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Toddler Story Time I

Toddlers ages 18-35 months and their parents/adult caregivers will hear stories, sing songs, and do lots of finger plays and movement games while enhancing their early-literacy skills in a fun, warm environment!
Preregistration is not required, but only 28 families may attend each session. Early arrival is strongly encouraged!

Feb 28 @ 10:15 AM, Mar 7 @ 10:15 AM, Mar 14 @ 10:15 AM, Mar 21 @ 10:15 AM, Mar 28 @ 10:15 AM

Feb
26
9:30AM

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10:00AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers ages 3-17 months enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement games.

Preregistration is not required, but only 28 families may attend each session. Early arrival is strongly encouraged!

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

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Feb
28
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Toddler Story Time I

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 18-35 months and their parents/adult caregivers will hear stories, sing songs, and do lots of finger plays and movement games while enhancing their early-literacy skills in a fun, warm environment!
Preregistration is not required, but only 28 families may attend each session. Early arrival is strongly encouraged!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
28
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Story Time II

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 18-35 months and their parents/adult caregivers will hear stories, sing songs, and do lots of fingerplays and movement games while enhancing their early-literacy skills in a fun, warm environment!

Preregistration is not required, but only 28 families may attend each session. Early arrival is strongly encouraged!

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

Additional Dates


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Feb
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Picture Books for Preschoolers

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 years and parents/adult caregivers will hear delightful stories, learn rhymes, sing songs, do fingerplays and movement games--and more, including STEM activities and occasional crafts--while youngsters develop pre-reading and school-readiness skills. PREREGISTRATION IS A MUST--first come, first served--beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Ask the children's librarians for details.


Mar
1
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Recovery International

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Anxiety, fear, obsessions, anger, stress, depression: finding a way to cope is here. A Recovery International meeting is a safe, free and confidential place to get help for these issues. All are welcome.

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

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Mar
2
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday: Board Games & More!

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5 and up: Come play board and card games -- and more -- after school in the Children's Room!

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

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Mar
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

ProjectArt for Ages 11-13

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 11-13 will use their imagination to create a work of art. Please sign up at http://www.projectart.org/nyc.

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

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Mar
3
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Line Dancing with Angie

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Don't sit on the sidelines! Join us and learn the latest line dances. It's lots of fun and definitely great exercise too!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Super Saturday Morning

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids of all ages and their special grownups are invited to have fun on Saturday mornings with coloring pages, board games, jigsaw puzzles, blocks and Legos--and the occasional craft!

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

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Mar
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Super Cinema Saturday

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5 and up can sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Forest Hills' program room. Come be entertained by the magic of the movies!
Join us in March for the following movies:
March 3: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (PG) (81 mins.)
March 10: “Capture the Flag” (PG) (97 mins.)
March 17: “Wonder” (PG) (113 mins.)
March 24: “Coco” (PG) (109 mins.)
March 31: “Swan Princess: Royally Undercover” (G) (79 mins.)

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

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Mar
5
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Shakespeare in Queens: "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar"

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Titan Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Loyalty, political machinations, and ambition collide in this timely historical drama about the most infamous assassination in history and the fall-out that follows it.


Mar
6
2:00PM

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7:00PM

Career Fair for Teens

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Career Fair for Teens


Mar
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Winter Blues; Seasonal Affective Disorder

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

This time of year may have you feeling unlike yourself. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 3 million Americans each year. Join us for this health program which discusses SAD, its symptoms, impact and more. A de-stress activity will be included. For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Picture Books for Preschoolers

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 years and parents/adult caregivers will hear delightful stories, learn rhymes, sing songs, do fingerplays and movement games--and more, including STEM activities and occasional crafts--while youngsters develop pre-reading and school-readiness skills. PREREGISTRATION IS A MUST--first come, first served--beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Ask the children's librarians for details.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
4:45PM

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6:00PM

Queens Stamp Club

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Philatelists meet to discuss their hobby.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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

Children ages 6 and up: learn about Irish culture and folklore, and make a St. Paddy's Day craft! (You don't need to wear anything green unless you really want to!)

