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Kew Gardens Hills

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Come bring your device and get one-on-one help. Registration is not required. Please call the Kew Gardens Hills Library for further information.

Jul 3 @ 12:00 PM, Jul 10 @ 12:00 PM, Jul 17 @ 12:00 PM

Jun
24
12:30PM

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1:45PM

Sunday Movie Matinee for Adults

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for adult movie matinee. 6/3: "Hidden Figures" (2017, PG) PG 6/24: "Sunset Boulevard"(1950)


Jun
25
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


Jun
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Classic Concert

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

"Music critics have described I-Heung Lee's performance as graceful, thoughtful and intelligent, touched with a unique style of artistic sophistication. Ms. Lee performs extensively in Asia as well as at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Her repertoire includes works by Mozart, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin."


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Jun
27
11:30AM

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1:30PM

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 DIY- Arts and Crafts learning sessions on how to create paper flowers, beading sessions, and more DIY projects to take home.


Jun
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Jewelry Making Workshops

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Jewelry Making workshop with Phyllis Ger. Register at the Kew Garden Hills Library 718-261-6654


Jun
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Beginning Tai Chi

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion."

Space is limited on a first come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
11:00AM

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12:15PM

Basic Computer Class

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

Please join our three-session computer classes. Learn how to use a computer (mouse, keyboard), navigate the Internet, and create and use an email account. 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


Jul
3
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Come bring your device and get one-on-one help. Registration is not required. Please call the Kew Gardens Hills Library for further information.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Watercolor/Collage Greeting Card Project

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

A two-session workshop with teaching artist Karen Fitzgerald. Learn basic techniques of drawing, composition, color, collage, and printmaking. Create original greeting cards using collage and printmaking processes.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
11:30AM

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12:45PM

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 DIY arts and crafts learning sessions 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


Jul
11
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Learn the basic functions and commands of Microsoft Office. You will learn how to create and edit documents in MS Word, create spreadsheets in Excel, and create slideshows in PowerPoint. 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


Jul
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Kew Gardens Hills Adult Book Club

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book club discussion. "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate, 7/16. "Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking" by Susan Cain, 8/16.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Financial Workshop

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

NYC and NYS Financial Workshop with Assembly Member Rosenthal will assist residents in signing up for programs such as SCRIE, SCHE, Basic/Enhanced STAR and will also search for residents' unclaimed funds from NY State.


Jul
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Sean Condron, born in Queens to Irish parents, is a modern day bard whose repertoire spans the length and breadth of American music, itself a melting pot of world influences - from sentimental favorites to Italian and Spanish classics and everything in between. Armed with just a guitar and voice, his energetic and humor filled performances have delighted audiences the world over.


Aug
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Dealing with Hearing Loss

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Can you hear me now?! When was the last time you checked your hearing? Come join us for a short talk on hearing loss followed by a hearing screening provided by a New York State licensed hearing specialist from St. John’s University.


Aug
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Flutes of the World: A Concert by Tereasa Payne

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Tereasa Payne, flautist from NYC, presents an exciting program of flutes from around the world. Pan flutes, Ocarinas, Native American flutes and more! Tereasa performs solos on each of these world flutes, while sharing interesting anecdotes about the history and cultural significance of each one!


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


Oct
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Love Songs From Around The World

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Natalie Zeitlin sings beautiful love songs from around the world in Hebrew, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, and more. Enjoy an afternoon of music and singing.

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:

  • We have total  12 public computers

    6  in the adult room and 1 Catalog Station

    6 in the teen area

    5 in the children area
     
  • 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. Daniel Rosenthal
Beckstk@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
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, Suite A
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.