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Rochdale Village

Interview Preparation

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterward. For more information call 718-723-4440. Class code JR170.

Oct 25 @ 1:30 PM

Oct
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

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


Oct
23
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Rochdale Village Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
24
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Case Management Services

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Need assistance? Come see a case manager and learn what services you may qualify for! We offer information, help with employment, housing, healthcare, immigration, social services, education, and finances. We also refer to partner organizations for additional services.

Case management is available on a walk-in basis, but we may be able to assist you best if you schedule an appointment in advance! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center or call 917-436-7379

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

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Oct
25
10:45AM

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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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
25
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterward. For more information call 718-723-4440. Class code JR170.


Oct
25
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Writing Resumes

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Whether you are new to the workforce or have been a professional for years, keeping an up-to-date resume is important! In this class, you will learn layouts and formatting skills using MS Word to make your resume stand out above the rest.


Oct
25
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Welcome Wednesdays: Daffodil Planting

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come out and help make our library bloom! Join the Rochdale Village Library and help plant daffodil bulbs for the coming spring. The bulbs you plant now will blossom for years to come, join us and make a mark!

Many thanks to New Yorkers for Parks and the Daffodil Project for their generous donation of bulbs.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
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


Oct
27
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
10:45AM

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11:15AM

Play Date at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Drop in on Fridays to socialize and play with other caregivers and children! Enjoy the library's toys, games, puzzles and our "play kitchen."

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Fun Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us on Fridays for some fun each week! Games, crafts, science experiments, movies, or...who knows? The program is open for children ages 5-12. Although space is limited, registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
28
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Senior Saturday Board Games

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come to the Rochdale Village Library to enjoy board games and good company! older adults are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
28
11:00AM

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12:00PM

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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
30
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Medicare Basics

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Healthcare policies can be confusing. Come get the most current information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. All are welcome. Come get all the information you need!


Oct
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.

Additional Dates


Nov
1
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Music and Sound: Google CS First

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date November 1, 2017
Availability: 6 openings

Create your own digital music and sounds!
Use the computer to design your own music, create your own instruments and music videos, and learn how technology is used in the music industry! No previous computer experience necessary. Age 8+. Please register at queenslibrary.org or call 718-723-4440.

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Nov
2
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Monthly Building Bricks Program

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us once a month for "building brick" challenges!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
2
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Let's Talk About...

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

A monthly discussion where we talk about topics including food, music, culture, dance and current events.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
4
10:00AM

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2:00PM

CISTA Girls: Leading the Way to Save Our Planet

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Nov
6
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Know Your Rights for Immigrants: What to Do If You Encounter ICE

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Are you concerned about your rights in case you come in contact with immigration officers? This workshop in English presented by a lawyer and help you understand what to do if stopped by ICE; what your rights are when faced with ICE; arrest tactics used; and creating a safety plan for your family. Presented in collaboration with The NYS Office for New Americans and the NYS Liberty Defense Project.


Nov
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Digital Design using TinkerCAD

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date November 6, 2017
Availability: 13 openings

Learn how to create your own digital 3D objects such as toys, game pieces and jewelry!
No previous computer experience necessary. Ages 7-12. Please register for this 3-session workshop at queenslibrary.org or call 718-723-4440.

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Nov
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Typing Lab 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.


Nov
9
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Language Learning Lab 101

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.


Nov
13
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Cancer Information Table

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Community Outreach Representatives from NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital will be on site to answer questions about cancer, cancer prevention and where you can obtain a cancer screening, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Stop by their table to get all your questions answered.

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

Additional Dates


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.


Nov
16
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Black Friday Ready?

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

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 session.


Nov
18
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Glass Painting for the Holidays

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

Glass painting with a cheerful holiday theme. Create your own unique glassware. Materials provided. Limited spaces available.


Nov
21
3:00PM

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4:15PM

"King" Solomon Hicks - The Ties Between Blues & Jazz

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

A musical concert with King Solomon Hicks. Solomon intertwines blues and jazz in his own unique style. His performance is a tribute to Wes Montgomery, BB.King, Howling Wolf and a number of other blues artists! An eclectic musician, Solomon also excels at classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock.


Nov
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Drop In Holiday Crafts

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a drop-in craft with a holiday theme.


Dec
4
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Holiday Shopping on a Budget

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Getting ready to buy presents for the holiday season? Come and learn valuable shopping tips! Discover techniques to get the most out of your dollar. For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center, or call 718-723-7662.


Dec
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

DIY Holiday Gifts

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Everyone loves a homemade holiday gift! Join us for a crafty evening of easy projects you can take home. Please register in person or by calling 718-723-4440.

**please include stock photo

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

Additional Dates


Dec
9
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Itty Bitty Book Club: Pete the Cat

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun discussion of a favorite cool cat in children's literature! We'll hear stories, play the "Find Pete the Cat's button" game and make crafts. Ages 3 and up. Siblings are welcome.


Dec
16
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Excel for Beginners

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

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register in person at the Rochdale Village Library or call 718-723-4440. Basic computer skills are required.


