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South Ozone Park

It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick for June 28 is All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank.

This latest book from the New York Times-bestselling author follows one charming New York couple—prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband ...

From Dennis M. Walcott

It seems like the news is filled with more and more stories about automated customer service. Virtual assistants, apps that answer your questions, chatbots that designers swear act and sound like humans—there’s a large premium being put on building artificial intelligence that can answer questions, and mimic the experience of ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlight: Noise on 93rd

We're just two weeks away from the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands at Queens College's Colden Auditorium!

In our latest band spotlight, meet Nicholas, Kevin, Miguel, and Luke—also known as Noise on 93rd. With influences as diverse as alternative rock, indie pop, and hip hop, we can't wait to see ...

Free Summer Meals

Queens Library is partnering with the NYC Department of Education to provide FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer meals are open to all children, 18 and younger, from June 29 through September 2 at twenty-four Queens Library locations.*

Enrollment is not required. Meals ...

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride With These Great Books!

June is LGBT Pride Month, and we asked our staff to suggest titles old and new that focus on and are inspired by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories and themes.

We hope you will check out these great books and join us in Celebrating Pride!

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Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

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Our New JBA Brochures

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Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

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Get in the Game: Summer Reading 2016!

Get in the game this summer and slam-dunk some reading goals. The annual Summer Reading Program at Queens Library is back and better than ever!

You can visit any community library to get your summer reading booklist or log, and sign up online at summerreading.queenslibrary.org to download materials and create an ...

Summer Poetry Contest!

Calling all poets! Send us your haikus, limericks, sonnets, and more for Queens Library’s Summer Poetry Contest 2016!

We welcome poets from all over New York State to submit one original poem that reflects our 2016 Summer Reading theme of “Get in the Game.”

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There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Programs page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers
  • 1 public computer for catalog access
  • Customers may also bring their own laptops (For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the South Ozone Park Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the South Ozone Park Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Teen Interests

 


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
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
123-10 143 Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 322-9671
Little Dolphins
107-01 Crossbay Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 641-7754
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board 10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 843-4488
fax: (718)738-1184
  

Community Organizations & Services
South Ozone Park Civic Association
116-35 124th Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 429-8292
Faith Mission Center
114-40 Van Wyck Expressway
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
Independence Residences, Inc.
130-33 130 street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
LifeSpire
127-06 Old South Road
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
Salvation Army
115-37 133 Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
Skyway Hotel
132-10 South Conduit Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420

Fire Department
Engine 302 Ladder 155
143-15 Rockaway Boulevard
Queens New York , 11436
  

Local Hospitals
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue
Queens New York , 11432
phone: (718) 558-2000
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
900 Van Wyck Expressway
Queens New York , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
 

Local Newspapers
Forum Courier
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Jamaica Bay Park
City Line and Mott Basin
Lefferts Playground
N Conduit Avenue 120 to 122 Street
 

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-51 101 Street
Ozone Park New York , phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
South Ozone Park
126-15 Foch Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 738-6331
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Al-Ihsan Academy
130-08 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
St. Anthony of Padua
125-18 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
St. Clement Pope
120-27 141 Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420

Public Elementary Schools
PS 096Q
130-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 529-2547
fax: (718) 659-0113
PS 100 Glen Morris (Q100)
111-11 118th Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 843-8390
fax: (718) 641-2474
PS 108 Capt. Vincent G. Fowler (Q108)
108-10 109 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 641-4956
fax: (718) 641-2474
PS 121 Queens (Q121)
126-10 109 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718)-738-5126
fax: (718) 843-5584
PS 124 Osmond A Church (Q124)
129-15 150 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 529-2580
fax: (718) 322-4039
PS 155 (Q155)
130-02 115 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 529-0767
fax: (718) 529-0773

Public High Schools
John Adams High School
101-01 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 226 Virgil I Grissom (Q 226)
121-10 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 843-2260
fax: (718) 835-6317
  

Senior Centers
B’ffy Wakefield Senior Center
135-45 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
United Hindu Cultural Senior Center
118-09 Sutter Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
 

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. Michele R. Titus
TitusM@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 19-31 Mott Avenue, Room 301
Far Rockaway NY, 11691
phone: (718) 327-1845
fax: (718) 327-1878
Albany Office LOB, Room 522
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5668
fax: (518) 455-3892
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

As one crosses over the Van Wyck Expressway, visits the flea market at Aqueduct or hurries through bustling terminals at Kennedy Airport, it is hard to fathom that this thriving community of more than 45,000 people was only a century ago farm land, inhabited by fewer than 150 families.

 The original inhabitants of South Ozone Park were Native Americans of the Jameco and Rockaway tribes.  English and Dutch settlers took possession of the land in the 1660s, as part of a land grant by the Dutch West India Company.  Up until the early 1900s, the area of South Ozone Park was used to farm everything except potatoes “because the soil was too salty”.

