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Valentine’s Day Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to suggest the perfect romantic places in Queens—and, as usual, he chose some of the most unique spots in our borough.

Be sure to visit them with your special someone this Valentine's Day—or whenever ...

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations

This Black History Month, join us for Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations, a celebration of the ways that black migrations—the movement of black populations across the world—have shaped societies and cultures.

Come to the Library for music, movies, art, and more—and take part in our exciting Passport ...

Valentine’s Day at the Library!

We hope you will celebrate Valentine's Day with us all week at the Library!

We’re hosting a concert with Broadway performers, a hands-on glass painting program, a Healthy Relationships Fair for teens, a scavenger hunt, crafts activities for kids, and more.

Make something for that special someone and show them ...

Celebrate National Library Lovers' Month!

February is National Library Lovers' Month, so here's a chance to let everyone know how much you love your library: submit a photo to the Share Your Love For Queens Library Photo Contest!

Take creative pictures that show your love for the library—at a library program, with your friends at the ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library!

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and it is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Langston Hughes Library's 50th Anniversary!

This year, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center and its Black Heritage Reference Center will be celebrating their 50th anniversary—an important milestone for Queens Library and our borough!

Langston Hughes Library was founded in 1969 through community activism by the Library Action Committee (LAC) of ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available at Beginner and Intermediate levels.

To register, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Feb
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us and enjoy playing Scrabble game every Tuesday with intelligent people.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Memory 101 Workshop

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this interactive workshop we will talk about the latest information on memory research. We will play games and quizzes on how to strengthen and train your brain to retain information.


Feb
20
10:00AM

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11:45AM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Class.

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

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Feb
21
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Bridge Club

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us and enjoy playing bridge at East Flushing Library.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
21
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Chess Club

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join our ongoing Chess Club every week on Thursdays. Anyone who is interested is welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to iPhone & iPad: Use and Navigation

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn how to use the proper settings and functions of the iPhone and iPad. There will be hands-on practical training. Space is limited; registration is required. Participants have to bring their own iPhone/iPad.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Chair Happy Yoga

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy gentle movements for relaxation and well-being.


Feb
22
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Winter Arts and Crafts

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for winter arts and crafts for children ages 3 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Anyone Can Draw! Kids' Art Class

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and be an artist! Let your imagination come to life. There is no limit to what you can do when you combine observation and imagination. In this class we will be using techniques such as line, color, and texture to draw.


Feb
25
12:00PM

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12:45PM

Power Walk Fitness

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Try our indoor gentle fitness for health and wellness.


Feb
25
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: The Chorus

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Watch this foreign-language Oscar nominee about a music teacher at a boys' school in France in the 1940s. (2004, PG-13)


Feb
25
6:00PM

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7:45PM

ESOL Intermediate

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for ESOL Intermediate.


Feb
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Working with Clay

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn how to make objects with air drying clay. You will learn how to varnish and decorate with acrylic paint. Registration is limited. Please call the library to register. This program is funded through Older Adult Services for Seniors.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

FDNY Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


Feb
28
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion: "The Japanese Lover"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to read "The Japanese Lover" by Isabel Allende.


Mar
1
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Gentle Chair Yoga

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy gentle movements for relaxation and well-being.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
2:30PM

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3:30PM

The Power to Remain Stable: Presented by Global Harmony House Meditation Center

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this workshop, we will explore how to create serenity in the midst of chaos through the practice of meditation. Learn to achieve balance in life, stay on course, and sail smoothly throughout the year, no matter how turbulent the waters around you become.


Mar
4
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Power Walk Fitness

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Try our indoor gentle fitness for health and wellness.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
4
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come watch this Holocaust drama. (2008, PG-13)


Mar
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join our conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
10:00AM

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11:30AM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join our ESOL Conversation Group.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
1:00PM

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2:00PM

The Power of Forgiveness

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn mindful ways to forgive.


