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Special Alert

Please note that the current Flushing Children's room (located on the lower level) will be closed effective Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in preparation for the Grand Opening of the new Flushing Library Children’s room in April.

During the closure the following libraries in the area have full children's services:

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Job Preparedness

Take control of your personal and professional development by learning the skills necessary to lead to greater chances of success. This class will take a much more hands-on approach to understand proper etiquette techniques in and out of the workplace to get ahead, get noticed, and get motivated. To preregister visit ...

Mar 29 @ 10:00 AM

Setting Up Your Business

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. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310

Mar 30 @ 12:30 PM

Resume Building

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-4784. Class code JR130

Apr 5 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to the Internet

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-634-4784. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that ...

Apr 10 @ 10:00 AM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

Finding a job is a game of words, so wouldn't it be a good idea to discover the words employers want to see in resumes and online applications? This class will show you how to identify your career accomplishments and will teach you how to create keyword career vocabulary using five resources. Class code JR130

Apr 12 @ 10:00 AM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, ...

Apr 13 @ 12:30 PM

Basics of Business Planning

This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code ...

Apr 14 @ 10:00 AM

Beginners Excel

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180

Apr 17 @ 10:00 AM

Cover Letters

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 call 718-752-3700. Class code JR150

Apr 19 @ 2:00 PM

Music Everywhere

Angela Wildflower made her Broadway debut in "Motown the Musical" and brings her own ensemble in this poetic tribute to Rhythm and Blues, from vintage 40s to current Billboard top 100s.

Apr 23 @ 2:00 PM

Mar
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Preparedness

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

Take control of your personal and professional development by learning the skills necessary to lead to greater chances of success. This class will take a much more hands-on approach to understand proper etiquette techniques in and out of the workplace to get ahead, get noticed, and get motivated. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR350.


Mar
29
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Women's History Month Film - "The Runaways" - Rated R

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who forms the first ever all-girl punk band.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Mar
30
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If your income is under $64,000, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

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

Additional Dates


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Mar
30
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

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. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Mar
30
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Learning Chinese!

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

Queens Library at Flushing will open a Learning Chinese class for beginner level students. The semester will have 12 sessions, starting from Feb. 9. All classes will be on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please register online at www.queenslibrary.org/events or call 718.661.1280 for assistance.

FlushingThu, Apr 13, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Apr 20, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Apr 27, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, May 11, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, May 18, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM

Mar
31
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Intermediate Korean

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

Intermediate Korean covers phonetics, syntax, and vocabulary, with a focus on reading, listening, speaking, writing, and an overview of classical Korean literature.

FlushingFri, Apr 7, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 14, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 21, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 28, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM

Apr
1
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Flushing Library & New Americans Program present: Author Talk Series-The Story of the Mill

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Set among sent-down youths in the mountains of Hainan Island during the Cultural Revolution, The Story of the Mill is a tale of youth and love, life and theater, sex and politics, a tall-tale tragedy in which art and revolution are inextricably entwined. Su Wei is a senior lector in Yale University, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Also a writer and critic, his works have been published in China. *IRC Conference Room*


Apr
4
12:30PM

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2:30PM

LinkedIn for Job Searching

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights, and opportunities. In this workshop you will learn how to use LinkedIn to look for employment, network, and keep up with colleagues. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: JR200


Apr
4
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Urdu Beginner Conversation Class for Adults

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

This class taught by a native Urdu speaker introduces the basic elements of the Urdu language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic vocabulary related to greeting, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, etc. Develop basic listening and speaking skills and learn more about cultural aspects of Pakistan. Register online.


Apr
5
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Building

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-4784. Class code JR130


Apr
6
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a 5-minute presentation of poetry, written word, music, comedy or spoken work.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 openings

This class will help entrepreneurs develop on the diverse paths of business ownership provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them dependent on skills, aptitudes and interests, and charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: JR310.


Apr
7
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

2017 Book Club, First Fridays 1-2PM:
January 6th: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Kope" by William Kamkwamba; February 3rd: "Blindness" by José Saramago; March 3rd: "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan; April 7th: "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Apr
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-634-4784. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.


