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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us this weekend for a concert with New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi, a Chinese author talk with Lan Jiang and Nancy Wang, the Turkish art of ebru, our celebration of Southeast Queens authors, empowerment storytelling with Ife The Storyteller, an open mic, a creative writing workshop, great activities for older adults, tutoring ...

Launch Your Food Business with Jamaica FEASTS!

Calling all aspiring food entrepreneurs: Jamaica FEASTS is back!

This completely FREE incubator program was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food-based business.

Learn the fundamentals with our hands-on workshops, receive a one-on-one session with an industry expert, and ...

Enter the Naturalize NY Lottery!

Green card holders: Enter the Naturalize NY lottery today for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will receive a $725 voucher to cover the cost of applying for citizenship. The deadline to register for the lottery is Friday, July 28.

You ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free tickets to Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," performed by the famed Public Theater, will be available at Queens Central Library (89-11 ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of July.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools, veterans' health care facilities, and the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at Queens College's Colden ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

The 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands is less than a week away, and here's where you can learn about our talented contestants.

For today's spotlight, it's last year's third-place finalists, the returning Global Warming! They've played in every Battle of the Bands—is this ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens 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 neighborhood library or ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Jul
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Maker Monday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join Rochdale Village Library for STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art and Math) challenges this summer! During the course of the summer, we’ll build catapults, “Easter egg” rockets, slime, mazes, a solar oven, 3-D geometric shapes and more. There will be individual as well as team challenges. In addition, we’ll be building our own cardboard arcade, based on Caine's Arcade, http://cainesarcade.com/, that we’ll share with the library community.

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

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Jul
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Google CS First: Game Design

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.

Rochdale Village is proud to host eight sessions of Google CS First. In this free series children will learn the basic of video games design through one-hour guided sessions and activities. Explore your abilities with a program that makes beginner game design easy! Recommended for older elementary age children.

Rochdale VillageTue, Jul 25, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageWed, Jul 26, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageThu, Jul 27, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM

Jul
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.

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Jul
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Techy Tuesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Free technology for all ages. Our youngest visitors will be introduced to Tumblebooks Library’s animated, talking picture books. School-age youngsters interested in learning more about Microsoft Office programs will learn about Word, PowerPoint and Publisher. You’ll have time to make a special invitation to a birthday party or great pool or create a slideshow about how you are enjoying your summer which you will be able to present at the end of the summer.

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

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Jul
25
5:00PM

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5:45PM

Techy Tuesday - Teen Edition

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Forty-five minutes of technology, awesomesauce. Join our Library staff to learn the skills you need be better with computers and impress your friends!

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

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Jul
26
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children from birth to age 5 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, playtime and lots of fun! 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
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Wordy Wednesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us each Wednesday to share a love of words. We’ll be starting a Book Buddies program where kids in grades 5 and up will read to younger kids. Join us as a reader or a listener! We’ll create bookmarks and cards for homebound Queens residents; act out stories; playing games like Scrabble, Bananagrams and Mad Libs.

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

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Jul
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Crafty Thursday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Get inspired at the library! Stay cool for a story followed by fun crafts. We’ll be working on individual projects like paper-folding, weaving, collage and puppet making. Plus we will be creating props for a life-sized “Candyland” game for the community to enjoy at the End of Summer Reading Celebration!

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

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Jul
27
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Finding Volunteer Positions Online

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Volunteering.
Good for you! Good for your city!
Use your time, passion, skills to serve New York City!
Come to Rochdale Village to learn how to apply for volunteering opportunities on the nycservice.org website.

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

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Jul
28
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Babies birth-24 months and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories and more!

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

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Jul
28
10:45AM

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11:15AM

Play Date at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your little ones and cool off! Kids through age 6 and their caregivers can build friendships while enjoying the library's, toys, games, puzzles, play kitchen and more.

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

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Jul
28
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Jul
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Fix-It Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Build friendships at the library while contributing your creative talents! Sample projects include a recycling game, painting, gardening, composting and a community cleanup. There will projects suited for all ages.

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

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Jul
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Senior Saturdays

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come join at Rochdale Village library for board games, art lectures, card games, movies, book discussions and more!


