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Teen Podcast Naming Contest!

Do you love podcasts? Are you creative with words? Put your skills to the test by entering the Teen Podcast Naming Contest. The winner will receive a pair of Beats Studio 2.0 Wired Over-Ear Headphones!

We want the new name to relate to the podcast’s themes of hip-hop and urban culture. Make it funny, make it playful, make ...

Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Enjoy the holidays at Queens Library, with our special programs and events for kids, adults, teens, and the whole family, including holiday concerts, arts and crafts, holiday movie screenings, and much more!

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and movies, available to borrow from your community ...

Donate A Coat at Queens Library!

This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!

Queens residents can visit 46 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need.

Last year, more than 100,000 coats were collected across ...

Double Your Donation: Give Today!

Nearly 1 million neighbors took advantage of more than 52,000 programs at Queens Library this year alone! Your support means that we can continue to meet our community’s needs in 2018.

A generous donor has provided a matching gift and hopes to inspire you to make a donation to Queens Library.

A gift of $25 means ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Shakespeare in Queens: The Final Season

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

As TITAN finishes three years of performing each of the 37 plays that Shakespeare wrote, they have saved some of the best for ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Dec
11
6:15PM

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7:15PM

Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness

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

Instructor Meiling Schumm uses Latin dance moves to create a workout that helps you lose fat, build muscle, and feel more energized. Dress in exercise clothes, bring a bottle of water, and come early to complete an exercise release form. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
11:00AM

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12:15PM

Create a Pinterest Account

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Have you joined the Pinterest craze yet? It’s all the buzz in social networking, it’s a place to organize and share things you love. Learn to set up visual boards, create categories that are of interest to you (recipes, fashion, DIYs).


Dec
13
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Morning Storytimes (Ages 18-36 mos.)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come join us for stories, songs, and crafts for children 18-36 months old. Space is limited, so advance registration will be required.

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

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Dec
13
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Color My World

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for some adult coloring.


Dec
14
4:15PM

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5:30PM

Family Movie Time

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a holiday film for family and children to enjoy. We will be screening "Muppet's Christmas Carol" rated (G).


Dec
15
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Friday Morning Storytimes (Ages 18-36 mos.)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come join us for stories, songs, and crafts for children 18-36 months old. Space is limited, so advance registration will be required.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
18
12:30PM

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1:45PM

Movie Matinee: A Holiday Special

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a holiday movie screening "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" (NR) for everyone to enjoy.


Dec
18
2:15PM

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3:15PM

Kew Gardens Hills Adult Book Club

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book club discussion.


Dec
19
11:00AM

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12:15PM

Create a Facebook Account

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Join the Facebook community by opening a Free account. Learn to connect with family and friends to communicate and share photos. Register at the Reference Desk. Space is limited.


Dec
19
2:00PM

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2:30PM

Mother Goose Time (Ages 12-18 Months)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Bring your children 12-18 months old to the library for stories and songs.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Art Therapy: Torn Paper Collage

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for this art therapy project recommended by Mayo Clinic. We will be using variety of colored paper to arrange pieces which helps reduce stress.


Dec
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Fiction Book Club Planning Meeting

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly fiction book club.


Dec
21
4:15PM

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5:00PM

Holiday DIY: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Need a last minute gift idea for that special someone? Join us for a fun creative workshop for the holiday season.


Dec
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Fun and Games for Adults

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for some fun and games that may include B.I.N.G.O, Scrabble and other board games!


Dec
28
4:30PM

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5:15PM

Spelling Bee (Ages 6 and Up)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Show off your spelling ability and help lead your team to victory. For children ages 6 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
11:00AM

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12:15PM

Basic Computer Class

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join our 3 session computer classes. Learn how to use a computer (mouse, keyboard). Learn how to navigate the Internet and how to create and use an email account. Please register at the reference desk. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
4:15PM

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5:15PM

Grab Bag for Teens

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Calling all teens. Please join us for weekly session of creativity and discovery.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Kew Gardens Hills C.A.T.S

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

C.A.T.S stands for Creativity Artistic Teaching Session. Please join us for weekly session DIY- Arts and Crafts learning on how to create paper flowers, beading sessions and more DIY projects to take home.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
4:15PM

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6:00PM

Family Movie Time at Kew Gardens Hills

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our weekly movie sessions for families, caregivers and children to enjoy. 1/3 "Despicable me 3" (PG) 1/10 "Emojii Movie" (PG) 1/17- "Lego Movie Ninajo" (G), 1/24 "Disney Cars 3" (G), 1/31- "Deep" (PG) 2/7 "A dog's purpose" (PG), 2/14 "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (PG) 2/21 "Tales of Beatrix Potter" (G), 2/28 - "My Little Pony"

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Powerpoint for Kids

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Students can create reports and presentations that cover all subject areas using PowerPoint. The use of PowerPoint will extend their technology skills and hold their interest. For kids ages 9-12.