Preregistration is required. First come, first served beginning 3/8/2018. Ask the children's librarians for details.

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Mar
17
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Meet the Author: "Visionary Women" by Andrea Barnet

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Join Andrea Barnet as she discusses "Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World." Her book traces the arc of each woman's career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Mar
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Forest Hills Book Club

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

The Forest Hills Book Club will meet to discuss the book of the month.

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

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Mar
24
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Con Brio Ensemble presents From Europe to America

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Con Brio Ensemble is a Queens-based nonprofit professional chamber music group that features commentary with its selection of works. They are members of the faculty of Lehman College-CUNY. They will perform works from the 18th to the 20th century featuring selections from Quantz, Mozart, Schumann, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Rossini, Still, and Wieniawski.


Mar
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Colon Cancer Awareness

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Sometimes we are uncomfortable talking about cancer, but it’s so important to learn about the risk factors and what you can do to prevent or help lower your risk. Come join experts from NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst to learn the colon cancer basics and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.


Mar
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Towards A More Perfect Union: Making Your Voice Heard

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us for a discussion led by Michael Krasner, Co-Director of Taft Institue, Queens College. Participants will be able to empower themselves to make the changes they want by learning how the system works and what they can do, concretely and specifically, to get the government to respond to them.


Mar
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spring Craft for Kids

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

Children ages 6 to 12 years participate in a craft activity to celebrate the coming of Spring.
Preregistration is required. First come, first served beginning 3/22/2018. Ask the children's librarian for details.


Mar
29
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Open Mic & Reading Series

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Queens Library celebrates its talented community members in a monthly combination Reading Series and Open Mic Night at Forest Hills Library. Community performers are welcome to share their talents in a 4-minute presentation of either poetry, written word, music, comedy or spoken word. Spectators are also welcome. Features include (Jan) Cindy Tran, (Feb) Tala Abu Rahmeh, (March) Shara Hardeson, (April) Marigo Farr, and (May) Avra Wing.

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

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Apr
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Stroke Prevention (in Russian)

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

National health statistics indicate that hypertension increases the risk of stroke, and the incidence of stroke has drastically increased in the last decade. In this presentation, Dr. Irina Belman, M.D., will discuss how to reduce the risk of stroke and review advances in treatment.


Apr
3
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Class

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

If you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, you might be eligible for this free program! The classes provide group and individual support, educational materials, personalized feedback, health information, and specific steps to achieve a healthier you! If you’re interested in participating in weekly classes, email Tamara at tmichel@queenslibrary.org to learn more about how you might be able to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
3:00PM

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4:00PM

International Travelers’ Checklist

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

A lot of work goes into planning a trip, but don’t forget to consider your health! Come get some tips from a medical doctor about some steps you can take to help you avoid health problems or injuries that could ruin your travels or even be very serious.


Apr
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Russian Festival

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us for a Spring Rhapsody with pianist Svitlana Syrtsova and celebrate the joy of classical music with masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky 4/5 @ 6PM and come hear pianist Inna Leytush and friends as they celebrate the 145th anniversary of the great Russian composer Sergey Rachmaninov--4/16 @ 6PM.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
7
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Line Dancing with Angie

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Don’t sit on the sidelines! Join us and learn the latest line dances. It’s a lot of fun and definitely great exercise too!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Hip and Knee Pain

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Do you suffer from hip or knee pain from arthritis? Come learn some common causes and possible treatments from Dr. Hasija, Orthopedic Surgeon at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.


Apr
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hands-On STEM Energy Workshops!

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

Join Queens Public Library, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and Solar One for hands-on STEM activities! Solar One is a nonprofit sustainability education organization based in NYC. Throughout the workshops, Solar One educators will work with children and teens to explore energy efficiency, solar power, and more!
Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required at the childrens reference desk only. No online registration is available.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Meet the Authors: "Daring Democracy" by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us as legendary "Diet for a Small Planet" author Frances Moore Lappé and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen present their book "Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want". With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they expose the well-orchestrated effort that has robbed Americans of their rightful power and discuss the posivite actions citizens can take to achieve historic change. Books will be available for sale and signing


Apr
21
1:30PM

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4:30PM

Come and learn about minipainting techniques with artist Teng Teng!

