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Rochdale Village

Chair Yoga w/Irene

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Irene Failenbogen will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.

Jun 5 @ 10:30 AM

Mar
27
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Advanced Crochet

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.

Learn advanced crochet techniques from an experienced instructor. Participants will learn how to add crochet embellishments to garments, complete a hat with floral detailing, and pattern reading and writing. Participants will need to bring a notebook, a crochet needle size H (5mm) or I (5.5mm), and yarn (gauge 4 or 5). Register online or at the library. Adults and teens with crochet experience only.


Mar
27
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Rochdale Village Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Non-Fiction lovers, please come and join the Rochdale Village Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion Club! Each month we will read and discuss a non-fiction book. Any questions, please call the Adult Reference Desk at Rochdale Village Library, 718-723-4440.


Mar
28
1:00PM

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3:00PM

5 Weeks of Beginner Computer Classes!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date March 28, 2017
Availability: 7 openings

Please join us for a very informative and interactive five-week computer workshop.
Topics will include email, how to navigate the Internet, basic search engines, and much, much more.


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Mar
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Get creative at the library. Join us on most Tuesdays for simple and fun crafts for school-age kids. Preschoolers are invited with a caregiver. Registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
29
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children birth to age 5 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, crafts and lots of fun.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
29
11:00AM

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5:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

If your income is under $64,000, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
30
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Typing Lab 101

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

Learn to type accurately and effectively or just brush up on your typing skills, using self paced software.
Laptops and headphones provided.
Registration required.


Mar
31
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Infants age 30 months and under enjoy 1/2 hour of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple picture books.
Ages: Newborn - 30 months

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

Additional Dates


Mar
31
10:45AM

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11:15AM

Play Date at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Drop in on Fridays to socialize and play with other caregivers and children!
Join us at 10:15 - 10:45 am for Mother Goose time (newborn through 30 months).
Join us at 11:15 - 11:45 am for Toddler Time ( ages 30 months and up).

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

Additional Dates


Mar
31
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Storytime is a great way to encourage a love of reading. Toddlers and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and more! For ages 2 1/2 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
31
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Fun Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us on Fridays in January through April for something different each week. Games, crafts, science experiments, movies, or...who knows? The program is open for children ages 6-12. Although space is limited, preregistration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
1
2:00PM

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4:00PM

CISTA Girls: Leading the Way to Save Our Planet

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Be a volunteer and help save our planet for future generations! Have fun participating in beach clean-ups, presentations, planting trees, panel discussions on TV shows, art shows and more. Families are encouraged to attend. Preregistration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
9:00AM

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8:00PM

Toddler Learning Center Registration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Register for the upcoming Toddler Learning Center. In this five week class children will learn and play with their caregivers. Each week parents will speak with a different specialist in the following categories: Parenting, Speech Development, Reading, Nutrition and Creative movement. Ages 1-3 years.
Registration is for all 5 sessions. Registration may be done in the library or over the telephone, 718-723-4440.
Sessions will be held on Mondays, April 24; May 1; May 8; May 15; May 22

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Typing Lab 101

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

Learn to type accurately and effectively or just brush up on your typing skills, using self-paced software. Laptops and headphones will be provided. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Safe Online Shopping!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

Online shopping is a convenient way to buy almost anything from the comfort of your home. While there are some risks with shopping online, there are also many ways to protect yourself and your financial information. Learn more about staying safe when shopping online in this very informative hands on session.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
8
2:15PM

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3:15PM

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3 through 6 are invited to bring in their stuffed animals for a memorable story time. We will make a special craft. Tuck in your animal friend before you leave. The library staff will take pictures of what your animal does in the library over the weekend. Pick up your picture and your stuffed animal on Monday. Siblings are welcome.


Apr
8
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Urban Growers Spring Forth Seed Exchange

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your seeds and seedlings to the Urban Growers Seed Exchange. Learn about starting a garden in your community and saving organic seeds. Join a panel of community gardeners in a discussion on preserving green space in New York City.


Apr
10
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Spring Semester Registration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Registration for Spring Semester: Free classes offered in ESOL (All Levels), Adult Basic Education, Computer, Job Skills and preparation for the TASC test (formerly GED). Register in person April 10-15th 10am to 5pm (Tues April 11th 1-5pm only; Thursday until 7pm). An assessment test will be given for class placement.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
12
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Queens Community Partners Network Meeting

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

An opportunity for local agencies and organizations to meet and showcase their work, network with other community based organizations and learn about the services and resources they offer.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
13
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us one afternoon a month at the Rochdale Village library for stories, songs, and crafts on a different theme. For children ages 3 to 5 with parent/caregiver. Siblings are welcome.

