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Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Enjoy the holidays at Queens Library, with our special programs and events for kids, adults, teens, and the whole family, including holiday concerts, arts and crafts, holiday movie screenings, and much more!

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Donate A Coat at Queens Library!

This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!

Queens residents can visit 46 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need.

Last year, more than 100,000 coats were collected across ...

Dec
14
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Practice your chess skills with other adults.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for an evening of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
8:00PM

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9:00PM

After Hours Discussion Group: Local History

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Local Historian, Oliver Hummel leads this discussion. This is a teleconference event. First-time callers should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084


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Dec
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

New York History

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Karen Quinones from Patriot Tours gives a "talking tour" about NY History. Teleconferenced discussion. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
15
10:00AM

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1:00PM

STARs: Senior Theater Acting Repertory

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Calling all older adults! Join our galaxy of STARs and perform theatrical works at the library with a great group of people!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Holidaypalooza

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

The Senior Theater Acting Repertory will perform a medley of theatrical works to celebrate the holidays.


Dec
18
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Skype a Crossword Puzzle

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We solve the puzzle together using your home computer and Skype. This Mail-a-Book program is open to all older adults and the homebound. First time callers please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
18
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Knit and Crochet Club

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your supplies and make new friends at this crafts group for adults!


Dec
19
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Internet Basics for Beginners

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics of navigating the Internet. Participants should know how to use a computer, keyboard, and mouse. Preregistration and a valid Queens Library card are required.


Dec
20
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Livestreamed Health Series in Mandarin

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

In Partnership with New York Presbyterian Queens: a series of 4 live-streamed health programs in Mandarin Chinese. Registration is very limited. Call Older Adult Services to register and to receive a link to the program 718-464-0084. Topics:Sept 20-Stroke / Oct 18-Memory / Nov & Dec topics to be announced.


Dec
20
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Live-streamed Health Program: Treatment Options for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis (in Chinese)

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Queens Library live-streamed health program in Mandarin Chinese in partnership with New York Presbyterian present: Treatment Options for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, led by Robert Li, M.D.


Dec
20
11:00AM

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12:30PM

The Poet in You

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Share and discuss your poetry. A teleconference event. First-time participants, please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book Discussion Group: "Vinegar Girl"

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler.


Dec
21
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Books and Beyond: Book Discussion

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

A teleconferenced book discussion group. Call to find out this month's selection. First-time callers should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Memories and Stories

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Share your memories, tell your story. This is a teleconference Chat. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
26
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Yiddish Literature from the 17th and 18th Centuries

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Rabbi Smith (from the Or HaLev congregation in NJ) leads a discussion about 4 women writers. This is a teleconference event. First time callers please register with Mail a Book, 718-464-0084 to receive access numbers.


Dec
27
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Bingo!

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We're playing bingo, and you can join in from home. This is a teleconferenced event open to older adults and the homebound. Call 718-464-0084 for bingo cards, chips and access numbers.


Dec
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Create Your Own Jewelry Box: A Holiday Crafts Workshop for Adults

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Phyllis Ger teaches you how to create a beautiful jewelry box, to keep or give as a gift, in different shapes from materials you might have discarded. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Materials will be provided.


Dec
28
8:00PM

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9:00PM

After Hours: A Short Story Discussion Group

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Bonnie Sue Pokorny moderates this teleconferenced evening short-story discussion group. First-time callers, please contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers and to receive a copy of the story we will be discussing.


Dec
29
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Chit Chat and STARs Performance

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Chat and make friends over the phone, then enjoy scenes from classic plays performed by Senior Theater Acting Repertory. This is a teleconferenced program open to older adults and the homebound. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
29
10:30AM

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12:00PM

LiveOn NY Benefits Outreach Program

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Kim Learner, Program Manager, LiveOn NY Benefits Outreach Program leads the discussion. Benefits updates about SNAP, SCRIE and Medicare. This is a teleconference for older adults and the homebound. First time callers please register by calling 718-464-0084.


Jan
1
11:00AM

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1:00PM

New Year's Teleconferences

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Ring in the New Year with Friends, two special teleconference events moderated by Queens Library Older Adult Services. Socialize, chit chit chat and mingle with your friends on this holiday New Years Eve from 7pm to 9pm; New Years Day from 11am to 1pm. Come join the fun. You don't have to be alone this holiday season! First-time callers must preregister at 718-464-0084.


Jan
2
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Bingo!

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We're playing bingo and you can join in from home. This is a teleconferenced event open to older adults and the homebound. Call 718-464-0084 for bingo cards, chips and access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
11:00AM

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1:00PM

What Are You Reading?

