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Free UPK at Ravenswood

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood, located at 35-32 21st Street in Long Island City, offers an outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified staff; the best learning experience for your child; free after-school care until 5:30 p.m.; and all the ...

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Our customers are our loudest voices. Your State Senators and Assembly Members want to hear from you! Queens Library will be going to Albany on February 28.

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library.

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend traditional ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're age 60 and older, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Celebrate Black History Month at Queens Library!

We hope you will join us at Queens Library this February for Black History Month!

We’ll be screening movies, hosting talks, and presenting concerts to celebrate and commemorate the Black experience in America.

Programs are available for children, teens, and adults, including five special events focusing on Claudia ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Feb
21
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


Feb
21
12:30PM

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1:45PM

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.


Feb
22
12:00PM

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2:00PM

AARP Tax Program for Low Income or Older Adults

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

File your 2017 taxes today! Queens Library offers free tax assistance programs if you're over 60 or earn less than $66,000 annually. This is a walk-in, e-file, tax assistance program. Help is available first come, first served. No appointments will be accepted. Programs are presented by AARP - American Association of Retired Persons.

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

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Feb
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

ESOL Technology Class

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

The ESOL Technology Program will prepare English language learners to use various computer software programs in order to improve their computer and English skills. Students will use Microsoft Office to draft electronic documents and spreadsheets with transferrable skills related to the job search process. This program is funded by NYC Council Member Rory Lancman.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
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


Feb
26
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Musical Performance Charles Henry

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a musical performance by professional pianist Charles Henry. Charles Henry is an accomplished and talented pianist. Charles will be performing songs from Broadway to the American Songbook. This event is sponsored by the Kew Gardens Hills Friends group.


Feb
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Kew Gardens Hills Adult Book Club

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book club discussion.


Feb
26
6:15PM

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7:15PM

Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

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


Feb
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Investor Education Seminar

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

St. John's University law students lead this seminar about investor scams, protecting investments, types of investments, and how to keep track of investments.


Mar
4
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Early Detection Education for Breast Cancer

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Ms. Ann Stephens, Outreach Coordinator from the North Well/ LIJ Women's Center, will make a presentation and demonstrate how to do self examinations of the breast. She encourages participation in the demonstrations and there will be a Q&A session as she provides informational handouts.


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
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Learning to Let Go: How End Of Life Doulas Help Their Loved Ones Say Goodbye

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

End of life doulas provide emotional support and comfort to patients and their loved ones who are in the final phase of life. The focus of this program is on planning for death and it will help patients who lack family or adequate caregiver support to die comfortably and without fear of being alone.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
3:30PM

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5:30PM

The Quilting Project

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

Professional teaching artist Karen Fitzgerald leads the class in sewing, planning and quilting processes to create a quilt project from small to large. Participants will learn about the different types of fabrics and approaches to designing a quilt. If you have never used a sewing machine, sewing lessons are included. This is a 9 session course, including a culminating event. Please call 718-261-6654 to register for this class. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
9
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Color My World

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for some adult coloring.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
13
1:00PM

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4:00PM

LiveOn NY Benefits Outreach Program

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come to the Free Benefits Assistance for Older Adults program and receive personalized assistance for SCRIE, SNAP, Medicare Savings Program, HEAP, and Low Income Subsidy. Screenings will be conducted for eligibility.


Mar
19
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. "The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. Basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), compressions-only mannequins and "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


Mar
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Time to Dance

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Libby Skala's one-woman show pays homage not only to her lineage but to your own. Here she offers glimpses into the rich life and inexhaustible spirit of her great aunt Elizabeth “Lisl” Polk, who transcends poverty, artistic repression, and the rise of Hitler through the love of dance to become a renowned dance therapy pioneer.


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


Apr
3
1:30PM

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2:30PM

NY Senior Medicare Patrol

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

The NY Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) advises you how to Protect, Detect, and Report frauds and scams. The NY Senior Medicare Patrol is a program dedicated to educating Medicare beneficiaries about health care fraud and common scams - how they can protect themselves, what to look for, and where to report them.


Apr
5
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


Apr
8
2:30PM

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3:30PM

The Jewish-American Songbook Featuring Jazz Vocalist Lois Bruno

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Jazz vocalist Lois Bruno performs classic American songs written by Jewish composers and lyricists: the Gershwins, Sammy Cahn, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, and many others.


Apr
19
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Healthy Brain, Healthy Life

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Gain insight into the best ways to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment as we age. Learn the steps to take to have a healthy brain and a healthy life.


Apr
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

The Singing Violins, Featuring Claremont Strings and Ensembles

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

A duo from Claremont Strings will perform music from Classical, Baroque, and Romantic eras. Come enjoy hits by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and some highlights from operas and symphonies.


Apr
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Art History Lecture Series

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

The art history series will be led by Mary Dono. It is part of the Older Adult Services.
April 30 "Beyond the Silver and Stained glass - Charles Lewis Tiffany and Son, Louis Comfort Tiffany"
May 7 "Pissarro and Cezanne: Partners in Art"
May 21 "Alfred Stieglitz & Georgia O'Keeffe"

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

Additional Dates


May
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mental Health Matters: Stress and Self-Care

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

This Mental Matters series focuses on the benefits of self-care and how to reduce stress. When was the last time you did something just for yourself? Today is the day to get started!


May
16
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Working with Watercolors

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Professional teaching artist Richard Estrin leads this one session workshop. Learn about color theory and the basics of watercolor painting.


May
16
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Celebrate Jewish Culture in Music

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Cantor Irene Failenbogen is a singer-songwriter from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a crossover artist who has performed in operas, musical comedies, and theatre. She was trained as a Hazzan in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and lead liturgical services for Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Shabbat. Celebrate Jewish culture in English, Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish.


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.

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Jun
7
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


Jun
14
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

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."


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
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


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. 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.