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Fresh Meadows

Now is a Great Time to Support the Queens Library!

Spring is an exciting time of growth and renewal—and a great time to give to the Queens Library Foundation!

The thousands of programs we offer are made possible by the generous support of donors like you.

Your gift today means we can continue to meet the needs of our diverse community.

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One Book, One New York: Cast Your Vote!

Imagine all New Yorkers reading and talking about the same book at the same time!

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Magazine have announced the return of One Book, One New York, the exciting city-wide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same ...

Celebrate Earth Day at Queens Library!

April 22 is Earth Day, and we're marking the occasion with crafts, celebrations, movies, a time capsule, and more!

Join us for our special programs before and after Earth Day and help us raise awareness about protecting the planet we all call home (and have a lot of fun at the same ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month At The Library

April is National Poetry Month and we’ve got something planned for the poet in everyone.

We’ve gathered our list of recommendations from our collections, including books by poets and films about poets.

We also invite you to come to our poetry open mics and poetry slams, join in poetry writing events at your ...

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 ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Apr
23
1:00PM

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3:15PM

Movie Time: "Only the Brave"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Only the Brave"
Rated PG-13 Biography
2hours 14min


Apr
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

English Conversation Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come over and practice your English with a native speaker for free.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Chess Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come join our chess club!

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

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Apr
25
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Applying for SNAP benefits

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. Stop by the Fresh Meadows Library on Wednesday mornings for a SNAP eligibility screening, and if you meet the requirements, get help filling out the application.
Call or email Sayma at Queens Community House for more info: 347-276-6540/SREZA@QCHNYC.ORG

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come play mahjong!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us to relax and meet friends. We have supplies--just bring yourself (and your friends).

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Tai Chi for Adults with Lenny Antonucci

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Tai chi is a mind-body "soft style" martial art that originated in China. Sometimes called
"meditation in motion," it involves graceful forms of exercise using flowing movements. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must complete an exercise release form before the program begins.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
26
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Intermediate Level Watercolor/Drawing

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

This is an eight week program where participants will learn a variety of intermediate level drawing and watercolor techniques that will sharpen their capacity to see in ways artists see. The ninth session will be a culminating event consisting of a gallery showing of participants' work. This is a Lifetime Arts Creative Aging program for adults age 50 and up. Preregistration is required. Please call the Fresh Meadows Library 718-454-7272 to register.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
26
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Shape Up NYC: Yoga for Adults

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This is a class perfect for someone who wants to rest and unwind after a long work day. Instructor Charlette Williams emphasizes breathing techniques and deep stretching with a powerful flow of yoga-like movements for a semi-aerobic workout. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water, yoga mat and dress comfortably. Participation is first-come, first served.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
28
2:30PM

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4:45PM

Movie Time "Darkest Hour"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Darkest Hour" (2017, PG-13)
Biography/Drama/History 2hours 5minutes


Apr
30
1:00PM

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2:45PM

Movie Time: "Thank you for Your Service"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Thank You for Your Service"
Rated R Drama/Biography
1hour 49min


May
3
2:00PM

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3:00PM

NY Senior Medicare Patrol

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The NY Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) advises you how to Protect, Detect, and Report frauds and scams. The NY Senior Medicare Patrol is a program dedicated to educating Medicare beneficiaries about health care fraud and common scams - how they can protect themselves, what to look for, and where to report them.


May
5
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Movie Time "Wonder" PG 2017

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Movie Time "Wonder" (2017, PG) Drama/Family 1hr53min


May
7
1:00PM

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3:15PM

Movie Time "Roman J. Israel, Esq." (2017, PG-13)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Movie Time "Roman J. Israel, Esq." (2017, PG-13) Drama/Crime 2hr9min


May
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Jewelry Making Workshops

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In three sessions learn how to make steampunk brooches, a lace bracelet, and an art deco decoupage bracelet with Phyllis Ger. Register at the Fresh Meadows Library or call 718-454-7272.

