Twitter is a social Media websites that allow you to manage your professional identity. You will learn to follow friends and colleagues, look for employment, network, receive job posting notifications and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class ...
In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up a business and begin operating it. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring and other preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: JR310.
There are over 400 transferable skills that job seekers often overlook but can show employers they have added value…and can do more than what the job requires. Learn to identify many other skills to offer an employer. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call ...
Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class ...
Join Queens Memory and Asian Americans for Equality for a community history event! Share your memories of Queens and get your family photos digitized for free. The Queens Memory team will scan your photographs, postcards and other memorabilia and save them to a thumb drive that you can take home. Bring your materials and stories and expect ...
The Internet is abuzz with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search. In this workshop you will learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search. Basic computer skills and a familiarity with the ...
In this course we will explore the exciting world of marketing and learn the tried and tested models for success and explore technologies that are best suited for marketing your business. However, fundamental to success in marketing is understanding the customers you are serving and developing a story and message that they love. To register ...
In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more ...
Job finding is a game of words, so wouldn't it be a good idea to find out what words the employers want to see in the resume and online applications. This class will teach you how to create keyword career vocabulary using 5 resources. It will allow you to identify what types of accomplishments or achievements you had a hand at in your ...
Increase your job leads by following nontraditional approaches and cast a wider net in the employment market. To register, visit us on jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code: JR350.
The earliest known inhabitants of Flushing were the Matinecock Indians, one of thirteen tribes on Long Island. The first Europeans to settle Flushing were the Dutch, who arrived in 1628, when Flushing was part of New Netherlands. The Dutch governor, William Kieft, purchased all the land which would later become Queens County from the Native Americans in 1639, and on October 10, 1645, the town of Flushing itself was founded. Originally named Vlissingen, after the seaport in the Netherlands, it was later anglicized to Flushing when the English took over the colony.
The most important event in the Dutch period of Flushing history was the fight for religious freedom. The Dutch had allowed a group of religious dissidents from New England to settle in Flushing. Quakers made up part of this group. Since the Dutch Reformed Church was the official state religion of New Netherlands, only Dutch Reformed congregations were allowed. The Quakers publicly practiced their faith, however, and the governor, Peter Stuyvesant, cracked down on them. Responding to Stuyvesant’s repressive measures, on December 27, 1657, the members of the town drafted what became known as the Flushing Remonstrance, which proclaimed the right to practice one’s religion without persecution. This was the first declaration of religious freedom in North America and was the foundation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although Stuyvesant imprisoned John Bowne for permitting Quakers to meet for worship in his house, religious freedom eventually prevailed, after Bowne made a plea before the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam in 1664. In 1692, Quakers bought land for a meeting house, which was built in 1694-1695. It now stands on Northern Boulevard.
In March of 1664, the Dutch surrendered the colony of New Netherlands to the English. It was renamed New York after the Duke of York, the future James II. New York remained an English colony, except for a brief period of Dutch rule in 1673, until after the Revolutionary War. In 1737 one of the first nurseries in America, the Linnaean Gardens, opened just north of Northern Boulevard. Flushing was occupied by the British throughout the Revolution.
In the early nineteenth century, attracted by the tolerance of the Quakers, a number of African Americans settled in Flushing, among them was Lewis Latimer, an electrical inventor who worked with Thomas Edison. In 1843 a newspaper began publication and the Flushing Institute, a secondary school for boys, opened. Eventually students from the southern United States, Central and South America, and Europe enrolled in the Institute. Direct rail service to New York City began in 1854. After the Civil War, residential development accelerated. From the 1890’s until World War I, the neighborhood expanded to the east and south. With the extension of trolley lines from 1888 to 1899 and the electrification of the Long Island Railroad, Flushing became a commuter suburb. In the 1920’s apartment houses were built, and in 1928 subway service from Manhattan was extended to Flushing. After World War II more apartment buildings were constructed, displacing individual houses.