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Through the minipainting workshop participants will have unique experience of learning how to use their imagination to create an artwork on 1.1 x 1 inch frames. The teaching artist, Teng Teng, will give hands on instruction on how to paint with a size 0 brush on the miniature frames. The finished minipainting can also turn into a unique brooch, necklace or earring. All materials will be provided and no previous painting experience is required.


Apr
23
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Meet the Author: "Only Child" by Rhiannon Navin

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Debut author Rhiannon Navin grew up in Bremen, Germany and her career in advertising brought her to New York City. Join us as Rhiannon Navin discusses her novel "Only Child" about a family facing a tragedy like those too often in the news and its path to publication.
Books will be available for sale and signing.


Apr
30
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Radio Free Brooklyn Presents

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Come to listen and learn from a different hour long broadcast from Radio Free Brooklyn each week and discuss the episode with the host of the broadcast. Discussion about best practices in a web series is guided by Vijay R. Nathan, librarian and host of "The Truth to Power Show".

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

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May
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Sleep Hygiene

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

A lot of us have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Come learn good sleep habits from Dr. Astua, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. Studies suggest that sleep helps mental and emotional health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. What better time to take steps to improve your sleep!


May
4
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Working with Watercolors-Intermediate Level

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

Professional teaching artist Richard Estrin leads this nine session intermediate level sequential Introduction to Watercolor workshop. Learn about color theory and the basics of watercolor painting. Pre-registration is required. Call to register 718-268-7934

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

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May
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Percussia Presents Hammer & Keys: Groovy Classical Piano and Percussion Music

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Jackson Heights resident Ingrid Gordon (percussion) and Maspeth resident Barbara Podgurski (piano) team up with percussionist Frank Cassara. Together they will perform a program of modern yet ear-friendly works, including several pieces by composers with roots in Queens. Also included are Mark Mellit’s tongue and cheeck “Tight Sweater” and Alan Hovhaness's ritualistic “Invocations to Vahakn”—a prayer to an ancient Armenian deity.


May
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Sleep Apnea

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Snoring may be more than just an annoying habit – it may be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Come learn about the different types of sleep apnea, as well as some potential causes and symptoms from Dr. Astua, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Forest Hills Community Library has:

  • 28 public computers for adult and young adult customers
  • 6 public computers for the children
  • free internet acces
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Persian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Community Library include:

  • International musical CD collection
  • New York Times and Wall Street Journal on microfilm
  • non-English language DVDs and VHS tapes

 


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
Beth Gavriel
75-24 Grand Central Parkway
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-7558
E.C.L.C. of Queens, Inc.
71-12 112 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Forest Hills Jewish Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-7000
Forest Hills Presbyterian Day School
70-35 112 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-8546
Happy Childhood
66-05 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
J.CC.A. Forest Hills Day Care
108-05 68 Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Lucky Stars of Forest Hills
68-38 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-6400
She-Arit T Zion
66-05 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Central Queens YM&YWHA
67-09 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)268-5011
Forest Hills Nursery and Kindergarten
108-56 69 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-3692
Montessori School of Forest Hills Incorporated
67-04 Austin Street
Flushing NY , 11375
phone: (718) 275-0173
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 6
72-05 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-9250
fax: (718) 263-2211
  

Community Organizations & Services
Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1123
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-6565
Forest Hills Community and Civic Association
P.O. Box 754053
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 997-7014
The Forest Hills Players (live theatre)
71-11 112th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-2900
The Gingerbread Players and Jack (live theatre)
67-66 108th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-4078
  

Fire Department
Engine Company 305 Ladder 151
111-02 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
  

