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Bring Your Story: Queens Memory Podcast Premiere, Episode 2

Come listen and share with us in a three-part listening event series to celebrate the launch of the first season of the Queens Memory Podcast, “Memories of Migration.” The podcast draws from oral history recordings with Queens residents. At each event, we will listen to a full episode from the season, followed by a talk-back session with a ...

Jun 17 @ 6:00 PM

May
28
1:30PM

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2:15PM

Special Science Program for Young Children

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Young children (5 and under w/caregiver) learn science topics such as sound, wind, shadow, measurements, and more in a fun six-week program. This interactive program incorporates stories and hands-on explorations. This is perfect for children entering Pre-K in the fall. No registration is necessary but it is recommended to attend all six sessions.

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

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May
28
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Stories and Crafts

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Childre ages 4-8 with their caregivers listen to a fun story and do a craft.

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

Additional Dates


May
29
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time for Little Ones 0-18 months

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, stories, and finger plays. Caregivers must attend with children. Space may be limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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May
29
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time for Little Ones

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and movement. Caregivers must attend with toddlers ages 19 months to 4 years. First-come, first-served. Space may be limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join us as we play with new building toys. First-come, first-served. Space may be limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
2:30PM

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3:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-1/2 through 6 years and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and coloring. Families may join us after they arrive from school.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Know Your Rights

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Queens Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low and moderate-income residents of Queens in a wide range of practice areas. Through a generous grant from Council Member Dromm, we are providing Know Your Rights information sessions to older adults. The goal of the program is to educate older adults about financial abuse, consumer rights, homeowner rights, and estate matters. May dates are for tabling & Q&A. July 25th is a more formal lecture.

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

Additional Dates


May
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Storytelling Lab with Action Racket

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

What makes a good story? Teens learn the basics of storytelling in this hands-on workshop. Word games inspire participants to reveal the stories they've always wanted to tell.


Jun
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Visioning Empowerment Workshop for Teens

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

What do you really want out of life? How do you motivate yourself to get there? How do you take better control of keeping your goals on track? Create a vision board that will bring you closer to discovering personal desires, wants, and dreams. We will also practice visioning exercises and relaxation techniques.


Jun
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading Comedy and Magic Show

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join Adam Auslander in this fun-filled family literacy event that promotes reading in the summer. Children and their family will enjoy an hour filled with laughter and excitement. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Jun
8
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Let’s Make Some Noise! Meet the Author: “Indecent Advances” by James Polchin

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us as James Polchin, PhD discusses his book “Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice before Stonewall.” Through extensive research, Dr. Polchin has recovered stories of killers and victims over the decades. Often lurid and euphemistic, these crime page stories reveal the hidden history of violence against gay men and the society that criminalized them. This discrimination shaped the burgeoning gay rights movement in the years leading up to Stonewall.


Jun
11
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Basic Computers

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

Learn the basics of using the computer in this one-hour workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Bring Your Story: Create Your Family Flag

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Let your imagination run free and create your family flag! Combine colors and shapes which come from the flags of your family’s country or countries of origin, or use colors and pictures that are meaningful to your family, and make a unique family flag that celebrates your heritage!


Jun
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Space! The Cosmos For Kids

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Space! The Cosmos For Kids is a techno-space-dance-party for kids. Each song includes dancing, music technology and information about our solar system to a thumping beat. This program is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. For children ages 6 to 12.


Jun
14
3:00PM

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5:15PM

Summer Reading: Teen Summer Movie

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy the biggest, best films to kick off your weekend this summer!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
15
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Love is Love is Love! Create a Special Collage

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us to create and decorate a special Love is Love is Love! collage.


Jun
15
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Bring Your Story: Celebrate Philippine Independence Day with Music, Crafts, and Food

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day with a flag making workshop at 12-1:30 p.m., and food tasting [a delicious Filipino sweet: guinataan, made of tubers, coconut, and tapioca] from 1:30-2:00. Our finale will be a brief lecture on Filipino history followed by a traditional musical performance from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Food and supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Queens Library is not responsible for any illnesses or adverse reactions from tasting food.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Bring Your Story: Queens Memory Podcast Premiere, Episode 2

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come listen and share with us in a three-part listening event series to celebrate the launch of the first season of the Queens Memory Podcast, “Memories of Migration.” The podcast draws from oral history recordings with Queens residents. At each event, we will listen to a full episode from the season, followed by a talk-back session with a featured storyteller from the episode.


