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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick is Devotions: the Selected Poems of Mary Oliver.

A carefully curated collection spanning more than five decades, and arranged by Oliver herself, Devotions features over 200 poems—from her very first book ...

Inspiring Women in Science

This Women’s History Month, Queens Library is excited to explore the impact of women scientists on fields as far ranging as astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and so many more.

Inspiring Women in Science invites you to play Bingo at our libraries to discover fifty amazing women in science, and to participate in a ...

Public Budget Hearing April 11

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The public is invited to find out what the Library’s funding priorities are and to provide input to the Library.

The Library’s public budget hearing will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

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 ...

We’re More Alike Than Different

Sabina Khan’s inspiration for her new novel The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali was when her 17-year-old daughter came out.

“She spoke often of other teens at her school who came from conservative families and were unable to come out to them. Some didn’t feel safe anywhere and were hurting,” Khan ...

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 are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

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 monthly ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

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

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

Mar
20
10:30AM

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1:30PM

AARP Foundation Tax Counseling For Low Income Older Adults

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

IRS certified volunteers, sponsored by AARP Foundation, will complete and e-file your 2018 tax returns on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring a NYS Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s ID; copy of the 2017 return(s); SS card or ITIN for everyone on your return; SSA-1099 form; all W-2; 1099R, 1099G, 1099 MISC or other 1099 forms; healthcare forms; self-employment forms; 1098T from college; mortgage statement; and a cancelled check for refunds.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
20
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Toddler Time

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12-36 months and their caregivers will read, sing, color, and have fun together.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

DIY Adults: Mosaic Art

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Mosaic art is an easy and fun way of expressing your creativity. All supplies and directions will be provided.


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Mar
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Maker Cart: Craft Edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

A cart full of craft supplies awaits at the library! What will you be inspired to make? Anything you make, you can take home with you.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Knitting and Crochet Group

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

If you like to knit and crochet, the library invites you to meet up and share techniques and patterns with one another. You must bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Friday Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

March Movie Line-Up

3/1 - Night School (2018, PG-13)
3/8 - Alpha (PG-13)
3/15 - Searching (2018, PG-13)
3/22 - Small Foot (2018, PG)
3/29 - House with the Clock in its Wall (2018, PG)

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

Additional Dates


Mar
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. There is space for everyone.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

STEAM: Light & Shadow

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers will explore and learn about light and shadow in this hands-on program.

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

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Mar
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Inspiring Women in Science Movie: "Interstellar"

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for the screening of "Interstellar" (2014, PG-13) a sci-fi movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. Visit https://queenslib.org/womeninscience19 for more programming and to learn more.


Mar
25
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. There is space for everyone!


Mar
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

One-on-One Computer Class

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Registration is now closed

Want to learn how to use a computer? Do you have a device you need help with? Bring it in to get one-on-one help or practice on our in-house computers. Registration is required. Please call Howard Beach Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at 718-641-7086.


Mar
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

American Girl Book Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

This book club is for anyone interested in American history. We will use the series of "American Girl" books to discuss the different periods. There will also be crafts and activities to add to the fun!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
26
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Inspiring Women in Science - Bingo!

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

The excitement of Bingo and the fun of learning something new? Yes please! Fun facts about fifty Inspiring Women in Science in a bingo game for the whole family! Visit https://queenslib.org/womeninscience19 for more programming and to learn more.


Mar
30
11:00AM

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12:00PM

STEAM: Balancing Act

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers will explore and play with balance in this hands-on program.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Kanopy Saturday Film Series

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Get to know Kanopy, a free on-demand video service available to Queens Library cardholders! In January and February, we'll be showing a selection of independent, award-winning, and classic movies.
January 5: "Paper Moon"
January 19: "East Side Sushi"
February 2: "Boy"
February 16: "The Little Shop of Horrors"
March 2: "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
March 16: "Tortilla Soup"
March 30: "A Street Cat named Bob"


Apr
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

One-on-One Technology Assistance

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Want to learn how to use a computer? Do you have a device you need help with? Bring it in to get one-on-one help or practice on our in-house computers. Registration is required. Please come in or call Howard Beach Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at 718-641-7086.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Little Kids Craft

