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Elder Law Seminars

Learn more about planning for your retirement and financial future.  Attend one of our many Elder Law Seminars (free of charge), where you can learn valuable information on how you can make plans for the future that will benefit you and those you love. Seminars will run from mid-April through early-June across Queens.

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Share Your Feedback on Queens Library's Budget

Queens Library invites the community to give us input on next year's budget priorities. 

You are invited to review the proposed budget priorities here. Public comments are encouraged.

Queens Library will  be taking public comments through April 30 at www.queenslibrary.org/budgetfeedback. If you prefer, ...

Need Help With the NYPD Exam?

Are you interested in the NYPD Police Officer Entrance Examination? The NYPD Recruitment Section is offering a free tutorial program at the Central Library for all applicants who are interested in taking the exam.

Police Officer instructors will offer applicants helpful test-taking skills and strategies so you can achieve your ...

Our New Music Picks for April

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our collection.

This month features music from Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Kid Ink, Love And Theft, Luke Bryan, Bob Dylan, Chris Brown & Tyga, Modest Mouse and ...

Ask the Pharmacist

Join information sessions, workshops, and make individual appointments with Dr. Lee, a pharmacist and a Professor at Saint John’s University.  Dr. Lee is available to answer questions about medications and provide tips on making the right medical choices.  Dr. Lee will be accompanied by his students who will also be ...

8 Days of NonStop Hip Hop

Celebrate hip hop history and culture with 8 Days of NonStop Hip Hop.  Programs will include music, history, photography, MCs, DJs, and family days filled with fun for the entire family.

Visit the web page for more information.

Apr
27
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Play chess every Monday! All ages and levels are welcome.


Apr
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Art Activity

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages will explore a different, exciting art activity each week.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Art and Poetry: "The Giving Tree"

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Celebrate National Poetry Month with an artistic exploration of Shel Silverstein's children's classic, "The Giving Tree."


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Apr
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Smoking: Everyone Loves a Quitter

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Although giving up smoking can be a challenging experience, people do it every day. Get tips on how to quit it at this program, presented by the Rockaway Wellness Partnership Program.


Apr
30
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Enjoy two animated features this month, both rated PG: "Epic" (2013) on 4/16 and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (2014) on 4/30.


May
1
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Babies and Books

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Bring your baby to enjoy nursery rhymes, playtime and books.

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

Additional Dates


May
1
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Family Game Day

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Have fun playing a wide variety of board games on Friday afternoons.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Jewelry Making

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children and teens will learn how to make beautiful jewelry to take home as a gift for Mother's Day.


May
13
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Seaside
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.

Children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers enjoy exciting stories, music, movement and nursery rhymes.

SeasideWed, May 20, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
SeasideWed, May 27, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
SeasideWed, Jun 3, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
SeasideWed, Jun 10, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
SeasideWed, Jun 17, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM

May
21
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Family Movie Night

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

We will screen "The Incredibles" (2004), rated PG. Refreshments will be served.


Jun
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lego Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Have fun making some delightful Lego creations!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mindful Meditation at the Boardwalk

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Enjoy the benefits of meditation in the beautiful outdoors! Meet at the library, where staff will direct you to the meditation class location. Rain won’t stop us; in the event of bad weather, class will be held in the library. Don’t forget sunblock!

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

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Seaside Community Library has:

  • 13 total public access computers
  • Including:
  • Five adult computers
  • Four Young adult computers
  • Four children's computers
  • Two computers with scanners
  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Seaside Community Library include:

  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Seaside Community Library include:

  • Popular and literary fiction
  • DVDs, videos, audio books
  • Large print fiction

 


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
School
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Child’s Place/Joan Gallagher
141-07 Beach Channel Dr.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1160
Kidz Playhouse
127-10 Newport Ave
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-7270
THE ACTION CENTER,A.S.P #2 @ PS:225
190 Beach 110th St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-5218

Community Board
Queens Community Board 14
1931 Mott Ave. 1931 Mott Ave
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
  

Community Organizations & Services
Graybeards, Ltd.
436 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway NY , 11694
Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc.
260 Beach 116 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Music and Arts Council, Inc.
PO Box 97
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-6760
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300
  

Fire Department
Engine 268 Ladder 137
257 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Engine 329
402 Beach 169 St.
Fort Tilden NY , 11695
 

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Dr.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
St. Johns Episcopal Hospital South Shore
327 Beach 19th St.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 869-7000
 

