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Long Island City

We Did It!

Thanks to your social media posts, your postcards, letters and calls, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson, and the New York City Council on June 14, 2018 agreed on a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that includes at least $60 million in capital funds and a $16.7 million increase in ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

Celebrate Pride Month at Queens Library!

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we're proud to announce that we are marching along with the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24!

You can join us for activities at our libraries throughout the month, including special film screenings, and check out our ...

Queens Library's Battle of the Bands!

The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever!

For the fourth year running, New York bands will have the opportunity to bring the house down at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 30!

Gifted musicians ages ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

The 4th Annual Battle of the Bands is less than two weeks away, and here's where you can learn about our talented contestants.

Our latest spotlights include the rock bands trickBlue, Foreign Trees, and Attitude, and have links to their live videos, social ...

Support Queens Library with Your 2018 Annual Fund Gift

The last day of school is just a few weeks away—and we’re already hard at work preparing programs, signing kids up for summer reading, and ensuring that we can meet the needs of the 52,000 children and young adults who are expected to visit Queens Library this summer.

The thousands of programs we offer are made ...

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 ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at several community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now ...

Jun
19
11:00AM

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Citizenship Preparation and Immigration Assistance

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

The Office of New Americans through the Queens Library offers information and resources to help immigrants with their citizenship application and immigration issues such as, Full legal immigration consultations and screening for immigration benefits, Assistance in filing applications (Naturalization, Adjustment of Status, Green Card Renewals, etc.). Please feel free to walk in to our Long Island City Branch or call to set up an appointment at 718-752-3723.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
19
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Practice your chess skills with other adults.

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

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Jun
19
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Virtual Reality Experience with Oculus Rift

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Step into the world of Virtual Reality (VR). Join us for an VR experience like no other. You can try a fun game like Robo Recall or experience an horror game like Face Your Fears. Must be 18+ and/or 13 with parental consent.

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Jun
19
2:30PM

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Online Job Applications

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jun
20
10:00AM

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Computer Help, Tips & Tricks

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Do you need help on the computer? Are you Computer Savvy? Stop into Long Island City and receive some basic computer tips.

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

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Jun
20
10:30AM

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Toddler Time

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Interactive stories with simple crafts hand rhymes and finger plays will also be done, along with bubbles and toys.
Ages 1-5

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

The Daily Puzzle

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Do you love puzzles? Long Island City provides puzzles for adults. Stop in anytime!

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

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Jun
21
12:30PM

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3:30PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jun
21
6:00PM

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Crochet Circle

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

This group is for beginners or intermediate. Hooks and yarn will be provided.

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

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Jun
22
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Learn about Microsoft Office. In this beginners class, you will learn how to create and save documents; format and edit; copy, cut, and paste; and use the basic functions and commands of Office. Basic computer skills required, it is recommended to bring your own USB Flash Drive.
Word: December 6 & 13
Powerpoint: December 20 & 27
Publisher: January 3 & 10
Excel: January 17 & 24

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
23
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Playtime

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages can come for a story and make a different themed craft each time.

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

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Jun
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler STEAM Explore

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Get an early start with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Toddlers and caregivers will learn early concepts of STEAM through play. With a new activity and focus each session, together we will build, explore, and create.


Jun
26
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Movie of the Month

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for the following movie screenings:
December 18: "Believe"
January 29: "Monster Truck"
February 26: "Hidden Figures"
March 26: "Queen of Katowe"
April 30: "Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania"
May 21: "A Dog's Purpose"


Jul
2
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Free Summer Meals At Long Island City Library

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for free summer meal lunches at Long Island City Library for ages 0-18 years old Monday-Friday from 1pm-2pm from June 27th-August 31st. Come to the library and nourish your brain and body while you read or enjoy various activities at the library this summer.

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

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Jul
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Libraries Rock!

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

We are offering different summer reading based programs focusing on the theme Libraries Rock! Come rock out with us at the library. No registration required, all ages welcome!

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

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Jul
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Program Partnership

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a summer of fun and learning!

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

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Jul
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Jeopardy (Family Edition)

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun test of knowledge suitable for all ages.

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

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Jul
6
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Movie Night with Kanopy

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Watch classics, international films, indie films, and documentaries featured on Kanopy.

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

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Jul
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Scratch Coding For Adults

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Adults, learn to create your own computer games using Scratch.

