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Celebrate National Library Lovers Month

Show your love for libraries by entering our Share Your Love for Queens Library Photo Contest.  

Enter the contest today and show how much you love your library for a chance to win a Samsung 16 GB Galaxy Tablet!

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Free UPK at Ravenswood

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood, located at 35-32 21st Street in Long Island City, offers an outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified staff; the best learning experience for your child; free after-school care until 5:30 p.m.; and all the ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library.

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend traditional ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're age 60 and older, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Celebrate Black History Month at Queens Library!

We hope you will join us at Queens Library this February for Black History Month!

We’ll be screening movies, hosting talks, and presenting concerts to celebrate and commemorate the Black experience in America.

Programs are available for children, teens, and adults, including five special events focusing on Claudia ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Feb
23
10:30AM

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3:30PM

One on One Computer Classes

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Get One-on-One help for Beginners. Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.


Feb
23
11:30AM

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1:30PM

AARP Tax Counseling For Low Income or Older Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

File your 2017 taxes today! Queens Library offers free tax assistance programs if you're over 60 or earn less than $66,000 annually. This is a walk-in, e-file, tax assistance program. Help is available first come, first served. No appointments will be accepted. Programs are presented by AARP - American Association of Retired Persons.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
24
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Language Learning Group for Beginners in Spanish

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

Have you ever wished you could speak Spanish? Learn how to use Transparent Language Online and benefit from an 10-week group learning experience too! You will need a Queens Library card and a computer, tablet, or smart phone to access Transparent Language to do your weekly assignments. Bring your device to the first session for help in setting up your Transparent Language Online account. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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

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Feb
24
12:30PM

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1:00PM

Winter Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come to the Hillcrest Library to enjoy a family friendly storytime for all ages! Snuggle up in our storytime nook for stories read aloud by Ms. Ashley and Ms. Oksana!


Feb
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For kids up to age 5. Enjoy songs, storytimes, and free play.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
26
12:30PM

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3:30PM

AARP Tax Counseling For Low Income/Older Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

File your 2017 taxes at Queens Library. This is a walk-in, e-file, tax assistance program. Help is available first come, first served. No appointments will be accepted. Programs presented by AARP - American Association of Retired Persons.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn to Play Mancala

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Learn to play Mancala at the Hillcrest Library! In honor of Black History Month, learn how to play Mancala and take home your own Mancala game kit to decorate!
For all Black History Month programs, visit http://queenslib.org/blkhistorymonth18


Feb
26
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in get one-on-one help. Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.


Feb
26
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Positive Thinking

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

“You are what you think!” Thoughts are like seeds. Loving and happy thoughts produce beautiful flowers and nourishing fruits, while angry and depressed thoughts produce painful thorns and poisonous weeds. In this workshop, we will explore how Raja Yoga Meditation enables us to master our lives by producing those ‘flowers and fruits’ that are wholesome, attractive and nourishing. It’s time to cultivate a life that brings true inner peace and contentment.


Feb
27
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.


Feb
27
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Playdough Play Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Get creative with playdough for an hour of imagination & fun! For kids ages 4+


Mar
1
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in get one-on-one help. Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.


Mar
2
10:00AM

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6:00PM

Dr. Seuss Day Extravaganza

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Drop in and celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday all day with events inspired by Dr. Seuss' books & characters. There will be stories, games, coloring and crafts!


Mar
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy songs, storytimes, and free play. For children ages 0-5.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: LEGO Engineering Challenge

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Build structures, vehicles, & other creations with LEGOs! Each week will have a new challenge in order to experiment with STEM skills, or just come to play with LEGOs!! Kids ages 5+.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Music and Play hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy songs, make music with baby instruments, and join us for free play afterwards. For children ages 0-5.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Afternoon Film Screening: "Age of Adaline"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. Post film discussion to follow.


Mar
7
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Hungry Hungry Caterpillar Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a caterpillar craft and learn about how caterpillars turn into butterflies! For kids ages 4+


Mar
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Playdough Play Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Get creative with playdough for an hour of imagination & fun! For kids ages 4+


Mar
8
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Healthy Brain, Healthy Life

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Gain insight into the best ways to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment as we age. Learn the steps to take to have a healthy brain and a healthy life.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
13
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Claim Your Lost Money

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

New York State has custody of over $14 billion in unclaimed funds. Every day the Comptroller's Office returns approximately $1 million to owners; are you one of them? Representatives from the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Division, will provide information about the New York State Unclaimed Funds program and assist attendees in searching for and processing any unclaimed funds due to them.


