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NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

Do you need help with JobMap and revising your resume or cover letter? Drop in for one-on-one assistance and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-327-2549.

Sep 21 @ 12:00 PM, Sep 28 @ 12:00 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.

Sep 22 @ 1:00 PM, Sep 29 @ 1:00 PM

Watercolor Painting for Kids

Join us for watercolors! Ages 6-11 are welcome to join.

Sep 22 @ 3:30 PM, Sep 29 @ 3:30 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.

Sep 26 @ 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.

Sep 27 @ 2:00 PM

Build it Club

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

Oct 2 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 16 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 23 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 30 @ 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.

Oct 3 @ 1:00 PM, Oct 10 @ 1:00 PM, Oct 17 @ 1:00 PM, Oct 24 @ 1:00 PM, Oct 31 @ 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.

Oct 4 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 11 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 18 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 25 @ 2:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

Do you need help with JobMap and revising your resume or cover letter? Drop in for one-on-one assistance and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-327-2549.

Oct 5 @ 12:00 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.

Oct 6 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 13 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 20 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 27 @ 2:00 PM

Sep
20
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

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 and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-327-2549.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Great Websites for Kids!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 3 openings

Join us for this educational children's website series for ages 7 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


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Sep
21
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Intro to Blogging

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We'll go over the options to start a blog or website.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
22
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

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!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
22
1:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
22
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Meditation

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Simple, short mind exercises to cope with life for an uplifting happy attitude.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
22
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Watercolor Painting for Kids

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

Join us for watercolors! Ages 6-11 are welcome to join.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
22
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Beginning Ballet for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

Beginning ballet for children ages 6-12. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come to our knitting club we meet once a week.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Senior Social Hour

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a senior social hour of conversation and more!


Sep
25
3:30PM

--to--

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. Join us Mondays at 3:30pm.


Sep
26
1:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Housing Counseling

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.


Sep
26
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Johnny Appleseed's Birthday

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

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday! We'll talk about the origins of Johnny Appleseed followed by a fun craft.


Sep
26
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Meditation for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our children’s meditation hour. Learn how to manage back to school stress and improve focus. Families are welcome.


Sep
27
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Toddler Learning Center

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

During this five session parent/child workshop (ages 18-36 months), parents and caregivers will learn about nutrition, speech development, early literacy and parenting skills. 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


Sep
27
11:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Toddler Social Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for Toddler Social Time.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
30
2:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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


Oct
2
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

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


Oct
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Build it Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get creative with Legos! For children in grades K-5 Mondays at 4pm.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
10:30AM

--to--

12:45PM

Computer Classes For Beginners

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

You will learn the basics of computers including Word, Internet, and email.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
1:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Housing Counseling

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

October Fun for Kids

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

Join us Tuesdays at 3:30pm for our October Fun program. We will provide fun crafts and go over the origins of Halloween.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Science Hour for Kids

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

Science Hour! is a program where children and families will be working on amazing science experiments. 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


Oct
5
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

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 and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-327-2549.


Oct
5
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Drum Workshop

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a hands-on drum and percussion workshop with professional musician Tony Genovese!


Oct
5
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our monthly book discussion! Books are available at the library prior to each meeting. Selections are:
Thursday September 7 -- Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
Thursday October 5 -- The Ocean at the End of the Lane -- Neil Gaiman
Thursday November 2 -- The Light Between Oceans -- M.L. Steadman
Thursday December 7 -- Orphan Train -- Christina Kline

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Wellness Workshop

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come experience natural wellness practices of acupressure, movement and breathing methods. Adults and teens are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

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 literacy-based activities. Fridays at 3:30pm.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
10
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

October Spelling Bee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our October Spelling Bee!


Oct
12
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Children’s Fall Leaf Rubbing Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us to celebrate autumn's arrival with fall leaf rubbings.


Oct
14
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Picture Book Time

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

A weekly storytime for children ages Pre-k to 1st grade. Activities will include stories, songs and rhymes. Registration is required. Space is limited.


Oct
14
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Oh So Neo-Soulful

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Vocalist Stacia Hobdy brings center stage the music of today's neo-soul artists, including Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, India.Arie, D'Angelo and John Legend, in this concert highlighting their poetic sounds.


Oct
16
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

NY Rising: Interview Preparation

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information call 718-634-1110. Class code JR170.


Oct
16
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Skate & Surf Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our gnarly Skate & Surf Club. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Free skate tool, while supplies last!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
21
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Peninsula Open Mic

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

Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, and magicians! All performers are welcome to share their creative work at Peninsula's Open Mic Registration is encouraged, but not required. All ages welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Afternoon Book Club: "Euphoria" by Lily King

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion! Books are available at the library prior to each meeting.


Oct
26
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Japanese Bookbinding Workshop

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

Join us to learn the craft of hand-sewn Japanese bookbinding. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


Oct
28
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Children’s Halloween Party

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Children’s Halloween Party Saturday at 2pm! We will have a Halloween storytime and craft, a Halloween Parade, and a costume contest. Join us for a fantastically spooky Halloween party at Peninsula Community Library!


Nov
1
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
3
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
7
1:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Housing Counseling

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
1
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
1:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Housing Counseling

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our monthly book discussion! Books are available at the library prior to each meeting. Selections are:
Thursday September 7 -- Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
Thursday October 5 -- The Ocean at the End of the Lane -- Neil Gaiman
Thursday November 2 -- The Light Between Oceans -- M.L. Steadman
Thursday December 7 -- Orphan Train -- Christina Kline


Dec
21
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

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 and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-327-2549.


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.