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Woodhaven

Special Alert

 

 

Queens Library offers Universal Pre-Kindergarten at our locations in Woodhaven and Ravenswood.  For more information on the Queens Library UPK program, please visit http://connect.queenslibrary.org/756

Oct
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come and play one of our many board games! All ages.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
21
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

A lap-sit with stories, rhymes, songs followed by free play. Caregiver must attend. (Infants)


Oct
21
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Musical Story Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Use your imagination in this interactive story time adventure! Ages 3 - 8.


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Oct
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we watch "The Mummy" (2017 PG -13). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


Oct
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get your craft on! Ages 6-12.


Oct
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Practice is the only way to become a master builder! Ages 6 & up.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
23
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Parents and other caregivers can help young children learn the key skills they need to be successful in school well before they start kindergarten. During 8 weekly sessions, library staff and early childhood teachers will coach parents and caregivers how to use book-reading, games,and hands-on activities to help build the most important language skills. Preregistration required. Limited space. Sign-ups start Monday October 2, 2017. Ages 3-4.

WoodhavenMon, Oct 30, 201710:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenMon, Nov 6, 201710:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenMon, Nov 13, 201710:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenMon, Nov 20, 201710:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenMon, Nov 27, 201710:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenMon, Dec 4, 201710:30AM - 12:00PM

Oct
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Story Time Theater Troupe

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Do you like performing in front of people? Do you like dressing up in costumes? If you answered yes, then the Story Time Theater Troupe might be for you! Earn community service hours while transforming fairy tales and stories into interactive story times. There will be three practice sessions followed by one performance. Participants must have a signed permission slip from their parents. Sign ups start Monday September 18. Ages 8-15.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Reading and Writing Help for 3rd graders

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Third graders, improve your comprehension, writing, and vocabulary! Preregistration is required. There is limited space available. Sign ups start on Monday September 25, 2017.


Oct
24
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Basic Guitar Lessons

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Four weeks of lessons. Learn chords, scales, and songs. Guitars available with library card. Ages 6-12. Preregistration required. Limited space. Sign-ups start on Monday September 18.


Oct
25
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, dancing, instruments, and a craft! Ages 1 - 3yrs. Caregiver must attend.


Oct
25
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, rhymes followed by free play. Caregiver must attend. Infants.


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Karaoke!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Sing your heart and bring joy to the world! For the whole family.


Oct
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Make a craft and make the world a happier place! Ages 6 -12


Oct
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Adult Painting Party

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Fun art, not fine art! Come get your paint on! Limited Space. Preregistration Required. Sign-ups start Monday October 2nd.


Oct
28
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Self Serve Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come at your leisure and make a craft on your own! Ages 6 -12.


Oct
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Story Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

An interactive adventure of the imagination and a craft! Ages 3-8.


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Haunted Craft!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for a spooky craft! Ages 4-12. Come in costume and get candy!


Oct
31
5:00PM

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5:45PM

Haunted Hallway of Horrors!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

The monstrosity returns! Walk the hallway if you dare! For ages 8 - 15. (Seriously, it's kind of scary).


Nov
1
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

There will be songs, instruments, crafts, marching, and dancing! For ages 1 -3, so the caregiver must attend.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
1
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Simple rhymes, songs, and stories are followed by free play! Ages birth - 1 year. The caregiver must attend.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Book Hedgehog Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get your craft on! For ages 6-12.


Nov
2
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "Kubo and the Two Strings" (PG 2016). Light snacks will be provided or bring your own. Movie night is for the whole family!


Nov
3
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, creative movement and coloring pages! Ages 1 -3, so the caregiver must attend.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come and play one of our many board games! This event is for all ages.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
4
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

There will be simple rhymes, stories, and songs. This is followed by free play. The event is for ages birth - 1 year, so the caregiver must attend.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
4
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Musical Storytime

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

An interactive adventure for children (ages 3-8) and their caregivers. Get ready to use your imagination!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
4
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Craft Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get your craft on! For ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
4
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Birds of Queens

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come learn more about the birds we see everyday in our area! Afterwards, you can participate in our bird-watching project and create a record of birds seen in Woodhaven!


Nov
4
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Even the greatest Master Builder has humble beginnings...so join us for Lego Fun! This event is for ages 6 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Graffiti Art

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn graffiti art at this workshop.


Nov
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Reading and Writing Help for 3rd graders

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Third graders could improve on their comprehension, writing, and vocabulary on Tuesdays. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Sign ups start on Monday October 23, 2017.

WoodhavenTue, Nov 14, 20173:00PM - 4:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Nov 21, 20173:00PM - 4:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Nov 28, 20173:00PM - 4:00PM

Nov
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Rock Band

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Do you have what it takes to be in a rock band? Learn about and play different instruments including the guitar, percussion, accordion, and xylophone (why not?). Then form your own rock band and perform! Yes, the Rock Band is happening for ages 8 - 15.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
9
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Adult Craft Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Make a Thanksgiving craft just in time for the holidays!


Nov
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Meditation for Kids

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn different meditation techniques and why meditating is awesome for kids ages 5 -12.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we discuss "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.


Nov
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Thanksgiving Wreath

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-12, get your craft on!


Nov
16
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we watch "Wonder Woman" (2017 PG -13). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


Nov
18
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Self-Serve Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

All materials will be provided for this unguided pastime, so come anytime and get your craft on! This event is for ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
6:00PM

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6:45PM

Story Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

An interactive adventure traveling on the neural pathways of the imagination! Say what? Come and have fun! Plus a craft! Ages 3 - 8.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
24
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Mystery Movie

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Can you guess what movie we will watch? Each week starting in November a new clue will be given. Guess the movie, win a prize, then watch the movie! Your first clue is that it was made in 2017 and is rated PG-13!


Nov
25
2:00PM

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3:15PM

NYC Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

This ensemble of remarkably talented musicians promote the beauty and splendor of mariachi music.


Nov
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

S.T.E.A.M.

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

There will be hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math for ages 8 - 15.


Nov
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Karaoke!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Sing, listen, dance! For the whole family!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Talent Show Practice

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Practice, practice, practice! We will use this time to polish up acts so you can bring your best to the talent show on Tuesday December 19 at 4:00 PM. This event is for ages 8 - 15.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Reading and Writing Help for 3rd Grade

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Improve comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. For third grade. Preregistration required. Limited Space. Sign ups start Monday November 20, 2017.

WoodhavenTue, Dec 12, 20173:00PM - 4:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Dec 19, 20173:00PM - 4:00PM

Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Holiday Crafts

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get your craft on holiday style! Ages 6 - 12.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "Cars 3" (G 2017). Light snacks provided or bring your own. For the whole family!


Dec
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee: "The Big Sick"

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we watch "The Big Sick" (2017, R). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


Dec
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Holiday Talent Show

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Do you have a special talent? Do you want to show the world? Then first show your community! Join our talent show! Sign ups start on Monday, November 20. Practice starts on Monday, December 4 at 4 pm.


Dec
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Double Feature

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1" (PG-13 2014) followed by "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (PG-13 2017). Light snacks provided or bring your own.

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 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

 


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@nyassembly.gov
District Office 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven NY, 11421
phone: (718) 805-0950
fax: (718) 805-0953
Albany Office LOB, Room 519
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.