Mar
14
4:30PM

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5:30PM

St. Patrick's Day Slime

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

Come make green slime with us to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Registration is required by phone at 718-454-2786 or in person. Registration opens Feb. 14. For kids 6+


Mar
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Investor Education Seminar

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

St. John's University law students lead this seminar about investor scams, protecting investments, types of investments, and how to keep track of investments.


Mar
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Great Women in Music from 30's-60's

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Singer/Entertainer Flo Michaels celebrates great women who made an impact in the music industry of the 20th century. Hear songs of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrew Sisters, Doris Day, Etta James, Marlene Dietrich, Cher, Liza Minelli, Mary Wells and more.


Mar
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Book to Film screenings: Agatha Christie's Crooked House & Murder on the Orient Express

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will screen the film adaptation of two Agatha Christie novels:
Wednesday, March 21
"Crooked House" (2017) (PG-13)
Wednesday, March 28
"Murder on the Orient Express" (1974)( NR)--

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Sewing for Kids

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

Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Ms. Ashley will help you learn the basics of sewing by hand! Over a few weeks learn how to thread a needle, sew a running stitch and whip stich, and use stencils for fabric patterns!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Bunnies & Eggs Wreath Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come create a festive Spring wreath by coloring bunnies and eggs for colorful spring decor. Kids ages 4+


Apr
2
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For kids up to age 5. Enjoy nursery rhymes, storytimes, and free play.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
1:30PM

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3:30PM

School's Out Family Film Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Hillcrest Library for a film when school is out! The film on April 3 will be "Wonder" (PG). Light refreshments are permitted for this program only.


Apr
3
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Play-dough play hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come use your imagination and create with Play-Dough! For children 3+.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Afternoon Film Screening

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This month we are screening four films about friendship, perseverance, and faith:
April 4, 1 to 3 Wedding Plan ( Hebrew w/ English subtitles) (PG)
April 11 2 to 4 pm Love Rosie (R)
April 19 1 to 3 pm Victoria and Abdul (PG-13)
April 25 1 to 3 pm Stronger (R)

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Up-cycled Craft Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day! In celebration Hillcrest will be having an up-cycled craft series for kids where recycled materials are used! Please see the below list for exact crafts programming:
4/4/18: Up-cycled windmill craft
4/11/18 Up-cycled bird feeder
4/18/18 Up-cycled book collage poster
4/25/18 Up-cycled flower pot

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

Additional Dates


Apr
9
5:00PM

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5:45PM

Math Bee Competition: Grades 1-4

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

Come join us for a math bee competition! Participants grades 1-4 can do quick mental-math problems in a format like a spelling bee to win library prizes! Dates below:
4/9: Grade 1 & 2 round 1
4/16: Grade 3 & 4 round 1
4/23: Grade 1 & 2 final round
4/30: Grade 3 & 4 final round

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

Additional Dates


Apr
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Pedestrian Safety for Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The New York City Department of Transportation's Office of Safety Education will offer tips for seniors on how to stay safe while crossing New York City streets and discuss Mayor de Blasio's traffic safety initiative, Vision Zero. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


Apr
21
12:45PM

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4:45PM

Earth Day! Films

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Earth Day with us!

Wall-E (G)- CGI-animated delight about the misadventures of the last robot on Earth, circa 2800, who romances a sleek, high-tech android.

Hoot (PG) -- Kids try to save endangered owls threatened by a construction project. Based on children's novel by Sachar.


Apr
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Keep it Fresh!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

At this interactive educational workshop we will be discussing healthy habits for youth like you. Come make your very own soap and hygiene kit!


Apr
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

The Jewish-American Songbook Featuring Jazz Vocalist Lois Bruno

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Jazz vocalist Lois Bruno performs classic American songs written by Jewish composers and lyricists: the Gershwins, Sammy Cahn, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, and many others.


