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Granny Square Crochet Club

Please join our crochet club. Although there will be lessons for the beginners, we invite crocheters of all skill levels to join us. Please bring yarn and a crochet needle.

Aug 20 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 6 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 20 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 4 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 18 @ 6:00 PM

Aug
20
10:30AM

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5:30PM

One-on-One Technology Assistance

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you have a phone, table, laptop, gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in get one-on-one help. Or practice on our in-house computers. Registration is required. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at 718-454-2786.

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

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Aug
20
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you like to play chess? If so, visit us at the Hillcrest Library and join our chess club for players of all levels, from beginners to experts.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
20
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Drop in Make-a-Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids 4+, drop in to make a different surprise craft each week! There will be animal masks, wind-up boats, T-shirts, & more!

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

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Aug
20
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Granny Square Crochet Club

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Please join our crochet club. Although there will be lessons for the beginners, we invite crocheters of all skill levels to join us. Please bring yarn and a crochet needle.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
21
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Explore the World: Ancient Civilizations

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come to Hillcrest and explore different ancient civilizations with us using games, videos, & crafts! For kids 5-8 but others welcome!
8/7: Ancient Egypt
8/14: Ancient Rome
8/21: Ancient China
8/28: Aztec & Maya

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

Additional Dates


Aug
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Botanical Watercolor Painting

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

A four session workshop: Learn to tone fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches. Focus on concepts of light source, value, and shading to create form. Learn about brushes and techniques to create different leaf and flower forms. Registration required. Call the Hillcrest Library to register 718-454-2786


Aug
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hillcrest Summer Reading Group: Book Discussion with a Twist

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Summer is a great time for reading, so why not join our Book Discussion group? We will be reading books from the PBS "Great American Reads" book list in July and August. Readers are encouraged to also share titles of books they've enjoyed reading in the past year.

Tuesday, July 31 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Aug
22
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Music and Play Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-5, enjoy songs, make music with baby instruments, and join us for free play afterwards.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Music & Meditation at Hillcrest

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come to Hillcrest to unwind from your busy summer schedule and enjoy relaxing music & guided meditation. For kids ages 9-12.

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

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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 whose 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.


Aug
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Games and Activities for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This summer, drop in for an afternoon of board games and other activities.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Crochet 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 crochet? Ms. Ashley will help you learn the basics of crocheting. Over several weeks learn the basics of single crochet, finger crocheting, or get adventurous and try out new stitches and projects! For kids 7-12. Registration required in person or by phone.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Summer Book Club at Hillcrest, Grades 3 & 4

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

Come and read with us this summer at Hillcrest! We'll read a different book every three weeks and meet to talk about our favorite & least favorite parts! Designed for grades 3 & 4 reading levels but older & younger readers welcome! Please register in person or by phone at Hillcrest.


Aug
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Gardening Series with Gil Lopez

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A two-session hands-on gardening workshop with Gil Lopez. Learn about how to better grow your indoor plants and about vertical gardening.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
27
2:30PM

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7:30PM

Harry Potter 20: Film Festival

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Love Harry Potter? So do we, so we are screening the first five Harry Potter films.
August 27th 2:30 PM -7:30 PM
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001, PG)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, PG)
August 31 10:30 AM-5:30 PM
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, PG)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005, PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, PG-13)

Light refreshments are permitted.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Super Fan Quote Contest

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Are you a Harry Potter super fan? Fans will have an opportunity to test their Harry Potter knowledge at participating library locations. To enter you must identify the Harry Potter quote. If you answer correctly your name will be entered into the drawing to win Harry Potter prizes.


Aug
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Harry Potter 20: Wizarding Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come decorate your very own wizards' wand as if you were Ollivander himself!


Aug
28
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.


Aug
30
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Summer Book Club at Hillcrest, Grades 5 & 6

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

Come and read with us this summer at Hillcrest! We'll read a different book every three weeks and meet to talk about our favorite & least favorite parts! Designed for grades 5 & 6 reading levels but older & younger readers welcome! Please register in person or by phone at Hillcrest.


Sep
4
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Flute Music from Around the World

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Tereasa Payne, flautist from NYC, presents an exciting program of flutes from around the world - pan flutes, ocarinas, Native American flutes, and more! Tereasa performs solos on each of these world flutes, while sharing interesting anecdotes about the history and cultural significance of each one!


Sep
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Wednesday Craft Series: Individual crafts listed below

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids 5+, join us for our Wednesday craft series for September & October!
9/5: Rosh Hashana cards
9/12: Back-to-school folder decorating
9/19: Apples Yarn "Sewing"
9/26: Leaf Rubbing
10/3: Falling Puzzle Pieces Tree
10/10: Spider web painting
10/17: Jack-o-lantern banners
10/24: Paper Bag Haunted Houses
10/31: Beaded Corn Craft

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

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Sep
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

LEGO Engineers Club

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5+, 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!