Jun
20
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Let's Make Some Noise: PrEP and PEP

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Announcing the next generation of HIV prevention! Did you know that there are medications that can help prevent HIV infection? Come learn about them from Maureen Jones, RN infectious disease nurse. All are welcome.


Jun
22
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Bring Your Story: Drums Around the World

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Musicians of Percussia take you on a musical journey using percussion instruments, chants, and rhythms from all over the world, including Brazil, West Africa, India, Cuba, and China. The audience is invited to become active participants by clapping rhythms, singing songs, and even participating in a Chinese Lion Dance.


Jul
19
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Create Treasure From Trash Challenge!

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Use our deluxe kits to create original costumes from weird materials.


Jul
26
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Board Games for Teens

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Play games with each other and see who will come out on top!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
16
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Special Teen Craft for End of Summer

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a special creative program made just for teens!


Sep
12
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Queens Artists and Non-Profit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn about the 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant Program! The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) awards grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations that are producing arts and cultural programming in visual, performing, literary, and folk arts disciplines. Program guidelines and the application process will be reviewed.


Sep
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Emergency Preparedness and Prevention

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Everyone wants to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, especially during emergency situations. Come learn about strategies every household should be aware of. There will also be a discussion of common household accidents and injuries, lead by experts from H+H/Elmhurst. All are welcome!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Jackson Heights Community Library has:

  • 25 public access computers
  • 8 computers each available for an hour in the cyber center
  • 4 additional computers each available in the adult room for use for half an hour
  • 1 X :15 express adult PC
  • 4 X :30 PCs in Young Adult area
  • 8 computers in the children's room, also available for half an hour
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Jackson Heights Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Jackson Heights Community Library include:

  • Classics section
  • Young Adult Collection
  • Student Assignment center
  • Test Preparation center
  • Extensive Citizenship Preparation
  • Language Collection with videotapes and audiotapes

 


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
Children’s Big Apple Nursery & Kindergarten II
41-26 Case Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 565-5311
Garden School
33-16 79th Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-6363
Rainbowland Nursery School
33-11 77th Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 803-1728

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 3
82-11 37th Avenue - Suite 606
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 458-2707
fax: (718) 458-3316
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jackson Heights Beautification Group
P.O. Box 720253
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 565-5344
Jewish Center of Jackson Heights
37-06 77th Street
Flushing NY , 11372
phone: (718) 429-1150
Queens Chamber of Commerce
75-20 Astoria Boulevard, Suite 140
Jackson Heights NY , 11370-1131
phone: (718) 898-8500
fax: (718) 898-8599
Jackson Heights Business & Professional Association
P.O. Box 36 77-10 34 Avenue, Apt A74
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 476-3173
fax: (718) 476-0671
  

Fire Department
Engine 307, Ladder 154
81-17 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Travers Park
78th Street, South of Northern Boulevard
Frank O’Connor Playground
78th street & Broadway
 

Police Department
115th Precinct
92-15 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 533-2002
  

Post Office
Jackson Heights Post Office
78-02 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Blessed Sacrament Church - School (K-6)
3443 93rd Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 446-4449
Garden School (K-12)
33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718)335-6363
fax: (718) 565-1169
St Joan of Arc Parochial School (K-6)
8202 35th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11372
phone: (718) 639-9020
Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School
71-06 31st Avenue
East Elmhurst NY , 11370
phone: (718)898-3800
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 69 (K-5)
77-02 37 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 424-7700
fax: (718) 458-6567
PS 149 Christa McAuliffe (K-5)
93-11 34 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 898-3630
fax: (718) 476-1976
PS 212
34-25 82 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 898-6973
fax: (718) 898-7068
F F Christopher A Santora K-5)
86-15 37 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 429-2563
fax: (718) 429-3484
  

