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QUEENS LIBRARY EXPANDS LENDING FREE GOOGLE TABLETS

Queens Library will begin lending Google Tablets from the community library at 108-19 71st Avenue in Forest Hills on October 22, 2014 and from the Flushing Library at 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard on October 29, 2014. Additional libraries will begin lending them in the coming weeks. Loans are free with a Queens Library card. ...

If you liked Gone Girl...

Then check out these other titles recommended by Librarian and Coordinator of Adult Programs, Karen Vermut!

 

Before We Met, by Lucie Whitehouse

When her husband disappears during a business trip to the U.S., Hannah, who believes she has married the perfect man, begins to have doubts when his ...

Celebrate Friends of the Library Week

National Friends of Libraries Week is October 19 – 25. It is a national recognition celebrating the people who volunteer their time to advocate for and raise funds for their local libraries. Queens Library has 29 Chapters of the Friends of the Library, with more than 1,600 Friends. Friends create so much value in their communities, ...

Hot 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 collection. This month features Iggy Azalea, Boy George, JoDee Messina, and more!


Check them out here.

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Find books, videos, events, download e-books and music, request library materials, all for free from your mobile device.

Free Financial Coaching

Are money problems causing you stress? A financial coach can help you build the skills you need to manage money and gain stability!

One-on-one appointments will cover:

• Reviewing and understanding your credit report
• Addressing debt-related legal problems
• Dealing with debt ...

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 Woodhaven Community Library has:

  • 7 public computers in the Adult room
  • 4 public computers in the Children’s room
  • One additional computer is an online public access catalog (OPAC.

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International Language Collections at the Woodhaven Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Bengali

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

  • Citizenship
  • YA Assignments
  • Graphic Novels
  • Careers
  • Large Print
  • Home Improvement


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Woodhaven Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 849-1010 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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Kids’ Haven
89-21 86th Street
Woodhaven New York , phone: (718)441-8114
Kids’Haven2 Group Family Day Care
First Friends Day Care
107-45 89th Street
Jamaica New York , 11417
phone: (718) 845-8339
Rich Haven Day Care
104-20 89th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11418
phone: (718) 441-6083
Vip Day Care Center
101-07 Woodhaven Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11416
phone: (718) 641-2345
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 9
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 310A
Kew Gardens New York , 11424
phone: (718) 286-2686
fax: (718) 286-2685
  

Community Organizations & Services
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
84-20 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 296-3735
Woodhaven Business Improvement District
84-01 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 805-2929
Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps
8-15 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 296-7918

Fire Department
Engine 293
89-40 87 Street
Woodhaven New York , 11421
  

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica New York , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 883-6500
 

Local Newspapers
Queens Chronicle
62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard
Rego Park New York , 11374
phone: (718) 205-8000
Queens Ledger
69-60 Grand Avenue
Maspeth, New York , phone: (718) 426-7200

Parks and Playgrounds
Equity Park
88th to 89th Avenue, 90th Street
Woodhaven New York , 11421
Forest Park
Woodhaven Boulevard & Forest Park Drive
Woodhaven New York , 11421
 

Police Department
102nd Precinct
87-34 118th Street
Richmond Hill New York , phone: (718)805-3200
  

Post Office
Woodhaven Post Office
86-42 Forest Parkway
Woodhaven New York , 11421-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Saint Thomas Apostle School (Elementary)
87-49 87th Street
Woodhaven New York , phone: 718) 847-3904
St. Elizabeth’s School
94-01 85th Street
Jamaica New York , phone: (718) 641-6990
St. Staninlaus B & M School
90-07 101st Avenue
Ozone Park New York , phone: (718) 845-3188

Public Elementary Schools
PS 60
91-02 88th Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 441-5046
PS 97
85-52 85th Street
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 849-4870
 

Public High Schools
Richmond Hill High School
89-30 114th Street
Richmond Hill New York , phone: (718) 846-3335
Franklin K. Lane High School
999 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn New York , 11208
phone: (718) 647-2100
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Elizabeth Blackwell JHS (210)
93-11 101st Avenue
Ozone Park New York , 11416
phone: (718) 845-5942
Robert H. Goddard (202)
138-30 Lafayette Street
Ozone Park New York , 11417
phone: (718) 848-0001
 