The winds of change began blowing as early as the 1880s when music publisher Benjamin Hitchcock, the developer of Ozone Park began marketing the area to the south of Ozone Park for its “invigorating and healthful” breezes sweeping in from Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

 Real estate developer David Leahy, who could arguably be called “The Father of South Ozone Park” began in 1907 building small homes in former farm fields by promising potential home owners that for $9.00 down, $6.00 per month, they could purchase a four room cottage in the country.  Leahy knew that the former Pennsylvania Railroad, purchased by the Long Island Railroad in 1900, was expanding its routes into the Jamaica area and that more and more people would be eager to move to South Ozone Park.

Initially, the only church that existed was Union Chapel on Three Mile Mill Road.  As the community grew, Leahy gave gifts of land for church sites as a means of further stabilizing the community.  St. Clement Pope Roman Catholic Church, at 141st Street near Rockaway Boulevard; the Reformed Episcopal Church, at 134th Street and Sutter Avenue, and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, at 140th Street and 120th Avenue were each erected on plots given for that purpose by Leahy.

There was other evidence of growth in the early years.   A public library was established in 1912. It was located in part of a drug store.  In 1913, the city made funds available for the construction of an addition to the eight original classrooms of P.S. 45 located at 150th Street off of Rockaway Boulevard.  Shortly thereafter, P.S. 96 was built at Rockaway Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.  Soon thereafter John Adams high School at 107th Street and Rockaway Boulevard and Edgar D. Shimer Junior High School at 142nd Street and 114th Avenue were built.  The first movie theater was opened in 1921 at Rockaway Boulevard and 135th Street.  By 1921 the Rockaway Boulevard trolley system had been replaced by a bus system.  Banking institutions began making their presence felt when the Bank of Manhattan Company and Ozone Park National Bank established branches in the area in 1925.  In 1929, Rockaway Boulevard was widened.  Other roadways, like the Van Wyck Expressway, further heightened the accessibility of South Ozone Park to other comunities.

Over the years South Ozone Park has retained its character as a community of single-family or two-family homeowners.  Like the borough of Queens itself, South Ozone Park has seen a change in its racial demographics as neighbors from many shores now call this community their home.  20% of its residents are white, more than one-third are Black or African-American, nearly 13% are Asian and nearly 23% are Hispanic. Through the years Rockaway Boulevard lost its luster as the main commercial strip of South Ozone Park as many of its benchmark stores have been lost to larger shopping malls.  However, the boulevard still resonates with the life of smaller stores and restaurants, many of them owned by newly arrived or first generation immigrants.

South Ozone Park has several landmarks of distinction including:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Wilbur E. Colyer Square, Rockaway Boulevard and 120th Avenue and 133rd Street.  Colyer, a South Ozone Park Resident, was 17 when he volunteered to fight in World War I.  He was killed and awarded the Congressional Medal of honor for Valor at Verdun, the first and youngest Queens resident to receive such an honor.
  • Ancient Burial Ground of the Rockaway Tribe is located at the northern end of JFK’s runway.  Arrowheads and spearheads have been found there.
  • Aqueduct Race Track borders Ozone and South Ozone Park.  With its 80,000-seat capacity, Aqueduct is the largest thoroughbred racing track in the country.  Many famous horses have become champions at Aqueduct, including Man O’War and Seabiscuit.
  • Byrne Place, North Conduit Avenue between 130th Place and 134th Street, was named to honor Officer Edward R. Byrne, who was killed on February 26, 1988, while sitting in his patrol car protecting a drug witness.

The South Ozone Park Library has served and grown as a site of educational and recreational activity from the early years of South Ozone Park’s development until today.  Dating back to 1912, the first sites of the library were in a hardware store, a paint store, a millinery store and an auto repair shop.  In 1928 the library was moved to 132-09 120th Avenue.  Eventually the collection was moved to 130-16 Rockaway Boulevard where it was housed in a rented store-front.  In 1974, the South Ozone Park branch opened at its present address, 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard as a one-story, 7,500 ft. facility.

Throughout the year, the branch provides programming to meet the informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs of its customers from the youngest pre-schoolers through senior citizens.

Sources:

“Get to Know South Ozone Park – Your Community”  - Queens Borough Public Library

 "The History of South Ozone Park” – The Forum Newspaper, August 4, 1979

 “The History of South Ozone Park Demonstrates Development Since Its Inception in 1907” – The Silver Jubilee Souvenir Program 1907 – 1932

 Jamaica and Ozone Park Officials Hail JFK Rail Link http://gothamgazette.com/community/32/news/1023

"South Ozone Park – ‘The Sport of Kings in their Backyard” http://www.newsday.com/extras/lihistory/spectown/hist0011.htm

Á Walk Through Queens With David Hartman http://www.thirteen.org/queens/history3.html