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Our New Music For March!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features The Hamilton Mixtape, plus music from Miranda Lambert, Lupe Fiasco, Reba McEntire, Tony Bennett, J. Cole, The ...

Remembering Jimmy Breslin

Legendary newspaper columnist, author, and lifetime New Yorker Jimmy Breslin passed away this weekend on March 19 at the age of 88.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, Breslin was one of the brash, blue-collar fathers of “New Journalism,” bringing literary and storytelling techniques to reporting the news of the day, and we were ...

Public Budget Hearing April 20

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The public is invited to find out what the Library’s funding priorities are and to provide input to the Library.

The Library’s public budget hearing will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

Take the Create NYC Survey!

New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs is asking New Yorkers from all walks of life to help shape the future of arts and culture in NYC as part of the city’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan, CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers.

CreateNYC is incorporating robust public input ...

Invest in All New Yorkers: Invest in Seven-Day Service

Advocacy season for New York City’s libraries got locally underway Wednesday, March 8, as Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott testified alongside the leaders of the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library at the preliminary budget hearing for the NYC Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, ...

A New App & Website for Queens Memory!

We’re proud to announce the release of the new Queens Memory upload tool application, which lets anyone submit images and audio recordings from their mobile device directly to Queens Library staff for inclusion in our digital archives.

Approved photos and audio documenting Queens history will join the library’s ...

Job Skills Training

Need job training? Looking to get certified?

Thanks to Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy, Bank of America, and NYC Council Member Donovan Richards, you can receive industry-specific job training and certifications in high-growth industries. Take OSHA-certified construction trade classes, receive ...

Celebrate Women's History Month!

March is Women’s History Month, and Queens Library is excited to present a range of programs dedicated to the creativity and achievements of women throughout history. Join us for performances, art exhibits, film screenings, children’s crafts, and plenty more!

Also, we're posting pictures of noteworthy books by ...

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 ...

Festival of Yiddish Culture!

This March, Queens Library is extremely proud to present its first-ever festival dedicated solely to Yiddish culture.

Join us for evenings of storytelling, theater, and music that will not only be informative, but funny, entertaining, and full of nostalgia too!

All events in the Festival of Yiddish Culture will take place ...

Mar
23
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.

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

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Mar
24
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.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Preschool Science Storytime

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Kids and adults join us for a fun preschool storytime program. Explore and discover science topics together.

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

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Mar
24
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Family Board Game Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Origami with Ms. Hsiao

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.


Mar
27
9:30AM

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10:30AM

Computer Class: Intro to Computers/Internet/E-mail

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Basic information turn on/off, use the keyboard, tower, monitor, keyboard, mouse, click & drag, drop, right click, cursor Internet: Learn the basics of searching and browsing the web and how to type a web site address.

E-mail: Learn how to create and manage their own e-mail account & send and receive messages. Must possess basic mouse and keyboard skills. Learn how to create and manage your contacts & add attachments.

First come first serve LIMITED SEAT AVAILABLE!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
27
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Voices Of A People's History Of The United States

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Through music and spoken word performances, the extraordinary history of ordinary people from the book "A People’s History of the United States" including efforts to end slavery and Jim Crow, protests against war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions, advancing women's rights and gay liberation, are brought to life.


Mar
27
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Chair Yoga

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Certified instructor Didi Tapomaya teaches participants basic yoga techniques, breathing and relaxation exercises with guided visualization. Space is limited. Please register at the Bay Terrace Library 718-423-7004 or 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


Mar
27
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows.


Mar
28
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Homework Help

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K-5 who need help with homework in ELA and Math can come in and work with our Volunteer Homework Helpers. Private tutoring is not available.


Mar
29
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.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
29
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion "The Nest"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

“The Nest”
By: Cynthia Sweeney


Mar
29
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Arts & Crafts for Children

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children and parents/adult caregivers are welcome to join us and have fun at our weekly arts and crafts activities.


