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Howard Beach

It's #BookTuesday!

Queens Library receives new books every Tuesday — and every Tuesday, we'll introduce you to our latest featured book!

Our pick for #BookTuesday, May 5 is 99 Problems: Superstars Have Bad Days, Too, written and illustrated by Ali Graham.

Inspired by but not based ...

8 Days of NonStop Hip Hop

Celebrate hip hop history and culture with 8 Days of NonStop Hip Hop.  Programs will include music, history, photography, MCs, DJs, and family days filled with fun for the entire family.

Visit the web page for more information.

Musical Highlights from Side Show, Broadway Musical

Side Show is a Broadway musical based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who became famous stage performers in the 1930s.  Composer Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Book & Lyric Author Bill Russell, and David St. Louis (principle actor/singer) will be performing musical highlights and discussing the evolution of ...

Free Digital Music!

Get free digital music on your own computer and/or device!

Freegal Music is a downloadable music and streaming service that gives patrons access to over 7 million songs in more than 100 genres in MP3 format, and 12,000 music videos, including Sony Music's catalog of artists. The collection is comprised of music from over ...

Mail A Book for the Homebound

If you can't come to the library, the library will come to you. Books, videos, and music delivered right to your doorstep, free. Choose what you like to read in large print, audio books, in the language you prefer. Find out more. Phone 718-776-6800.

May Music Staff Picks

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our collection.

This month features music from Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Belle and Sebastian, Big Sean, Björk, Maná, David Phelps, Matana Roberts, Ludacris and ...

New Books in Chinese

Looking for books to read in Chinese? Check out these new arrivals!

想讀到最新的中文書嗎?請看以下新書介紹!

 

 

 

請問侯文詠 / Qing wen Hou Wenyong: yi chang yu nei zai dui hua de lü cheng, by Hou Wenyong, 侯文詠

 

四十九日・祭 / Si shi jiu ri ji, by Yan Geling, 严歌苓

New Books in Spanish

Buscando libros para leer en español? Échale un vistazo a estos nuevos libros en español:

 

 

 

Diario emprendedor by Joshua A. Aguilar

 

El mejor medicamento, eres tú by Frédéric Saldmann

 

May
7
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Kids' Craft Time

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-12 are invited to bring their favorite adult on the first Thursday of every month to create something wonderful.

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

Additional Dates


May
14
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Storytime

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your school-age child to the library to listen to some great picture books read aloud!

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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5:30PM

Movie Afternoons

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for a matinee! 4/17 - "The Boxtrolls" (2014), rated PG; 5/15 - "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast" (2014), rated G.


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May
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts and Asset Protection

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Noted elder-law and estate-planning attorneys will present strategies and consult with you on aspects of elder law, powers of attorney, estate and disability planning, and long-term care. You will learn how to gain income and avoid estate taxes while providing for heirs and charitable interests. You will also gain insights into preserving wealth and increasing lifetime income.


May
21
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Lois Bruno Performs Ella, Barbra and Judy

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Jazz vocalist Lois Bruno performs music made great by Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.


Jun
19
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Every Animal Has a Hero

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for a "bugs and other animals" show with Jason Reilly, featuring Stickers the Tree Frog, Babe the Tortoise and Cheeks the Chinchilla. Learn where these creatures are from, what they eat, when they sleep and how they protect themselves. Also find out how to be their hero by protecting the environment - ours and theirs.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

 

 

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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. Phillip Goldfeder
GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 214 Beach 96th Street
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 834
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 1339 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