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

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Jul
23
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Adult Movie Night

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we watch an R rated movie.
June Movie W


Sep
17
6:30PM

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8:00PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2018. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Long Island City Community Library has:

  • 18 public access computers
  • 15 in-library laptops providing core library services
  • Software and databases for public use
  • Internet access

 

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Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Long Island City Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Cookbooks
  • Travel
  • Computer Books
  • Test Books

Child Care / Preschools
Community Organizations & Services
Emergency Services
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Astoria Child Care Center
21-20 35 Avenue
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 784-2856
fax:
Little Friends Nursery School
4342 47th St
Long Island City NY , 11104
phone: (718)786-4644
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare PAL Western Green Nursery School
10-26 41 Avenue
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phone: (718) 784-2092
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare Center
3811 27th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718)729-5659
fax:
  

Community Organizations & Services
Meals On Wheels
45-18 Court Square #501
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 482-8620
fax:
Ravenswood Community Center
35-40 21 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3131
fax:
Queensbridge/Riis Senior Center
10-25 41st Ave.,
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 937-1093
fax:
Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center
34-35 12 Street #A
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-1550
fax:
  

Emergency Services
Engine 206
11-15 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone:
fax:
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
fax:
 

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

Local Newspapers
Queens Tribune

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phone: (718) 357-7400
fax:
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19 Street and 23 Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
fax:
Queensbridge Park
21st Street, Bridge Plaza, East River
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phone:
fax:
 

Post Office
Grand Station Post Office
45-08 30 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone:
fax:
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.111 Jacob Blackwell School
37-15 13 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-2073
fax:
P.S.112 Dutch Kills School
25-05 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-5250
fax:
 

Public High Schools
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
fax:
Aviation Career & Technical H.S
43-30 36th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
fax:
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 204 O. W. Holmes School
36-41 28 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 937-1463
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Paul Vallone
District19@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 507
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 619-8611
fax: (718) 631-4100
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1841
New York NY, 10007
phone: 212-788-7250
fax: 212-788-1860
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard,Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1882
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 836
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1804
fax: (718) 932-1805
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Located in northwestern Queens, Long Island City (LIC) is the largest neighborhood in the borough. It was the earliest part of Queens to be recognized by the Dutch and was the scene of many British troop movements. Created in 1870 from the communities of Astoria, Hunters Point, Blissville, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Bowery Bay, Steinway and Sunnyside, locals now use the term LIC only for the area south of Astoria.

In the mid 1800s, Hunters Point, the southern tip of LIC on the East River water front, became linked with the North Fork Line of the LIRR. Ferry service also began between Wall Street and 34th Street. By 1870 when Long Island City was chartered, it had become the center of industry for Queens County. By the end of that century a major building boom had established a number of important factories as well as urban residential areas.

With the opening of the Queensborough Bridge in 1908 and the original Pennsylvania Station on the Queens waterfront in 1910, many factories located here and innumerable industries took advantage of the ample space and low land cost. By 1940 with the completion of The Triborough Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel, Long Island City sitting next to the Sunnyside Rail Yards had become a world class industrial center though more or less a passing through point for commuters between Manhattan, Eastern Queens, and Long Island.

By the mid 1970s, however, due to the migration of businesses out of New York, LIC had become a small sleepy town with many empty factories and warehouse spaces. A new group began to emerge composed of younger artists and musicians who were being priced out of the tight market in Manhattan and who were drawn to the spacious lofts, unhindered light, and the almost rural quality of the neighborhood. Equally attractive was the existence of the studios of two world renowned artists, the late Isamu Noguchi, whose studio is now a museum, and Mark DiSuvero who established the Socrates Sculpture Park, the city's largest outdoor exhibition space. The Urban and Contemporary Arts Institute, better known as P.S. 1, at one time Public School #1, became central to the Long Island City Arts movement.

The 1980s saw greater industrial expansion in Long Island City and a rebirth of the film industry, which had its early roots here. Most notable was the establishment of Silvercup Studios, which converted an old bread factory into what would become the largest independent, full-service film and television production facility in the northeastern United States. The International Design Center of New York was opened on the site where the Sunshine bakery and Adams Chewing Gum plants stood. La Guardia Community College took over the disused factories of the White Motor Company and the Equitable Bag Company. The 48 story Citicorp building was erected in 1989 and is the tallest building in New York City outside Manhattan.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.