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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

Apr
25
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Songs, dancing, marching with instruments, and a simple craft. Caregiver must attend. Ages 1-3.


Apr
25
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Simple rhymes, songs, and stories. Followed by free play. Caregiver must attend. Ages Birth-1 year.


Apr
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Karaoke!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Sing your heart out! Or just watch. For the whole family.


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Apr
26
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 eight 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. Preregistration required. Limited space. Sign-ups start on Monday, March 19, 2018.

WoodhavenThu, May 3, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenThu, May 10, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenThu, May 17, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenThu, May 24, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenThu, May 31, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM

Apr
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Zumba for Adults

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Annette Pagan leads this fitness class designed for adults that includes a combination of high and low impact aerobics incorporates dance moves to the beat of salsa, merengue and a variety of music. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing. Participation is on first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Bilingual Birdies presents Preschool Speaking Spanish Storytime

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies will present Speaking Spanish Storytime for Preschoolers.


Apr
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Play one of many board games. For the whole family.


Apr
28
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

There will be simple rhymes, songs, and stories followed by free play. For ages birth-1 year. Parent or caregiver must attend.


Apr
28
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Storytime: Puppet Action

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive adventure of the imagination! Children must be accompanied by caregivers. For ages 3-8.


Apr
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Craft Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for a craft. For ages 6-12.


Apr
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Long Island Sound Performs Hits of the '50s and More

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Take a trip down memory lane with classic tunes by Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, great Motown artists, and more.


Apr
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get your Lego on! For children ages 6 and up.


Apr
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Story Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive adventure into the imagination, followed by a craft. Caregivers must attend. For ages 3-8.


May
1
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Basic Computer Classes

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.

Learn how to use a mouse, Internet search, use email, and use Microsoft Word. Preregistration required. Limited space. Must attend all classes. Sign up is from April 1 - April 30.

WoodhavenThu, May 3, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, May 8, 201811:00AM - 12:30PM
WoodhavenThu, May 10, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, May 15, 201810:30AM - 12:30PM

May
1
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 guitar lessons. Participants will learn chords and songs. Guitars are available to check out with library card. Preregistration required. Limited space. Sign-ups start on Monday April 16. Ages 6-12.

WoodhavenTue, May 8, 20184:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, May 15, 20184:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, May 22, 20184:00PM - 5:30PM

May
2
10:15AM

--to--

11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, dancing, marching with instruments, and a craft. Caregiver must attend. Ages 1-3 years.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
11:15AM

--to--

11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Simple rhymes, songs, and stories followed by free play. Caregiver must attend. Ages birth-1 year.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Gardening for Kids

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Children will participate in a variety of gardening activities including: Digging up our garden (May 2), making seed bombs (May 16), and more! Ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "Paddington 2" (2017, PG). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


May
4
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, rhymes, and a coloring page. Ages 1-3 years. Caregiver must attend.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
4:00PM

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5:30PM

What A Wonderful World At Queens Library: Prassana

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Queens Library in partnership with The Louis Armstrong House Museum and The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s original recording of the iconic song ‘What a Wonderful World.’ This is a song inspired by the Great Satchmo’s life in Queens – a song that still inspires millions of people around the world!


May
5
10:30AM

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2:30PM

Self-Serve Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

All materials are provided for this self-guided craft. Ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for some Lego fun! Ages 6 & up.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Meditation for Kids

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn the benefits and different forms of meditation. Ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
9
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Community Gardening At Your Library

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Adults can roll up their sleeves and get down in our garden. Learn some new things and pass some knowledge on.

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

Additional Dates


May
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mother's Day Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Hey Mom! Don't forget to bring your kids to the library so they can make you a craft! Ages 6-12.


May
10
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Try a Green Smoothie

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stop in for a taste before Zumba and pick up some healthy vegetable smoothie ideas!


May
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come play one of our many board games! For the whole family.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
10:15AM

--to--

10:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Simple rhymes, songs, and stories followed by free play. Caregiver must attend. Ages Birth-1 year.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Listen to stories, dance, and have fun! Ages 3-8. Caregiver must attend.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Craft Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for some craft fun! Ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Think Tank

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Can you complete the obstacle course in time? Challenge yourself! Ages 8-15.

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

Additional Dates


May
14
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Seedbomb Guerilla Gardening Workshop

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn how to make seed bombs! Seed bombs enable seed to be sown in hard to reach locations.


May
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we read "Prairie Fires" by Caroline Fraser.


May
17
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017, PG-13). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


May
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Percussia presents Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Jackson Heights-based Percussia’s signature sound is created through the marriage of lyrical melodic instruments (flute, viola, and harp) with a variety of percussion. The highlight of this concert will be a duet for harp and percussion called “Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature” by Alexis Lamb. Based on a Lakota Sioux prayer, this work paints a musical picture of the spirits from the four elements of air, earth, fire, and water.


May
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Pokemon Battle

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Test your Pokemon skills as we learn to play the trading card game! Ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
6:00PM

--to--

6:45PM

Story Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive adventure into the imagination, followed by a craft. Caregivers must attend. For ages 3-8.

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

Additional Dates


May
23
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Diabetes Q&A

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Do you have questions about diabetes management or prevention? Nutrition, foot care, understanding the numbers...it can seem overwhelming! Meet one-on-one with students and faculty from St. John's University to answer your questions about diabetes. Come join us!


May
23
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Karaoke!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get down with some karaoke! For the whole family.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Learn Cuban Salsa

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come and learn some salsa with master instructors from Fuakata, Cuban Salsa NYC. Cuban Salsa or Casino will wake up your inner dancing star! Discover the fun of the salsa in this great class. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "Wonder" (2017, PG). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


Jun
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Meditation for Healthy Living

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

We try to exercise and eat right so we will be fit and healthy. But doctors are now recognizing that a positive attitude and ‘food for the soul’ are just as important. Discover a simple meditation technique that can melt away stress and be a powerful addition to a healthy living regimen. Facilitated by Dr. Frank Pawlowski.


Jun
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Worm Bin Composting Workshop

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn how to start composting indoors in your home with worms. The NYC Compost Project will host this program.


Jun
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Animals Rock! with Queens Library Summer Reading

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Summer 2018 Animals Rock!
This animal show will rock your library
with many creatures. Discover why frogs
sound like a drum, how some bugs sing &
how animals make music. Meet frogs,
bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds
& more. Everyone is encouraged to dance
our version of the Crazy Chicken Dance
with Feathers our chicken.


Jun
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch The Phantom Thread (2017, R). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


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.