Mar
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie screening: "Life is Beautiful"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

An Italian Jew tries to protect his son in a Nazi concentration camp. This is an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. (1997, PG-13)


Mar
12
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Creative Aging: Mixed Media and Self-Portraits

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Teaching artist Richard Estrin presents Mixed Media and Self-Portraits, a four-session intermediate level drawing workshop. Bring a mirror for self-portraits. Registration is required. Call the East Flushing Library to register at 718-357-6643.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
13
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Claim Your Lost Money

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

New York State has custody of over $14 billion in unclaimed funds. Every day the Comptroller's Office returns approximately $1 million to owners; are you one of them? Representatives from the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Division, will provide information about the New York State Unclaimed Funds program and assist attendees in searching for and processing any unclaimed funds due to them.


Mar
13
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Inspiring Women in Science: My Next Great Big Invention!

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to imagine what their next big invention will be. From concept idea to design and from design to model, let the imagination take flight for these future scientists! Ages 5 and Up.


Mar
18
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: Music of the Heart

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

An elementary school teacher gives violin lessons to her underprivileged students, despite indifference from the administration and budget cuts that force her to seek outside funding. (1999, PG)


Mar
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Falls Prevention and Healthy Homes

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come learn from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about how older adults can keep their homes healthy. Some of the topics they will cover include preventing falls, how to avoid mold, and chemical poisoning. All are welcome.


Mar
27
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Creative Aging: Pastel Art Workshop

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

Participants will strengthen their drawing skills by working with oil-based pastels. We will explore the range of techniques pastels offer and examine the medium's potential for expressiveness. Participants will spend time working with photo-based imagery as a source and point of departure in constructed drawings. Preregistration and a commitment to attend all sessions is required. Space is limited. Call East Flushing Library to register, 718-357-6643. This program is for older adults 50+.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
1
6:00PM

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7:45PM

ESOL Intermediate

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join our intermediate ESOL club.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
10:00AM

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11:30AM

ESOL Conversation

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join our ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
5
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Free Nutrition Workshops

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Cornell University Cooperative Extension presents free nutrition workshops! You will learn to make recipes your family will love, plan meals and menus, enjoy physical activities, read labels, taste healthy snacks, practice food safety, and have fun! Those who attend six or more sessions will receive a certificate from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
8
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie: "Stronger"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma (R, 2017).


Apr
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. This is basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and compressions-only mannequins. There will also be "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


Apr
11
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

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

Creative Aging Program: Learn how to play the ukulele, for beginning students. Bring your own ukulele or use one at the library. Teaching artist Nancy Hinchliffe leads this ten-session course for older adults 50+. Registration is limited to 15 students. Register at the East Flushing Library by calling 718-357-6643.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
12
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Gentle Chair Yoga

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for gentle chair yoga for well-being.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
15
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "The Zookeeper's Wife"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

A married couple who work as zoo caretakers help save Jews from the Holocaust. (2007, PG-13)


Apr
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Clipboard Wall Art

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Give some old clipboards a new life with colorful and patterned duct tape. Affix to the wall and you’ve got yourself a creative noticeboard to place photos and memos.


Apr
22
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "Instant Family"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Wishing to start a family, Pete and Ellie decide to take in three foster siblings, including a rebellious teenager. But the sudden change of lifestyle proves challenging, as the couple attempt to learn the art of parenting in the hopes of becoming a functional, loving family (2018, PG-13).


Apr
25
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "The Light of Paris"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "The Light of Paris" by Eleanor Brown.


Apr
29
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "Away from Her"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

This is a poignant drama about a family that's dealing with the very difficult issue of Alzheimer's; it's more focused on characters and life than it is on sickness and misery (2006, PG-13).


May
30
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion: "Educated"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Educated" by Tara Westover.


Jun
27
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Exit West"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid.


Jul
25
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Almost Sisters"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Almost Sisters" by Joshilyn Jackson.


Aug
29
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Dreams of Joy"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See.


Sep
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Sing, Unburied, Sing"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward.