Jan
4
6:00PM

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6:30PM

Science Club

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Welcome, all afterschool children and teens, for a fun interactive session of scientific discovery. In this program, you'll create new and exciting projects each week. Families and caregivers are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Make a Pop-Up Card (Ages 18 Mos. and Up)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come make a simple pop-up card for your friends, family, dog, or anyone you want to wish a happy new year.


Jan
5
4:15PM

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5:00PM

English Conversation Group

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Every Friday starting January 5, join us to improve your English conversation skills and meet other English learners.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Matinee for Adults

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for weekly movie session followed by discussion.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
4:15PM

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5:00PM

Book Buddies

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Welcome families, caregivers and children for a weekly session of one to one reading.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
1:00PM

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2:15PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Learn the basic functions and commands of Microsoft Word. You will learn how to create and edit word documents, and more, in this 3-session course. Basic computer skills are required. Please register at the reference desk.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Winter Craft

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun, winter themed craft.


Jan
14
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Broadway Show Tunes

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Pianist William Gati and vocalist Willa Bassen will perform classic Broadway show tunes.


Jan
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Ask the Pharmacist

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Pharmacist Chung-Shien Lee & St. Johns Pharmacy Students will help you understand more about the medications you're taking and why, drug interactions, and give tips on how to remember to take them.


Jan
26
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Make Your Own Gift Box (Ages 18 Mos. and Up)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Make a tiny box to give as a present or to use as a hiding place for your secret treasures.


Feb
5
1:00PM

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2:15PM

Getting Personal: Writing About Your Family History with Author Bob Brody

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Learn how to capture your personal family history in writing (what happened, how you felt, why it mattered) with Bob Brody, personal essayist, public relations executive, and author of the memoir "Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age."
Books will be available for sale and signing.


Feb
7
2:15PM

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4:15PM

Lunar New Year

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Its the year of the Dog. Come join us for a heart warming film for families, caregivers and children to enjoy. We will be featuring "A Dog's Purpose" (PG).


Feb
8
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

This time of year may have you feeling unlike yourself. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 3 million Americans each year. Join us for this health program which discusses SAD, its symptoms, impact and more. A de-stress activity will be included.


Feb
9
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Broken Heart Week: The Have a Heart Pop-Up Craft

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come make a pop-up card with a big heart on the front. When you pull the tab, the heart will beat. The craft is for all ages, but younger children may need adult assistance.


Feb
12
4:15PM

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5:15PM

Broken Heart Week: Intrigued By the First Line

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please check our Broken heart week book display: Intrigued by the first line. We will only showcase romantic quotes for our unique blind date with a book display. Please come and check us out.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
3:15PM

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4:00PM

Black History Month

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

In celebrating Black History Month, we would like to know how well you know famous historians, celebrities, professional athletes in our Jeopardy challenge. Please join us.


Feb
16
2:15PM

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2:45PM

Lunar New Year: Origami Session

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an origami session!


Mar
5
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Health Chats with RN Kathy Moran

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

RN Kathy Moran leads these discussions:
March 5: Symptoms and Care of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a common disorder that affects the large intestine. March 12: Arthritis and Joint Pain

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Claim Your Lost Money

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

New York State has custody of over $14 billion in unclaimed funds. Every day the Comptroller's Office returns approximately $1 million to owners; are you one of them? Representatives from the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Division, will provide information about the New York State Unclaimed Funds program and assist attendees in searching for and processing any unclaimed funds due to them.


Mar
11
1:00PM

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4:00PM

The Seuss-a-thon

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with stories, games, and a puppet show. Everyone is invited to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book out loud.


Mar
27
1:30PM

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2:30PM

FDNY Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


Apr
2
6:15PM

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7:15PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold uses dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Gentle Yoga

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Leslie Taylor leads this gentle, beginning-level yoga class for older adults. First come first served, space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Working with Watercolors

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

Professional teaching artist Richard Estrin leads this nine session sequential Introduction to Watercolor workshop. Learn about color theory and the basics of watercolor painting. Pre-registration is required. Call Kew Garden Hills Library to register 718-261-6654

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

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Kew Gardens Hills Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers for adults
  • 2 public computer for children use
  • 1 computer for OPAC(on-line catalog) usage
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Kew Gardens Hills Community Library include:

  • Russian (Privet collection)
  • Hebrew, Chinese
  • Persian and Yiddish.

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Kew Gardens Hills Community Library include:

  • Holocaust history/literature
  • International musical CD collection
  • Russian
  • Hebrew and DVDs
  • Jewish Interest
  • Graphic Novels
  • Large Print.