May
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mental Health Matters: Stress and Self-Care

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This Mental Matters series focuses on the benefits of self-care and how to reduce stress. When was the last time you did something just for yourself? Today is the day to get started!

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

Additional Dates


May
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Classic Concert

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

"Music critics have described I-Heung Lee's performance as graceful, thoughtful and intelligent, touched with a unique style of artistic sophistication. Ms. Lee performs extensively in Asia as well as at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Her repertoire includes works by Mozart, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin."


May
14
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Early Detection Education for Breast Cancer

Location: Hillcrest
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 encourages participation in the demonstrations and there will be a Q&A session as she provides informational handouts.


May
17
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Elder Law

Location: Hillcrest
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.


May
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Hillcrest
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.


Jun
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

FDNY Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


Jun
11
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Animals Rock! with Queens Library Summer Reading

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Summer 2018 Animals Rock!
This animal show will rock your library
with many creatures. Discover why frogs
sound like a drum, how some bugs sing &
how animals make music. Meet frogs,
bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds
& more. Everyone is encouraged to dance
our version of the Crazy Chicken Dance
with Feathers our chicken.


Jun
18
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Gentle Yoga

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Irene Failenbogen will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Queens Library Rock! with the Rappin Fireman

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The "Rappin Fireman" John Ruiz engages and teaches children about fire prevention and fire safety. This event encourages audience participation. For ages 6 to 12.


Aug
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Hillcrest
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.


Oct
2
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Drawing to See: A Creative Aging Program

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

This is an eight week program where participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques, deepening the experience. For beginners as well as students who wish to broaden their understanding of basic approaches to drawing. The ninth session will be a culminating event consisting of a gallery showing of participants' work. This is a Lifetime Arts Creative Aging program for adults age 50 and up. Pre-Registration is required. Please call the Hillcrest Library to register 718-454-2786

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 Hillcrest Community Library has:

  • 10 public computers
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Hillcrest Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Russian

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Hillcrest Community Library include:

  • CD-ROMs

 


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
Little Friends House II Day Care, Inc
75-41 164th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 380-8800
All My Children Day Care, Inc.
175-44 Mayfield Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
First Step International
67-11 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane, #1
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
QCP Children’s Center, Apple Pre-School, and Apple Tree Nursery School
82-25 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 374-0002
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc. (2 locations)
164-07 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1384
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc
150-30 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 380-1384
 

Community Board
Community Board District #8
81-26 150th Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jamaica Estates Civic Association
Holliswood Civic Association

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
NY ,
EMS Hillcrest Station #50-Queens
82-68 164th Street
NY ,
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Utopia Playground
73rd Avenue, between Jewel Avenue and Utopia Pkwy
NY ,
Cunningham Park
Union Turnpike and 196th Street
NY ,
 

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Utopia Station
182-04 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Holy Family Catholic School
74-15 175th Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-6438
Summit School
183-02 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 113661
phone: (718) 969-3944
United Cerebral Palsy of Queens
Yeshiva Madreigas Haadam
171-05 Jewel Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , phone: (718) 969-7437
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.173 Fresh Meadows School (K-6)
174-10 67th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2243
P.S.178 Holliswood (Pre-K-5)
189-10 Radnor Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11423
phone: (718) 464-5763
 

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis HS
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7740
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
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. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Hillcrest was developed on two hundred acres of farmland in 1909 by William F. Wyckoff of the Hillcrest of Jamaica Company. Prior to development, the area was referred to as “The Hills,” a name deriving from its location on the hills between Jamaica and Flushing. Situated in central Queens, Hillcrest lies primarily in Jamaica and partly in Flushing. This small residential area of mainly one-family houses and some 2-family and multi-family dwellings is roughly defined by Union Turnpike to the north, Jamaica Estates to the east, Hillside Avenue to the south, and 164th street to the west. The population of Hillcrest had became more ethnically diverse in the 1980’s when immigrants from Guyana, Haiti, China, India and Colombia began settling into the area.

The 7,500 sq. ft library building situated in the commercial strip of Union Turnpike was completed in 1974, but its opening was delayed because of a fiscal crisis. During this interim, the building was rented out to several community groups. When it opened on April 28, 1980, it became the 54th branch of the Queens Borough Public Library system.