Apr
10
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Monday Movie Matinees

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

January: 1/9, "Lilies of the Field" (1963) NR
February: 2/6, "My Favorite Year" (1982) PG
March: 3/13, "Auntie Mame" (1958) NR
April: 4/10, "Jibeuro (The Way Home)" (2002), PG (In Korean with English subtitles)
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Apr
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

QL Int'l Resource Center presents: Chicha, Causa & Cuy: Peru's Incredible Cuisine by Lawrence Ferber

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

While a pilgrimage to man-made wonder Machu Picchu is on many bucket lists, the Peruvian gastronomical journey from Lima onward is itself destination-worthy. From traditional specialties causa, chicha morada, and ceviche, to the Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine Nikkei to, well, guinea pig - aka cuy - Peru represents a life-changing, flavorful trip.


Apr
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

Finding a job is a game of words, so wouldn't it be a good idea to discover the words employers want to see in resumes and online applications? This class will show you how to identify your career accomplishments and will teach you how to create keyword career vocabulary using five resources. Class code JR130


Apr
13
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word! Learn about paragraph layouts, copy & paste, printing, changing font colors/ sizes, and much, MUCH more! Participants should have basic computer skills. Preregistration is required at the Cyber Center 718-661-1280


Apr
13
12:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, sales, merchandising and distribution. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Apr
13
6:30PM

--to--

8:30PM

North American Calligraphy Assoc. presents: Monthly Penmanship Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All are welcome. Please call 646-752-3173 for questions and suggestions.
*Rooms C&D, Lower Level*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Basics of Business Planning

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 openings

This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Apr
15
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Home Buying Workshop in Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Topics:
• Short Housing history of Manhattan, Queens and Long Island
• The whole process of buying a property
• What are the costs involved
• What you need to focus when looking for a property
• Current market overview
• What you need to know AFTER you get the key


Apr
17
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Apr
18
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word's basic functions and commands. Basic computer skills required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170.


Apr
18
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Know Your Rights: MOIA Services and Legal Aid

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

*Rights and protections for immigrant communities as well as resources for those seeking immigration related assistance
*An opportunity to learn the applicable laws for detainments & deportation
*Speak with an Immigration Attorney

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

Additional Dates


Apr
19
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

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 call 718-752-3700. Class code JR150


Apr
20
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

How To Create a Gmail Account

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

Come learn how to open a Gmail account and basics on the layout and how to compose emails! Must have basic computer skills. Register at the Cyber Center (718-661-1280) or online.


Apr
20
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Smoking Cessation (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Dr. Daniel Chen, from Flushing Hospital Medical Center, will discuss with you why you should quit smoking and what the benefits are to your health.


Apr
22
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Flushing Chinese Book Club: Hosted and Lectured by Professor Tang Zhenhai

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The purpose of the Chinese Book Club is to study and think about cultures of different civilizations from reading. In these sessions, reading and discussion focuses on communication, exchange, and mingling of cultures that are seen from Chinese writers and their writings over many generations.


Apr
23
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, April 16, May 21, June 18.
Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
6:00PM

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7:30PM

A Public Voice: Safety and Justice Forum

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Participate in a group discussion that explores three potential policy options for how to prevent violence and create thriving communities in NYC. Insights from all Safety & Justice forums will be reported to local, state & federal policymakers.


Apr
25
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Build on your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word. Learn how to format Word documents, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class Code CC200


Apr
26
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

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 information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110 . Class code JR110.


Apr
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Building Relationships in Business

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

This class will show how to build relationships through networking, foster partnerships in business, and get "buy in" from business acquaintances. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR310.