Public High Schools
Renaissance Charter School
35-59 81 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
Newtown High School
48-01 90 Street
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 595-8400
fax: (718) 699-8584
William Cullen Bryant High School
48-10 31 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
fax: (718) 728-3478
Aviation Career and Technical Education High School
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
fax: (718) 784-8654
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer (6-8)
33-34 80 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 457-1242
fax: (718) 335-0601
I.S. 230 (6-8)
73-10 34 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-7648
fax: (718) 335-7513
I.S. 235 (6-8)
30-14 30th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11103
phone: (718) 932-5876
fax: (718) 932-5990
Lexington School for the Deaf
30 Avenue & 75th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11370
phone: (718)350-3300
fax: (718)899-9846
  

Senior Centers
Catherine Sheridan Senior Center
35-24 83rd Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 458-4600
Elmhurst Jackson Heights Senior Center
87-11 Whitney Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11373
phone: (718) 478-7171
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Daniel Dromm
DDromm@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 37-32 75th Street, 1st Floor
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 803-6373
fax: (718) 803-9832
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1826
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7066
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael G. DenDekker
DenDekkerM@nyassembly.gov
District Office 75-35 31st Avenue, Suite 206B
East Elmhurst NY , 11370
phone: (718) 457-0384
fax: (718) 335-8254
Albany Office LOB, Room 841
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-4545
fax: (518) 455-4547
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catalina Cruz
District Office82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 607
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: 718-458-5367
fax: 718-478-2371
Albany Office
US Congress
Hon. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
District Office
Legislative Office229 Cannon HOB
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
NYS Senate
Hon. Jessica Ramos
ramos@nysenate.gov
District Office32-37 Junction Boulevard
East Elmhurst NY, 11369
phone: 718-205-3881
fax: 718-205-4145
Legislative OfficeLegislative Office Building, Room 946
Albany NY, 12247
phone: 518-455-2529
fax: 518-426-6909

History

Jackson Heights, where the land was somewhat higher than in the surrounding towns, was named after the Jackson family, a prominent family who lived in the area of Northern Boulevard. When the Queensborough Bridge opened in 1908, connecting Manhattan to Queens, Edward MacDougall's Queensborough Corporation began purchasing local farms. In 1909 it purchased a 325-acre parcel of land and continued purchasing land through 1918 with the vision of creating a viable commuter suburb. In 1915 Interborough Rapid Transit (the IRT) built a subway line connecting Queens to Manhattan, and many apartment buildings were built in Jackson Heights. These garden style apartments were designed after garden apartments that were popular in London at the time. Rustic-looking houses were built around spacious courtyards, and these buildings remain some of the most beautiful housing in the city. The City Landmark Preservation Commission designated Jackson Heights a historic district in 1994.

In the 1965 the Hart-Celler Act increased immigration and waves of Asians and Latin Americans entered the United States via New York City. Many of these new Americans settled in Jackson Heights and built communities here. Jackson Heights is now one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the New York City.

A traveling station library opened on April 17, 1917 to serve what had been mostly farmland, but was becoming more urbanized. During the 1920s and 1930s temporary branches were established in a number of storefronts along 37th avenue. The Jackson Heights Community Federation led an effort to have a library built after World War II, but building restrictions and a lack of funds hindered these efforts, and the Jackson Heights branch would not be finished until 1954. The Jackson Heights Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened at its present location on October 26, 1954. Extensive renovations occurred in 1970 and again in 1985. An elevator was built and the adult bathrooms were made handicapped accessible in 1999. The branch is now 17,100 square feet in area.

A multi-year initiative has been launched for the design and construction of a 50,000 square foot new library facility on the current site. This will eventually allow the Jackson Heights Library to greatly expand and enhance the services it provides to its diverse and vibrant community.

The Jackson Heights northern border is the Grand Central Parkway, and the western border of the neighborhood is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Roosevelt Avenue is along the southern edge of Jackson Heights and the eastern border is Junction Boulevard.

Special Services

Video Relay Service for the Deaf – Free!

Queens Library at Jackson Heights provides a video interpreting sign language relay service that allows interpreters who sign ASL to speak in English and Spanish. All in real time through LifeLinks.

It is an easy, convenient way to call friends or family, make a doctor's appointment, call a utility, or even talk to a librarian! Our friendly video interpreters will respond within seconds to assist you in placing your call. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Making a call using sign language has never been easier or faster!

Visit the Jackson Heights Library Today

For additional information: 718-990-0746 (voice) 718-990-0809 (TTY)

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