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The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Grief Recovery: Moving Beyond Loss

Join us for an 8-week general support group for those who have experienced losses: the death of a loved one, a divorce, job displacement, a change in health, or any type of loss.

Participants will explore, within a trusting and nurturing environment, their reactions to loss; learn about the grieving process; ...

Festival of Yiddish Culture!

This March, Queens Library is extremely proud to present its first-ever festival dedicated solely to Yiddish culture.

Join us for evenings of storytelling, theater, and music that will not only be informative, but funny, entertaining, and full of nostalgia too!

All events in the Festival of Yiddish Culture will take place ...

Hola Bebe: Baby Basics Mom's Club

This 6-week Spanish-language group will provide education and support to pregnant women.

Join us to learn more about how to have a healthy pregnancy; preparing for labor and birth; how to care for a newborn; emotional changes and challenges; breastfeeding and nutrition; and family planning.

You can connect with other ...

Nominate Your Library for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!

How does your library make your community a better place? Here's your chance to share your story and tell us how your neighborhood library has made a difference in your life!

The Fourth Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards are accepting nominations now through March 13. Nominate your ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of becoming a citizen, ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're over 60 or earn less than $64,000 a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Mar
2
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Tax Preparation Assistance

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Free tax preparation assistance for the elderly and low income families is provided by AARP Tax-Aide. Taxpayers must bring a photo ID, social security cards or ITIN, last year's tax return, W2 forms, 1099 forms (1099INT, 1099DIV, 1099R, 1099MISC), and all documents relating to income and expenses. Please note that tax preparation help will be available on the second floor, which is accessible only by stairs.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Homework Help Essay Writing for Teens

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

This program focuses on teaching the writing fundamentals at the high school level, including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, subject verb agreement, paragraph structure, self editing, and proofreading.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
4:30PM

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5:00PM

Dr. Seuss Celebration

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday! We'll read stories, wear silly hats, and enjoy fun activities. For ages 3 to 8.


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Mar
3
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music Fun

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

An interactive program involving instruments, songs, and music for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Explore Play

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children can enjoy an explore play session after our Toddler Music Fun program on Friday mornings. For children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Painting and Drawing

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Everyone is an artist! Come paint or draw a picture! The art created during this month will be displayed at our Children's Art Show at the Pomonok Library on March 30th at 6:00pm.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
4
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Preschool Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6 participate in playing with age appropriate games and an occasional craft.

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

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Mar
4
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Saturday Discovery Club

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Come join our Saturday Discovery Club! Become a builder, learn about animals and their habitats, participate in a scientific experiment! For children ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Maker's Lab - Create!

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Whether completing a science experiment or a craft project, children ages 6-12 are sure to enjoy this program which focuses on fun learning and creativity!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

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

Children ages 1-2 accompanied by a caregiver, enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Mahjong for Beginners

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Mahjong, anyone? Join us and learn about this fun game at Mahjong for Beginners.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Tell Me a Story

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 3-6, and their caregivers enjoy interactive picture book storytelling and rhymes!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Talent Show Practice

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Can you do a magic trick? Perform a science experiment? Maybe you like to sing! Sign up at the children's reference desk on the second floor at the Pomonok Library to take part in our Talent Show. Practices take place on Wednesdays: March 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd at 4:00pm. The Talent Show will take place on Monday, March 27th at 6:00pm. For Ages 8-12.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Dragons & Dreams with Sciencetellers

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us as we learn about dry ice and the changing states of matter through the tale of "Dragons & Dreams." For Ages 6 to 12.


Mar
9
6:30PM

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7:00PM

Pomonok Library Parent's Meeting

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an update of programs and activities that are taking place in the Children's Room here at Pomonok.


Mar
17
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Craft Fun!

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for a St. Patrick's Day Craft! For Ages 3 to 8.