Local Hospitals
North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills
102-01 66 Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 830-4778
Parkway Hospital
70-35 113th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 990-4100
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Yellowstone Park
Between 68 Avenue and 68 Road
Forest Park—Jackson Pond Playground
108th Street & Myrtle Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
JHS 190 Playground (Russell Sage)
68 Avenue, Booth to Austin Streets
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Leo Ehrenreich-Austin Street Playground
Austin St Bet 76 Ave & 76 Drive
Forest Hills NY , 11375
PS 196 Playground (Grand Central)
Grand Central Pkwy Bet 71 & 72 Avenues
Forest Hills NY , 11375
 

Police Department
112th Precinct
68-40 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9311
  

Post Office
Forest Hills Post Office
10628 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 793-0151
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Kew Forest School (Kindergarten -12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-4657
Ezra Academy (Junior/Senior High School)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School (Elementary School)
72-55 Austin St.
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Machon Academy (Junior/Senior High School)
75-24 Grand Central Pkwy
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 793-8590
Midrash L’Man Achai (Junior/Senior High School)
71-02 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun (Senior High School)
71-02 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-9462
Sha’Arei Zion Ohel Bracha (Elementary School)
66-35 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Yeshiva Binat Chaim for Boys (Senior High School)
75-24 Grand Central Pakkway
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-7775
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe Dov Rev
71-02 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-5400

Public Elementary Schools
PS 101 School in the Garden (Q101)
2 Russell Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)268-7231
fax: (718)575-3571
PS 144 Col. Jeromus Remsen (Q144)
93-02 69 Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2775
fax: (718) 575-3734
PS 196 Grand Central Parkway (Q196)
71-25 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)263-9770
fax: (718) 575-3934
PS 220 Edward Mandel (Q220)
62-10 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)592-3030
fax: (718) 271-7642
  

Public High Schools
Forest Hills High School (Q440)
67-01 110 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-3137
fax: (718)793-7850
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 190 Russell Sage (Q190)
68-17 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)830-4970
fax: (718)830-4960
  

Senior Centers
Central Queens YM-YW Hebrew Association
67-09 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-5011
Forest View Center for Rehab and Nursing
71-20 110 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Forest Hills Care Center
71-44 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Forest Hills Senior Center
108-25 62 Dr.
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 699-1010
Fairview Nursing Care Center
69-70 Grand Central Parkway
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Selfhelp Consolidated Austin Street Senior Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Young Israel Forest Hills SR
68-07 Burns Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Karen Koslowitz
Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 118-35 Queens Blvd, 17th Floor
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 544-8800
fax: (718) 544-4452
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1872
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6981
fax: (718) 544-4452
NYS Assembly
Hon. Andrew Hevesi
HevesiA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 118
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 263-5595
fax: (718) 263-5688
Albany Office LOB, Room 844
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4926
fax: (518) 455-5173
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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
  

History

Settled in 1652, Forest Hills was originally called Whitepot. The name, Whitepot, may have originated from a story that the area was purchased from Native Americans for the price of three white clay pots. Whitepot may have also stemmed from “put”, a Dutch word meaning pit or hollow, inspired by the presence of a dried up stream bed in Forest Hill’s landscape. The area evolved from six farms purchased by the Cord Meyer Development Company in 1906. A model residential community initially aimed at lower income residents, Forest Hills Gardens was created by the Russell Sage Foundation in 1909 and is integral to the Forest Hills area. The famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, designed the development, and the suburban project changed into an exclusive community for the wealthy partly due to the success of the design. Forest Hills, the current name of the area, is derived from its close proximity to Forest Park and the hilly topography. Today, Forest Hills is a busy area bustling with up-scale shops, businesses, and residential neighborhoods.

On April 16, 1912, a traveling station library serving the area opened in a community drugstore. After the library's location was changed a few times, it was moved to a rented location on Austin Street. In 1942, the station became a branch library of the Queens Library system. The current Forest Hills building with 15,900 square feet of space, was opened on September 29, 1958, thanks to the efforts of the Library Committee of Forest Hills. This group was created in 1946 with the aim of securing a permanent library site. In 1967, the building underwent extensive expansion and rehabilitation and was re-opened in 1970. The branch building was again updated in 2001, improving access to the building for those with disabilities. The branch currently serves its diverse community through a number of entertainment and educational programs, classes, and print and media collections focusing on the customers’ diverse interests and needs.