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This Weekend at Queens Library

What can you do at the Library this weekend? Well, you can kick off Summer Reading at Long Island City’s Murray Park, celebrate diversity at a Multicultural Festival, discover the history of Caribbean migration, learn the Turkish art of ebru, hear some great live music (including the Berta Moreno Jazz Quintet), welcome summer with ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

We’re five short weeks away from the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands, so we’re getting the party started early and introducing you to our rockin’ contestants.

Check our homepage every week leading up to our July 27th event at Colden Auditorium for a new band profile—and see ...

Summer Reading 2017: Build a Better World

Summer Reading at Queens Library begins Thursday, June 8.

Summer Reading helps kids stay sharp while they're out of school, and gets adults back into good habits! Try to read 20 minutes (or more!) each day.

This year, the Summer Reading theme is Build a Better World. Be inspired by ...

Summer Poetry Contest 2017

Can you rhyme? Know what a haiku is?

Entries are now open for the Summer Poetry Contest 2017! Send in your best poem for a chance to be published in Queens Library Magazine.

This year, the theme is Build A Better World. There’s no limit to your creativity, but please keep it under 250 ...

Congratulations to Our NYC Neighborhood Library Awards Finalists!

We’re proud to announce that three of our community libraries—Bayside, Lefferts, and Woodside—have been selected from hundreds of libraries in the city as finalists for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!

A record-breaking 24,000 New Yorkers nominated ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Jun
26
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Martin Fröst, clarinet, Roland Pöntinen, piano

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In this screening which was originally recorded as a part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in August 2016, Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst's agile, virtuosic playing has often drawn comparisons to a dancer. With his compatriot Roland Pöntinen, he offers a concert of rustic merriment.


Jun
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Know Your Rights: Immigration Services & Human Rights:

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

*이민 관련 도움을 찾고 있는 사람들을 위한 자료는 물론, 이민자 커뮤니티의 권리와 보호 장치
*차별 대우를 금지하는 뉴욕시의 법과 그 법을 유지시키는 기관들에 대해 배우십시요


Jun
27
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Manga Drawing

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Manga Drawing with Eric Cheng.


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Jun
28
12:00PM

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2:30PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join in the fun and camaraderie of mahjong in our non-instructional weekly session.


Jun
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Book Discussion "Commonwealth"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Book Discussion "Commonwealth"
By: Ann Patchett


Jun
29
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Ballroom Dancing with Jing Chen

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Jing Chen studied ballroom dance at the school founded by internationally acclaimed dancers Mr. and Mrs. Lu Ming Da. Mr. Chen is a skilled instructor who will give lessons in ballroom basics for beginners and offer training for more advanced students.


Jun
30
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Knitting & Crocheting 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 and Crocheting material.


Jun
30
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to Watercolor: An Intergenerational Experience

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

NY State Council on The Arts & Queens Library presents an Intergenerational 9 week course. Older adults and teens partner on this project. Learn how to use watercolors the way professionals us this medium. Taught from the beginners perspective. Space is limited. Register by calling the Fresh Meadows Library 718-454-7272

Fresh MeadowsWed, Jul 5, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Jul 6, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM
Fresh MeadowsTue, Jul 11, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Jul 13, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM
Fresh MeadowsTue, Jul 18, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Jul 20, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM
Fresh MeadowsTue, Jul 25, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Jul 27, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM

Jun
30
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Chess & Board Games

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children age 6+ and their families are invited to play a variety of board games.


Jul
1
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Free Tutoring for Grade 2-5

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

Free English and math tutoring to children of 2nd to 5th grade. *Registration required. Visit the library or call (718)454-7272 to register.

Fresh MeadowsSat, Jul 8, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Jul 15, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Jul 22, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Jul 29, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 5, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 12, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 19, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM

Jul
3
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join the Fresh Meadows Mahjong Club.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Meditation Workshop Series for Adults

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Vajra Henderson teaches simple but effective techniques for transcending limitations and discovering your true potential, and shows you how to integrate these ancient and powerful techniques into your daily life.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Knitting & Crochet Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join Fresh Meadows Knitting & Crochet Club

Please bring your own material

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
1:30PM

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2:30PM

I Can Make That

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Why buy it when you can make it? Teen crafts for any skill level, plus materials to just mess around with. Some things we'll be making include: slime, duct tape wallets, washer jewelry, headphone holder keychains, and more.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Anime Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Watch the hottest anime with your friends on our Crunchyroll Premium account.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Tabletop Gaming

