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Fresh Meadows

Art History: Beyond Silver and Stained Glass

Mary Dono will talk about Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co., and his son Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose career as an artist ranged from painting to interior design to the amazing windows he created.

Aug 21 @ 2:00 PM

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Blast

This mix of dance fitness, low-impact strength training and stretching exercises helps relieve stress. Instructor: Katwicia Desruisseaux. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aug 26 @ 5:30 PM, Sep 2 @ 5:30 PM, Sep 9 @ 5:30 PM, Sep 16 @ 5:30 PM, Sep 23 @ 5:30 PM

Aug
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Art History: Beyond Silver and Stained Glass

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Mary Dono will talk about Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co., and his son Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose career as an artist ranged from painting to interior design to the amazing windows he created.


Aug
21
4:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Family Movie

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will screen movies that all ages can enjoy: 7/3 - "Finding Nemo"; 7/10 - "Frozen"; 7/17 - "The Lego Movie"; 7/24 - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"; 8/7 - "Wreck-It Ralph"; 8/14 - "Gnomeo & Juliet"


Aug
21
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Movie

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This movie is teens-only!


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Aug
22
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

If you are looking for a place to share your "purls" of wisdom and experience, please join us! Bring your own knitting material.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading End Party

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Teens celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with a party and food.


Aug
23
2:30PM

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5:30PM

Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Today's feature is "Eat, Pray, Love," rated PG-13.


Aug
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Play Scrabble, the word game that has been played for generations! Please bring your own Scrabble material.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
26
5:30PM

--to--

6:30PM

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Blast

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This mix of dance fitness, low-impact strength training and stretching exercises helps relieve stress. Instructor: Katwicia Desruisseaux. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
28
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This month at our book discussion group for adults we will talk about Mary Shelly's classic "Frankenstein."


Sep
4
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Kids Board Games

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We offer lots of different board games for children in grades 1-6.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Knitters, if you are looking for a place to share your "purls" of wisdom and experience, please join us! Bring your own material.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
8
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mother Goose

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers up to age 30 months enjoy a half hour of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple picture books.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
8
1:15PM

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1:45PM

Toddler Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Toddlers spend a half hour at the library with songs, stories, fingerplays and movement activities.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
11:15AM

--to--

11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Toddler Time is a half hour of songs, stories, fingerplays and movement activities.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Family Movie

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Movies shown are appropriate for all ages.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
12
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children age 8 and up learn the art of chess.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (2003), rated PG-13, a young house servant of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.


Sep
15
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Introduction to Computers and the Internet

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn how to turn the computer on and off and use the keyboard and mouse, well as how to search and browse the web and type a website address. Space is limited; first come, first served.


Sep
18
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "The Girl You Left Behind" by Jojo Moyes at this meeting of our book discussion group for adults.


Sep
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Author Talk with Hia Chakroborty

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Young Adult author Hia Chakraborty discusses her new book, "Aurora's Ashes."


Sep
20
2:30PM

--to--

3:45PM

Mitch Kahn Sings Academy Award-Winning Songs

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Singer and pianist Mitch Kahn celebrates the legacies of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer and others.


Sep
22
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Email

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create and manage an email account and contacts list, send and receive messages, and add attachments. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are required. Space is limited; first come, first served.


Sep
27
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


Sep
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Streaming Live

Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Join viewing parties at Queens Libraries at Central, Bayside, Broadway, Cambria Heights, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside for the encore performance of Villalobos Brothers, streamed live from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Fresh Meadows Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 454-7272 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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. Mark Weprin
MWeprin@Council.NYC.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Nily D. Rozic
Rozicn@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
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 32-26 Union Street, Suite 1B
Flushing NY, 11354
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