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Spring Scavenger Hunt

Join us for our Spring Scavenger Hunt for ages 6-12.

Mar 20 @ 3:00 PM

Build it Club

Get creative with our STEAM based program for children in grades K-5.

Mar 21 @ 4:00 PM, Mar 28 @ 4:00 PM

Culture Pass Community Programs: CIVICKIDS Make Art. Make a Difference.

Join our series with Culture Pass Community Programs with Children's Museum of the Arts.

Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 5-6pm
"Unusual Upcycled Planters: Environmentalism"

Wednesday April 17th, 2019 5-6pm
"Collage Who You Are: Identity"

These programs are for children 5-12 years old. Space is limited for all ...

Apr 3 @ 5:00 PM, Apr 17 @ 5:00 PM

Mar
20
11:00AM

--to--

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. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
20
11:30AM

--to--

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


Mar
20
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Adult Coloring Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Bring creativity and stress relief into your life by joining us for adult coloring club.

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

Additional Dates


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Mar
20
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Spring Scavenger Hunt for ages 6-12.


Mar
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Homework Help

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

There will be homework help for grades 7-12.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
21
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Build it Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get creative with our STEAM based program for children in grades K-5.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
21
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Jazz and Classical Music Appreciation Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us as we explore the sounds of jazz legends and classical greats! Feed your soul and expand your cultural palate.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and 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


Mar
22
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Morning 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


Mar
22
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


Mar
22
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Video Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Tweens and teens, come and enjoy an afternoon of board games and video games.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Teen Thursday Trivia

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Test your knowledge and have fun at teen trivia.


Mar
22
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Inspiring Women In Science: Super Science Women!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

For the month of March, Queens Library is celebrating inspiring women and their achievements in all the fields of applied science! On Fridays from 4-5pm we’ll provide fun STEM activities and discuss amazing women in the sciences. This program is for ages 6-12. Registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
5:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Meditation

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us on our guided meditation journey. We will enter a relaxed state where we will explore our soul's purpose and inner state of being.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
23
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


Mar
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Movie

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Bring your family for a fun movie experience. This is a great way to bond and spend family time.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Monday Midday Matinee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a midday movie! We will explore the world of film together and have a fruitful discussion about the movie afterward.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
11:00AM

--to--

7:00PM

Free Health Literacy ESOL Classes

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn to talk to you your doctor in English--for Free!
Are you an intermediate ESOL student? This course will help you learn the correct words and phrases to use when talking to your doctor about your health. It's important to be able to communicate what's wrong and what you need from your doctor. Enroll now so you'll know how to say what's going on with your body.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Spring Craft Mondays

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our spring-inspired crafts. Children ages 6-12 are welcome to join us. Supplies are limited.


Mar
26
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Brain Teasers and Board Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you like Scrabble? Do you play chess? Join us for afternoon fun in an effort to keep our brains sharp and supple.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
26
3:30PM

--to--

4:15PM

Teen Coloring

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to relax and enjoy some after-school coloring.


Mar
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

March Math Madness for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Tuesdays at 4pm for our March Math games and contests for ages 6 through 12. Space is limited.


Mar
27
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.


Mar
28
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Inspiring Women In Science: Database Search Game!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come learn about women in science and test your database searching skills! Visit https://queenslib.org/womeninscience19 for more programming and to learn more.


Apr
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

PreK Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

This program is open to children ages 4-5 and their caregivers. Join us for stories, songs, and simple crafts. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
1
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Homework Hour for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Apr
1
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Video Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Tweens and teens, come and enjoy an afternoon of board games and video games.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
2
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Computer Classes For Beginners

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn basic computer skills to get you through everyday life. You will also learn how to safely surf the Internet.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Kids’ Garden Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Kids’ Garden Club. Children ages 5-12 will learn the importance of gardening, develop a connection with nature, and grow their own plants and vegetables. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Culture Pass Community Programs: CIVICKIDS Make Art. Make a Difference.

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join our series with Culture Pass Community Programs with Children's Museum of the Arts.

Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 5-6pm
"Unusual Upcycled Planters: Environmentalism"

Wednesday April 17th, 2019 5-6pm
"Collage Who You Are: Identity"

These programs are for children 5-12 years old. Space is limited for all sessions. First-come, first- served.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Teen Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to stop by and create an awesome craft.


Apr
4
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Puzzle Club for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

School-age children, stop by and do a puzzle or two!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Peninsula Book Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our winter and spring book club! We meet the first Thursday evenings of the month.
February 7th, "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng.
March 7th, "Gentleman in Moscow" by Omor Towles
April 4th, "The Rent Collector" by Camron Wright
May 2nd, "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

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

Additional Dates


Apr
5
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and 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


Apr
9
3:30PM

--to--

4:15PM

Teen Coloring

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to relax and enjoy some after-school coloring.


Apr
10
11:30AM

--to--

12:45PM

National Library Week Outreach with Shayshahn MacPhearson

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join Queens Library as we celebrate National Library Week with live live music with Violinist Shayshahn MacPhearson.


Apr
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lego Contest for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Are you a legendary lego builder? Participate in our lego challenge Tuesday, April 16th from 4-5pm.


Apr
18
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Teen Earth Day Activity: STEM Experiment

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to join us to take part in our seed jar science experiment in honor of Earth Day. We will be examining and watching different type of seeds grow throughout the spring season.


Apr
23
3:30PM

--to--

4:15PM

Teen Coloring

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to relax and enjoy some after-school coloring.


Apr
25
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Teen Movie Night

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for teen movie night!


Apr
30
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Teen Thursday Trivia

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Test your knowledge and have fun at teen trivia.


May
1
11:00AM

--to--

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. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Bookmark Coloring for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us at 3:30pm for our bookmark coloring program. We'll provide paper bookmarks, crayons, markers, and color pencils for ages 4-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Teen Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to stop by and create an awesome craft.


May
3
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Creative Aging: Working with Watercolors

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

Working with Watercolors is taught by professional teaching artist Richard Estrin. This is a nine-session sequential course. Attendance at all sessions is recommended. Registration is required. Register by calling the Peninsula Library at 718-634-1110. All supplies will be provided by the Library.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Storytime

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


May
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Spring Origami for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays at 4pm for our spring origami for kids program. Supplies are limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
3:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Spring Storytime

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-6 are welcome to join us for our spring storytime program at 3pm. We will work on our spelling and read stories aloud.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Mother's Day Craft for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us May 7th at 3:30pm for our Mother's Day craft program. Ages 6-12 will make cards and create a fun craft project. Supplies are limited.


May
8
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Homework Hour for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Need help with your homework? Stop by 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


May
22
11:30AM

--to--

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


May
30
3:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Animals Alive with Alley Pond Environmental Center

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join Alley Pond Environmental Center for a fun show and tell with some of their residents.


Jun
4
3:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Picture book time is for children ages 4-6. Activities will include stories, songs, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Space! The Cosmos For Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Space! The Cosmos For Kids is a techno-space-dance-party for kids. Each song includes dancing, music technology and information about our solar system to a thumping beat. This program is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. For children ages 6 to 12.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Teen Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to stop by and create an awesome craft.


Jun
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Lego Club for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for Lego Club for ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and 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


Jun
7
3:30PM

--to--

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.


Jun
11
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Father's Day Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Father’s Day Craft for ages 5-12. Supplies are limited.


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.