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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Public Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

In his follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning bestseller “The Underground Railroad,” Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another ...

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Blast Off Into Summer Reading! Join us this season for our summer reading activities, ranging from book discussions and films to outer space-themed crafts and projects for children and teens of all ages.

Pick up our book lists at your local library, or download them today from the convenience of your home. Keep track of your ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

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Queens Public 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 ...

Free Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Queens Public Library, along with the NYC Department of Education, will provide FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer Meals are open to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Queens ...

Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

It’s our second annual Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

This year, we’ve selected 16 of the best YA books for you to choose from, including Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, and Inspired by Real Life.

Vote for your favorite titles during the month of July, and challenge your friends to pick their favorites, ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for FREE—and make ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

This summer, the Public Theater will present William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in Central Park and you’re invited to get free tickets on the day of the show!

Free tickets will be available on Monday, July 22 at 12pm at Elmhurst Library (86-07 Broadway), and are first-come, ...

City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Jul
23
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Prenda Code Club for Children

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

Join us in the weekly coding club for children ages 8 to 12. Unable to attend the weekly meetings? You can also learn at home once you create an account at the Rochdale Village Library. Call 718-723-4440 to preregister.

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

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Jul
24
10:30AM

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Summer Reading Club: Dance, Dance Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Celebrate a universe of stories! Enjoy stories and dancing for children ages birth to 5. Dancing is a great way to bond with your child and burn a little energy at the same time. Here are just a few skills children develop while dancing: balance, coordination, rhythm, social skills, self-esteem, body awareness, listening skills, and gross and fine motor skills. We expect this program to be "out of this world." Siblings are always welcome.

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

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Jul
24
11:15AM

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Summer Reading: Playdate at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children and their caregivers can build friendships while enjoying the library's toys, games, puzzles, and more. Siblings are always welcome.

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

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Jul
24
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Book Buddies

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Teens will read with younger children.

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

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Jul
24
2:30PM

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Summer Reading Family Space Cinema: "Space Jam"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Visit the Queens Public Library in Rochdale Village to watch the space-themed family movie titled "Space Jam" (1996, PG). This family movie is about Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes being kidnapped by aliens. Bugs challenges the aliens to a game of basketball to settle things--with the help of Michael Jordan.


Jul
25
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Alien Invasion in a Box

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Teams compete to create and show off the coolest alien made from the materials in a box of random space junk. Kids and teens are welcome to participate.


Jul
25
6:00PM

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Raising Awareness for Peripheral Vascular Disease

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Did you know there are about three million peripheral vascular disease (PVD) cases a year and the disease affects one in five people over age 50? In Queens alone there is a high prevalence of late-stage PVD, but this can change. During this presentation by Dr. Soma Brahmanandam you will learn about the signs, symptoms, treatment, and more about peripheral vascular disease. Come be empowered and put your health first!

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

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Jul
26
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Let's Make Straw Rockets!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

In this fun STEM activity for ages 5-12, children will make and launch their own straw rockets followed by a rocket launch contest. Supplies are limited.


Jul
27
10:30AM

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Summer Reading: Space Storytime and Craft

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for our fun space-themed storytime and craft program!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
1:00PM

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2:45PM

Summer Reading: Space Cinema for Adults: Galaxy Quest

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Beat the heat and cool off while watching a space-themed movie! This week we will screen "Galaxy Quest" (1999, PG*).The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord. *Space Cinema Saturday movies are not suitable for young children. Adults and Teens are welcome.


Jul
27
3:00PM

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Cool Off Coloring for Adults

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Too hot out there? Come inside to cool off and color! Experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Come and color while also listening to relaxing music.


Jul
29
11:30AM

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Learning Upgrade Computer Classes

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Don’t fall victim to the Summer Slide! Numerous studies show that kids who don't read or practice math skills during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time fall rolls around. Come in and keep your skills sharp with the Learning Upgrade app!


Jul
29
2:00PM

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Summer Reading: "Moon Day" - Moons That Orbit Other Planets

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

We will be learning about the eight planets in our solar system along with their moons and then creating our own model of the planets. Since we do not want to overlook Pluto, we will also performing a Reader’s Theater of "Pluto is Peeved" based on the picture book by Jacqueline Jules. Children will have the opportunity to participate as a reader or an audience member! This program is geared for school-age children.


