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NY Rising: Resources for Residents Affected By Sandy

This workshop will provide families with information on services and resources that are available to help with their recovery plans and unmet needs. Residents will receive information about programs that provide affordable home repair loans and grants, foreclosure prevention services, financial counseling and relocation ...

Jun 26 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop- In Hours - Housing Counseling

Come speak to a representative from Margert Community Corporation to receive more information on how to obtain, sustain, and improve your housing. Information can be provided on the following services: homeownership assessment, homeownership preparation, housing search assistance, fair housing, and much more.

Jun 27 @ 1:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

If you were affected by Hurricane Sandy, come speak to a case manager from Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica to receive information on disaster relief aid, financial aid and other forms of resources.

Jun 28 @ 1:00 PM

Build it Club

Get creative with Legos! For children in grades K-5.

Jun 28 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Disaster Case Management

If you were affected by Hurricane Sandy, come speak to a case manager from Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica to receive information on disaster relief aid, financial aid and other forms of resources.

Jul 5 @ 2:00 PM, Jul 12 @ 2:00 PM, Jul 19 @ 2:00 PM, Jul 26 @ 2:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop- In Hours - Housing Counseling

Come speak to a representative from Margert Community Corporation to receive more information on how to obtain, sustain, and improve your housing. Information can be provided on the following services: homeownership assessment, homeownership preparation, housing search assistance, fair housing, and much more.

Jul 11 @ 1:00 PM, Jul 18 @ 1:00 PM, Jul 25 @ 1:00 PM

NY Rising: Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1110 for ...

Jul 17 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: 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.

Jul 24 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: Marketing Basics for Small Business

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and explore 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. ...

Jul 31 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Housing Counseling

Come speak to a representative from Margert Community Corporation to receive more information on how to obtain, sustain, and improve your housing. Information can be provided on the following services: homeownership assessment, homeownership preparation, housing search assistance, fair housing, and much more.

Aug 1 @ 1:00 PM, Aug 8 @ 1:00 PM, Aug 15 @ 1:00 PM, Aug 22 @ 1:00 PM, Aug 29 @ 1:00 PM

Jun
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun with Sand Art

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Friday, June 23rd at 4pm for our sand art program!


Jun
26
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Music and Movement!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 2-5 are welcome to join us Mondays at 11:30am for music and rhythmic movement.


Jun
26
2:30PM

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3:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes.


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Jun
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

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. Join us Mondays at 3pm.


Jun
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Tuesdays at 4pm for our Origami for Kids program.


Jun
28
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, fingerplays, and rhymes. After Toddler Time, enjoy our early childhood educational play space!


Jun
28
12:00PM

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12:30PM

Toddler Social Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Toddler Social Time Wednesdays at 12pm.


Jun
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Build it Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get creative with Legos! For children in grades K-5.


Jun
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Children's Board Game Day!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come in and play fun board games with friends. We supply the games, you provide the players. Join us Thursdays at 3pm.


Jun
30
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies, 0-17 months and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories and more!


Jun
30
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Meals & Fun

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays through Fridays at 1pm for our Summer Meal & Fun program. Ages 0-18 are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Music and Movement!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Join us Mondays at 11:30 am for music and rhythmic movement. Ages 2-5 years accompanied by a caregiver. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Build A Better World

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

Join our Summer Reading Club to Build A Better World: Ages 6-12 will explore architecture and different buildings around the world, while making our own structures! Preregistration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

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


Jul
5
12:00PM

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12:30PM

Toddler Social Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Toddler Social Time Wednesdays at 12:30pm.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Arts and Crafts

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

Join us Wednesdays at 3pm for our Summer Reading Arts and Crafts series. We will have activities for ages 6-12. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Fun with Board Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for Board Games Thursdays at 3pm. Ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Beach Baby Storytime

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

Babies, 0-17 months and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories and more. Fridays at 11:30am.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Book Buddies

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children in Pre-K-3rd grade will be paired with student mentors as they read and engage in Summer Reading literacy-based activities. Fridays at 3pm.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Science Rocks!

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

Science Rocks at the library this summer! Join us for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiments for ages 6-12. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Meditation for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our children’s meditation hour. Take a break from the heat, and chill out with Sarah. For ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Speller Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-6 are welcome to join us for our Summer Speller Series Tuesdays 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


Aug
1
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Meditation for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Tuesdays at 4pm for our children’s meditation hour. Take a break from the heat, and chill out with Sarah.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Summer Storytime at the Beach

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Queens Library Book Bus for beach-themed stories, songs, and rhymes!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Scavenger Hunt!

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

Join us for our Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday August 2nd at 3pm! Ages 6-12 are welcome to attend.


Aug
3
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Google CS First Program

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

Join us for our Summer Reading Computer Coding program Thursdays at 2pm. Ages 8-12 years old are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Lego Club

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

Join us for our Summer Reading Lego Club Thursdays at 3pm. 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


Aug
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Seashell Series

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

Join us Mondays at 3pm for our Summer Reading Club Seashell Series. We will have activities for ages 6 to 12. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Build a Better Garden

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

Join us Friday, August 18 at 3pm for our Summer Reading Program to Build a Better Garden. Learn about different types of plants that help our communities and plant your own. Supplies will be provided for ages 6-12. Pre-registration is required. 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
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.