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Rochdale Village

Chess Club

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

Apr 29 @ 3:30 PM

Escape Room Challenge!

You have an hour to unlock the safe, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This challenge is for teens, tweens, and families. You and up to 10 others will need to solve the clues to unlock the box. Registration required.

May 4 @ 2:00 PM, May 4 @ 3:30 PM

Chess Club

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

May 6 @ 3:30 PM, May 13 @ 3:30 PM, May 20 @ 3:30 PM, Jun 3 @ 3:30 PM, Jun 10 @ 3:30 PM

Bring Your Story: Akoko Nante Ensemble

This Queens-based Pan African percussion and vocal ensemble presents music harvested from the continent of Africa and its diaspora—from the royal palaces of Ghana to the groves of old Haiti, the seaside shanties of Cuba, and more.

Jun 20 @ 6:00 PM

Apr
26
10:30AM

--to--

11:15AM

Children's Book Week 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. Help us celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Children's Book Week. Siblings are always welcome!


Apr
26
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

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
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. Join us as we get ready for Children's Book Week!

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

Additional Dates


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Apr
27
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!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
29
1:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Job Readiness Drop-In Hours

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you need help with your resume or cover letter? Not sure how to search for a job? Come to our Job Readiness Drop-In Hours for assistance on these topics and more! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center or call 718-723-7662.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
29
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.


Apr
29
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Apr
30
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us after school for fun crafts!
April 16: Earth Day Crafts- Make your own paper mache globe!
April 23: Make your own "I Spy" page


May
1
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Welcome to NYC: Adapting to Life in Queens and the USA

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Participants will have a chance to ask questions and receive useful tips from a native New Yorker and discuss what it’s like to navigate a new culture and city as an adult. We will learn strategies for coping with homesickness, culture shock, and everything in between.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing


May
2
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Intro to Martial Arts: Hung Gar

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

This is a six-part lecture series on the various aspects and "forms" of Hung Gar kung fu, a system of Shaolin martial arts. This program is for all ages 11 and up. Registration is preferred online or in the library.
4/4: Taming the Tiger fist
4/11: Tiger/Crane fist
4/18: Five Animals/Five Elements fist
4/25: Eight Diagram staff
5/2: Chinese Broadsword
5/9: Guan Dao

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

Additional Dates


May
3
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!

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

Additional Dates


May
4
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Escape Room Challenge!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

You have an hour to unlock the safe, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This challenge is for teens, tweens, and families. You and up to 10 others will need to solve the clues to unlock the box. Registration required.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Jazzy Mother's Day Glass Painting

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 3 openings

Join us for a fun-filled session of glass painting with a Mother's Day theme. All materials provided. Registration required!


May
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Mother's Day Crafts

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Mother’s Day is coming up, so make sure you have something special to give to a special adult in your life. We'll be creating greeting cards and bouquets to share!


May
8
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Origin Story: A Comics and Anime Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you like anime, comic books, or both? Whether you have been reading them all your life, or are just discovering them for the first time, join us as we discuss the origins and adventures of our favorite animated characters!

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

Additional Dates


May
9
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Understanding Obesity in Women

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Obesity is a complex health issue that results from a combination of causes and contributing factors. This program will help you understand clinical definitions, the history of obesity in the US, and also some strategies for weight loss management. Come learn from a medical doctor from Northwell Health. All are welcome.


May
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Documentary: "Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

A three-time NCAA champ and No. 1 WNBA draft pick known as the "female Michael Jordan," Chamique Holdsclaw was destined for a spectacular professional career until her long-suppressed battle with mental illness threatened to derail her life.
Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw's athletic accomplishments and dramatic personal setbacks, and her decision--despite public stigma--to become an outspoken champion for mental health and suicide prevention.


May
13
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Craft Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Calling all knitters, crocheters, and crafters! Learn how to make something new each month or bring your own projects to work on and enjoy our company. Open to adults, teens, and children (with a parent/guardian). Registration preferred online or at the library.
3/11: Loom knitting
4/8: Fabric bracelet
5/13: Plastic bag crochet


May
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

3-Dimensional Geometric Origami

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

In this program, origami and paper engineering techniques are used to make different types of 3-dimensional geometric shapes such a pentagon bowl and rectangular prisms, which can be used to store things. The pieces the children make are theirs to take home. All materials are provided. Space is limited. Registration is required. This program is for ages 6 to 12.


May
16
4:30PM

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5:00PM

Chapter Chat

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a kids' book discussion! Participants should read the book before the meeting. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Bring your ideas and questions. This will count towards the Read Down Your Fines program.


May
16
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Obesity in Women and its Effects on the Family

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Women are often the ones who take care of the rest of the family. When women are affected by health issues like obesity, what effects does this have on the rest of the household and what are strategies for keeping the family as healthy as possible? Come learn more from Dr. Paula Barnes, Family Medicine at Northwell Health.


