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Ravenswood

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Queens Library at Ravenswood, at 35-32 21 Street, Long Island City, serves as a Literacy and Learning Center and offers classes and programs for children and families. For more information on classes and registration schedule, please contact the Office of the Coordinator of Early Childhood Services at 718-990-0882. The facility is current closed for minor renovations and a date of ...

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There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Programs page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Ravenswood Community Library has:

  • 3 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

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What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Ravenswood Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at By apptmt only or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Astoria Child Care Center
21-20 35 Avenue
phone: (718) 784-2856
  

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 1
36-01 35th Avenue,
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3335
fax: (718)786-3368
  

Community Organizations & Services
Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center
34-35 12 Street #A
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-1550
Meals On Wheels
45-18 Court Square #501
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 482-8620
Ravenswood Community Center
35-40 21 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3131

Fire Department
Engine 206
11-15 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11106
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
  

Local Newspapers
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19 Street and 23 Drive
Astoria NY , 1105
phone: (718) 626-8620
  

Police Department
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
  

Post Office
Grand Station Post Office
45-08 30 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.111 Jacob Blackwell School
37-15 13 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-2073
P.S.112 Dutch Kills School
25-05 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-5250
 

Public High Schools
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
Aviation Career & Technical H.S.
43-30 36th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 204 O. W. Holmes School
36-41 28 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 937-1463
  

Elected Officials
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The locality known as Ravenswood was situated between Astoria and Hunter’s Point. At the present time the entire section is known as Astoria.

Ravenswood was named after Rev. John S. Ravenscroft, Bishop of North Carolina in the mid-1600. Originally called Ravenscroft, the name was changed after the bishop’s admirers realized the bishop would not be honored by such a sparsely settled area. Ravenswood’s Indian name was Matona Everardus Bogardus, a minister of the Dutch church acquired this section from the government of New Netherlands. Ravenswood was first settled by Captain Francis Fyn in 1651. With the coming of the English the title to the land passed to Jacob Blackwell under the new governor.

The Blackwell house was believed to have been built in 1664. During the Revolutionary War it was the home of Colonel Jacob Blackwell who died in 1785. It is said that George Washington stopped here on the retreat from the battle of Long Island.

As early as 1871 Ravenswood was brought into prominence by an act passed by the State Legislature incorporating the “New York and Long Island Bridge Company”; surveys were made at that time for a bridge from about 79th street, Manhattan, to Ravenswood.

The Ravenswood public library has been moved from Public School 83 to the office of James Sheridan at Webster Ave and Hamilton St. It was becoming inadequate at the school and Mr. Sheridan offered part of his office which was much larger than the school.