Mar
20
4:30PM

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5:30PM

The Fire Safety Show with the Rappin' Fireman

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

The Rappin' Fireman and his safety friends take children ages 6-12 through an adventure in safety, rapping safety songs with robots, puppets, a smoke house, and a whole lot of help from the audience.


Mar
21
10:15AM

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11:45AM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

Learn how to create and edit slides, insert clip art, apply designs, work with views, and run a slide show. We will also cover how to save, print, and open presentations. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
21
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Family Movie: "The Lego Movie"

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for our family movie this month, "The Lego Movie" (Rated PG).


Mar
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

We meet once a month to read and discuss a great book.
12/28: "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly
1/25: "The Bookshop on the Corner" by Jenny Colgan
2/15: " The Secrets of Midwives" by Sally Hepworth
3/22: "Karolina's Twins" by Ronald H. Balson
4/26: "Faithful" by Alice Hoffman
5/24: "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult

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

Additional Dates


Mar
27
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Pomonok Library Talent Show

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

We've been practicing all month. Now come join the celebration and watch our Children's Talent Show here at the Pomonok Library.


Mar
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Art with Legos with Yvonne Short

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

Children will learn about some of the great Lego artists and designers, how they use layering to create their work and what effects the laws of physics have on Lego constructions. Kids will build animals, such as minecraft cows, out of Legos and will work together to create objects on a larger scale.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
30
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Children's Art Show at the Pomonok Library

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

We have been busy painting and drawing during the entire month of March! Now view our creations at The Children's Art Show at the Pomonok Library.


Apr
4
10:15AM

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11:45AM

Introduction to Computers

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

Learn the fundamentals! Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Apr
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Zumba for Kids

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun dance-based exercise, designed just for kids! For ages 7-12.


Apr
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Manga Drawing

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Artist Eric Cheung teaches teens and tweens basic techniques for drawing manga characters.


Apr
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Mr. Chris Musical Experience

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join Mr. Chris in an educational musical experience with hip hop music, movement, storytelling and interactive games. For ages 6-12.


May
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Roaring Roller Coaster with ArchForKids

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Using simple materials and your own imagination, create a mini coaster for marbles to ride on. Make ramps, twists and turns and then test your design until you have the best roller coaster ever! For ages 8-12. Preregistration is required.


May
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Playhouse Design with ArchforKids

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Build your own model playhouse. Include a game room, a library, a pool – the choices are yours! Recommended for ages 6 and up. Caregivers welcome.


May
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about reptiles, amphibians and even some large insects from around the world.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Pomonok Community Library has:

  • Seven public computers for adults
  • Four public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office Software

 

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International Language Collections at the Pomonok Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • Cook Books

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
All My Children Day Care Inc.
169-07 Jewel Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)658-1563
Utopia Residence for Girls
162-19 76 Ave.
Flushing NY , 11366
International Nursery and Kindergarten
156-07 Horace Harding Expressway
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)353-0932
Mini Nursery
65-76 162 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-1097
Montessori Activity School
57-32 164 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
Second Housing Nursery
161-55 Jewel Ave.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-0021

Community Board
Community Board District # 8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-8921
  

Community Organizations & Services
Pomonok Residents Association
155-26 Jewel Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-8921
Pomonok Community Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-9341
Pomonok Neighborhood Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)591-6060
Queens Child Guidance Center
71-50 Parsons Blvd
Kew Garden Hills NY , 11365
phone: (718)591-6750
  

Fire Department
Engine 315/Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
  

Local Hospitals
NYQH OB/GN Ambulatory Care Center
163-03 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)883-2350
 

Local Newspapers
Flushing Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
Queens Courier
38-15 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718)224-5863
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expwy
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718)357-7400

Parks and Playgrounds
Electchester Houses Playground
164 Street South of 65th Avenue
Frederick B Judge Memorial Playground
111 Avenue, 134 & 135 St, Lincoln St.
PS 200 Playground
164 Street between Jewel & 71 Avenues
Pomonok
158-05 71 Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-5100
Housing Police Service Area #9
155-09 Jewel Avenue
Pomonok NY , 11367
Patrol Borough Command-Queens South
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-8602