May
5
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

May 5th, 2017, 1-2PM: "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple
June 2nd, 2017, 1-2PM: "Claire of the Sea Light", by Edwidge Danticat
July 7th, 2017, 1-2PM: "Americanah", by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
August 4th, 2017, 1-2PM: "Then We Came to the End", by Joshua Ferris
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


May
8
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Monday Movie Matinee

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

May 8th, 2017, 1:30 pm-- "Sabrina" (1954; PG-13)
June 12th, 2017, 1:30 pm-- "Loving" (2016; PG-13)
July 10th, 2017, 1:30 pm-- "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007; PG-13; French with English subtitles.)
August 14th, 2017, 1:30 pm -- "Dr. Strangelove" (1964; PG)
*Auditorium, Lower Level*

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

Additional Dates


May
19
9:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Agents of Change: The Importance of Sustainability in Public Schools, Universities and Libraries

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

Panel members representing public libraries and schools will share presentations on the practices that they have utilized to address climate change, how their respective organizations have raised public awareness of sustainability, and the methods by which we can support each other’s endeavors as responsible corporate citizens. Topics include energy and water conservation, community resilience, and much more.


Jun
6
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Chair Yoga with Miriam

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Miriam will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Flushing Community Library has:

  • 43 public computers for adults
  • 17 public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the branch for more details.

 

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International Language Collections at the Flushing Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Indic Languages
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Telugu
  • Arabic

 

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

  • The Job Information Center collection
  • Large test preparation book collection
  • Travel book collection
  • Large children’s media collection of educational and recreational multimedia materials
  • Large Young Adult fiction book collection
  • New Americans collection
  • Extensive general paperback fiction collection by popular authors
  • Special collections for arts and entertainment
  • Classics collection
  • Graphic Novels
  • New York Times on microfilm
  • Collection on Flushing history and communities for reference use

 


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
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
136-26 37th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-7602
A-Rum Art Center, Inc.
140-30 Sanford Avenue, #1C
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-4476
Red Apple Child Development
42-31 Colden Street, #101
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 762-1232
Red Apple Development Center
133-32 41st Road
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8805
Kon Wah Day School
135-27 38th Avenue, #21F
Flushing NY , 11534
phone: (718) 353-4388
Agape Christian Center
59-02 Summerfield Street
Flushing NY , 11385
phone: (718) 886-3564
Lifespire
61-56 219th Street
Flushing NY , 11364
phone: (718) 224-2413
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 7
133-32 41st Road - Suite 3B
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2800
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chinese Immigrant Services
135-17 40th Road, 3rd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 353-0195
Flushing Chamber of Commerce & Business Association
136-29 38th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3200
Flushing Jewish Community Council
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-0434
Korean American Association of Queens
136-80 41st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-2389
Bowne House Historical Society
37-01 Bowne Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 359-0528
Chinese Cultural Services Center
41-61 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-7770
Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 463-7700
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-3800
 

Fire Department
Engine 273 Ladder 129
40-18 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
56-45 Main Street
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1231
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
46th Avenue & 111th Street
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 760-6562
Kissena Park
Kissena Boulevard & Booth Memorial Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 358-7579
Playground for All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 699-8283

Police Department
109th Precinct
37-05 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 321-2250
  

Post Office
Flushing Post Office
41-65 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 321-6800
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Lutheran School of Flushing
147-32 Sanford Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-3650
Muslim Center Elementary School
137-58 Geranium Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8700
Shield of David Institute
144-61 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 939-8700
St. Michael’s School
136-58 41st Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-0246
The Windsor School
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-8300
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 20 John Bowne School
142-30 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-0321
PS 24 Andrew Jackson School
141-11 Holly Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2288
PS 242 Leonard P Stavisky Early Childhood School
29-66 137th Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-2902

Public High Schools
HS 460 Flushing High School
35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 888-7500
HS 263 Flushing International High School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-2348
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 237 Rachel Carson School
46-21 Colden Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 353-6464
JHS 189 Daniel Carter Beard School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-6676
 

Senior Centers
Benjamin Rosenthal Selfhelp Senior Center
45-25 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 866-5777
CPC Queens Nan Shan
136-65 37Th Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3030
Prince Street Senior Center
36-12 Prince St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 961-4550

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Peter Koo
PKoo@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 888-8747
fax: (718) 888-0331
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1847
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7022
NYS Assembly
Hon. Ron Kim
KimR@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
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US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
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
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Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
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Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

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.

Bibliography

“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.