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for arts and crafts fun.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
6
11:00AM

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12:00PM

STEAM: Sound Is All Around

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers will explore and learn about the properties of sound in this hands-on program.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Kanopy Saturday Film Series

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Get to know Kanopy, a free on-demand video service available to Queens Library cardholders! In April we'll be showing a selection of independent movies.
April 6: "The Florida Project" (2017, R)
April 13: "Ida" (2013, PG-13)
April 20: "Hearts Beat Loud" (2018, PG-13)
April 27: "20th Century Women" (2016, R)

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

Additional Dates


Apr
10
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Fake News vs. Real News

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

As a trusted resource to our customers, we would like to show you how to determine the accuracy of the news stories you read, especially online. Learn how to detect fake news, expand your evaluation skills of news resources, and learn how to fact-check them. All ages are welcome.


Apr
13
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Sensory Fun for Toddlers!

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to explore their senses with clay, kinetic sand, sensory bags, and more! There is space for everyone.


Apr
13
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

STEAM: Drip, Drip, Drop

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers will explore and learn about the properties of water in this hands-on program.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
17
3:30PM

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4:30PM

DIY Adults: Dot Painting

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

It's time to spruce up your gardens! We will instruct you how to dot paint on rocks and plant pots. All supplies will be provided.


Apr
20
11:00AM

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12:00PM

STEAM: Magnets

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers will explore and learn about magnetism in this hands-on program.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Create Your Own Jewelry Box: A Crafts Workshop for Adults

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

Phyllis Ger teaches you how to create a beautiful jewelry box, to keep or give as a gift, in different shapes from materials you might have discarded. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Materials will be provided.


May
2
3:00PM

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3:30PM

Lego Challenge

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Can you complete our weekly Lego challenge? Maybe build a bridge, something that flies, or Lego pizza! You won't know unless you come in and pick a challenge. This is fun for all ages.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Knitting & Crochet Group

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

If you like to knit and crochet, the library invites you to meet up and share techniques and patterns with one another. You must bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Under the Sea Toddler/Baby Prom

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Save the date! We're hosting our first "Under the Sea" Toddler/Baby Prom on Saturday, May 6! It will be lots of fun for all! Dress to impress!


May
4
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Kanopy Saturday Film Series

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Get to know Kanopy, a free on-demand video service available to Queens Library cardholders!
5/4: "100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" (2013, R)
5/11: "Harold & Maude" (1971, PG)
5/18: "Don't Talk to Irene" (2016, NR)
5/25: "As it is in Heaven" (2004, NR)
6/1: "Greenfingers" (2000, R)
6/8: "Love Story" (1970, PG)
6/15: "Keep the Change" (2017, NR)
6/22: Here and There (2012, NR)
6/29: Starting Over (1979, NR)

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

Additional Dates


May
6
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Playdate: STEAM Edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to play and interact with one another as we sing, read, and explore wind, measuring, and light. There is room for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


May
6
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Howard Beach Talent Show

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Howard Beach talent search: kids, tweens & teens! Can you sing, dance, or twirl a baton? Do you tell jokes or know how to perform magic tricks? If you do, please join us on Monday, May 6 for a community talent show. Please register at the children's desk. Don't miss it!


May
7
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

American Girl Book Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

This book club is for anyone interested in American history. We will use the series of "American Girl" books to discuss the different periods. There will also be crafts and activities to add to the fun!

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

Additional Dates


May
11
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Playdate: STEAM Edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to play and interact with one another as we sing, read, and explore wind, measuring, and light. There is room for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


May
15
3:30PM

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4:30PM

DIY Adults: Fairy Gardens

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Create a magical miniature garden setting for your home. All supplies will be provided.