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

Additional Dates


May
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Long Island Sound Performs Hits of the '50s and More

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Take a trip down memory lane with classic tunes by Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, great Motown artists, and more.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
1:00PM

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3:00PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "Amnesia"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Barbet Schroeder's award-winning film "Amnesia" (in English, German, French & Spanish with English subtitles), Jo has come to Ibiza to be a DJ in the club Amnesia. He befriends a solitary woman who's trying to forget her past. As Jo draws her into techno music, Martha starts to question everything she previously lived by.


May
23
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Working with Watercolors

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

Professional teaching artist Richard Estrin leads this four session art project. Please register at the Fresh Meadows Library 718-454-7272.

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

Additional Dates


May
25
2:15PM

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3:15PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold instructor Suzanne Windland will teach dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions. The program will take place in the auditorium at Fresh Meadows

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

Additional Dates


May
26
2:30PM

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4:45PM

Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"The Hurt Locker" (2008, R) Drama/Thriller 2hr11min


Jun
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Getting Personal: Writing About Your Family History with Author Bob Brody

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn how to capture your personal family history in writing (what happened, how you felt, why it mattered) with Bob Brody, personal essayist, public relations executive, and author of the memoir "Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age."
Books will be available for sale and signing.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
18
1:00PM

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3:30PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "Harmonium"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Koji Fukada's award-winning film "Harmonium" (in Japanese with English subtitles), life for Toshio, his wife Akie, and their young daughter Hotaru is ordinary until Toshio hires Mr. Yasaka, an old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison.


Jun
21
1:00PM

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4:00PM

LiveOn NY Benefits Outreach Program

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come to the Free Benefits Assistance for Older Adults program and receive personalized assistance for SCRIE, SNAP, Medicare Savings Program, HEAP, and Low Income Subsidy. Screenings will be conducted for eligibility.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Fresh Meadows Community Library has:

  • 11 public computers
  • Wireless access (For wireless access information see Wireless Policy
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Fresh Meadows Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Hindi (DVDs & CDs)

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Fresh Meadows Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels

 


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
Home Sweet Home Children School Incorporated
196-17 53rd Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-9738
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460

Community Board
Community Board #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: 718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Association for Children for Enforcement of Support (ACES)
Regularly scheduled meetings are held at Fresh Meadows Branch
P.O. Box 650677
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (877) 598-4837
Civic Association of Utopia Estates
PO Box 107
Flushing NY , 11366
Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association
6116 182nd Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Jamaica Estates Association
P.O. Box 660086
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 657-2224
West Cunningham Park Civic Association
73-59 192nd Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 468-4298
 

Fire Department
Engine 299 Ladder 152
61-20 Utopia Pkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
New York Hospital of Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-2000
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000

Local Newspapers
Fresh Meadows Times
Available Online Only
phone: 718-260-4545
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7400
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Farm Playground – P.S. 26
73rd Ave, 195th St & 96 PL
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Fresh Meadows Park
Horace Harding Boulevard Bet 188 & 190 Streets
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Holy Cow Playground – P.S. 179
Peck Ave & Harding Boulevard
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Kissena Corridor Park
Peck & Underhill Aves
Flushing NY , 11365
Kissena Park
Oak Ave, to Hempstead Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11365
Utopia Playground
Utopia Pkwy & 73rd Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Fresh Meadows Post Office
193-04 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 454-1100
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bais Yaakov-Ohel Simcha (9-12)
64-41 Utopia Pkwy
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Herbert G. Birch School for Exceptional Children (Special Education)
71-64 168th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 591-8100
Highland Elementary School (K-8)
193-10 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-4747
Saint Francis Preparatory School (9-12)
6100 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 423-8810
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 4 @ P.S. 179 (Special Education)
196-25 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 264-0916
P.S. 14 Annex @ P.S. 179
196-25 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
P.S. 26 Rufus King School (K-5)
195-02 69th Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 464-4505
P.S. 162 John Golden School (K-5)
201-02 53rd Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 423-8621
fax: (718) 423-8647
P.S. 177 @ William Prince (Special Education)
56-37 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-4650
P.S. 224 @ P.S. 26
195-02 69th Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 464-4396
P.S. 811 CMHC @ Francis Lewis H.S.
58-20 Utopia Pkwy.
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-0535
  

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis High School (9-12)
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 281-8200
fax:
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne (6-8)
61-15 Oceana Street
Bayside NY , 11364
phone: (718) 631-6800
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan Middle School (5-8)
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
 