January 12: Farm Animals and Let's Celebrate the "Year of the Rooster"
February 2: Let's Celebrate Groundhog Day
March 2: Let's Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday
April 13: Let's Celebrate Earth Day


Apr
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Language Learning Lab

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

Learn 95+ languages using self paced learning software. Laptops and headphones will be provided. You must have a basic knowledge of navigating the Internet and using the keyboard and mouse.
Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
13
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Job Readiness Boot Camp

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

This series of classes will teach you how to Identify your work skills, create a resume and improve your interview skills.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

The Quiet Room @ Rochdale Village

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

Looking for quiet space to study or just surf the web?
Join us at Rochdale Village for some quiet time.
Laptops and headphones will be provided.
Preregistration is required.


Apr
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

DIY Beauty Products

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

Come learn how to make your own deodorant, scalp treatment, body butter and a beauty smoothie.


Apr
17
12:00PM

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7:00PM

Spring Break Project - Homework and Study Session

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come in to complete projects, or catch up on Spring Break homework packets. Internet access, laptops, printers and headphones will be available. Availability will be on a first come-first served basis.
Ages 10-17

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

Additional Dates


Apr
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Spelling Bee Competition for Kids in Grades 1 to 3

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a spelling bee competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. This event is for kids in grades 1 through 3. Spectators are welcome!
We will be holding an event next week for kids in grades 4 through 6.


Apr
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. Basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), compressions-only mannequins and "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


Apr
22
10:00AM

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1:00PM

One on One Tech Workshop

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Receive individual help with your device (smartphone, laptop, or tablet), or get general computer assistance using our laptops. Call or visit the Library to make an appt. Older adults encouraged to apply.
Available Dates: 4/3 4/4 4/19 4/20 and 4/22 time slots based on availability.


Apr
22
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Celebrate Earth Day: Glassware Painting

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

Break into your creative side and have fun while painting your own mugs, cups, and other glassware. Bring your own choice of glassware and join us as we paint them.


Apr
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Rochdale Village Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Non-fiction lovers, please come and join the Rochdale Village Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion Club! Each month we will read and discuss a non-fiction book. Any questions, please call the Adult Reference Desk at Rochdale Village Library, 718-723-4440.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
26
1:30PM

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2:30PM

FDNY Fire Safety for Seniors

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


Apr
27
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Spelling Bee Competition for Kids in Grades 4 through 6

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a spelling bee competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. This event is for kids in grades 4 through 6. Spectators are welcome!


Apr
29
2:15PM

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3:15PM

Prince and Princess Story Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun afternoon with stories and crafts about princes and princesses. Royal attire is optional.


May
2
1:30PM

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2:45PM

Early Detection Education for Breast and Colon Cancer

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Ms. Ann Stephens, Outreach Coordinator from the North Well/ LIJ Women's Center, will make a presentation and demonstrate how to do self examinations of the breast. She will also provide information about colon cancer. She encourages participation in the demonstrations and there will be a Q&A session as she provides informational handouts.


May
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Foot Jewelry Workshop for Adults

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

Craft artist Melody Burns teaches participants how to transform colorful beads into jewelry for your feet. Materials will be available for up to 18 participants. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Mother's Day Mason Jars

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

Make your mother a special gift! Join us to make handmade gifts for Mother's Day. Mason jars, paint and decorations will be provided just bring your creativity.


May
13
2:15PM

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3:15PM

Superhero Story Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun afternoon with stories and crafts about superheroes. Costumes are optional. Ages 3-6. Siblings are welcome.


May
18
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Happy Hour Karaoke: Classic Soul

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Whether you're a good singer or not, you are welcome to Rochdale's Happy Hour Karaoke to sing along to some classic soul favorites.


May
20
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Karaoke for Older Adults

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Whether you're a good singer or not, you are welcome to Rochdale's Karaoke for Older Adults to sing along to some favorites.


Jun
1
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Laughter at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Special Services presents comedian Mark Brier, who shares his unique humor, including jokes, anecdotes and impressions, in a fun-filled program.


Jun
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Chair Yoga w/Irene

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Irene Failenbogen will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.


Jun
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build A Better World

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build A Better World engages children with songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology and original stories about why engineers, architects and designers rock! For children 6 to 12 and their families.


Sep
7
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Mask Making / Cultural History

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Mask Making / Cultural History: A look at mask-making across cultures and time. Create your own mask. Older Adult Services-Creative Aging 9 session art course. Space is limited. Register at the Rochdale Village Library 718-723-4440

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

Additional Dates


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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. Ruben Wills
Ruben.Wills@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 95-26 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 206-2068
fax: (718) 206-2748
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@assembly.state.ny.us
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
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

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