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Jackson Heights

Fine Forgiveness for Kids and Teens!

Libraries help kids and teens succeed in school and in life.

That’s why Queens Library, The New York Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library are pleased to announce a one-time fine amnesty for youth.

For one time only, on Thursday, October 19, we are forgiving ALL fines on ALL kids’ & teens’ ...

Queens Library Celebrates the National Book Awards!

The National Book Awards will be announced on November 15, 2017, and Queens Library is celebrating!

Join the fun by entering our sweepstakes for your chance to win a National Book Award book bundle—one copy of each of the winning titles.

You can also visit Elmhurst Community Library, virtually or in ...

Halloween at Queens Library!

Looking for ways to celebrate Halloween in Queens?

Get into the spooky holiday spirit all month long at the Library!

Create your own costume, share your scary stories, watch some classic movies, walk through the Haunted Hallway of Horrors, and so much more! There’s plenty of tricks-or-treats for ...

Welcome Programs for Kids and Teens!

Whether you’re returning to your library for the first time in a long time, or it’s just another daily visit to your favorite afterschool hangout, all kids and teens are welcome at Queens Library!

To celebrate our younger customers, our libraries are hosting lots of special events for them this fall, including arts and ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

Meet the 2017 Summer Poetry Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem to Queens Library’s Summer Poetry Contest!

We welcomed hundreds of poets from all over New York State to submit an original poem reflecting the 2017 Summer Reading theme of “Build a Better World."

Join us at our awards ceremony on Saturday, November 4 at 11 ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 28!

Now in its eighth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 begins September 15, and we’ll be celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Now through November 2, Queens Library will put the spotlight on the richness of Hispanic heritage and culture. Join us for concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, movies, and much ...

Free Home Internet Access for Eligible NYC Students!

Do you know a New York City public school student with no home Internet access?

Their family may be eligible to borrow a hotspot from Queens Library and get FREE Internet service at home!

The ConnectED Library Hotspot Loan Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Oct
24
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with a NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
2:00PM

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7:00PM

Diversity Visa Application Assistance

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Queens Library is making computers available from October 18 to November 22 to customers who want to fill out the online application for the Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery (DV-2019). Applicants can get assistance scanning photos at the following libraries: Central and Flushing - Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00-8:00PM; Jackson Heights - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 9:00 AM-2:00 PM; Long Island City - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 3:00-8:00 PM

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Accent Reduction for Everyday Success

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Do people have difficulty understanding you? Is your accent keeping you from reaching your goals? Does it make it difficult to find work? Speech-language pathologists will teach you everyday tips and techniques to help you approximate an American English speaking style.


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Nov
4
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Looking for Trouble: Writing Conflict

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Jill Eisenstadt leads this workshop which highlights the crucial role conflict plays in every aspect of writing fiction form creating momentum to revealing character to shaping story.Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Nov
6
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 11/6 - Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 11/13 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 11/20 - Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 11/27 - Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
2
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Never Have Writer's Block Again

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Author Scott Cheshire shares the DNA of storytelling, how to find and use its fundamentals from within to improve one's writing skills. Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Dec
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

"Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer": A Book Reading with Poet Vijay R. Nathan

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Vijay R. Nathan, recipient of Queens Arts Council New Works grant, will read from his soon to be published poetry collection entitled: "Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer". These poems imagine meditative moments from the sadhana (spiritual practice) of Hollywood's elite. and include the unauthorized appearances of the personas of Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, and Shia Labeouf, among others.


Feb
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: There is a Place in Poetry Here

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Fulbright fellow and author of the poetry collection "Threshold and Imago" will explore ways to write about and conjure place, which in turn anchors the poem. This series of free writing classes is provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.
Credit line: Council Member Daniel Dromm


Apr
7
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: There's Poetry...There!

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Get ready and write with poet/author Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. In this workshop we will reconsider what poetry does. Writers of all genres are welcome. Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


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
fax: (718) 803-9832
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
NYS Assembly
Hon. Francisco P. Moya
MoyaF@nyassembly.gov
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 709A
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 458-5367
fax: (718) 478-2371
Albany Office LOB, Room 727
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4567
fax: (518) 455-5375
NYS Senate
Hon. José Peralta
JPeralta@nysenate.gov
District Office 32-37 Junction Boulevard
East Elmhurst NY , 11369
phone: (718) 205-3881
fax: (718) 205-4145
Albany Office Room 415, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-2529
fax: (518) 426-6909
US Congress
Hon. Joseph Crowley
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11372
phone: (718) 779-1400
fax: (718) 505-0156
Legislative Office 1436 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
fax: (202) 225-1909
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

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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