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Comment on Our FY2017 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017, and there's still time for you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through May 6.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 and fill out our online ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

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 ...

Queens Library Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! Several upcoming Queens Library events will honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our borough, our city, and beyond, including our ongoing program series “Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers.” Visit our Events webpage throughout the month for ...

Spring 2016 Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars

Protect Your Assets. Ensure Your Legacy. Come to our Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars where you can learn strategies for your finances and estate planning.

By attending one of our seminars, you will be introduced to strategies that will help you better plan for your financial future, medical care, ...

From Dennis M. Walcott

In my first weeks as the newly-appointed President and CEO, I visited every community library to meet the staff and gain an overview of what each library adds to the community. Among the most impactful programs are the Job and Business Academy’s job skills training workshops.

Library users attend free classes at the library ...

New on Our Blog: An Interview with New Langston Hughes Executive Director Mikisha Morris!

We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Mikisha Morris to Queens Library as the new Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. She succeeds Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), who will be retiring in July 2016 after more than 35 years of service to ...

Support the Gracie Book Club!

The Gracie Book Club is a new collaborative effort between the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and First Lady Chirlane McCray. The first Gracie Book Club selection is Bright Lines. Read Bright Lines along with the First Lady and your fellow New Yorkers, and be a part of a ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small-business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our new monthly ...

Hip Hop Thursdays: From Old School to New School!

Queens Library is continuing its mission to recognize, document, and celebrate the positive evolution of hip hop culture.

A fun part of our ongoing Hip Hop Programs and Culture series is Hip Hop Thursdays, where we feature celebrity interviews, performances, seminars, and much more!

Here is the schedule of our upcoming ...

May
7
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Saturday Study Hall

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We would like to help you with your coursework or finals by providing you with a quiet space to study or write. The library will provide the quiet area with tables, chairs, electricity, and Free Wi-Fi with valid Queens Library Card.*
Stop by between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm on Saturdays, beginning March -May 2016.
Space limited to 20 persons.
For ages 16-25.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bring Your Own Device

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Bring in and learn how to use your Android, Apple, and Windows devices.

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

Additional Dates


May
9
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers and their caregivers will enjoy 45 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by circle time.

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

Additional Dates


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May
11
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Picture Book Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.


May
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Afternoon Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Job Readiness Workshop Series: Resumes and Cover Letters

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Find out what employers are looking for when they review resumes and cover letters, and learn tips for making your resume and cover letter as good as they can be in this interactive workshop.


May
18
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Picture Book Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Introduction To Drawing

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Queens Library is thrilled to announce that local artist Christopher will be available to teach students of all ages the basics of drawing. This five week class will get you comfortable with the fundamentals, so no experience is required. Feel free to bring your own materials, but you don’t need to bring anything at all but an open mind and willingness to learn and be creative.

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

Additional Dates


May
23
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Toddler Time


Jun
6
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Chair Yoga

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. We will teach you techniques and exercises you can practice while seated in a chair. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers. Space is limited. Participation is first come, first served.


Jun
9
5:00PM

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7:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. In this screening, Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece returns to life with murder, mayhem and the ultimate revenge in a bold new performance by The New York Philharmonic, starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. Parents cautioned for content.


Jun
30
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Deciding Between the SAT or the ACT

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Can't decide if you should take the ACT or the SAT? College experts Bell Curves will explain the differences and help you to decide which exam is the best fit for you.


Jul
8
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

TGIF Game Night

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab your friends and join the action with Wii games or go old-school fun with Connect 4, Monopoly, Battleship, or Scrabble! If you're not feeling the group thing, hang back and play solitaire or work on a puzzle.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Unique Crafts for Parents Day

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come create unique crafts this Parents Day!


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@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. 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
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.