South Ozone Park

An Interview with Maria Lisella, the New Queens Poet Laureate!

This past June, Astoria resident and Queens native Maria Lisella became the borough's new Poet Laureate. Maria will be joining us at Central Library on Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. for our Open Mic for Poets.

Maria is the author of three books of poetry, including the recently published ...

Read Across the Globe: October 19

Help Queens Library shine a light on literacy and join the global effort to set a new Guinness World Record for the most children read to in 24 hours.

Bring your child to this one-day event to listen and read along as part of this worldwide effort to promote literacy!

Reserve your spot and get a FREE T-SHIRT for ...

Learn More About Elder Law

Would you like to learn more about planning for your retirement and financial future? If so, come join us at one of our many Elder Law Seminars (free of charge), where you can learn valuable information about financial planning for yourself and your loved ones.

A specialized attorney will be discussing various ...

An Alternate Path to the High School Diploma with the National External Diploma Program

  • Earn a traditional high school diploma from Long Beach High School
  • Flexible and confidential
  • Complete program in 6 to 12 months
  • Aligned with the college and career readiness standards
  • Work through online activities and with an advisor to complete your program
  • Work at home, ...

10th Annual StartUP Queens

Get the Tools You Need to Launch Your Own Business and Enter a Contest to Win $10,000 in Seed Funding!

The mandatory training sessions for the 10th Annual StartUP! Compettion begin in October. All participants must complete a session on each of the four training topics.

All live training sessions are ...


Mail-A-Book continues to enrich the lives of the homebound with both new and traditional ways to communicate with its customers!

Queens Library’s Mail-a-Book Service offers customers the convenience of having library materials delivered to their door free of charge. These materials include books in large print, regular ...

Lincoln Center Programs at Queens Library

Discover the magic of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in your neighborhood! Queens Library has partnered with Lincoln Center to bring FREE events to a library near you.

Lincoln Center Local offers live hour-long programs combining performance with a question-and-answer session in a dynamic, first-hand encounter with ...

Our New Music For October!

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 physical and digital collections.

This month features music from The Weeknd, Vince Staples, Courtney Barnett, Hilary Duff, NF, the New Hanover Public Library Rap Club, Elvis ...

The Greek Crisis & Philanthropy’s Response

Queens Library presents a special event that will explore the effects of the Greek economic crisis on the lives of the country’s citizens and the efforts of the nonprofit sector to address the immediate humanitarian needs of the country’s most vulnerable groups, while fostering long term economic growth. 

Part 1 ...

An Evening Conversation with Jelani Cobb

"Queens Library Presents" is a new series of literary salons and other community-based literary events designed to bring our programs out of library buildings and into Queens communities.

We’re honored that our first event will be an evening of conversation with author Jelani Cobb on ...




Game Time

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

ChildrenjJoin us for games and activities after school.

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 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


Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.









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
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
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
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
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
Hon. Bill de Blasio


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.


“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