Senior Centers
Ozone Park Senior Center
103-12 101st Avenue
Ozone Park New York , 11416
phone: (718) 847-2100
Richmond Hill Senior Center
87-25 118th Street
Richmond Hill New York , 11418
phone: (718) 846-2877
 

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. Michael Miller
MillerMG@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven NY, 11421
phone: (718) 805-0950
fax: (718) 805-0953
Albany Office LOB, Room 542
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-4621
fax: (518) 455-5361
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. Nydia M. Velazquez
District Office 266 Broadway, Suite 201
Brooklyn NY , 11211
phone: (718) 599-3658
fax: 718-599-4537
Legislative Office 2302 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2361
fax: (202) 226-0327
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Old Woodhaven Village grew and prospered during the years from 1850 to 1900. A large part of the growth was due to the Lalance & Grosjean Manufacturing Co., established by Florian Grosjean. This factory Produced sheet-metal culinary utensils. Grosjean bought a site in Woodhaven in 1863. Woodhaven became a prototype of the factory town in America. The utensil factory changed the course of Woodhaven’s development. Half of Woodhaven’s inhabitants (500) were employed at the factory in 1882. Grosjean’s mansion was on the site of St. Anthony’s Hospital on Woodhaven Blvd.

During that same half century, John Pitkin began buying and then subdividing some of the area’s large estates. By 1852 he had created a tract of land which he called “Woodville.” After buying thelots at auction, the new residents changed the name of the village to Woodhaven, since there was already another town called Woodville further north. Pitkin also purchased several farms and established a shoe factory on the avenue which still bears his name. Even before Pitkin sold his land, Woodhaven was renowned for a world famous racetrack, called the Union Course racetrack. It was referred to as the “tack of the North.” Union Course was opened in 1821, in the area which is now 78th to 86th Street from Jamaica to Atlantic Avenues. In May 1845, almost 100,000 people came to see the big race between Fashion of the North and Peytona of the South. When trotting races became popular, many jockeys, such as Hiram Woodruff and John Murphy, became famous. Flora Temple, William Tell, Patchen, and Dexter were some of the horses that became legends. Dexter Park, a well-known baseball park in Brooklyn, was named after the legendary trotter, Dexter, who won the international trotting title. The famed horse trainer Hiram Woodruff had his stables in that area.

Interesting Facts about Woodhaven and the Neighboring Communities

Nobody knows why it was named after a Canadian-born Secretary of the Interior. Behind the Cordon Blue on Woodhaven Blvd., the remains of the old Wyckoff-Snedeker Burying Grounds, where prominent Dutch farm owners from this are buried their families. The plot dates back to the late 1600’s. Woodhaven Boulevard was once called Trotting Course Lane because it led to the Popular Centerville Trotting Course which opened in 1825.

George Gershwin was born at 242 Snedeker Avenue and Danny Kaye grew up on Bradford Street. Film and TV star Barry Sullivan is a Woodhaven native and Mae West lived on 88th Street. Vince Edwards was a lifeguard at Cypress Hills Swimming Pool.

The house in which Betty Smith wrote “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” still stands across the street from the Woodhaven Library. In this best selling novel, the widow Nolan marries a policeman with a civil service job and moves to Cypress Hills where it is quiet and there are trees.

The murals in the Woodhaven Post Office showing excerpts from the Constitution were created by the world famous modern artist Ben Shahn.

Brian Hyland, a Woodhaven boy, wrote the song “Little Bitsy, Teeney Weeney, Yellow, Polka Dot Bikini.” Carol Heiss from Ozone Park won the 1960 Olympic figure skating medal. The Movie “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom” starring Maureen Stapleton was filed near the Jamaica El.

Library History

The Woodhaven branch was first opened for business on March 4, 1911. Twelve hundred books lined the shelves of the library room, located in a store at the corner of Jamaica and Dennington (now 88th Street) Avenues. It was originally known as Manor Branch: several members of the Manor Literary Society and other citizens started the library as an Extension Department agency in the Brooklyn Manor section of Woodhaven. It was the 18th library to be started in the borough.

In 1919 the name of the library was changed to Woodhaven Branch. The cornerstone for the new building was laid by Mayor Hylan on June 28, 1923. The library, the last to be built by Carnegie funds, was opened on January 7, 1924. Located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, this branch now contains more than 23,000 volumes. In 1933 work was begun on the basement, a remodeling project using CWA funds for material and labor. The basement housed CLASP staff members until 2001. It is now used as the storage and book sale room.