Mar
30
12:30PM

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3:30PM

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Free tax preparation assistance for the elderly and low income families is provided by AARP Tax-Aide. Taxpayers must bring a photo ID, social security cards or ITIN, last year's tax return, W2 forms, 1099 forms (1099INT, 1099DIV, 1099R, 1099MISC), and all documents relating to income and expenses. (Located In Meeting Room)

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Social Security Administration

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The Social Security Administration provides people with the knowledge and tools they can use throughout their working lives: if they become disabled, at retirement, and for their survivors. Presentation and Q&A led by Nilsa Henriquez.


Apr
5
3:00PM

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5:00PM

The Quilting Project

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.

Learn sewing, planning and quilting processes to create a quilt project from small to large. Sewing lessons included if you have never used a sewing machine. 9 sessions including a culminating event. Please contact Queens Library @ Fresh Meadows to Register for this class 718-454-7272 Professional Teaching artist Karen Fitzgerald leads the class.

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Apr
6
5:00PM

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6:00PM

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
8
3:00PM

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4:15PM

The History of Rock and Roll, Vol. 1

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Vintage Bliss, featuring Susanne Lofaso and Vincent Roccaro, will test your memory with some rock and roll trivia, while performing hits from this great era of music.


Apr
10
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Monthly Monday Afternoon Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will screen featured films for adults on one Monday afternoon each month. Film titles will be announced in the monthly branch calendar.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
15
3:00PM

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4:45PM

Origami with Ms. Hsiao

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.


Apr
17
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Breathe" Country: France
Breathe is a tale of two teenage girls who develop an intense and dangerous friendship. Charlie, a 17 year-old girl tortured by doubt, is thrilled when she becomes friends with Sarah, but when Sarah tires of Charlie and looks for a new friends, their relationship takes an ominous turn.


Apr
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Vascular Health

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The body’s vascular system includes the arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart. Vascular diseases are common when you have certain illnesses, like diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease. Come join vascular surgeon, Dr. Satish Kedika, from New York Presbyterian/Queens, to learn about some of the most common vascular diseases, like peripheral vascular disease, carotid disease and deep vein thrombosis.


Apr
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. Enjoy a great country, blues, and indie rock concert filmed at "Lincoln Center Out of Doors" in August, 2014.


Apr
29
2:30PM

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4:45PM

Monthly Saturday Afternoon Film Screening

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will screen featured films for adults on a Saturday afternoon each month. Film titles will be announced in the monthly branch calendar.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

The Queens Museum: Art Lectures

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The Queens Museum presents a lecture about their current exhibits. The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass will be discussed at Bay Terrace on February 8, 15 and at Fresh Meadows on March 1, 22
May and June topics to be announced.

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

Additional Dates


May
11
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Early Detection Education for Breast and Colon Cancer

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Ms. Ann Stephens, Outreach Coordinator from the North Well/ LIJ Women's Center, will make a presentation and demonstrate how to do self examinations of the breast. She will also provide information about colon cancer. She encourages participation in the demonstrations and there will be a Q&A session as she provides informational handouts.


May
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Jason Isbell - Moving Forward

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. In this screening, Jason Isbell and his band stay true to their southern roots and display his exquisite songwriting.


May
22
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Automatic Hate" Country United States
When Davis Green's alluring cousin Alexis shows up on his doorstep, he discovers a side of his family that had been kept secret his entire life. As the two get closer, they set out to uncover the shocking secret that tore their families apart.


May
22
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. Basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), compressions-only mannequins and "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


May
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Elder Law

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn how to protect assets, including the family home, from long-term care expenses. Understand the basics of the Medicaid program. Learn about the 5 essential documents all seniors should have. Led by Ronald A. Fatoullah, Elder Law Attorney.


Jun
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Line Dancing

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Don’t sit on the sideline! Join us and learn the latest line dance craze! It’s lots of fun and definitely great exercise, too! Led by Instructor Pearl Bacal.
Space is limited. Please register by calling the Fresh Meadows Library on 718-454-7272.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
19
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Schneider vs. Bax" Country: Netherlands
On his birthday, Schneider, a hitman reluctantly takes on the supposed simple task of killing a writer, only to find the job is more difficult than expected.


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
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

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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
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


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@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 510 CAP
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