Private / Parochial Schools
Herbert G. Birch School (K-12)
71-64 168 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)591-8100
Solomon Schechter (K-8)
76-16 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-9800
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 154 (K-6)
75-02 162 Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718)591-1500
PS 163 (K-6)
159-01 59 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)353-2514
PS 200 (K-6)
70-10 164 Street
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-7780
PS 201 (K-6)
65-11 155 Street
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 359-0620
  

Public High Schools
Townsend Harris HS
149-11 Melbourne Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)575-5580
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 168 (7-9)
158-40 76 Rd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-9000
The Queens School of Inquiry (6-12)
158-40 76 Rd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 935-3373
 

Senior Centers
Pomonok Senior Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 591-3377
BFFY Alzheimer's Adult Day Care Program
157-16 65 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 358-3567
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael A. Simanowitz
simanowitzm@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 742
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The Pomonok buildings were erected on the grounds that used to be the Pomonok Country Golf Club, lying between Flushing and Jamaica. These buildings were part of the City’s tax free apartment development . The first 22 tenants were veterans who lived in barrack-like temporary veterans houses in Juniper Valley, Rego Park and Northern Boulevard, Queens. They moved into the two three-story walk-up apartments at 69-21 and 69-29 Kissena Boulevard with their families between September 17 and 18 1951. Later on, 13 more three-story walk-ups and 22 seven-story elevator apartment houses were added to the community.

Built for middle income families, the eligibility requirement to live in the community included a screening-checking for male head of family and no criminal history. The original tenants of the Pomonok Housing were 88% white and 12% of various heritages. Soon after the community was built other developments such as Electchester Houses and Campus Hall, Public Schools 200 and 201 and the Electhester Shopping Center were erected.

After moving in the new tenants formed the Pomonok Tenants Council to represent them. The Council helped to set up the first summer day camp for the children. They also organized the community center which ran diverse programs for all ages. Among the programs were Children’s Play Center, Friday night dances for teenagers, make-up posture grooming classes were held for young girls and adults had classes in ceramics, leather craft and jewelry making.

The name Pomonok derives from the American Indian name meaning “ The Land of Tribute. The Queens Borough Public Library opened its Pomonok Branch on June 17, 1952. The library was located at 67-09 Kissena Boulevard, directly across from Queens College. The Branch opened with about 9000 items including 3800 juvenile books and some popular magazines. By June 1953 the collection had increased to 13,000. The hours of service were: Mondays and Thursdays 2pm to 9 pm; Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5.30pm; Wednesdays from 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

On December 14 1964, the Pomonok branch was moved to the main floor of a new six-story building on 158-21 Jewel Avenue. This space which was 31/2 times larger than the old site was rented by the city on a long-term lease. This time the Branch had about 42,000 items in its collection. The fully air-conditioned library had a “a floating mezzanine”, a glass enclosed children’s room and a separate multipurpose room for programs. An electric book lift was added to the facility to connect the ground floor to the mezzanine. The new service hours were 12pm to 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10am to 5.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Approximately 3000 people from the community attended the opening of the new branch.

The Pomonok Community Library is still at 158-21 Jewel avenue, and boasts of over 100,000 items including videos, dvds, music cds and several foreign language materials. The Pomonok Community Library is constantly diversifying to meet the needs of the community.

In 1980 it was announced that the city would turn over the project to the federal housing program. This sparked off a series of rallies and protest from the residents to keep the lower income families out. The fear at the time was that the neighborhood would change for the worst (crimes, drugs pregnancy out of wedlock were among the concerns cited). The opposition was supported by the Community Board 8 who believed that the Housing Authority and not the federal government should continue to manage the development.

Today the Community of Pomonok is heavily diversified with people from all walks of life.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.