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

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Sep
6
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Pajama Storytime!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a variety of stories, rhymes, and songs in English and Russian for ages 3-6. No registration is required.


Sep
6
5:30PM

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6:15PM

Pajama Storytime!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a variety of stories, rhymes, and songs in English and Russian for ages 3-6. No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids up to age 5 can 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


Sep
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

School's Out Film Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Hillcrest Library for a film when school is out on September 11, September 19, & September 24! Light refreshments are permitted for this program only.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
11
3:30PM

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5:00PM

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


Sep
13
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Teen Space

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab your friends and head to the library!

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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3:30PM

Teen Space

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab a friend and head to Hillcrest for Teen Space! We will also have activities available for teens who want to have some extra fun:
9/13 - Drop-in Craft
9/20 - Pre-Columbian Clay Animals
9/27 – Catch your dreams! Dream Catcher
10/11 –Pumpkin Decorating: Celebrate Halloween at the library
10/25- Spooky Masterpiece

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Back-to-School Hillcrest Library Open House

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Parents, caregivers, and children alike, come to the library & hear about all the things the library has to offer for the school year. There will be free giveaways of pencils, library card holders, and $5.00 off adult fees for each parents/caregiver that attends the meeting. Designed for those caring for children ages 4-12; parents of teens welcome.


Sep
15
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Saturday Origami

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be doing a different project each session. For all ages 7 and up.


Sep
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music and Movement Workshop for Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Linda Choldenko leads a music and movement workshop for seniors 50+. Ms. Choldenko is professional dancer, director, and choreographer. She worked on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theatre, touring companies, and in Paris and Montreal. She has been a Teaching Artist with Lincoln Center for 20 years.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Karaoke Dance Party!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join our karaoke dance party!


Sep
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Managing Depression

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you know a senior who seems sad all the time, lost interest in things they used to love, or is having trouble sleeping or loss of appetite? Feeling sad or blue from time to time is normal, but it should fade away after a few days. The Visiting Nurse Services of New York offers free screenings for participation in their new program called PEARLS. You must be 65 or older and live in Queens or Manhattan.

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

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Sep
24
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Jewelry Making

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Please join us for jewelry making. All are welcome - beginners or experts. We will be doing a different project each session.

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

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Oct
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kids' Game Night

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy card and board games with your friends and neighbors at the Hillcrest Library! For an hour, we'll have these games available for free play. For kids ages 6 and up!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
1:30PM

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3:00PM

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


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


Oct
4
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.


Oct
4
4:30PM

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5:30PM

October STEM Series

Location: Hillcrest
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.

As part of our STEM series, kids ages 7+ can come experiment with us at the Hillcrest Library! Registration required in person or by phone. Registration opens 9/1/18. See list of experiments and dates below.
10/4: Balloon Rockets
10/11: Shaving Cream Playdough
10/18: Moon Sand
10/25: Slime

HillcrestThu, Oct 11, 20184:30PM - 5:30PM
HillcrestThu, Oct 18, 20184:30PM - 5:30PM
HillcrestThu, Oct 25, 20184:30PM - 5:30PM

Oct
11
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Reusable Library Bag Decoration

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Queens Library went bag-less June 30, but that doesn't mean you have to! Come to Hillcrest to decorate a reusable tote bag for all your library needs. For ages 5 & up, fun for the whole family!


Oct
22
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Kids & Computers

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

Does your child need help with computer basics for school? Miss Ashley and Miss Crescent will teach them what they need to know, from how to use a mouse to changing text and how to copy & paste! Registration required in person or by phone; limited spaces available for grades 3-6. Must attend all sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
30
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Metrocard Mobile Van at the Library

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Need a Metrocard and cannot get to the subway? An MTA Metrocard Mobile van will be in front of the Hillcrest Community Library.


Oct
30
1:00PM

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3:00PM

MTA Metrocard Van

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A MTA Metrocard van will be available outside of the Hillcrest Community Library on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm. Take advantage of this oportunity to refill your MTA metro card or register for a senior half-price Metrocard.


Nov
2
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Working with Clay: A Workshop for Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A four-session workshop with teaching artist Alacia Stubbs. Learn how to sculpt with air drying clay. You will learn how to varnish and decorate with acrylic paint. Registration is limited. Please call the library to register. Funded through Older Adult Services - for Seniors.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Beginning Tai Chi

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion." Space is limited 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


Nov
15
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Doll Making Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Older Adult Services presents: Learn how to make dolls using yarn and learn about the history of doll making.


Nov
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Broadway Gems

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Natalie Zeitlin performs songs from Broadway, including fantastic songs like "All the Things You Are," "As Time Goes By," "I'll Be Seeing You," "He Touched Me," and more. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and music.


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.