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn to play weird board and card games with Ms. Reed, or challenge your friends to an old favorite.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
12:00PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading Club Crafts Grades 1-6

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 1-6 will create fun Summer Reading Club crafts. Visit the Fresh Meadows Library to register and receive a reading log.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn Coding with Scratch

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

Design and program your own two-player games, create animated stories, and imagine your future. Learn about how people change the world with computers. It is strongly recommended that you attend all 8 sessions. Bring your own laptop or use the library's laptop. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Fresh MeadowsWed, Jul 12, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsMon, Jul 17, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Jul 19, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsMon, Jul 24, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Jul 26, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsMon, Jul 31, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Aug 2, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM

Jul
11
1:15PM

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2:15PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Please enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble games.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
1:15PM

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2:15PM

Chess Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join the Fresh Meadows Chess Club.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
10:15AM

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11:00AM

SRC Toddler Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

Join us for fun songs, stories, finger-plays and movement activities for children ages 2 1/2 to pre K 5.

Fresh MeadowsWed, Jul 19, 201710:15AM - 11:00AM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Jul 26, 201710:15AM - 11:00AM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Aug 2, 201710:15AM - 11:00AM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Aug 9, 201710:15AM - 11:00AM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Aug 16, 201710:15AM - 11:00AM

Jul
20
6:15PM

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7:15PM

Lego Robotics Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

This program is for children going to 4th or 5th grade in September. Children will learn how to build a Lego robot, and program the robot to move. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please visit the library or call 718-454-7272 to register.

Fresh MeadowsThu, Jul 27, 20176:15PM - 7:15PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 3, 20176:15PM - 7:15PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 17, 20176:15PM - 7:15PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 24, 20176:15PM - 7:15PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 31, 20176:15PM - 7:15PM

Jul
26
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Free Civil Legal Services Mobile Center

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the NY Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the NY State Courts' Access to Justice Program that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers in need.
https://mobilelegalhelpcenter.acuityscheduling.com/ for an appointment


Jul
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join Fresh Meadows Book Discussion

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
4:00PM

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6:00PM

SHSAT Math Preparation Class

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

This math preparation class is designed for students who will be taking the Specialized High School Admission Test in the fall. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call or visit Fresh Meadows Library to register.

Fresh MeadowsTue, Aug 8, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 10, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM
Fresh MeadowsFri, Aug 11, 20171:45PM - 3:45PM
Fresh MeadowsMon, Aug 14, 20174:00PM - 6:00PM
Fresh MeadowsTue, Aug 15, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 17, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM
Fresh MeadowsFri, Aug 18, 20171:45PM - 3:45PM

Aug
9
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Anime Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Watch the hottest anime with your friends on our Crunchyroll Premium account.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
21
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Theatricks by Phil the Magician

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Mr. Philip Levy will dazzle children with his Summer Magic show!


Aug
23
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Watercolor Art Workshop

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Two session Watercolor Workshop for beginner and intermediate level students. Advance your painting & drawing skills Come have fun, build your skills and socialize. Registration is required, 718-423-7004

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

Additional Dates


Sep
7
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Beginning Mahjong

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In six simple, step-by-step sessions, with enjoyable activities, **Donna Miller-Small** will teach you the skills for beginning / intermediate play, so that you can share in the fun, excitement and camaraderie with others.

Beginners and experienced players are both welcome. Pre registration is required. Contact the Fresh Meadows Library to register 718-454-7272

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Sean Condron, born in Queens to Irish parents is a modern day bard who's repertoire spans the length and breadth of American music, in itself a melting pot of world influences - from sentimental favorites to Italian and Spanish classics and everything in between. Armed with just a guitar and voice, his energetic and humor filled performances have delighted audiences the world over.


Sep
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold uses dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Art History Lecture Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Nine sessions of Art History in three libraries led by Mary Dono

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

Additional Dates


Sep
16
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Memories of Migration: Making a Talking Family Story Quilt

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Queens Library is offering a workshop for family members of different generations to tell their family’s migration story in a creative way. This 6 session workshop will lead family partners through storytelling, simple electronics and textile art making. The result will be a talking story quilt that the Fresh Meadows Community Library will exhibit to the public. Registration is limited. Call the Fresh Meadows Library to sign up 718-454-7272 (Older Adult Services & Memory Project)

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

Additional Dates


Nov
8
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Still Life, Landscape, Photography: An Art History Adventure

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This 3-session series covers art from Egyptian times through the 19th Century and explores the relationship between still life, landscape, and photography. Registration required, call 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


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, 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@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
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