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Rochdale Village

Chess Club

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

Feb 25 @ 3:30 PM, Mar 4 @ 3:30 PM, Mar 11 @ 3:30 PM, Mar 18 @ 3:30 PM, Mar 25 @ 3:30 PM

Escape the Room!

You have an hour to escape a locked room, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This is an escape room game for teens, tweens, and families. You and up to 25 others will need to solve the clues to unlock the box.

Mar 9 @ 1:30 PM

Chess Club

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

Apr 1 @ 3:30 PM, Apr 8 @ 3:30 PM, Apr 15 @ 3:30 PM, Apr 22 @ 3:30 PM, Apr 29 @ 3:30 PM

Feb
21
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

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

Using self-paced learning software, participants will learn how to open, create, modify, save, and edit documents, while becoming familiar with Microsoft Word’s basic functions. Laptops and headphones provided. Preregistration is required.


Feb
21
4:00PM

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7:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Black History Bingo for Families

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month. Learn about prominent African Americans while enjoying a game of bingo and competing for fun prizes! Drop in any time between 4 pm and 7 pm on 2/21. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
22
10:30AM

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11:30AM

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. Siblings are always welcome! Note: This program is during the February school recess.


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Feb
23
1:00PM

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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


Feb
23
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - "Taking Root" Documentary

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Wangari Maathai is the first environmentalist and African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and presents Maathai's unstoppable and courageous thirty-year journey to protect the environment, defend human rights, and promote democracy. Documentary will be presented through the videostreaming service Kanopy. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
25
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


Feb
25
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


Feb
25
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.

February: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
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


Feb
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Movable Origami

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

We'll be using origami (paper folding) to make action models. Action origami models are unique in that they move. Models may include a blinking eye, a boat, a camera, a jumping frog, and more!


Feb
28
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - How Can We Sing In A Strange Land

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Saxophonist/composer Tyrone Birkett and wife Paula Ralph-Birkett on vocals explore the Great Migration through the lens of the Negro spiritual and the freedom songs of the civil rights era.


Mar
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Inspiring Women in Science: My Next Great Big Invention!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to imagine what their next big invention will be. From concept idea to design and from design to model, let the imagination take flight for these further scientists! A time machine? A broccoli-to- ice-cream transformer? A dog bark translator? Kids will design the parts of their machine and explain how it will work. They will create a model of their next great big invention using materials provided.


Mar
5
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Yarn Weaving

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us after school to learn about weaving and create your own weaving project.


Mar
6
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


Mar
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Meet the women of STEM! "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers" is an Emmy-nominated web-series from the acclaimed PBS series, "NOVA." The series profiles today’s leading scientists—and shows what they’re like when the lab coats come off. All are welcome. Registration preferred.


Mar
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us on Fridays for some fun! Games, crafts, science experiments, movies, or...who knows? The program is open to children ages 5-12. 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


Mar
9
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Escape the Room!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

You have an hour to escape a locked room, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This is an escape room game for teens, tweens, and families. You and up to 25 others will need to solve the clues to unlock the box.


Mar
11
4:30PM

--to--

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

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

Additional Dates


Mar
12
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Intro to Computers for Older Adults

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

These are two 90-minute classes geared towards older adults, emphasizing straightforward learning of computer basics.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Beaded Pipe Cleaner People

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us after school to personalize your own "pipe cleaner person."


Mar
14
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Email Basics 101

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

This is a ninety-minute class on the finer points of email. Learn about attachments, contacts, and managing your email accounts. Laptops and printing are provided.


Mar
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

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.


Mar
18
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Code for Equality Challenge

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

Using block code at the Made With Code website, teens will create a message of equality that honors the mathematicians featured in the book "Hidden Figures." Challenge participants can work in teams or on a solo project. Registration preferred online or in the library.


Mar
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Animal Silhouette Collages

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us after school to design your own animal silhouette!


Mar
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kids' Karaoke

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Most people have trouble speaking in front of others, let alone singing in front of others. Karaoke offers a non-threatening way for kids to sing popular, fun, and energetic music in a way that will help your child build confidence. Join as a participant or as part of the audience!!


Mar
23
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Family Storytime and Party

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun-filled family Saturday storytime to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 115th birthday. We’ll read Dr. Seuss stories, have many hands-on activities, and end with a Dr. Seuss craft. There will be plenty of Dr. Seuss books on display, so be sure to check one out after storytime. All ages are invited.


Mar
25
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.
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
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


Mar
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Code for Equality Challenge

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Younger learners and their caregivers will use computational thinking to create physical coded messages, following each step to create unique messages with graphics, texts and variables.


Mar
28
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Spring Online Shopping

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 and interactive online shopping experience! 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 these very informative hands-on sessions.


Mar
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

"The Girls in the Band" - Female Jazz Musicians

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

The award-winning documentary film "The Girls in the Band" tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late '30s to the present day. Screening presented via Kanopy, Queens Library's newest on demand video streaming service. Registration preferred.


Mar
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEAM Friday: Build a Tower!

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! This week we will be learning about the design process by building a tower! Your challenge is to build a tower that would support a tennis ball. The ball needs to be 10 cm off the table. The big rule is to use all the supplies! No registration required!


Apr
1
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


Apr
2
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

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Intro to Martial Arts: Hung Gar

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Presenting a 6-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


Apr
5
10:30AM

--to--

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. Siblings are always welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
9
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Language Learning Lab

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

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.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
11
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Online Travel Booking!

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

Go around the world in 90 minutes!! Join us for an interactive, hands-on travel booking experience! Learn how to search the Internet for online travel deals and how to successfully book a flight or vacation. Laptops are provided.


Apr
11
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. This is basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and compressions-only mannequins. There will also be "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


Apr
13
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.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
13
10:30AM

--to--

11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

It's toddler time! Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs for toddlers.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
13
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.


Apr
25
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Move Like a Robot Coding Challenges

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Using only six symbols, we will create "instructions" for others to move and stack cups. Sounds easy? Join us for fun and challenges. Challenge your friends by writing your own set of instructions. Be prepared to be challenged to follow series of instructions. This is recommended for ages 7 and up.


Apr
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Queens Library Arcade Challenge: Arcade Building

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

As part of the Queens Library Arcade Challenge, we will be building our own cardboard arcade games inspired by the short film "Caine's Arcade." Creativity and creative thinking are critical skills for the future. In our Friday programs, kids and families will have an opportunity to practice those skills together while having fun. For inspiration, check out the video at http://cainesarcade.com/

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

Additional Dates


Apr
29
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

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.
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


May
1
12:00PM

--to--

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
20
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.
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


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
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