Senior Centers
BFFY – Alzheimer’s Day Care
157-16 65th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-3541
fax: (718) 691-712
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1744
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7075
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Nily D. Rozic
RozicN@nyassembly.gov
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5172
fax: (518) 455-5479
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
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

For over 200 years, from the 1700s through the 1900s, the Fresh Meadows area was known as “Black Stump”, allegedly because its various large farms were separated for identification purposes by rows of black stumps. In Colonial times only two roads crossed the area: Black Stump Road which is now 73rd Avenue, and Fresh Meadows Lane which was named for the fresh water meadows through which it ran. At the juncture of the two roads was the heart of “Black Stump”. The British Army of occupation as well as Benedict Arnold walked these roads and were housed on the farms during the American Revolution. Colonial references to the area are few; however it is known that there was a tavern named Ryerson’s Inn, located roughly on the south-west corner of 74th Avenue and Utopia Parkway. In November of 1933, the colonial building that had been Ryerson’s Inn was demolished by its current owners: the Klein Family.

Dating back to the 1800s, the Black Stump School, old District #4 of Flushing Town, was located in the area which is now a small park at Utopia Parkway and 73rd Avenue. The Black Stump School was a one-room wood frame country schoolhouse, but it educated many children in the area. During the winter only 10-15 attended, but summer enrollment reached as many as 50 children. After the school was abandoned it became the headquarters of Black Stump Hook, Ladder and Bucket Co. #1 which fought farm fires in the area until 1913.

Throughout the 19th century, 75th Avenue was the only east-west road running between Utopia Parkway and Parsons Blvd. It was known by two names: “Quarrelsome Lane” and “Hellfire Lane”. Unfortunately the origins of these names have since been forgotten.

About 1923, a Brooklyn sportsman, Benjamin C. Ribman, opened the Fresh Meadows Country Club. The 141-acre country club hosted US Golf Opens and operated until 1946 when it was sold to The New York Life Insurance Company. The company created the Fresh Meadows Housing Development, a post World War II project and model community to for returning WWII soldiers and their families. The development consisted of row houses and high-rise buildings, a shopping center, a theater, a public library and schools. Opened in 1949, the Fresh Meadows Housing Development was at the time hailed by community planner Lewis Mumford as “perhaps the most positive and exhilarating example of large-scale community planning in the country”.

The Fresh Meadows Housing Development still stands and most of the area has been designated a Special Planned Community Preservation District by New York City. This designation protects the unique character of well-planned communities. These communities characteristically have large landscaped open spaces and a superior relationship of buildings, open spaces, commercial uses, and pedestrian and vehicular circulation.

In November, 2003, Fresh Meadows lost its final link to its early farmland history. The Klein Farm, dating back to 1895 and the last of the working farms in the Fresh Meadows area, was sold to real estate developers. It had been one of the remaining four farms left in New York City, three of which are still located in Queens.

References:

Fanelli, James, “Residents, Pols Oppose Klein Farm Sale,” Queens Courier, 18 March 2004.

Jackson, Kenneth T. ed., The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University, 1995, 441.

Robinson, Eric P. Fresh Meadows. Online. Internet. Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens. August 23, 2005. http://www.queenschamber.org/QueensInfo/NeighborhoodPages/freshmeadows.html

On November 1st 1949 the first Fresh Meadows Library opened to the public. Its storefront quarters were provided by The New York Life Insurance Company within the Fresh Meadows Housing Development.

On September 23rd, 1958 the first Queens Borough Library built by the Fresh Meadows Housing Development was opened for service.

In August of 1997, the library was relocated to a temporary store front area while the library underwent a 600 sq. ft expansion as well as interior renovations.

In May of 1998 the temporary library space was closed and the materials were relocated to the new Fresh Meadows library.

On May 3rd 2000, the formal reopening ceremony was held at the newly renovated and expanded building. Among the scheduled speakers were Borough President Claire Schulman, City Councilman Sheldon S. Leffler, Library Director Gary E. Strong, and Queens Library Board of Trustees President Patricia Flynn.

Seyfried, Vincent. “Notes on Local Historical Sites”. Origin Unknown