Jul
31
2:30PM

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Summer Reading Family Space Cinema: "Home"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Visit the Queens Public Library in Rochdale Village to watch the space-themed family movie titled "Home" (2015, PG). This family movie tells the story of Oh. After landing on Earth from another planet, Oh meets teenage girl Tip and together, they begin their journey home.


Aug
1
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Glow in the Dark Lacing Constellations

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Explore the night sky! This craft activity allows youth to learn about constellations. This activity is for children in grades K-6. Space and materials are limited.


Aug
1
3:30PM

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Summer Reading: Sew the Stars

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Learn to embroider by stitching a favorite constellation, or make up your own! This program is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Aug
2
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Constellation Circuitry

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

In this out-of-this-world workshop, children and teens will learn the basics of circuitry by wiring constellation art to light up using copper tape, LED lights, and a small battery.


Aug
3
1:00PM

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Space Cinema for Adults: "Star Trek" (2009)

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Beat the heat and cool off while watching a space-themed movie! This week we will screen "Star Trek" (2009, PG-13*). The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.*Space Cinema Saturday movies are not suitable for young children. Adults and teens are welcome.


Aug
5
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: "Moon Day" - Moon Cardboard Challenge

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

What would it be like to live on the moon? We’ll share "To The Moon!" by Jodie Shepherd. Then we’ll brainstorm about items that we would need. Participants will design a cardboard version of something they would need or want to have on the moon. You may bring cereal boxes and paper towel rolls, but all materials will be provided. This program is geared for school-age children.


Aug
7
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Family Space Cinema: "Monsters Vs. Aliens"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Visit the Queens Public Library in Rochdale Village to watch the space-themed family movie "Monsters Vs. Aliens" (2009, PG). In this family movie, Susan Murphy gets turned into a giant monster on her wedding day when she is hit by a meteorite. She is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters. The Monsters are called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction.


Aug
8
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Constellations

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K to 6 can learn about different constellations such as the Big Dipper, Orion, and Taurus, and then make your own constellation to take home.


Aug
9
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Futuristic Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Budding scientists, engineers, and artists can enjoy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) challenges. All ages welcome.


Aug
10
1:00PM

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Space Cinema for Adults: "Interstellar"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Beat the heat and cool off while watching a space-themed movie! This week we will screen "Interstellar" (2014, PG-13*). A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. *Space Cinema Saturday movies are not suitable for young children. Adults and teens are welcome.


Aug
12
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: "Moon Day" - Reflecting Light

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Did you know that the moon reflects the sun’s light? We will share the book "The House in the Night" by Susan Marie Swanson. We'll then do some experiments with reflections. This program is geared for school-age children.


Aug
14
2:30PM

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Summer Reading Family Space Cinema: "Ender's Game"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Visit the Queens Public Library in Rochdale Village to watch the space-themed family movie titled "Ender's Game" (2013, PG-13). Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.


Aug
15
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: End of Summer Reading Party!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come celebrate all your summer reading achievements with games, awards, and prizes! All ages welcome!


Aug
17
1:00PM

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2:45PM

Space Cinema for Adults: "*Batteries Not Included"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Beat the heat and cool off while watching a space-themed movie! This week we will screen "*Batteries Not Included" (1987, PG**). Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition. **Space Cinema Saturday movies are not suitable for young children. Adults and teens are welcome.


Aug
21
2:30PM

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Summer Reading Family Space Cinema: "Mars Needs Moms"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Visit the Queens Public Library in Rochdale Village to watch the space-themed family movie titled "Mars Needs Moms" (2011, PG). This family movie questions, "Who needs moms, anyway?" Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians, who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Milo's quest to save his mom involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet, and taking on the alien nation and their leader.


Aug
22
6:00PM

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Summer Reading: Twilight Tales

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18 months to 5 years and their parents or caregivers will listen to classic stories, old and new, and learn songs and finger plays. We'll also make a quick craft. Feel free to wear your slippers and pajamas, and please bring a flashlight. Space is limited.
July 11: Starlit Night in a Cup Craft
August 22: Make Your Own Telescope


Aug
24
1:00PM

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Summer Reading: Space Cinema for Adults: "Spaceballs"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Beat the heat and cool off while watching a space themed movie! This week we will screen "Spaceballs" (1987, PG*). A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs. *Space Cinema Saturday movies are not suitable for young children. Adults and teens are welcome.


