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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

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May
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Duct Tape Pencil Case

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Have fun making Duct Tape Pencil Cases! Grades 6 and up.


May
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Matinee for Adults

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "Run All Night" (R 2015) with Liam Neeson. Filmed right here in Woodhaven!


May
27
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.

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May
28
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Meditation Workshop

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn simple but effective relaxation and meditation techniques that can help build inner strength and increase the sense of fulfillment and well-being.


May
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come and get your Lego on! Ages 6 - 12.

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

Additional Dates


May
31
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Gardening

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for gardening fun and a eco-craft. For the whole family!


Jun
2
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for a Harry Potter interactive movie. Bring to life the world of muggles and He-who-must-not-be-named!


Jun
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

S.T.E.A.M. Mondays

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 8-15 participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) for knowledge and hands on activities.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
8
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, dancing, instruments, and a craft. Ages 1 - 3 yrs.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
8
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

A lap-sit program for babies and their caregivers. Songs, stories, nursery rhymes and free play. Birth - 1 year.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Feud

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Kids grade 6 and up can join us for Family Feud fun!


Jun
10
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Family "LiterARTcy" with Party Colors

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 will get ready to read in these fun-filled literacy craft workshops. Using fun crafts children and their family will create art using letters and numbers.


Jun
10
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, & nursery rhymes. Ages 18 mos - 3 yrs.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Gardening

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for gardening fun and a eco-craft. For the whole family!


Jun
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Young Entrepreneurs

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

In this craft-making program you will learn the basics of starting a business while helping raise funds to support your library!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Karaoke Party

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Sing your heart out! Or just enjoy the music!


Jun
16
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Painting Party

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Fun art not fine art! Join us and create your own summer themed painting! Refreshments provided!


Jun
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music of Colombia

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Led by renowned pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Pablo Mayor, from Cali, Colombia, the trio performs traditional songs and original compositions inspired by the diverse and rich musical heritage of Colombia.


Jun
20
6:00PM

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6:45PM

Story Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for high adventure, glow sticks, and a craft!
For children ages 3 - 8.


Jun
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Get in the Game with Fitness Fantasy: An Art Workshop for Children

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

Imagine breaking a world record in sports or winning an Olympic medal. Picture yourself flying through the air as you dance across the sky! View images of exciting fitness feats by famous artists such as LeRoy Neiman and others, then create a picture of your own fitness fantasy using paper and cut-out figures. This workshop will inspire your personal fitness challenge: dream it, believe it, do it!


Jun
23
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Summer Fun Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Friends of the Library Book Sale/Plant sale and the Young Entrepreneurs Flea Market!


Jun
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Three Little Pigs Building Challenge

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Test your building skills by using various materials to construct a sturdy house. Grades 6 & up.


Jun
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Minion Notebooks

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Minion lovers unite and make notebooks! Grades 6 & up.


Jul
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come and get your Lego on! Ages 6 - 12.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
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 “teach” and “coach” parents and caregivers how to use book-reading, games,and hands-on activities to help build the most important language skills.

WoodhavenTue, Jul 12, 201610:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Jul 19, 201610:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Jul 26, 201610:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 2, 201610:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 9, 201610:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 16, 201610:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 23, 201610:30AM - 12:00PM

Jul
5
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Chess CLub

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn to play or play a game. Ages 6 & up.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, dancing, instruments, and a craft. Ages 1 - 3 yrs.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

A lap-sit program for babies and their caregivers. Songs, stories, nursery rhymes and free play. Birth - 1 year.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

K-2 Grade Book Club

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Read a book, play games, and make a craft! For grades K - 2.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Book Club

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we read "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH," by Robert C. O'brien for Summer Reading. Craft time included!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Making

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Make a movie at the library! Then we put it on youtube! All participants must have permission slip signed by parents. Ages 8 -15. See what we've done here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodhavenFilms

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

Additional Dates


Jul
13
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Mosaic CD Coasters

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Arts and Crafts fun! For ages 8 - 15!


Jul
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Puzzle Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Try and piece together one of our many fabulous puzzles! Ages 6 & up.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lanyard

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Arts and Crafts fun! For ages 8 - 15!


Jul
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

S.T.E.A.M. Thursdays

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 8-15 participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) for knowledge and hands-on activities.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
15
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, & nursery rhymes. Ages 18 mos - 3 yrs.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Challenge!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Challenge yourself this summer! Learn your times tables, learn to write cursive, and more! Ages 6 - 15

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

Additional Dates


Jul
15
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


Jul
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Pixel Art

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Arts and Crafts fun! For ages 8 - 15!


Jul
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Test your game show skills and win knowledge! For ages 8 - 15!


Jul
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Origami

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Arts and crafts fun! For ages 8 - 15.


Jul
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter Party

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the new Harry Potter book with Harry Potter fun! For ages 8 - 15!


Aug
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Zentangle Art

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Arts and crafts fun! For ages 8 - 15.


Aug
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

3D Art

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Arts and crafts fun! For ages 8 - 15.


Aug
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The Price is Right

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Test your game show skills and win knowledge! For ages 8 - 15!


Aug
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Friendship Bracelets

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Arts and Crafts fun! For ages 8 - 15!


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@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 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.