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This Weekend at Queens Library

Happy Mother's Day from Queens Library! This weekend, you can share your Howard Beach memories, teach your kids about musical instruments, create a Mother's Day gift, join a writer's workshop, learn more about the history of northeast Queens, get information about solar power for your home, celebrate Latin hip hop history and ...

Comment on Our FY2017 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017, and there's still time for you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through May 6.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 and fill out our online ...

New on Our Blog: Five Quick Questions with Terrance McKnight!

On Monday, May 9, we’re celebrating the poetry and music of Langston Hughes with a live musical adaption of Terrance McKnight’s radio documentary I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes. This unique live performance will feature soprano Janinah Burnett, pianist ...

Are You Underemployed or Unemployed?

Queens Library is offering a unique program to prepare underemployed or unemployed people with the skills to get a full-time job. This exclusive program combines job training with job placement and is offered only at Queens Library. 

First, Queens Library's Job and Business Academy will provide participants free ...

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 ...

Queens Library Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! Several upcoming Queens Library events will honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our borough, our city, and beyond, including our ongoing program series “Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers.” Visit our Events webpage throughout the month for ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Spring 2016 Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars

Protect Your Assets. Ensure Your Legacy. Come to our Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars where you can learn strategies for your finances and estate planning.

By attending one of our seminars, you will be introduced to strategies that will help you better plan for your financial future, medical care, ...

From Dennis M. Walcott

In my first weeks as the newly-appointed President and CEO, I visited every community library to meet the staff and gain an overview of what each library adds to the community. Among the most impactful programs are the Job and Business Academy’s job skills training workshops.

Library users attend free classes at the library ...

Support the Gracie Book Club!

The Gracie Book Club is a new collaborative effort between the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and First Lady Chirlane McCray. The first Gracie Book Club selection is Bright Lines. Read Bright Lines along with the First Lady and your fellow New Yorkers, and be a part of a ...

May
7
1:00PM

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2:00PM

What's That Sound?

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

This is a fun-filled exploration of the instrument families in the modern classical orchestra for children age 5 and up and their parents/caregivers will learn about brass, string, percussion and woodwind instruments and how they make music.


May
9
6:00PM

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7:45PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us as we discuss "The Lake House" by Kate Morton, a novel that focuses on loss, secrets, and families. Light refreshments will be served.


May
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Beginners' Computer Class

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

This class is for people who need to learn the basics of how to use a computer.

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

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May
11
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays.

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

Additional Dates


May
11
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, and more.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Bookmaking Workshop

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-9 learn the art and history of bookmaking. They will explore works of fiction, create their own text, and make a pop-up book to take home.


May
12
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Chinese Lessons

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

This is a beginners' course in Chinese.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Job Readiness Workshop Series: Job-Search Techniques

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive workshop that will explore job-search strategies, networking techniques and objectives, and how to look for and apply for jobs online.


Jun
4
3:00PM

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4:00PM

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


Jun
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Today's First Ladies of Song: Adele, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Jazz vocalist Lois Bruno performs some of the greatest hits of today’s top female artists like Adele, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Norah Jones, and Amy Winehouse. Hear selections like "Make You Feel My Love," "Set Fire to the Rain," "Come Away with Me," "Cold, Cold Hart," "Crazy in Love,"
"Edge of Glory," "Love is a Losing Game" and much more.


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@assembly.state.ny.us
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