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Setting Up Your Business

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up a business and begin operating it. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1110 for additional information. Class code JR310

Dec 12 @ 5:00 PM

Watercolor Club

Join us for watercolors every Tuesday at 4pm!

Dec 13 @ 4:00 PM, Dec 20 @ 4:00 PM, Dec 27 @ 4:00 PM

Marketing Basics for Small Business

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and exploring marketing technologies best suited for your business. In addition, we will consider the marketing fundamental of understanding customers and developing a story and message they love. To preregister or for additional information call ...

Dec 19 @ 5:00 PM

Build Gingerbread Houses!

Join us at Peninsula to build your own Gingerbread House!

Dec 21 @ 4:00 PM

Resume Building

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8502. Class code: JR130.

Dec 22 @ 3:00 PM

Egg Carton Penguins

Join us to make egg carton penguins. You'll also learn penguin facts!

Dec 22 @ 5:00 PM

Peninsula Library Reader's Theater

Join us every Thursday at 3:00 pm for our Reader’s Theater Program.

Jan 5 @ 3:00 PM, Jan 12 @ 3:00 PM, Jan 19 @ 3:00 PM, Jan 26 @ 3:00 PM, Feb 2 @ 3:00 PM

Paper Snowflake Series

Join us for our paper snowflake craft series.

Jan 6 @ 4:00 PM, Jan 13 @ 4:00 PM, Jan 20 @ 4:00 PM, Jan 27 @ 4:00 PM

Community Coloring Club

A coloring group to promote relaxation and creative expression. You're welcome to bring your own coloring books or colored pencils. The library will also provide coloring pages, markers, and colored pencils.

Jan 9 @ 3:00 PM, Jan 23 @ 3:00 PM, Jan 30 @ 3:00 PM

Science Rocks!

Join us for our winter themed science experiments!

Jan 9 @ 4:00 PM, Jan 23 @ 4:00 PM, Jan 30 @ 4:00 PM

Dec
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Drop Off Your Food Scraps With the NYC Compost Project

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Drop off your food waste with the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Queens Botanical Garden. We accept fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags; bread and grains; egg shells, nutshells, and corncobs; food-soiled paper towels and paper napkins; stale beans, flour, and spices; and cut or dried flowers. Please do not bring meat or fish scraps; cheese or dairy products; and fats, grease, oil, or oily foods.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join an active knitting group. All levels of knitters are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
10
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Just Keep Moving

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads this low impact aerobics class choreographed to music that aims to increase cardiovascular health while reducing the stress on joints and feet. Participants will perform exercises that will improve muscle mass and mobility and also strengthen and tone the abs.

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

Additional Dates


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Dec
12
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Drop-In Hours

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you need help with JobMap and revising your resume or cover letter? Drop in for one-on-one assistance. For further information, call (718) 990-8502.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Winter Wonderland Movies

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for Winter Wonderland Movies! Here are the dates: December 5th (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas), December 12th (Elf), and December 19th (A Christmas Story).

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up a business and begin operating it. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1110 for additional information. Class code JR310


Dec
13
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Watercolor Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for watercolors every Tuesday at 4pm!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Build it Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get creative with Legos! 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


Dec
14
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Holiday Pine Cone Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Decorate a pinecone for the holidays! For children ages 6 & up.


Dec
15
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market them to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. For further information, please call (718) 990-8502. Class code: JR110.


Dec
15
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Peninsula Spelling Bee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Calling all spellers in grades 3-6! Spelling lists will be available at the Children's Desk.


Dec
16
11:00AM

--to--

11:45AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Marketing Basics for Small Business

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and exploring marketing technologies best suited for your business. In addition, we will consider the marketing fundamental of understanding customers and developing a story and message they love. To preregister or for additional information call 718-634-1110. Class code JR310


Dec
21
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Build Gingerbread Houses!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us at Peninsula to build your own Gingerbread House!


Dec
22
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Resume Building

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8502. Class code: JR130.


Dec
22
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. This workshop will cover different types of interviews and interviewing techniques, preparing for an interview, responding to common and difficult questions, and following up after an interview. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For more information, call (718) 990-8502. Class code: JR170.


Dec
22
5:00PM

--to--

6:15PM

Egg Carton Penguins

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us to make egg carton penguins. You'll also learn penguin facts!