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Find out what other people are reading, and tell them what you're reading now. This is a teleconferenced discussion open to all older adults and the homebound. Call Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 to register.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Books and Beyond Topical Discussion Group

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Shyan Bhairo leads this teleconferenced topical discussion group.
First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
5:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Practice your chess skills with other adults.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for an evening of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

STARs: Senior Theater Acting Repertory

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Calling all older adults! Join our galaxy of STARs and perform theatrical works at the library with a great group of people!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Marion's Art History Class

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Marion Mango discusses great art in this teleconferenced program open to older adults and the homebound. First-time participants please contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Crosswords

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We solve the puzzle together using your home computer and Skype. This Mail-a-Book program is open to all older adults and the homebound. First time callers please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Knit and Crochet Club

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your supplies and make new friends at this crafts group for adults!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Chit Chat

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Make friends and chat over the phone. This is a teleconference. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Jan
10
11:00AM

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12:30PM

You Be The Judge

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We discuss real court cases and verdicts at this teleconferenced program for older adults and the homebound. First-time participants please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Draw a Still-Life

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Participants will observe and draw a still-life made up of everyday objects.


Jan
11
8:00PM

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9:00PM

After Hours Discussion Group: Local History

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Local historian Oliver Hummel from the Queens Museum leads this discussion. This is a teleconference event. First-time callers should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084

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

Additional Dates


Jan
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Chit Chat

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Make friends and chat over the phone. This is a teleconference. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Jan
16
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages, and attach documents. Participants must have basic computer skills. Preregistration and a valid Queens Library card are required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
16
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Concerts in Motion

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Concerts in Motion will present a live concert. This is a teleconference event. First time callers please contact Mail a Book for access numbers, 718-464-0084.


Jan
17
10:15AM

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11:15AM

Live-streamed Health Lectures - in Mandarin Chinese

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Queens Library live-streamed monthly health lectures in Mandarin Chinese in partnership with New York Presbyterian Queens. For older adults.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
11:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

The Poet in You

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Share and discuss your poetry. A teleconference event. First-time participants, please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book Discussion Group: "The Muralist"

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "The Muralist" by B.A. Shapiro.


Jan
18
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Books and Beyond: Book Discussion

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

A teleconferenced book discussion group. Call to find out this month's selection. First-time callers should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
19
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Chit Chat

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Make friends and chat over the phone at this teleconference. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Jan
23
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Dealing with Depression

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Dealing with Depression presented by Ann Marie Franco from PEARLS. learn how to better manage depression through problem solving, physical and social activation. This is a teleconference. First time callers please register with Mail a Book 718-464-0084.


Jan
24
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Afternoon

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

This month's selection is "Queen of Katwe" (2016 PG).


Jan
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

What is Anxiety?

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

This program will discuss possible causes of anxiety, the symptoms one may experience, and some potential ways to manage it. Your presenter will be Dr. Jerry Chang, Psychiatrist at the Zucker Hillside Hospital. All are welcome.


Jan
25
8:00PM

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9:00PM

After Hours: A Short Story Discussion Group

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Bonnie Sue Pokorny moderates this teleconferenced evening short-story discussion group. First-time callers, please contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers and to receive a copy of the story we will be discussing.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Queens Museum: Art Therapy

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

The Queens Museum leads this teleconference, a hands-on workshop for the home-bound. A kit with art supplies will be provided through Mail a Book services. First-time participants please contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers and supplies.


Jan
30
2:00PM

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3:30PM

MOMA Art Lectures

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

MoMA leads discussions about current art exhibits at the museum. Two sessions. This is a teleconference. First time callers please contact Mail a Book for access numbers 718-464-0084.


Jan
31
11:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Chit Chat

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Make friends and chat over the phone. This is a teleconference. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Feb
6
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Beginners Word

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills are required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Afternoon

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

This month's selection is "Roman Holiday" (1953).


Feb
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Queens Museum

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

The Queens Museum leads this teleconference, reviewing current and past exhibitions. First time callers please contact Mail a Book 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Feb
13
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Brooklyn Museum: Treasures from the Collection

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

A teleconferenced program. The Brooklyn Museum leads this lecture. First time callers please contact Mail a Book for access numbers 718-464-0084.


Feb
16
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Chinese New Year

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Oliver Hummel from the Queens Museum leads this teleconference about Chinese New Years. First time callers please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers


Feb
20
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Senior Health Chat: Food Intolerance with RN Kathy Moran

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Senior Health Chat with RN Kathy Moran. This is a teleconferenced program about food intolerance. First time participants should register at 718-464-0084.


Feb
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book Discussion Group: "The Nest"

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.