Jul
29
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Karaoke for Older Adults

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

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


Jul
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

A Tribute to the Songwriters with Eddie Isaacs and Friends

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Veteran blues guitarist Eddie Lee Isaacs and his friends pay tribute to the great songwriters, from Duke Ellington to Willie Nelson, with a little Chuck Berry and George Gershwin thrown in along the way.


Jul
29
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your own coffee, tea, and biscuits. We will provide the atmosphere, including music and coloring supplies. Coloring is a new adult craze that promises relaxation, fun and community.


Jul
31
10:00AM

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10:15AM

One-on-One Technology Appointments

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Rochdale Village is offering one-on-one technology appointments for all skill levels. Topics may include, but are not limited to, using a desktop or laptop computer, accessing the Internet, using apps on smartphones or tablets, introduction to social media sites and online shopping. Call our Customer Service Specialist to schedule your one hour appointment @ 718-723-4440.

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

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Aug
3
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Online Dating

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

Looking for love? Getting blocked by the algorithms? Don't know when to swipe right? Learn the basics of online dating, what sites are out there, how to create a profile, and ways to stay safe while looking for the perfect someone.


Aug
5
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Super Scrabble Saturday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come join in for some Scrabble fun!

**Please include a stock photo


Aug
5
11:00AM

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2:00PM

Movie and Discussion

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

Come join the Rochdale Village Library as we watch and discuss interesting movies.

**Please include a stock photo

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

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Aug
5
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.

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Aug
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Leap Into Science

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

A hands-on science program for families with kids ages 5 through 8. Siblings are always invited!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
6:30PM

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7:45PM

DIY Beauty Products

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

Learn how to make products for your hair, face and body using all natural ingredients.

Session I: HAIR
Saturday 6/24 @ 3pm

Session II: FACE
Thursday 7/20 @ 6pm

Session III: BODY
Monday 8/7 @ 6pm


Aug
12
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Art History Lecture Series

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Art, History and Romance, a lecture about artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera on July 15th / Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz on August 12th


Aug
17
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Make Great Flyers with Canva

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

Make better flyers! Learn how to use Canva, a new web based graphic design program, to easiyly make eye-catching flyers and promotional materials for your events and organizations.


Aug
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Dealing With Back-to-School Jitters

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for teens. It's normal to experience a range of emotions about returning to school. Attend this workshop to learn tips and tricks to address jitters and make the transition time smoother.

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

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Aug
21
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Noni Rene

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Noni Rene brings a unique blend of rock and soul to her performance. Hear elements of various genres in her original songs; from the rock break up anthem "Get Out of Here;" to the laid-back groove of "Unavailable;" and the up-tempo, feel good jam "Good Vibes."


Aug
26
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Book Discussion and End of Summer Party

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

Join us for a fun filled event as we discuss our Summer Reading book. Refreshments will be served.


Sep
6
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Learn to Sew

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Beginning Sewing - Learn how to use a sewing machine, take measurements, create and work with a pattern. Learn how to sew a seam, pockets, zipper and darts. Make a skirt or pants. Fabric and sewing supplies are not included. Contact Rochdale Village Mgr for a sewing kit list before the first session. 718-723-4440 Registration required

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

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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


Sep
12
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Social Security Administration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

The Social Security Administration provides people with the knowledge and tools they can use throughout their working lives: if they become disabled, at retirement, and for their survivors. Presentation and Q&A led by Nilsa Henriquez.


Sep
13
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Free Civil Legal Services Mobile Center

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the NY Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the NY State Courts' Access to Justice Program that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers in need.
https://mobilelegalhelpcenter.acuityscheduling.com/ for an appointment


Oct
12
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Sean Condron, born in Queens to Irish parents, is a modern-day bard who's repertoire spans the melting pot of American music. Armed with just a guitar and voice, his energetic and humor filled performances have delighted audiences the world over.


Oct
21
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Design your own beaded bracelet

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Phyllis Ger shows you how to design a beaded bracelet in this jewelry making workshop. Materials will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required at the Rochdale Village Library 718-723-4440


Nov
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Ask the Pharmacist

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your prescriptions, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and a list of your questions to ask the pharmacist. Learn what medications you are taking and why and get tips on how to remember to take your medicines. Call/text/email Tamara at 917 702 4295/tmichel@queenslibrary.org to reserve a spot.


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. 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@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
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