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Point News, Inc.
PO Box 164
Ft. Tilden NY , 11695
phone: (718) 634-8730
fax: editor@rpnewsonline.com
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Gateway National Recreation Center
Beach 149 St., Beach Channel Drive, beach 169st
phone: (718) 318-4300
Fort Tilden Visitor Center
Beach 169 Street
Rockaway phone: (718) 318-4300
Breezy Point Tip
Beach 222 St., Rockaway Inlet
Atlantic Ocean
Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk
Beach 73 Street to Beach 109 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
Rockaway Park /Ocean Promenade
Beach 110 Street to Beach 126 Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Rockaway Beach
Beach 126 Street to Beach 149 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
Seaside Playground
Beach 109-110 Streets, Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Belle Harbor NY ,
  

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-42 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
Rockaway Park Post Office
113-25 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694-8777
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Francis de Sales (Nursery-8)
219 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-2775
Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School
111-11 Rockaway Beach BLVD
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone:
Yeshiva of Belle Harbor (N-5)
134-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0045
Yeshiva Merkaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor (HS and Post HS)
505 Beach 129 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-3064
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. / M.S. 114 Belle Harbor (Q114)
134-01 Cronston Avenue
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-3382
Waterside Children's Studio School (Q317)
190 Beach 110 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1344
 

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Dr.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
Channel View School for Research (Q262)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
ROCKAWAY PARK HIGH SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (Q324)
100-00 BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE
Queens NY, 11694
phone: (718) 318-6170

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
3-20 Beach 104 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
Scholars' Academy Middle/High School
320 Beach 104th Street
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
phone: (718) 474-6918
 

School
Q318 Waterside School for leadership
1 90 Beach 110 St.
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
  

Senior Centers
JASA Rockaway Park Senior Center
106-20 Shorefront PKWY
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Phillip Goldfeder
GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 214 Beach 96th Street
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 834
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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

The Rockaway peninsula, a barrier beach eleven miles long in southern Queens, includes the neighborhoods of Far Rockaway, Arverne, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, and Neponsit. The original inhabitants of the Rockaways were the Canarsie Indians. It is thought the name Rockaway is derived from “rechquarkie”, an Indian word with many spelling variants, which means “the place of our people”, or “the sand place”.

The Rockaways, along with Coney Island in Brooklyn, were long a favorite summer resort for New Yorkers, only declining in popularity after World War II. Considered a healthy place to get away from the dirt and heat of the city, people flocked to the beaches in the summer. There were once piers, pavilions by the water, grand hotels, large rooming houses, and colonies of beach cottages. Most cottages have disappeared, but some still are in use today, and in some areas there is attention to their preservation. The amusement park “Playland” opened in 1901 and enjoyed a heyday until it closed in 1986. The entire area has undergone many changes: enduring urban blight, seeing vigorous housing development, moving from being largely a resort area to a bedroom community.

In 1935, 30,000 to 36,000 people lived in Rockaway Beach. According to the U.S. Census, the largest immigrant groups were Irish, German, Russian, and Jewish. The population rose 25% between 1950 and 1959, including the addition of African-American residents. In 1998, the population of the Rockaways was almost 100,000. Today, the population of the community includes Polish, Hungarian, Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic immigrants.

Its proximity to the mainland still draws thousands of summer visitors from the rest of the city to enjoy its beaches and sea air.

An article in the Rockaway Argus newspaper in 1930 refers to “numerous additions” to the “collection of books” at the first Seaside Branch, located at the north side of Beach Channel Drive. In her annual report for 1929, the children’s librarian refers to the many summer beachgoers coming to the library.

In April 1961, the Seaside Branch relocated as a “storefront library” on the ground floor of the Pioneer Hotel at 184 Beach 116th Street. Open House was held during National Library Week. There were 52,000 books in its collection. Harold Tucker was Chief Librarian of QBPL. That branch closed in January 1977 while construction continued on the present branch at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. The staff moved to the Peninsula Branch until the new Seaside Branch was completed and opened in 1979.

In 2010 the Seaside Library was renovated. The renovation included new furniture, interior changes, self check out, RFID technology, a Young Adult area, and more public computers

Sources:

Seyfried, Vincent and William Asadorian. Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs, Dover, 2000

Bellot, Alfred H. History of the Rockaways from 1685 to 1917, Bellot’s Histories, Far Rockaway, NY, c1918.

The Wave, Wave Publishing Co., Rockaway Beach, NY.

Rockaway Argus, Rockaway Beach, NY.

Annual Reports, Seaside Branch. Long Island Division, Queens Library.

Website:www.rockawave.com