Jan
3
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computer Classes for Beginners

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come learn basic computer skills. You will learn how to use a computer, search information on the internet, create a email, write a letter and social media

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Drawing

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Practice drawing of various types.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Great Websites for Kids!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

Join us for this educational Kid's Website series on Tuesdays at 4pm. Ages 8 and up. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. After Toddler Time, enjoy our early childhood educational play space!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Peninsula Library Reader's Theater

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us every Thursday at 3:00 pm for our Reader’s Theater Program.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Video Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Once a week we will play video games.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30. Books can be checked out of the library prior to each meeting. Selections are:
1/5: Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
2/2: Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
3/2: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
4/6: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
7:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Pre-K Pajama Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for bedtime stories, songs, and more. Wear your pajamas!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Digital Media 101

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

Learn more about all of free digital media available at Queens Library, including eBooks, Audiobooks, eMagazines, music and videos! You may bring your own e-reader device or use one of the library’s PCs with your library card.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies 6-17 months and their parents/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
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Paper Snowflake Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our paper snowflake craft series.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Music Appreciation

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Through our computer sound system we can listen to music through many online sites. Share your favorite musicians and tell participants why you like them.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Community Coloring Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

A coloring group to promote relaxation and creative expression. You're welcome to bring your own coloring books or colored pencils. The library will also provide coloring pages, markers, and colored pencils.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Science Rocks!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our winter themed science experiments!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Superheroes and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

A group to discuss super heroes, graphic novels, and movies.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Trivia

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Some fun trivia.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Winter Snowman Group Craft Project

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Build a winter snowman with our children’s librarian!


Jan
12
5:30PM

--to--

6:30PM

Teen Spelling Bee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teen Spelling Bee! Grades 9-12.


Jan
14
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Just Keep Moving

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads this low impact aerobics class choreographed to music that aims to increase cardiovascular health while reducing the stress on joints and feet. Participants will perform exercises that will improve muscle mass and mobility and also strengthen and tone the abs.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
18
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Name That Tune!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our music game show! Ages 8-18.


Jan
23
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Job Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110 . Class code JR110.


Jan
28
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Origins of Chinese New Year and Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn about the origins of Chinese New Year, find out your Chinese zodiac animal sign, and complete a craft.


Feb
1
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Celebrate Black History Month

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us as we learn about historical events and famous African Americans during this series.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Children’s Game Board Day!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come in and play fun board games with friends. We supply the games, you provide the players.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Job Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110 . Class code JR110.


Feb
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Winter Bookmark Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays for our Winter Bookmark Series.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
5:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Meditation Mondays

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children, in grades 3 and up, discover how to relax their minds through meditation, and also learn why this helps their body and might even improve their grades, too!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
8
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Heart Chain Group Craft Project

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for this heart chain group craft project.


Feb
9
7:00PM

--to--

7:45PM

Genealogy 101

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Use the library’s Ancestry.com database and other sources to find out more about your ancestors and family history.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
11
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Film Classics for Lit Lovers!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Saturdays at 2:30pm for our Film Classics for Lit Lovers! Here are the dates: February 12th (Shakespeare in Love -Shakespeare), February 18th (Roxanne -Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand), and February 25th (Breakfast at Tiffany's: Book by Truman Capote).

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
1:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Heartbreak Anonymous

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Share your story of heartbreak in one sentence (or less) on our special Heartbreak Anonymous Broken Heart Story Board. Exorcise your relationship demons on paper and then move on with a selection from our self-help section! Read the wisdom of others who have loved and lost. Ongoing during Broken Heart Week: From Monday February 13th to Saturday February 18th

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Heartbreak Film Classics

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Need to weep quietly in the dark because you don't have a Valentine? Join us for our Heartbreak Film Series:
2/13 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Directed by Michel Gondry, 2004, Rated R
2/14 High Fidelity, Directed by Stephen Frears, 2000, Rated R
2/15 Kill Bill Vol. 1, Directed by Quentin Tarantino, 2003, Rated R
2/16 Kill Bill Vol. 2, Directed by Quentin Tarantino, 2004, Rated R
2/17 The Way We Were, Directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973, Rated PG

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

Additional Dates


Feb
14
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Origami Heart Valentine’s Day Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn about the origins of Valentine’s Day and complete a craft.


Mar
6
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Job Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110 . Class code JR110.


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. Phillip Goldfeder
GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 542
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
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.