It’s another great weekend at the Library! Join us for a Children's Reading Group with special guests Bill de Blasio and Jimmy Van Bramer, an early Mother’s Day craft fair and flea market, a poetry workshop, our Earth Day Family Fest, wonderful musical performances—including two different Motown revues and our Sunday ...
In my first weeks as the newly-appointed President and CEO, I visited every community library to meet the staff and gain an overview of what each library adds to the community. Among the most impactful programs are the Job and Business Academy’s job skills training workshops.
Library users attend free classes at the library ...
New on Our Blog: An Interview with New Langston Hughes Executive Director Mikisha Morris!
We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Mikisha Morris to Queens Library as the new Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. She succeeds Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), who will be retiring in July 2016 after more than 35 years of service to ...
Jane Jacobs: Her take on the hipsterfication of Western Queens
Urban activist Jane Jacobs was a controversial figure, but her work and writings have stood the test of time. In honor of her 100th birthday, Queens Library Presents Jane Jacobs @ 100: A View of Western Queens. The event will take place on May 4 at Manducatis Rustica.
This event includes a live interview with Gianna ...
The community referred to as South Hollis is actually situated with the northern tip of the St. Albans community boundaries. However, it is called the South Hollis community because it is directly south of the Hollis. The South Hollis Branch opened its doors in 1974. The community of Hollis wherein the branch takes its name was founded in 1885 by Frederick Denton. Frederick Denton intended to name the community Woodhull in honor of General Woodhull captured by the British in1776. The name Hollis was picked to honor his place of birth in New Hampshire.
Hollis landscape gradually changed as trolley service was extended into the area in 1897. Middle class houses gradually appeared around Victorian homes. In 1921, Row house construction further changes the community’s infrastructure. By World War II the residents primarily commuted to work. Taking advantage of the nearby LI Rail Road service.
The ethnic transformation of the Hollis community occurred after 1955. South of the Long Island Rail Road (South Hollis) residents were eighty percent African-American and Latin American by 1980. In the last twenty years, people from the countries of Guyana, Haiti, China, India, Columbia and Jamaica added to the community’s ethnic mix.
Seyfried, Vincent. “Hollis.” Encyclopedia of New York City. Yale University Press, 1995: 551
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