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Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Library!

Join us for Christmas tree decorating, Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah crafts, concerts, movies, and more.

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and holiday movies, available to borrow from your community ...

It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on ...

Winter Health & Safety Tips

As the temperatures drop in New York City, it’s important to focus on health and safety when braving the cold this season.

Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, chairman, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and their fellow physicians from ...

Spend Time Thinking about Your Dreams

Alice Robb has always been curious about her own dreams—which she says “have been very vivid for as long as I can remember.”

Her new book, Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey, is a fresh approach to explain how dreams work, what dreams are for, and how dreams ...

Holiday Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to share his favorite locations in Queens that embody the spirit of the holidays.

He chose places like the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society, Gottscheer Hall, the Flushing Free Synagogue, and more.

Be sure to visit them, ...

Give the Gift of Reading, Lifelong Learning & Community

Giving to the Queens Library Foundation supports programs, services, and collections for our diverse communities across Queens.

When you give, you are helping neighbors—children, families, adults, and seniors—access free resources like our STACKS after-school program, English language and job skills classes, and our ...

The World Is Wide Enough for Us All

Genevieve Cogman is a British fantasy writer whose fifth book in the Invisible Library series was published this November.

She told Queens Library Magazine about how the rules of the library in her books were established, her writing process, influences, and more.

“We get far more out of ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

Dec
13
5:30PM

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7:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Film Screening "Radio"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come and enjoy the movie "Radio" (2003, PG). For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
13
7:00PM

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7:45PM

Basic Mandarin Chinese

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come and join us for an introduction to some basic phrases and dialogues in Mandarin Chinese.


Dec
14
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies 3-17 months and their parents or caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories, and more!

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

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Dec
14
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Story Hour for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories and songs Fridays at 11:30am. All ages are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Video Gaming

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

Come on in and check out our collection of video games! You will need to sign-up in order to play.

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

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Dec
14
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Science Rocks!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for winter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiments suited for ages 6-12. Space is limited.

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

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Dec
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Share patterns and techniques or just have a friendly chat while working on your knitting projects!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Saturday Storytime!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Saturday storytime is for children ages 4-6. Activities will include stories, songs, and a fun craft. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
17
3:00PM

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3:45PM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Yoga

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
In these classes, we will explore the concept of kindness, and how practicing it towards ourselves and others can impact every aspect of our lives. The theme of kindness and its benefits will be woven into the sequence of postures in this class. If you have a yoga mat, feel free to bring it. There will be extras available.


Dec
17
3:00PM

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3:30PM

Winter Storytime

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Ages 4-6, join us Tuesdays at 3pm for our winter-themed storytime. Space is limited.


Dec
17
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Wright Brothers Day

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Wright Brothers Day. Ages 6-12. Supplies are limited.


Dec
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Animal Science with "Erik The Reptile Guy"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

In this Rescue and Awareness Animal Science presentation, children will meet Erik the Reptile Guy's newest rescued animals. This presentation discusses topics of the life cycles, food webs, adaptation, endangered species, and conservation of a variety of reptiles. Come meet live frogs, lizards, snakes, and more as Erik the Reptile Guy teaches respect and awareness of nature!. For children ages 6-12.


Dec
19
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Homework Help for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Having trouble with your homework? Need some assistance with your schoolwork? Stop by the teen area for homework help!


Dec
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Homework Hour for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Need help with your homework? Stop by on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Puzzle Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our children's puzzle club Thursdays at 3:30pm for ages 5-12. We have a variety of different puzzles from easy to difficult.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Family Movies

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great movies that celebrate kindness and goodwill towards all.

12/22: "Pay It Forward" (2000, PG-13)
12/29: "Wonder" (2017, PG)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
28
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Video Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come hang out and enjoy the various gaming systems.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Homework Hour for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Need help with your homework? Stop by on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Winter Word Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun word scrambles, word searches, and other word games for ages 6-11.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Book Discussion

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our monthly book discussion! Books are available at the library prior to each meeting. We will be reading:

9/6: Emma Cline, The Girls
10/4: Lisa Genova, Every Note Played
11/1: Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
12/6: Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
1/3: Christopher Yates, The Grist Mill Road


Jan
4
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents or caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Storytime for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories and songs Fridays at 11:30am. All ages are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Winter Crafts for Kids!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our winter craft series Fridays at 3:30pm for ages 5-8. Supplies are limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Beginning Ballet for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for beginning ballet for children ages 4-6. Space is limited. Call or come in person to register.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Puppet Theater

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Tuesdays for an interactive puppet and storytime program for ages 4-6. Children will act out the parts while staff will read the stories. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
12
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Saturday Storytime!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Saturday storytime is for children ages 4-6. Activities will include stories, songs, and a fun craft. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
12
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Soulful Jazz

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a fusion of jazz and soul with the smooth velvety vocals and saxophone stylings of Maverick Gaither who puts a jazz spin on songs like "I’ll Be Around" (The Spinners), "Let’s Stay Together" (Al Green), and "Glow Of Love" (Luther Vandross) and puts a soulful twist on tunes from jazz greats John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington, Jr. and Louis Armstrong.