During the 1960’s many Japanese, Chinese and Koreans settled in Flushing. There was another wave of immigration in the 1980’s, of which 20% were Chinese (mostly from Taiwan), 20% were Korean, and other groups from India, Colombia, Afghanistan, Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, the Philippines and El Salvador. Since the mid 1990’s the downtown area, which is centered on Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, has become heavily commercial, with an extensive network of Asian banks and businesses. According to the 2000 census, the number of Chinese and Asian Indians making Flushing as their home has almost doubled from 1990 to 2000.
Flushing had the first library in Queens. It was founded in 1858 as a subscription service and was incorporated on April 17, 1869. Mary Ann Shaw, the principal of an African-American school in Flushing at Washington and Union Streets, helped to establish it as a free circulation library in 1884. In 1905, she donated $1,000 for the purchase of books for the Flushing Library. (One of the reference books purchased with these funds is on display on the lower level). In 1891, the Flushing Library bought a small Baptist church at the intersection of Main Street and Kissena Boulevard. This was the first of four library buildings at this location. In December1901, the Flushing Library joined the Queens Borough Public Library shortly after its formation in January 1901. In 1904, construction started on a new building at Kissena and Main with funds donated by Carnegie. This building opened in 1906, and the Flushing Library was housed there until 1955, when it was torn down and construction started on a larger building, which opened in June 1957. On June 10, 1985, the Adult Learning Center opened in this building. While the present building was under construction from 1996 to1998, the library was located in temporary quarters at 36-41 Main Street.
On June 20, 1998, the present state-of-the-art building at Kissena Boulevard and Main Street opened to the public. The design of the structure won the AIA (American Institute of Architects) 2001 National Honor Award for Architecture and the building was included in the book entitled New Library Buildings of the World. It is a 4-level, 76,000 square foot building. It houses the Flushing branch library, the International Resource Center and an Adult Learning Center. Flushing branch library holds more than 350,000 books, videos, periodicals and other library materials available to the public. 63 computer workstations with Internet access, computerized databases, and other sources of electronic information are available for customers at the Flushing branch library. The building has four meeting rooms, a 223 seat auditorium and exhibit space located on the lower level. More than 1,000 free educational, literary and cultural programs take place every year. The Flushing branch library has the largest children’s room in the Queens Library system. Over 5,000 people use the library every day, and circulation is currently about 200,000 a month. The one millionth customer came through its doors on January 20, 1999, seven months after the opening of the new building. The Flushing Library is thought to be the largest branch library in New York State.
“Flushing” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.
Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.
Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson
Suggested Reading on Flushing History (available at the Flushing Library)
Flushing in Early Photographs: A Visual Documentary ed. By Allen J. Bozeman.
Flushing in the Civil War Era 1837 to 1865 by Vincent F. Seyfried.
The History of Long Island; From the Discovery and Settlement, to the Present Time by Benjamin F. Thompson.
History of Saint George’s Parish, Flushing, Long Island by J. Carpenter Smith.
History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.
Long Island: Its Early Days and Development with Illustrations and Maps by Eugene L. Armeruster.
Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson.
The Quaker Cross: A Story of the Old Bowne House by Corelia Mitchell Parsons.
to Main Street (last stop) : Port Washington line to Flushing-Main Street
FROM LONG ISLAND: Grand Central Parkway West to Exit 9A. Exit to Northern Blvd. & make right on Main St. Library is on left, bordered by Kissena Blvd. - or -
LIE West to Exit 23 (Main St.). Travel north; library on right.
FROM WHITESTONE BRIDGE: Upon exiting bridge, take Whitestone Expwy (I-678) South. Exit at Northern Blvd east (left turn off Expwy). Take Northern Blvd. to Main St. Make right on Main St. and continue for 6 blocks.
FROM MANHATTAN: Midtown Tunnel to LIE East to Van Wyck Expwy North. Exit at Northern Blvd. East (turn right). Take Northern, make right on Main St. - or -
Take 59th Street Bridge. Exit onto Northern Blvd & travel on Northern for approx. 5.5 miles past Shea Stadium to Main St. Make right on Main St.