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Friday Night Movies

Watch popular movies with free popcorn! 7/11th - "American Hustle," rated R; 7/18 - "That Awkward Moment," rated R; 7/25 - "The Pretty One," rated R; 8/1 - "Date and Switch," rated R; 8/8 - "Saving Mr. ...

Jul 25 @ 4:30 PM, Aug 1 @ 4:30 PM, Aug 8 @ 4:30 PM, Aug 15 @ 4:30 PM, Aug 22 @ 4:30 PM

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Virginia Dominquez teaches a mix of dance fitness, low-impact strength training and stretching exercises to relieve stress. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jul 28 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 4 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 11 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 18 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 25 @ 6:00 PM

Beginning a Business-Summer Series

Join us for an interactive workshop series in partnership with the Small Business Administration. Day 1 - starting your business; Day 2 - SBA programs and services that can help your business; Day 3 - ...

Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM

Jul
25
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Table Tennis Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for a friendly game of table tennis! Balls and paddles will be provided and players of all levels are welcome, or you can just come to watch. Either way, you'll have a ton of fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Table Tennis Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Do you like to play table tennis? Me too! Let's play!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Friday Night Movies

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Watch popular movies with free popcorn! 7/11th - "American Hustle," rated R; 7/18 - "That Awkward Moment," rated R; 7/25 - "The Pretty One," rated R; 8/1 - "Date and Switch," rated R; 8/8 - "Saving Mr. Banks," rated PG-13; 8/1 - "Better Living through Chemistry," unrated; 8/22 - "The Monuments Men," rated PG-13; 8/29 - "Robocop," rated PG-13

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

Additional Dates


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Jul
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Virginia Dominquez teaches a mix of dance fitness, low-impact strength training and stretching exercises to relieve stress. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Beginning a Business-Summer Series

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive workshop series in partnership with the Small Business Administration. Day 1 - starting your business; Day 2 - SBA programs and services that can help your business; Day 3 - writing a business plan; Day 4 - selling to the federal government; Day 5 - e-commerce and social media marketing


Jul
29
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Job Map Orientation

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

JobMap is a new Queens Library online tool that provides customized recommendations for job search help and computer training. In this workshop you will learn to how preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resumes and cover letters online, and get your resume reviewed online. For more information, call 718-634-1876.


Jul
29
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Class Code: CC220


Jul
29
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required. Class Code: CC210


Jul
31
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Cover Letters

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of cover letters, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code JR130. For further information call (718)634-1876.


Jul
31
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; general and career-specific websites; and How to safely find and apply for jobs online. Class Code: JR190. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call (718)634-1876.


Jul
31
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning how to register and build an employment profile on a job site, apply to online job postings and upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code JR160. For further information call (718)634-1876.


Aug
5
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and how to navigate computer folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call (718) 634-1876. This is an introductory computer class; prior knowledge or skills are not required. Class code CC100


Aug
5
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Learn how to navigate a spreadsheet, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information please call 718-634-1876.


Aug
5
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Getting More From Google Accounts (Google Docs)

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps, to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1876 for additional information. Class Code: CC240


Aug
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to: Define and categorize job skills; identify your job skills; understand the difference between job skills and job duties; market your job skills; become aware of the most sought after job skills. Class code: JR110. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call (718)634-1876.


Aug
7
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Resume Workshop

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and not include in a resume and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 634-1876 for more information. Class code JR130


Aug
7
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Interview Skills

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

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 after the interview. Class Code: JR170. For more information please call (718)634-1876.


Aug
12
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Topics covered include Internet terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-634-1876. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC110


Aug
12
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Beginners Word

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this class for beginners you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170


Aug
12
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Twitter

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1876 for additional information. Class code CC130.


Aug
14
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Salary Negotiations

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Have you been offered a new job? If so, do you know the best way to conduct salary negotiations? Before you start negotiating with a prospective employer about salaries, you need to find out how much you (and the job) are worth. Learn how to negotiate salaries in this workshop! Class Code: JR300.
To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1876.


Aug
14
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Networking

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s job market, it is one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking in this workshop. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1876. Class code JR190


Aug
18
5:45PM

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6:45PM

Steering Clear of Stress

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Representatives of Visiting Nurse Services explain techniques for dealing with everyday stress.


Aug
19
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create, log on to and navigate an email account, send and receive email messages, and attach documents. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1876. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120


Aug
19
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010! Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Aug
19
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Digital Photography

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Bring your own camera and master the elemental aspects of digital photography in this hands-on instructional workshop. Basic computer skills and a digital camera are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class Code: CC240


Aug
20
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Fun with Watercolors

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Artist Karl Lorenzen will teach basic watercolor techniques and participants will take home a beautiful painting at the end of the session. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided.


Aug
21
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; general and career-specific websites; and How to safely find and apply for jobs online. Class Code: JR190. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call (718)634-1876.


Aug
21
12:30PM

--to--

2:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning how to register and build an employment profile on a job site, apply to online job postings and upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code JR160. For further information call (718)634-1876.


Aug
21
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of cover letters, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code JR130. For further information call (718)634-1876.


Aug
26
11:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and how to navigate computer folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call (718) 634-1876. This is an introductory computer class; prior knowledge or skills are not required. Class code CC100


Aug
26
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document; Insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC200


Aug
26
3:00PM

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4:30PM

DIY Business Cards

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

A business card can be a great way to stay in a new contact’s mind. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create business cards using Microsoft Publisher and will leave with 10 of their very own cards. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 634-1876 for additional information. Class code CC250


Aug
27
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Social Security: Questions and Answers

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Do you have questions about Social Security? Do you need help applying for benefits? We will answer all your questions.


Aug
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to: Define and categorize job skills; identify your job skills; understand the difference between job skills and job duties; market your job skills; become aware of the most sought after job skills. Class code: JR110. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call (718)634-1876.


Aug
28
12:30PM

--to--

2:00PM

Resume Workshop

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and not include in a resume and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 634-1876 for more information. Class code JR130


Aug
28
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Interview Skills

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

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 after the interview. Class Code: JR170. For more information please call (718)634-1876.


Sep
11
11:00AM

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1:00PM

StartUP! 9th Annual Business Plan Competition: Information Session

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s 9th Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2014. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at this session. Watch for more information sessions at various locations in September.


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

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Seaside Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 634-1876 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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