May
20
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Compost Mania

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

This day is all about compost - how it's made and used. Find out why recycling food scraps and yard waste creates a more sustainable urban environment! Master composter James E. Bressant, Jr. guides you through the process and purpose of composting with an interactive presentation. Master composters are certified by the NYC Department of Sanitation in soil and decomposition science and sustaining green urban spaces. Register online or in the library.


May
20
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


May
21
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Computer Class: Typing 101

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 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.


May
21
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Spring Nature

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Rochdale Village Library to celebrate the month of May with colors and nature. We will be sketching and drawing based on flowers and trees in nature.


May
23
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Computer Class: Language Learning Lab

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Learn 120+ 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. Please bring your library card.


May
23
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Nutrition for Kids: Smoothies!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Do your kids need to learn more about healthy eating? Nutrition Program Specialist Sara Pelligrini, of the Community Healthcare Network, will challenge kids with nutrition puzzles and demonstrate how to make delicious smoothies! Registration preferred online or by phone.


May
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Obesity and Fertility

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Are you interested in starting or expanding your family? Did you know that your weight can play a role in your level of fertility? Come learn more about this relationship and some tips for success in growing your family. All are welcome.


May
24
3:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Soulful Jazz

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a fusion of jazz and soul with the smooth velvety vocals and saxophone stylings of Maverick Gaither who puts a jazz spin on songs like "I’ll Be Around" (The Spinners), "Let’s Stay Together" (Al Green), and "Glow Of Love" (Luther Vandross) and puts a soulful twist on tunes from jazz greats John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington, Jr., and Louis Armstrong.


May
25
2:00PM

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5:00PM

The Quiet Room at Rochdale Village

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Looking for a quiet space to brush up on your computer skills? Practice things you already know? Or simply need more time to finish an online application? Come to our Quiet Room. Internet usage and printing are available.


May
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Cube Mural based on ThankYouX

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us to create your own unique cube based on the artwork of street artist, ThankYouX. Your cube along with those made by others in our community will incorporated into a large mural that will be on display at the library.


May
29
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Claim Your Lost Money

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

New York State has custody of over $14 billion in unclaimed funds. Every day the Comptroller's Office returns approximately $1 million to owners; are you one of them? Representatives from the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Division, will provide information about the New York State Unclaimed Funds program and assist attendees in searching for and processing any unclaimed funds due to them.


May
30
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Medical Complications Associated with Obesity

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Obesity is a serious concern because it is associated with poorer mental health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and all the leading causes of death in the U.S. and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. Come learn more about these relationships, but more importantly, ways that you might be able to be your healthiest self, and how you might keep your loved ones as healthy as possible. All are welcome.


Jun
1
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Myth or Fact! Autism Workshop

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Find out if it's a fact and how to research the real answers. Connect with important resources to help you in dealing with navigating the world of autism. There will be Q & A after the workshop.


Jun
3
2:45PM

--to--

4:45PM

Drawing to See: A Creative Aging Program

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

This is a seven-week course where participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques, deepening the experience. It is for beginners as well as students who wish to broaden their understanding of basic approaches to drawing. Teaching artist Karen Fitzgerald leads the course. Preregistration is required for all seven sessions. Please call the Rochdale Village Library to register at 718-723-4440.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
6:30PM

--to--

8:30PM

Fused Glass Jewelry Making Workshop for Adults

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

Learn about and make fused glass jewelry. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required; class is limited to 20 participants.


Jun
5
10:30AM

--to--

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.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Caregiver's Guide to Long-Term Placement Options

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Sunnyside Community Services/CARE NYC leads this presentation on the right questions to ask when choosing care options such as home care, assisted living, long-term care facilities, and more. Discover the steps you can take to insure your loved one receives the proper care.


Jun
7
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Pearl Bracelet and Earring Workshop for Adults

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

Melody Burns leads this craft class where participants learn how to create a beautiful pearl bracelet and earring set. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Materials will be provided for up to 15 participants.


Jun
8
10:00AM

--to--

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.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Computer Skills: Tech Savvy Seniors ( A Three-Part series)

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

This series will include learning the basics, navigating the Internet, online banking, watching content online, reading and opening emails, opening and sending email attachments, composing, editing, saving, and retrieving MS Word documents.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
13
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Mr. Chris Musical Experience

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join Mr. Chris in an educational musical experience with hip-hop music, movement, storytelling, and interactive games for ages 6-12. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Jun
18
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

To celebrate the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup , we will be making several foosball games to use in the library. Working in small groups, kids will use everyday materials to build the games, decorate, and, of course, test them out!


Jun
20
6:00PM

--to--

7:15PM

Bring Your Story: Akoko Nante Ensemble

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

This Queens-based Pan African percussion and vocal ensemble presents music harvested from the continent of Africa and its diaspora—from the royal palaces of Ghana to the groves of old Haiti, the seaside shanties of Cuba, and more.


Jun
24
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Dec
2
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

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!


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
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Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
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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