 


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
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
ECLC (Early Childhood Learning Center)
71-25 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 268-7085
Positive Beginnings
Special education for language impaired children (ambulatory only)
71-25 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 261-0211
P.S. 165 (PK-6)
Includes nursery school
70-35 150 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-4004
Queen of Peace
Includes nursery school
141-25 77 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 969-3640
Stepping Stone
Special education (early childhood intervention)
77-40 Vleigh Place
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 591-9093
Yeshiva of Central Queens
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 793-8500

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Beacon 168 / Parsons J.H.S.
158-40 76 Road
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0760
Doe Fund, Inc/Ready Willing & Able
Sponsored by Councilperson from District #24
Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association
P.O. Box 670085
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-1760
  

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11366
  

Local Hospitals
New York Hospital Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1200
  

Local Newspapers
Flushing Times
41-02 Bell Boulevard
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545

Parks and Playgrounds
Albert Mauro Playground
West side of Park Dr. East btwn Union Turnpike and
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Grand Central Parkaway, Van Wyck Expressway
Freedom Square Park
Vleigh pl., west side of Main St. & 73 Terrace
Haym Salomon Square
72nd rd, btwn Vleigh Pl. and east side of Main St.
Vleigh Place Park
Vleigh Place btwn 141 St. & Union Turnpike
 

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Flushing Station C
75-23 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 544-0989
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Queen of Peace (PK-8)
141-25 77 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 969-3640
Rabbinical Seminary of America High School (Boys only, 9-12)
76-01 147 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-1446
Shevach High School (Girls only, 9-12)
75-09 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-0525
Yeshiva Berachel David-Torah High School (Boys only, 9-12)
150-62 78 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 849-4140
Yeshiva Ketana of Queens (Boys only, PK-8)
78-15 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 969 – 1000
Yeshiva of Central Queens (PK-8)
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 793-8500
Yeshivah Education for Special Students (K-8)
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 268-5976
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 164 (K-6)
138-01 77 Ave
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 544-1083
P.S. 165 (PK-6)
70-35 150 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-4004
P.S. 499 (K-6)
148-20 Reeves Avenue
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 461-7462

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School (I 250, 5-8)
75-40 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-3015
Robert F. Kennedy Collaborative H.S. (Q 670, 9-12)
75-40 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 969-5510
 

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. Michael A. Simanowitz
SimanowitzM@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 742
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
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. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
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

The Kew Gardens Hills Community Library is located at 72-33 Vleigh Place. The name Vleigh Place comes from the swamps which existed beside Flushing Creek. Until 1801, this prevented direct routes between Flushing and the west so traffic only went as far as Kew Gardens. This connected with the road which circled the head of the marshland and ran north to Flushing. This road was called Head of the Vleigh Road for the Dutch word, also written Vly or Fly, which means “valley” or “swamp”. In 1937, the name was changed to Vleigh Place.

Kew Gardens Hills is related to Kew Gardens in name only. The neighborhood has also been referred to variously as “East Forest Hills” and “Queens Valley”. The legend is that Abraham Wolosoff, who developed a community of small homes and apartments in southwest Flushing in the 1930s, became so impressed with what he perceived as the classy neighborhood, he incorporated the name into his development. The hilliness of the area helped contribute to its name.

During the 1700s the area was owned by William Furman, who called his farm Willow Glen. The land was later sold to Timothy Jackson, who developed trotting horses. Although the area was still farmland in the late 1800s, improved transportation was attracting developers and businessmen. The Queens Valley Golf Club was opened in 1933, followed by the Arrowhead and Pomonok courses.

The expansion of the IND subway, coupled with the linkage of the Kew Gardens interchange on the Grand Central Parkway and the paving of Queens Boulevard, led to 1,200 new residents moving into the neighborhood and hundreds of new homes being built. The opening of the World’s Fair in 1939 also spurred growth. Early arrivals included German, Irish and Italian families moving out from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Eventually, thousands of apartments were built in garden apartment complexes and low-rise three to six story buildings due to the demand for housing after World War II. Most of the units were originally built as rentals but were converted to non-eviction co-ops during the 1980’s, greatly diminishing the area’s rental supply.

The Orthodox community took root in 1950 when 15 families founded the congregation of Young Israel of Forest Hills. There are now at least 20 synagogues, large and small.

Among more recent immigrants have been Indians, Afghans and other Asians, and Jews from former republics of the Soviet Union.

The Queens Borough Public Library provided service to the Kew Gardens Hills community initially by Book Bus in 1943. The first regularly scheduled stop was at the Regency Park Apartments at 78th Avenue and Main Street. Nine years later, a second stop was added for the Park Drive Section at Jewel Avenue and 138th Street. The Regency Park book bus stop was moved to its final location across the street from the new Queens County Savings Bank.

On February 14, 1954, the branch opened in the new building of the Queens County Savings Bank, a building modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It had the unique distinction of being the first air-conditioned library in Queens.

On March 13, 1967, the present location was opened in a large, city owned building. A dedication ceremony was held, presided over by then-Library Director Harold W. Tucker.

The branch was closed for renovations for several months in 1985, re-opening in October.

On April 16th, 1998, the name of the branch was officially changed from “Vleigh” to “Kew Gardens Hills” to more accurately reflect the geographic location of the branch.