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North Forest Park

Enter the Naturalize NY Lottery!

Green card holders: Enter the Naturalize NY lottery today for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will receive a $725 voucher to cover the cost of applying for citizenship. The deadline to register for the lottery is Friday, July 28.

You ...

Summer Poetry Contest 2017

Can you rhyme? Know what a haiku is?

Entries are now open for the Summer Poetry Contest 2017! Send in your best poem for a chance to be published in Queens Library Magazine.

This year, the theme is Build A Better World. There’s no limit to your creativity, but please keep it under 250 ...

Our New Music For July!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from Linkin Park, Bob Dylan, Rick Ross, Alison Krauss, Faith Evans, J.J. Hairston, Diana Krall, Raekwon, ...

Join Us at National Night Out 2017!

Queens Library takes great honor in participating in the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which happens this year on Tuesday, August 1.

You can join your local library and your local police precinct for delicious food, wonderful activities, and an opportunity to connect with the police ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

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

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

Launch Your Food Business with Jamaica FEASTS!

Calling all aspiring food entrepreneurs: Jamaica FEASTS is back!

This completely FREE incubator program was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food-based business.

Learn the fundamentals with our hands-on workshops, receive a one-on-one session with an industry expert, and ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of July.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools, veterans' health care facilities, and the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at Queens College's Colden ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Summer Meals are here! For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals are available from now until Friday, September 1.

Meals are available Monday - Friday, from 1pm - 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required. Queens Library is honored to partner ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Aug
1
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Adult Coloring Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Come join the new coloring craze! Some materials will be provided or you can bring your own.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Belly Dancing 101: An Introduction

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Belly dancing, also known as "Raqs sharqi," is an ancient, mystical and healing dance form. Learn its fundamentals with Cashel Campbell. Space is limited. Participation is 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


Aug
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Journaling for Everyone

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Whether you have been journaling for a while or are new at the practice, bring your journal to share or just write with other people who keep journals. We will have writing prompts for people who need to get started. Come join a community of journalers.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The North Forest Park Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the North Forest Park Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hebrew

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the North Forest Park Community Library include:

  • Travel videos/DVDs
  • Parenting
  • Sports videos/DVDs
  • Exercise videos/DVDs
  • Local History

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Community House School
15 Borage Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-0490
“Ready 2 Go” Preschool Program Olympic Style
96-05 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-0681
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 6
73-05 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-9250
fax: (718) 263-2211
  

Community Organizations & Services
Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce
71-58 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-6565
Forest Hills Community and Civic Association
P.O. Box 754053
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 997-7014
Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 4038 Parkside Station
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-8018
Alliance of Queens Artists
99-10 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9842
American Legion Continental Post 1424
107-15 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)520-8623
Forest Hills Youth Activities
Fleet Street and Thornton Place
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 544-2296
New Dimensions Art Center
96-09A 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (347) 866-3688 or (347) 866-0603
Parkside Players Grace Lutheran Church
103-15 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 497-4922
West Side Tennis Club
1 Tennis Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2300

Fire Department
Engine Company 305 Ladder 151
111-02 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
  

Local Hospitals
Parkway Hospital
70-35 113th Street
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 990-4100
First Med Immediate Medical Care
82-17 Woodhaven Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 805-9581
Queens-Long Island Medical Group, P.C
96-10 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 459-0400
Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps
92-29 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 793-2055
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane
NY , phone: (718) 235-0815
Pebblestone Park
Selfridge Street, 68th Avenue, Manse Street
NY ,
DeVoy Playground
Union Turnpike at 71st Avenue
NY ,

Police Department
112th Precinct
68-40 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9311
  

Post Office
Parkside Post Office
101-19 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-2957
fax: (718) 575-3571
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Mercy R.C. School
70-25 Kessel Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 793-2086
Community House School
15 Borage Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-0490
fax: (718) 268-1734
Dixie Dew Riding Academy
88-11 70th Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-3500
Haute Ecole of Dance, Inc.
102-07 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-0808
Lynne’s Riding School, Inc.
88-03 70th Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-7679
Olympic Style Gymnastics and Dance Academy
96-05 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-0681

Public Elementary Schools
PS 101 School In the Garden (PK-6)
2 Russell Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-7231
fax: (718) 575-3734
PS 144 Colonel Jeromus Remsen School (K-6)
93-02 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2775
fax: (718) 830-4960
 

Public High Schools
Forest Hills High School
67-01 110th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-3137
fax: (718) 793-7850
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 190 Russell Sage School (7-9)
68-17 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 830-4970
fax: (718) 830-4960
  

Senior Centers
Selfhelp Consolidated Austin Street Senior Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-8197
Young Israel Forest Hills Senior Center
68-07 Burns Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-2305
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Karen Koslowitz
Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 118-35 Queens Blvd, 17th Floor
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 544-8800
fax: (718) 544-4452
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1872
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6981
fax: (718) 544-4452
NYS Assembly
Hon. Andrew Hevesi
HevesiA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 110
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 263-5595
fax: (718) 263-5688
Albany Office LOB, Room 844
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4926
fax: (518) 455-5173
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 North Forest Park Community Library is located in the southwestern part of Forest Hills. The area is sometimes called Parkside because it is adjacent to Forest Park. Its boundaries are roughly Woodhaven Boulevard, Exeter Street, Union Turnpike and 80th Street. The region was first settled in 1643 as a part of Rev. Doughty colony and then re-established as Middleburgh (later named New Towne) colony. By the early 18th century it was known as Whitepot. The residents were mostly farmers of Dutch or English descent. In 1739 they established the first school in the colony, the Whitepot School, at Yellowstone Avenue (now Boulevard) and Woodhaven Avenue (Boulevard.) One of the leading families, the Remsen’s, fought in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The family cemetery is located at Alderton Street and Trotting Course Lane and is a New York City landmark. The population of the area continued to increase during the 1800’s. Roads were improved and public transportation was established. In the early 1900’s, farm acreage began to be sold to real estate developers. Today, the community consists primarily of private homes with a commercial district along Metropolitan Avenue.

The cornerstone of the North Forest Park Community Library is dated 1974 but construction actually began in1979. Unfortunately, this was a period of financial crisis for New York City and, although the building was complete, funds to staff the library were unavailable. The residents of the community and its leaders organized petition drives and rallies in an effort to have their library opened. The branch finally opened to the public on February 1, 1982. The North Forest Park Branch now serves a community of approximately 25,000 people. Most residents are English-speaking, but the branch also provides materials for the increasing number of ethnic groups which are moving into the neighborhood.

Books:

Annals of Newtown, In Queens County, New-York by James Riker

Periodicals:

History of Forest Hills from the Days of the Indians by Lucy Allen Smart in The Forest Hills Bulletin, December 13, 1924, published by Cord Meyer Development Company

History of the Metro-Forest Commercial District by Jeff Gottlieb in Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce Directory, 1993