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Rochdale Village

Summer Reading: Astronaut Glove Box

Pretend you are an astronaut in space as you complete different challenges.

Jul 18 @ 2:30 PM

Jun
26
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Baby Sign Language

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

Learn to communicate with your baby! We'll incorporate American Sign Language vocabulary, play, and music. This is for ages 3 months - 2 years with parent/caregiver. You must register for each session individually. Registration begins Monday, May 6.


Jun
28
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. A great way to meet other families with young children in the neighborhood. Siblings are always welcome!


Jun
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

S.T.E.A.M. Fridays

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let off a little S.T.E.A.M. on Friday! Children are welcome to participate in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activity!
4/26: Newspaper Shoe Challenge
5/3: Design and Build Your Own "mini roller coaster"
5/10: Rescue Device
5/17: Pretty Penny Experiments
5/31: Maze Design
6/7: Popsicle Stick Geometry
6/14: Design and Build Your Own "Grabber"
6/21: Newspaper Tower Challenge
6/28: CD Balloon Hovercraft


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Jun
29
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

In this 30-minute program, infants and toddlers enjoy bouncing rhymes, puppets, and free play with our toys and puzzles. An adult must accompany the child.


Jun
29
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

It's toddler time! Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs for toddlers.
Join us on 4/27 as we get ready for Children's Book Week!


Jul
1
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: "Moon Day" - Build a Model of the Moon's Orbit

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Welcome to the first day of Rochdale Village’s “Moon Day.” Join us to create a model of the moon orbiting the Earth and the Earth orbiting the sun! We will also be performing a Reader’s Theater of "Imani’s Moon," a short play adapted from a Native American folktale. Children will have the opportunity to participate as a reader or an audience member! This program is geared for school-age children.


Jul
2
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Prenda Code Club for Children

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

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.

Additional Dates


Jul
3
10:30AM

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11:15AM

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.

Additional Dates


Jul
3
11:15AM

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11:45AM

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.

Additional Dates


Jul
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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.

Additional Dates


Jul
5
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Balloon Rockets

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

This is an interactive workshop that explores rocketry basics. Using the air released from balloons (forward motion called thrust), children will explore the scientific method by sending balloons flying
along a track made from string. Participants will create and test balloon rockets.


Jul
8
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: "Moon Day"- The Phases of the Moon

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Welcome to Rochdale Village’s “Moon Day.” Today we’ll be studying the phases of the moon. Join us to create a moon flip book and then play moon bingo! This program is geared for school-age children.


Jul
11
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Galaxy Bracelets

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K-6 can make a space-themed bracelet to keep or to give as a gift. All materials will be provided.


Jul
11
6:00PM

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6:45PM

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Race Game

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Like the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union for space achievements, teams in this space race program will compete in a relay of mission challenges. The team who completes the challenge series the quickest wins. Children and teens are invited to participate in this program.


Jul
15
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: "Moon Day" -Lunar Eclipse Activities

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

A lunar eclipse is when the Earth moves directly between the Sun and the moon blocking the sunlight to the moon. Lunar eclipses can only happen during full moons. There is a partial lunar eclipse this week, but it will not be visible from our area. Join us as we simulate a small lunar eclipse. Following this activity, we will performing a Reader’s Theater of "Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky" based on a Native American folktale. This program is geared for school-age children.


Jul
18
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Astronaut Glove Box

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Pretend you are an astronaut in space as you complete different challenges.


Jul
20
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Summer Reading: Space Storytime and Craft

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for our fun space themed-storytime and craft program! This week's theme is "If I Lived on the Moon."


Jul
22
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: "Moon Day" - Design a Moon Rover

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Working in small groups, children will build a moon lander that will safely land two “astronauts.”
Using the simple materials provided, children will build a moon lander that can be dropped from a height of 12" without tipping over or bouncing the astronauts out of the vehicle. This program is geared for school-age children.


Jul
25
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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
26
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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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11:15AM

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
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

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.


Aug
1
2:30PM

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3:30PM

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
2
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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
5
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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
8
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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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4:30PM

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
12
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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
15
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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!


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. Adrienne E. Adams
AAdams@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 165-90 Baisley Boulevard, Suite 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 508, 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 Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
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