Dec
16
1:00PM

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2:15PM

Holiday Karaoke Dance Party!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join our karaoke dance party for the holidays!


Dec
21
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Pajama Storytime!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come dressed in your comfy pajamas with your favorite stuffed animal to enjoy books, rhymes, and songs!


Dec
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Welcome Kids and Teens: Minecraft Madness

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

If you build it, they will come. Join us at Rochdale Village, to build, to explore, to gather... to Minecraft. Open to kids and teens.


Dec
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Bingo

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Round up your family and friends for a low-tech evening of bingo and prizes.
For all ages! No registration required.


Dec
30
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Family New Year's Countdown and Celebration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate the coming of the New Year 2017. We will ring in the New Year with a story or two, resolutions, and noisemakers and hats. Ten seconds to noon we will have a countdown and a balloon drop. Join us on Saturday, December 30, from 11:15 am to noon at the Rochdale Village Library.


Jan
2
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Adult Learner Program Winter Registration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Adult Basic Education beginner literacy classes are for students who are native English speakers and need to learn or improve their basic reading and writing skills. Applicants must register in person. For more information, please call the Rochdale Village ALC at 718-723-7662.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Resume Lab

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Make your resume the best it can be at this lab! Participants can create and work on their resume to help pursue employment while getting tips for making a resume stronger.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
13
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Super Cinema Saturday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Please come sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Rochdale Village's program room. Come be entertained by the magic of the movies!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Rochdale Village Adult Book Discussion Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Poetry Circle

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

A discussion group to read and offer close readings of a different iconic American poet's work each month. This January we will read Gwendolyn Brooks.


Mar
19
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Steps to Health: Healthy Eating and Fitness

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come discuss ways to be healthier! Space is limited! First come, first served.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager for SHAREing and CAREing, Cancer Support Services


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Rochdale Village Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers in Adult room
  • 4 public computers in Children room
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Rochdale Village Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitain Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Rochdale Village Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Cook Books
  • Audio Books
  • College Admission Books
  • Civil Service Test Books
  • Large Print Books

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
CCS Montessori Center
165-21 Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-9538
D’s Sunshine DC Pre-School
121-07 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 659-3855
First Star Day Care Learning Center
145-88 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3363
Herbert Birch Early Childhood
145-02 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 527-5220
Holy Unit7 Dare Care
167-10 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3794
Myrtle Pl Jarmon E.C.E. Center
116-55 Guy Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
New World Education Center
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 52808751
Rochdale Village Kinder Garden
170-10 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Rochdale Village Kinder Nursery School
170-20 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Yahweh Day Care
115-13A Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 206-1922
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Rochdale Village Civic Association
P.O. Box 340881 Rochdale Village Station
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7588 or (718) 723-5390
fax: RochVillCivAssoc@aol.com
Rochdale Village Board
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Rochdale Village Community Center
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 339
Girl Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Boy Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Little League (Baseball)
RVCC Defensive Drivers Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Sign Language Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Toastmasters Club
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Math Tutorial Classes
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
  

Fire Department
Engine 275/Ladder 133
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 311/Ladder 158
145-50 Springfield Blvd
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
South Queens Community Health Center
114-02 Guy R Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: 718) 883-5262
Friendship Center Clinic
145-06 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , phone: (718) 657-6648
HIP Center
169-59 137th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 525-5600
  

Local Newspapers
Rochdale Village Bulletin
Southeast Queens Press
Jamaica Times
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Baisley Pond Park
N Conduit Ave Baisley Boulevard
Rochdale Park
Guy Brewer Boulevard, 134 Avenue
Roy Wilkins - Southern Queens Park
Baisley and Merrick Boulevard, 115 Avenue
North Rochdale Playground (PS 30)
Baisley Blvd and Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
South Rochdale Playground (PS 80)
173 Street, 137 Avenue, 134 Road
Jamaica NY , 11434
 

Police Department
113 Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Rochdale Village Post Office
165-100 Baisley Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (800)275-8777
fax: (718) 978-2765
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
Gil-Blu Nursery-Kinder Garden (PreK-K)
120-02 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-8454
New World Education Center (K-2)
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-8751

Public Elementary Schools
PS 354
126-10 Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-1648
fax: (718) 276-2498
PS 052
178-37 146 Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2238
fax: (718) 276-2854
PS 080 Thurgood Marshall Magnet
171-05 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7070
fax: (718) 949-0963
PS 223 Lyndon B Johnson
125-20 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 558-2900
fax: (718) 925-9020
Cynthia Jenkins School
179-37 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-5399
fax: (718) 949-0887
 

Public High Schools
HS For Law Enforcement & Public Safe
116-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 977-4800
fax: (718) 977-4802
August Martin HS
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2920
fax: (718) 276-1846
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 072 Catherine & Count Basie
133-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-6200
fax: (718) 527-1675
  

Senior Centers
JSPOA Friendship Nutrition Center
145-06 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-6660
Rochdale Village Senior Center
169-65 137 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700
Robert Couche Senior Citizens' Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Ruben Wills
Ruben.Wills@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 95-26 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 206-2068
fax: (718) 206-2748
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. Vivian E. Cook
CookV@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