Sep
23
4:00PM

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MAKE IT!: Loom Knitting

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

MAKE IT! Put your creativity (and hands) to work in our free series of craft workshops for adults. Every month we'll complete unique projects with various types of materials and techniques that require no previous experience. This month: Learn to Loom Knit! Loom knitting creates a knit fabric just like needle knit but it's easier. Great for anyone from beginner to experienced. Must bring own loom, hook and needle. Limited supplies available. Participants must register for both sessions.

Rochdale VillageMon, Sep 30, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM

Oct
21
4:00PM

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MAKE IT!: Crochet with Plarn

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

MAKE IT! Put your creativity (and hands) to work in our free series of craft workshops for adults. This month: Crochet with Plarn! Session 1: Learn to make "plarn," eco-friendly yarn made of plastic bags. Session 2: Learn basics to crochet reusable totes. You must bring your own crochet hook. Register online, by phone, or in the library. Register for both sessions. Space limited.

Rochdale VillageMon, Oct 28, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM

Nov
18
4:00PM

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MAKE IT!: Canvas Painting

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

MAKE IT! Put your creativity (and hands) to work in our free series of craft workshops for adults. Every month we'll complete unique projects with various types of materials & techniques that require no previous experience. This month: Canvas Painting! Using acrylic paints, our instructor will guide you through the creation of your own work of art. Register online, by phone, or in the library. Space is limited.


Dec
2
1:30PM

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Navigating the Healthcare System

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Gain insight on long-term care planning, including Medicaid enrollment, navigating the healthcare system, and much more that can help you and your loved ones prepare for the road ahead. All are welcome!


Dec
16
4:00PM

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MAKE IT!: String Art

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

MAKE IT! Put your creativity (and hands) to work in our free series of craft workshops for adults. Every month we'll complete unique projects with various types of materials & techniques that require no previous experience. This month: String Art! Learn how to make an awesome piece of art using cork, pins, and string! Register online, by phone, or in the library. Space limited.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Rochdale Village Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers in Adult room
  • 4 public computers in Children room
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Rochdale Village Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitain Creole

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • Cook Books
  • Audio Books
  • College Admission Books
  • Civil Service Test Books
  • 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
CCS Montessori Center
165-21 Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-9538
D’s Sunshine DC Pre-School
121-07 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 659-3855
First Star Day Care Learning Center
145-88 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3363
Herbert Birch Early Childhood
145-02 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 527-5220
Holy Unit7 Dare Care
167-10 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3794
Myrtle Pl Jarmon E.C.E. Center
116-55 Guy Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
New World Education Center
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 52808751
Rochdale Village Kinder Garden
170-10 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Rochdale Village Kinder Nursery School
170-20 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Yahweh Day Care
115-13A Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 206-1922
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Rochdale Village Civic Association
P.O. Box 340881 Rochdale Village Station
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7588 or (718) 723-5390
fax: RochVillCivAssoc@aol.com
Rochdale Village Board
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Rochdale Village Community Center
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 339
Girl Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Boy Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Little League (Baseball)
RVCC Defensive Drivers Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Sign Language Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Toastmasters Club
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Math Tutorial Classes
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
  

Fire Department
Engine 275/Ladder 133
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 311/Ladder 158
145-50 Springfield Blvd
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
South Queens Community Health Center
114-02 Guy R Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: 718) 883-5262
Friendship Center Clinic
145-06 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , phone: (718) 657-6648
HIP Center
169-59 137th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 525-5600
  

Local Newspapers
Rochdale Village Bulletin
Southeast Queens Press
Jamaica Times
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Baisley Pond Park
N Conduit Ave Baisley Boulevard
Rochdale Park
Guy Brewer Boulevard, 134 Avenue
Roy Wilkins - Southern Queens Park
Baisley and Merrick Boulevard, 115 Avenue
North Rochdale Playground (PS 30)
Baisley Blvd and Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
South Rochdale Playground (PS 80)
173 Street, 137 Avenue, 134 Road
Jamaica NY , 11434
 

Police Department
113 Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Rochdale Village Post Office
165-100 Baisley Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (800)275-8777
fax: (718) 978-2765
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
Gil-Blu Nursery-Kinder Garden (PreK-K)
120-02 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-8454
New World Education Center (K-2)
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-8751