Jan
14
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Remembering Dr. King

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-11, join us as we learn about the legacy of the great Martin Luther King Jr. followed by a fun activity. Space is limited.


Jan
24
3:30PM

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4:30PM

College 101 : Pre College Prep and Tips for Surviving Freshman Year and Beyond

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

It is never too early to plan for college. These fun and interactive programs are offered to tweens and teens with a curiosity about how to prepare and what to expect freshman year and beyond. This program will be offered at the following locations, Cambria Heights, Central ,Flushing, Glen Oaks and Peninsula.


Feb
1
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Knitting Club for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Join us for our children's knitting club for ages 7 to 12. Children will learn stitching techniques that will enable them to work on their own knitting projects. Preregistration is required.

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Feb
4
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Family Coloring Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We will have coloring pages for both adults and children so that families can enjoy the relaxing and creative benefits of coloring together.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Read to Me Hour

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

This is an interactive storytime for ages 4-6. We will read picture books and talk about children's favorite storybook characters. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chinese New Year Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-8, come and celebrate Chinese New Year. Make a New Year's craft. Supplies are limited.


Feb
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Puzzle Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our children's puzzle club for ages 5-12. We have a variety of different puzzles from easy to difficult.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
14
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Space is limited.


Mar
8
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Bilinigual Birdies Presents Speakin' Spanish

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies presents Speakin' Spanish for preschool children and their caregivers/parents. Please call the library to register at 718-634-1110.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Insomnia

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Sleeplessness can result in ongoing fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and increased risk of serious illnesses. We will look at common causes of sleeplessness, and learn and practice some sleep-enhancing thoughts and behaviors to help us get the peaceful rest we need.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Peninsula Community Library has:

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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Peninsula Community Library include:

  • Spanish books and CD’s for children and adults
  • Armenian, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Polish, Romanian and Russian books for adults.

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Peninsula Community Library include:

  • Large Print collection
  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Book/Multisets/Videos and software for Adult Basic Education
  • ESOL

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
Hammels-Arverne Day Care Center
216 Beach 87 Street
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-3162
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 14
1931 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
fax: (718) 868-2657
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300
100th Precinct Community Council
333 Beach 90th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-6536
Rockaway Artists Alliance
260 Beach 116 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Beach Civic Association
PO Box 930134
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-1973
Rockaway Museum
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Rotary Club
PO Box 940631
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-0800
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Early Head Start Program/Early Steps Family Center
86-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-8040
fax: (718) 318-7699
  

Fire Department
Engine 266/Brush Fire Unit/Thawing Unit 266
92-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
  

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
fax: (771) 834-2993
  

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-0097
phone: (718) 634-4000
  

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
U.S. Postal Service Rockaway Beach
9014 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718)634-5926
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Rose of Lima (PK-8)
154 Beach 84th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-7079
St Camillus School (K-8)
185 Beach 99th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11691
phone: (718) 634-5260
fax: (718) 634-8353
 

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-9419
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS 183 Dr. Richard R. Green (PK-8)
2-45 Beach 79th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-9459
fax: (718) 634-9458
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
190 BEACH 110 STREET
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
fax:
Q262 Channel View School for Research (6-12)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
fax: (718) 634-2896

Senior Centers
United Irish Foundation Hammel Senior Center
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4047
Ocean Promenade Nursing Center
140 Beach 113th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6350
Park Nursing Home
128 Beach 115th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-6400
Surfside Manor Home for Adults
9502 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 945-5500
fax: (718) 634-8925
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Rockaway Beach, located on the Rockaway Peninsula, has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century. Called Reckowacky or “the place of our own people”, by the Canarsie Indian tribe who had settled here, Rockaway was first sold to the Dutch in 1639.

The land was then sold to Captain Palmer in 1685. Richard Cornell purchased the land from Palmer two years later.

After the railroad opened in 1872, Rockaway Beach’s popularity grew as a premier beach resort, serving tourists and New York society’s elite families. Later, Rockaway Beach catered to the middle class.

Rockaway Beach was incorporated in 1897. In 1898 Rockaway Beach and the surrounding villages officially became part of Queens County. Steeplechase, the area’s first amusement park, was opened in 1901. Rockaway’s Playland opened in 1928 and remained a popular tourist spot until the 1980s.

Local areas of interest to tourists include “Whaleamena”, a Central Park Children’s Zoo whale sculpture donated to the Rockaways and located at the Beach 95th Street boardwalk entrance. The “Dough Girl” Monument, located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 94th Street, recognizes the efforts of women who served in the armed forces. A four block section of Rockaway Beach was officially designated as the city’s first surfer’s only beach. Today, renewed interest in the Rockaways is spurring housing development.

More information about the Rockaway Beach community is available from the following sources:

Websites

Rockaway … “place of waters bright” www.rockawave.com/common/history/history.html

Books

Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried and William Asadorian

Queens A Pictorial History by Vincent Seyfried

The Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened in July of 1943 and was then known as the “Rockaway Branch”. The branch was closed from 1958 through 1959 but subsequently reopened as the result of community pressure. In 1972 the branch was moved to a newly built City of New York building and renamed as the Peninsula Branch. A fire in 1999 temporarily closed the Peninsula Branch for several months until repairs and renovations were completed.