Oct
31
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "The Library Book"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean.


Nov
21
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Before We Were Yours"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The East Flushing Community Library has:

  • 2 Adult Public Computers
  • 1 Public Computer located in the Children's room
  • Each computer may be used for half an hour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited Printing
  • InfolinQ/Internet classes class is offered. Please contact the branch for more details

 

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International Language Collections at the East Flushing Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Greek
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the East Flushing Community Library include:

  • Careers
  • Graphic Novels
  • Money Matters
  • YA Section

 


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
Crayon Box Preschool
4410 192nd Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 888-9341
Sensational Kids
4550 195th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 631-5942
St. Nicholas Preschool
196-20 Northern Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718)357-0800

Community Board
Queens Community Board #11
46-21 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck NY , 11377
phone: (718) 225-1054
fax: (718) 225-4514
  

Community Organizations & Services
46 Avenue Beautification Comm
45-67 194th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
Auburndale Improv. Assoc
P.O. Box 331 – Station A
Flushing NY , 11358
 

Fire Department
Engine 320/Ladder 167
36-18 Francis Lewis Blvd
Flushing NY , 11358
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Kissena Park
Rose and Oak Avenues on the north, Kissena Boulev
NY ,
P.S. 130 Playground
42nd Avenue & Francis Lewis Boulevard
NY ,
 

Police Department
111th Precinct
45-06 215th Street
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 279-5200
  

Post Office
Station A
40-03 164th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Holy Cross High School(9-12)
26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 886-7250
St. Kevin’s School (PreK-8)
45-50 195th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 357-8110
William Spyropoulos School (PreK-8)
196-10 Northern Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 357-5583

Public Elementary Schools
PS 130 (PK-3)
200-01 42nd Avenue
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 357-6606
PS 233 @ PS 130 (SP)
200-01 42nd Avenue
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 224-0490
 

Public High Schools
HS 495 Bayside High School (9-12)
208th Street & 32nd Avenue
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 229-7600
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 25 Adrien Block School (7-9)
34-65 192nd Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 961-3480
  

Senior Centers
Self Help Clearview Senior Center
208-11 26th Avenue
Bayside NY , 11360
phone: (718) 224-7888
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Paul Vallone
District19@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 507
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 619-8611
fax: (718) 631-4100
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1792
New York NY, 10007
phone: 212-788-7250
fax: 212-788-1860
NYS Assembly
Hon. Edward C. Braunstein
BraunsteinE@nyassembly.gov
District Office 213-33 39th Avenue, Suite 238
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3588
fax: (718) 357-5947
Albany Office LOB, Room 557
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5425
fax: (518) 455-4648
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
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

The Matinecock Indians sold Flushing to the Dutch Colonists in the 1620s at the rate of one ax per 50 acres. The Dutch named it “Vlissingen,” after a port in Holland. It meant “flowing water.”

In 1657, the document called the Flushing Remonstrance, was signed by the Dutch colonists giving the Quakers and others the right to worship as they chose. The principles stipulated in the Remonstrance foresaw the freedom of religion in the U.S. Constitution. The English began ruling in 1664 and changed the name to Flushing.

Because of the abundance of trees in Flushing, the first commercial nurseries in America were organized here in the 1700s. A town hall was built in 1864 and it has been used as an opera house, police station, jail, and a dinner theater.

There have been two World’s Fairs in Flushing, one in 1939 and the other in 1964.

In the early to mid-1900s Irish, Germans and Italians resided in Flushing; but after 1965, Greeks, Chinese, Korean, and Hispanic immigrants started moving in. The formerly tree-lined pastoral town has become an important international residential and commercial center.

At first the new East Flushing Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library was set to open on November 1, 1975; but due to budget cuts it was unachievable to staff the additional branch. In 1977 a recent influx of federally financed CETA employees made it attainable for the East Flushing Branch to open for service on Monday, September 19, 1977 at 1:00pm. Previously this community had no library service, except for weekly visits by a bookmobile.