May
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Young Debaters Program

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

The Young Debaters Program is a skill development program aimed at teaching students the fundamental skills required to be an effective debater and public speaker.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Playdate: STEAM edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to play and interact with one another as we sing, read, and explore balance, sound, water, and magnetism. There is room for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Playdate: STEAM edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to play and interact with one another as we sing, read, and explore balance, sound, water, and magnetism. There is room for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

DIY Adults: Patriotic Bandana Wreaths

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Celebrate patriotism with a self-made bandana to decorate your door or home!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Howard Beach Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Italian(including VHS & DVDs)
  • Spanish (including VHS & DVDs)

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Careers
  • Black Experience
  • Dummies Books
  • Mind and Body
  • Test Prep
  • Computers
  • Parenting

 

 

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Reach for the Stars
156-18 96th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-1429
Lynn Boutureria
158-03 82nd Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-0845
Donna Hovi
160-41 99th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 925-1303
Caroline Guerra
155-25 78 Street, #1st Floor
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-3298
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 843-4488
fax: (718) 738-1184
  

Community Organizations & Services
Ozone-Howard Chamber of commerce
P.O. Box 58
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 835-9482
  

Fire Department
FDNY - Engine 331 Ladder 173|
158-57 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach NY , 11414
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Park Strip
S. Conduit Ave. & 88 Street
Spring Creek Park Addition
157th Drive, 158th Avenue, Sheridan Street
PS 207 (Walter Ward Playground)
88 & 89 Sts & 160 Avenue
PS 232 (Harold Schneiderman Playground)
155 Avenue & 83rd Street
  

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-53 101st Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
Howard Beach Post Office
160-50 Crossbay Blvd
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Station B Post Office
102-12 159th Ave
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9993
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Grace
158-20 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414-0114
phone: (718) 848-7440
Saint Helen Elementary School
155-55 Crossbay Boulevard
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 217-4242
fax: (718) 641-8290
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 146 Howard Beach
98-01 159 Avenue
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-4880
fax: (718) 641-0901
PS 207 Rockwood Park
159-15 88 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-2700
fax: (718) 848-4226
PS 232 Lindenwood
153-23 83 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-9247
fax: (718) 738-8505

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 202 Robert H. Goddard
138-30 Lafayette Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-0001
fax: (718) 848-8082
  

Senior Centers
Howard Beach Senior Center
156-45 84 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 738-8100
Our Lady of Grace
158-50 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-6635
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
US Congress
Hon. Hakeem Jeffries
District Office 55 Hanson Place, Suite 603
Brooklyn NY, 11217
phone: (718) 237-2211
fax: (718) 237-2273
Legislative Office 1607 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-5936
fax: (202) 225-1018
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Howard Beach’s earliest inhabitants were Canarsie and Rockaway Indians, and, later, English settlers, all attracted to rich fishing sites at Hawtree Creek and Jamaica Bay. The area was called Remsen’s Landing during the 1770’s, after Col. Jeramus Remsen, its largest landowner and a Revolutionary War Regiment leader.

By 1900, Howard Beach earned the nickname “The Venice of Long Island” for its many waterways, and the name “Ramblersville” was adopted by residents along Hawtree Creek when a visitor remarked about the charm of the sleepy fishing village. The community takes its present name from a Brooklyn glove manufacturer, William J. Howard, who operated a goat farm near Aqueduct as a source of skins for his business, and who opened a hotel and cottage community around the turn of the century. “Hotel Howard” became popular with the rich and famous, and boasted a pier that stretched two thousand feet into Jamaica Bay. Though the resort was destroyed by fire in 1907, Mr. Howard went on to develop land in the area, and the first model home of “Howard Estates” opened in 1913.

The extension of the New York City subway system, completion of a sewer line, and the opening of Aqueduct Racetrack spurred a housing boom, generating a cluster of small developments, such as West Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, and Rockwood Park, which comprise modern Howard Beach, an amalgam of private homes, cooperative housing, condominiums, and garden apartments. Cross Bay Boulevard is a vigorous and bustling commercial strip. The population is largely Italian-American and Jewish-American.

Library services to the Howard Beach community were provided by Bookmobile until April, 1963, when a rented storefront was opened at 155-12 Cross Bay Boulevard, the Library system’s 52nd neighborhood branch. In 1979, services were moved to the present location, a city-owned building at 92-06 156 Avenue.

Sources:

Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. Encyclopedia of New York City

Ranft, Richard. “History of Howard Beach”, Queens Forum, June 13, 1997