computers in the Cyber Center
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  • 18 computers in the Children's Library Discovery Center for children 12 and under
  • 4 computers for toddlers
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Special Place for Kids
89-14 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-1601
Afro American Parents Day Care Center Incorporated
117-16 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
All My Children Day Care
175-44 Mayfield Rd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
All Our Children Family Daycare
148-07 111th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 739-5930
Early Sunrise Daycare
187-08 Hillside Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 736-9064
Head Start
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-1888
Kids Circle Daycare
164-04 Goethals Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1280
Queens Child Guidance Center
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-8657
Sensational Kids Incorporated
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-0851
Allen Christian Pre-School
114-32 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
Gil-Blu Nursery - Kindergarten
120-02 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Kids Porta Bright Horizon Center
Bldg 350 JFK Airport
Jamaica NY , 11430
Little Flowers Early Childhood
23410 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11422
Rochdale Village Nursery & Kindergarten
170-30 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
Treehouse Day Nursery
168-40 127 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434

Community Board
Community Board District #12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
90-04 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-0282
fax: (718) 658-1405
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
90-25 161st Street, Suite 505
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-4800
Jamaica Business Development Center
90-33 160th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-2255
fax: (718) 206-3693
Community Mediation Group
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-6868
BFFY Jamaica Family Youth Center
90-11 160th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 526-5151
Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-7400
fax:
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 262-3750
fax:
King Manor Museum
King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-0545
fax: (718) 206-0541
Afrikan Poetry Theatre
176-03 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-3312
fax:
Black Spectrum TheatreRoy Wilkens Park
177th St. & Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 723-1800
fax:
Chung-Cheng Art Gallery St. John's University Visual Arts
Sun Yat Sen Hall
Jamaica NY , 11439
phone: (718) 990-6583
fax: (718) 990-1881
 

Fire Department
Engine 275, Battalion 50:
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 298, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Ladder 125, Battalion 50:
159-06 Union Tpke.
Ladder 127, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
 

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
 

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue from 150th to 153rd Street
Major Mark Park
Hillside Avenue, from 173rd to 175th Street
Captain Tilly Memorial Park
Bordered by Highland Ave, Upland Pkwy, Gothic Pkwy
Harvard Playground
179th Place, north of Jamaica Ave
  

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 Police Officer Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Post Office
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432-9997
phone: (718) 990-1090
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Archbisop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
10615 154th St
Jamaica NY , 11433
Ideal Montessori School
87-41 165th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Immaculate Conception School
179-14 Dalny Road
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Day School of St Demet
84 35 152nd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Montessori
90-01 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Busy Bee Learning
88-28 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
New Dawn Elementary School
90-34 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
Nativity B V M School
92nd St & Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11416
St Clement Pope School
120-27 141st Street
Jamaica NY , 11436
St Peter Claver School
149-18 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
St Nicholas of Tolentine School
80-22 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432-1096
The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
United Nations International School
173-53 Croydon Road
Jamaica NY , 11432

Public Elementary Schools
PS 086 Queens (Q086)
87-41 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-6264
fax: (718) 297-0298
PS 131 Abigail Adams (Q131)
170-45 84 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-4229
fax: (718) 658-5690
PS 095 Eastwood (Q095)
179-01 90 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-0007
fax: (718) 658-5271

Public High Schools
Hillcrest High School (Q505)
160-05 Highland Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-5407
fax: (718) 739-5137
Jamaica Educational Campus
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax:
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Q620)
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-6580
fax: (718) 658-0365
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Q680)
60-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 969-3115
fax: (718) 969-3552
  

Senior Centers
Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, Inc.
162-04 Jamaica Ave.,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-6500
fax: (718) 523-7746
Robert Couche Senior Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
Senior Citizens Center
123-10 143rd St
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 657-6500
Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
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Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
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NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
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District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
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
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-357-3094
fax: 718-357-3491
 

History

Community History

 

Jamaica was a former town and capital of Queens County. The first European settlers were probably New Englanders from Hempstead. They were granted a patent by Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Netherland, on March 21, 1656. The settlement was initially called Rusdorf. After the English conquest in 1664 the name was changed to Jameco, after the Indians who were the earliest inhabitants of the area. In 1680, the present name was adopted.

On May 17, 1686, New York governor Thomas Dongan issued a charter to the landowners of Jamaica. The Dongan Charter consolidated the various hamlets into the town of Jamaica and set its boundaries. (The Dongan Charter is on display in the Long Island Division of the Central Library.)

In 1702 Jamaica briefly served as the capital of the New York Colony during a Yellow Fever outbreak in Manhattan.

Important to the history of Jamaica is Prospect Cemetery. The cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Queens, dates back to 1668 and includes the graves of some of the earliest inhabitants of Jamaica.

Two of Jamaica’s important landmarks are King Manor and Grace Episcopal Church. King Manor is named after Rufus King, a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, one of the two first New York Senators to Congress, a diplomat, and anti-slavery advocate. Grace Church was founded in 1702 and served as the official church of the British colonial government during the Revolutionary War. Rufus King is among those buried in the Church’s graveyard.

In 1898 Queens became part of the City of New York of which Jamaica was the county seat.

Jamaica owes its strength as a major shopping area to transportation. Jamaica Avenue was once a toll road between the ferry in Brooklyn and Hempstead. The Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica developed into a major hub. King Kullen, the first self service supermarket in the U.S., opened on Jamaica Avenue in 1930. In the 1960s, interest in Jamaica as a major shopping district began to decline. However, in recent years there has been a coordinated effort, through the work of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, to revitalize Jamaica.

Library History

The first Central Library was located on Parsons Boulevard. It opened in 1930 and was expanded with WPA funds in 1941. The current building on Merrick Boulevard was dedicated on April 11, 1966. The new building was the result of the unwavering efforts of Library Director Harold Tucker. It was designed by the architects York & Sawyer, Kiff, Colean, Voss and Souder. The new Central Library was the first major branch of an urban library to place all public services on one floor. The library cost $5,700,000 and contained 195,000 square feet of floor space. The library was renovated and expanded in 1989. Additional renovation and expansion has begun and is expected to be completed in the next few years, and will include the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center.

The Queens Library’s online catalog, InfoLinQ (Information online at Queens Library) was unveiled at the Central Library in October 1993. In January 1999 the Cyber Center opened at the Central Library. The Cyber Center has 48 computers for customer use, allowing access to the Internet and word processing. The Cyber Center, along with additional computers in the library, has helped to close the gap between the technology “haves” and “have-nots.”

Bibliography

“Libraries” by Phyllis Dan in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Suggested Reading on Jamaica’s History (available at the Central Library)

“Jamaica” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
The Origin and History of Grace Church, Jamaica, New York by Horatio Oliver Ladd.
Recollections of Old Jamaica: 1655-1887.
Records of the Town of Jamaica Long Island: 1656-1751 edited by Josephine C. Frost.

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

The Queens Borough President’s Office has announced the Fourth Poet Laureate to serve from 2007 to 2010:

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

An honorary position, the Queens Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry throughout the borough and writes poetry that is inspired by, or relate to, the borough of Queens.

To learn more about the Queens Poet Laureate, go to http://www.queensbp.org/content_web/cultural_affairs
/cultural_poet2007.shtml