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Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Blast Off Into Summer Reading! Join us this season for our summer reading activities, ranging from book discussions and films to outer space-themed crafts and projects for children and teens of all ages.

Pick up our book lists at your local library, or download them today from the convenience of your home. Keep track of your ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

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Queens Public 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 ...

Free Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Queens Public Library, along with the NYC Department of Education, will provide FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer Meals are open to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Queens ...

Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

It’s our second annual Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

This year, we’ve selected 16 of the best YA books for you to choose from, including Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, and Inspired by Real Life.

Vote for your favorite titles during the month of July, and challenge your friends to pick their favorites, ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for FREE—and make ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

This summer, the Public Theater will present William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in Central Park and you’re invited to get free tickets on the day of the show!

Free tickets will be available on Monday, July 22 at 12pm at Elmhurst Library (86-07 Broadway), and are first-come, ...

City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Jul
22
12:00PM

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Summer Reading Club Session 1

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays or Wednesdays in July and August for fun craft projects for grades 1-6.

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

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Jul
22
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Reading Club Session 2

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays or Wednesdays in July and August for fun craft projects for grades 1-6.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
22
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading Club Session 3

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays or Wednesdays in July and August for fun craft projects for grades 1-6.

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

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Jul
22
6:00PM

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7:30PM

All Summer Math Review for Students Grades 7-11

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.

Students from Stuyvesant High School Math Team will provide math help. Please call 718-454-7272 or visit the library to register. Select one review group: general review, SHSAT, SAT, or American Mathematics Competitions. Walk-ins will be taken if space is available. This is for teens entering grades 7-11 only.

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Jul
23
1:15PM

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3:00PM

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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Jul
23
1:15PM

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3:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come play Scrabble, the word game that has been played for generations.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Build This Weird Thing...In Space!

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Something’s busted on the space station and it’s up to you to fix it! Take on the role of either astronaut or mission control and work together to build a repair part…without seeing what the other person has in front of them! Teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Jul
24
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Toddler Time Summer Reading

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, stories, finger plays, and movement activities for ages 3 - 5.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
12:00PM

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2:00PM

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


Jul
25
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion: "The Glass Castle"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us to discuss "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls.


Jul
26
10:30AM

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1:00PM

Knitting & Crochet Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Knitters and crocheters, 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


Jul
26
3:00PM

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5:30PM

Table Top Gaming & Chess

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join Fresh Meadows in our Funday Friday with gaming.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Free English & Math Enrichment for Children

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.

Students from Stuyvesant High School provide free English and Math enrichment sessions to children entering grades 2-5. Registration is required and starts on Saturday, June 8. Call 718-454-7272 or come in person to register.

Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 3, 201910:30AM - 12:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 10, 201910:30AM - 12:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 17, 201910:30AM - 12:30PM

Jul
27
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Movie Time: "Fighting with My Family"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. This 2019 Sundance film dramatizes the life story of the WWE career of professional wrestler Paige (PG-13).


Jul
29
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Summer Reading: Fresh Meadows Mother Goose Time Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, stories, finger plays, and movement activities for ages newborn-2.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
30
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Galaxy Crafts

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Make out-of-this-world crafts including a galaxy tote bag, duct tape wallet, and Star Wars origami. This is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Aug
1
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: NASA Engineering

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Using common household items, engineer solutions to problems similar to those NASA encounters on real space missions, like landing equipment on the moon or designing rockets. This program is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Movie Time: "Mary Queen of Scots "

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution (2018, R).


Aug
6
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Alien Invasion in a Box

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Teams compete to create and show off the coolest alien made from materials in a box of random space junk. This is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Aug
8
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Sew the Stars

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn to embroider by stitching a favorite constellation, or make up your own! This program is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Aug
10
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Join Us for a Celebration of Pakistan Independence Day with Music, Food, and a Fun Lecture

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The celebration includes a lecture with Bazah Roohi, patriotic and traditional music with Aziz and Saboor Peerzada, and a food workshop to cap off the day. You will have the opportunity to taste chick peas chaat and yogurt.
Food will be served on a first-come, first served basis. Queens Public Library is not responsible for any adverse reaction or illness as a result of tasting.


Aug
15
3:30PM

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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! Teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Aug
17
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Movie Time: "Never Grow Old "

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful American frontier town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises (2019, R).


Aug
19
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Time: "Captain Marvel"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Set in the 1990s, this is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. (2019, PG-13)


Aug
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Jewelry Making Class: Create an Earring & Bracelet Set

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Create a stretchy bracelet or memory wire bracelet and matching pair of pierced earrings! Bring your creativity; we'll supply the rest. No registration required; first-come, first-served.


Aug
24
10:30AM

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4:30PM

Room Escape

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

Welcome to The AstroAcademy! You’re here for the first day of orientation…but something’s gone deadly wrong! Can you and your fellow classmates survive? Register your group of up to 8 people for one half-hour session by calling 718-454-7272, or sign up in person. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled session time. Walk-in half-hour sessions are first-come first-served, subject to availability. This program is for ages 12+ through adult (8+ with adult supervision).

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

Additional Dates


Aug
28
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Volunteer Club: Fall Decorations

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Help take down the summer reading decorations and make new ones to transform the library for fall and back-to-school! This activity is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Aug
29
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Video Book Talk with Lisa See, Author of "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive book talk with author Lisa See, who will answer questions via Skype about her New York Times bestselling novel "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane."


Sep
4
11:30AM

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2:00PM

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


Sep
6
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Table Top Gaming & Chess

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join Fresh Meadows in our Funday Friday with gaming.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Study

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The program room is open for teens needing space to work on homework, do group projects, read down fines, or just hang out.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ShapeUp NYC: Latin Cardio Dance Fitness for Adults

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Instructor Michele leads this fitness class that addresses muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance while keeping your heart rate up in order to burn maximum calories and tone the body. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and a bottle of water. 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


Sep
14
1:00PM

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4:30PM

Practice SHSAT Exam

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

Take a full length, timed practice SHSAT exam. Open to all 8th and 9th graders. Registration requested online, in-person, or call 718-454-7272. Walk-ins and 7th graders accepted if space allows.


Sep
17
3:30PM

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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


Sep
18
3:30PM

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5:30PM

I Can Make That: Back to School

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Make a locker whiteboard and a duct tape pencil/pen case, and decorate a notebook to get back to school in style.


Sep
25
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Volunteer Club: "Adopt Me" Bandanas

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Make bandanas for dogs to wear at adoption events. Bandanas will be to be donated to Bide-A-Wee Animal Shelter. Community service credit given.


Oct
5
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Meet the Author: "Our Invisible Neighbors" by Crystal Wolfe

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Are you or someone you know one paycheck away from homelessness like millions of New Yorkers? Local author Crystal Wolfe will discuss her book "Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes, and Solutions to the Epidemic of Homelessness in the 21st Century." Books will be available for sale and signing.


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
BGrodenchik@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 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
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 913, 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: 718-358-6364
fax: 718-445-7868
Legislative Office 2209 Rayburn 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