Feb
23
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Chit Chat

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Make friends and chat over the phone. This is a teleconference. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Queens Village Community Library has:

  • 8 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 Queens Village Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Queens Village Community Library include:

  • New Americans
  • Black Experience
  • Travel
  • Audio books and large print books

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
Teaching, Learning, & Caring
212-47 Jamaica Ave
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718)740-6750
Redeemer Nursery School
92-10 217th St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-3252
Reach and Grow
214-09 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-3860
Jen-Lyn’s Day Care
218-14 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-8475
Queens Village Day School
219-32 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 479-5926
Kids for the Future
220-24 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-4200

Community Board
Community Board District # 13
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 464-7333
  

Community Organizations & Services
Queens Village Civic Association
P.O. Box 0766
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-2160
Queens Village Community Services
80-45 Winchester Blvd. Building 21
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-3950
 

Fire Department
Engine 304, Ladder 162
218-44 97th Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
  

Local Hospitals
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park NY , 11040
phone: (718) 470-7000
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
80-45 Winchester Boulevard
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-4000
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Alley Pond Park
Winchester Blvd. & Union Turnpike
  

Police Department
105th Police Precinct
92-08 222 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Queens Village
209-20 Jamaica
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (800) ASK-USPS
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Joseph’s Parish (K-8)
217-55 100 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 464-8913
Our Lady of Lourdes (PreK-8)
92-80 220 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-1480
Sts. Joachin and Anne (PreK-8)
218-19 105 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-2230
Bethel Christian Academy (K-5)
215-32 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 978-4357 Ext. 322
Grace Lutheran (K-8)
100-05 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-1010
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 18 Winchester
86-35 235 Court
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-4167
PS 33 Edward M. Funk
91-37 222 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-6283
PS 34 John Harvard
104-12 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-6818
PS 135 The Bellaire School
207-11 89 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-2119
fax: (718) 464-8448
Merrick Academy Charter School
207-01 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-4773
 

Public High Schools
Martin Van Buren HS
230-17 Hillside Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 776-4728
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 109 Jean Nuzzi
213-10 92 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-0651
  

Senior Centers
SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11427
phone: (718) 454-2100
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Clyde Vanel
VanelC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 548
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
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

Queens Village, located in east central Queens, is bordered to the north by Union Turnpike, to the east by the Cross Island Parkway, to the south by Murdock Avenue, and to the west by Francis Lewis Boulevard.

The area was settled by colonists in the 1640’s and became known as Little Plains. It was used as common public land for grazing cattle until the 1700s when a village was first established. The surrounding lands were gradually bought up and established as working farms.

From 1824 to 1834, the village was known as Brushville, named for Thomas Brush who opened a prosperous blacksmith shop as well as a number of other enterprises.

In 1834, the railroad arrived and the first station in Queens was established. Residents voted to change the name of the town from Brushville to Queens. Later, the Long Island Rail Road added “village” to its station’s name and thus the town became known as Queens Village.

1870 brought extensive development when Scott R. Sherwood, a prominent developer bought and subdivided a parcel of land south of the train station and divided it into 700 building lots.

By 1898, the population had grown to about 900. Still, the area remained largely rural. Many of the German descendants of the original farm owners continued to live there. In 1902, Interstate Park was opened, followed by Belmont Park in 1903.

But it wasn’t until the 1920s that Queens Village really began to take off. It was part of an overall housing boom that was spreading east through Queens from New York as people from the city sought the bucolic life.

Post World War II saw the arrival of veterans and their families, blacks and Latin Americans.

Today, many of those homes built in the twenties and thirties still stand. Charming and well maintained Dutch Colonials and Tudors currently house and continue to attract an interestingly diverse population.

 

Sources:

Books:
The Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, Editor in Chief,

Syracuse University Press, 2005.

Home Town Long Island. Staff of Newsday, Newsday Inc. 1999

The Encyclopedia of New York City. Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor, Yale University Press, 1995.

The Story of Queens Village. Vincent F. Seyfried, Centennial Association, 1974.

The Queens Village Library owes its existence to two women, Mrs. William Wood and Miss Anne Doughty. In 1896, they realized the need for a library in the growing town. An appeal to Dr. Charles Henry Miller, a well known painter of the time, and the Shakespeare Club resulted in a traveling library being obtained from New York State.

This library was housed in the Dutch Reformed Church. It proved to be so popular, that the Shakespeare Club raised funds for an independent library which was started in 1899. In 1901, its stock of 427 books were turned over to the Queens Borough Public Library.

In 1904, the library moved to the Kissam Building on Railroad Ave. In 1914, it moved to the Post Office building then on 218th St. In 1925, it moved to the northeast corner of Jamaica Ave. and Vanderveer St.

In 1937 property was purchased between 94th Rd. and 94th Ave on the east side of 217th St. In 1939, Louis J. Bailey, then chief of the Queens Borough Public Library was granted $125,000 to build the library’s first permanent home.

On Sunday June 8, 1952 the new, modern building was dedicated and opened to an enthusiastic public the following day.