Public Elementary Schools
PS 354
126-10 Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-1648
fax: (718) 276-2498
PS 052
178-37 146 Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2238
fax: (718) 276-2854
PS 080 Thurgood Marshall Magnet
171-05 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7070
fax: (718) 949-0963
PS 223 Lyndon B Johnson
125-20 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 558-2900
fax: (718) 925-9020
Cynthia Jenkins School
179-37 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-5399
fax: (718) 949-0887
 

Public High Schools
HS For Law Enforcement & Public Safe
116-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 977-4800
fax: (718) 977-4802
August Martin HS
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2920
fax: (718) 276-1846
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 072 Catherine & Count Basie
133-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-6200
fax: (718) 527-1675
  

Senior Centers
JSPOA Friendship Nutrition Center
145-06 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-6660
Rochdale Village Senior Center
169-65 137 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700
Robert Couche Senior Citizens' Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Adrienne E. Adams
AAdams@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 165-90 Baisley Boulevard, Store # 5
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: 718-206-2068
fax:
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. Vivian E. Cook
CookV@nyassembly.gov
District Office 142-15 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-3975
fax: (718) 322-4085
Albany Office LOB, Room 939
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-4203
fax: (518) 455-3606
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 711, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2310 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

For more than fifty-five years the air in a comparatively quiet but progressively decaying area of Queens just outside Jamaica, reverberated to the thunder of horse’s hooves as they beat around an elliptical course known as the Jamaica Race Track. Then progress in the form of a population-explosion out stripped the facilities of the Jamaica track, and on August 1, 1959 the last race was run at Jamaica. The possibilities of erecting a large housing development on the 170 acre site of the Jamaica track was the vision of Robert Moses, the then Chairman of the Slum Clearance Committee and City Construction Coordinator. The Jamaica Race Track was demolished in 1960 to make way for the complex, which was built for $ 86 million as a middle income cooperative.

Since Rochdale Village was to be the largest single cooperative housing community ever to be undertaken at that time, considerable thought was given to endowing it with an appropriate name. Because it was expected that the development would set a precedent for establishment of future “cooperative villages” around the country, the name most fitting seemed to be that of the little English village of Rochdale which gave birth to the Cooperative movement in 1844. This lead to the Rochdale Principles of Cooperation. Thus did Rochdale Village derive its name.

The architect’s concept for Rochdale Village was an attractive community covering 122 city blocks, that would provide the residents with the park-like setting and facilities of suburbia within the limits of the urban Jamaica area.

Rochdale Village in southeast Queens opened in 1963 ( pop. over 25,000), lying within South Jamaica and bounded to the north by Baisley Boulevard and Bedell Street, to the east by Bedell Street, to the south by 137th Avenue, and to the west by Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. When the village first opened in 1963 it was the largest private housing complex in the world (later surpassed by Co-op City). The population was at first heavily Jewish but became mostly black in the early 1970s.

Rochdale Village is composed of 20 buildings, each with 3 sections, 13 floors. In addition, there are two shopping malls with parking lots, 11 cooperator parking lots (3,200 spaces) and a community center. This complex has its own power plant, its own post office, police precinct, 3 schools and is surrounded by other stores on Guy R.Brewer Boulevard.

Rochdale Village library was built to serve the Rochdale Village-Springfield Gardens area . The library was planned for the north side of 137th Avenue and the west side of 173th Street. In 1965, Mayor Robert Wagner approved preliminary plans for the proposed library branch. The nearest libraries are the South Jamaica branch and the Baisley Park branch. The library was dedicated on April 21, 1969 and invited then mayor John Lindsay, Municipal Service Administrator John G. Duba, Borough President Sidney Leviss, and trustees of the Queens library board. The Rochdale Village library is the 55th branch of the Queens system.

In 1985, the Rochdale Village branch opened its new Adult Learning Center to serve adults who wanted to improve their basic reading skills. Now it has been expanded to a full-fledged center, with computer-assisted instruction and a full range of instructional materials both for learners and teachers of Adult Basic Education.

Excerpts from: Rochdale Village: A New Concept In Community Living United Housing Foundation. 1967

Book: The Encyclopedia of New York City edited by Kenneth T. Jackson

Queens Borough Public Library News July-August 1969.

Rochdale Village Bulletin December, 2004