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Introduction to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that ...

Jan 26 @ 5:00 PM

Family Storytime

Storytime includes finger plays, rhymes, games, and crafts. Children up to 7 years old are welcome.

Jan 28 @ 11:00 AM, Feb 4 @ 10:30 AM, Feb 18 @ 11:00 AM, Feb 25 @ 10:30 AM

Broken Heart Week: Book Discussion: The Five Love Languages, The Secret to Love That Lasts

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

We'll be discussing the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, in which you’ll discover Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and ...

Feb 13 @ 6:00 PM

Broken Heart Week: Where's my Blankie?

Preschoolers will make a replica of their favorite blankie. Caregiver must be present.

Feb 15 @ 11:00 AM

Broken Heart Week: Book Discussion - Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

Teens will meet to discuss "Perks of Being A Wallflower", the critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky. "Perks" follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood, first dates, family drama, new friends, sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Feb 16 @ 4:00 PM

Introduction to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that ...

Apr 20 @ 5:00 PM

Jan
23
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
11:00AM

--to--

11:45AM

Bilingual Toddler Storytime (Spanish/English)

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Story time for Toddlers and their caregivers. This program includes fingerplays, rhymes, games, coloring and crafts.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
4:30PM

--to--

5:15PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K- 6 will enjoy arts and crafts. This program provides opportunities to create, measure, cut, paste, color, paint and more, while developing fine motor skills.

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

Additional Dates


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Jan
26
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.


Jan
28
11:00AM

--to--

11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Storytime includes finger plays, rhymes, games, and crafts. Children up to 7 years old are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Full Circle Writer's Workshop

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

This creative writing (fiction, playwriting, poetry and more) class will run every two weeks until the end of June 2017. Bring your scripts, stories, poems and more. We will read and discuss and will finish off the course with a performance of our finished works. Please bring paper and pencil, as well as a short piece (5 pages or less) you are interested in presenting.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
2
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


Feb
4
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Learn to Crochet

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Have you always wanted to crochet? Now is the time to learn in this class for absolute beginners and those with some experience. Dominique will help you learn the basics of crocheting - chain stitch, single and double crochet, and more as you work on creating your own cell phone holder. Bring a size H crochet hook and light colored worsted yarn to the first class. By the end of these four sessions you will be HOOKED.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Resumes

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
11:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

This is a beginner's computer class for Adults. Come in for a one-on-one computer session.
Learn the basics of the mouse and keyboard, how to navigate the Internet, email and Microsoft Word. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
9
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Feb
13
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Book Discussion: The Five Love Languages, The Secret to Love That Lasts

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

We'll be discussing the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, in which you’ll discover Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love; helping you to experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner.


Feb
15
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Where's my Blankie?

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers will make a replica of their favorite blankie. Caregiver must be present.


Feb
16
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Book Discussion - Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

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

Teens will meet to discuss "Perks of Being A Wallflower", the critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky. "Perks" follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood, first dates, family drama, new friends, sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Feb
16
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include; creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


Feb
23
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document; Insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC200


Feb
27
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


Mar
6
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn: how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR160


Mar
9
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required. Class Code: CC210


Mar
16
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Class Code: CC220


Mar
20
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR190


Mar
23
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Social Networking for Your Job Search

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

The Internet is buzzing with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search, seek out job opportunities and postings, and find out more information on specific companies and organizations. In this workshop you will learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search. Basic computer skills and a familiarity with the internet required. Class code JR200


Mar
27
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170

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

Additional Dates


Apr
10
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
13
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to navigate a computer and begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and how to navigate computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


Apr
20
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.


Apr
24
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Resumes

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


May
4
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


May
8
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


May
11
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include; creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


May
15
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn: how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR160


May
18
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document; Insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC200


Jun
1
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required. Class Code: CC210


Jun
5
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

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

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR190


Jun
8
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Class Code: CC220


Jun
12
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Interview Preparation

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

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170


Jun
15
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Social Networking for Your Job Search

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

The Internet is buzzing with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search, seek out job opportunities and postings, and find out more information on specific companies and organizations. In this workshop you will learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search. Basic computer skills and a familiarity with the internet required. Class code JR200


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Astoria Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers for adults
  • 2 public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Astoria Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Greek
  • Arabic
  • Urdu
  • Hindi

 

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

  • Citizensip
  • ESOL
  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels

 


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
Evodia Calderas
8-10 27th Avenue, Apt. 707, 7th Floor
Astoria NY , 11102
Shirley Long
3-06 Astoria Boulevard, Apt. 5A, 5th Floor
Long Island City NY , 11102
Roberta Perkins
4-24 Astoria Boulevard, Apt. 6A, 6th Floor
Long Island City NY , 11102
Astoria Blue Feather Head Start
27-07 8th St.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 721-3960
St. Margaret Mary Head Start
2-00 27th Ave,
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718)721-8065
Hallet Cove Child Development
2-08 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718)726-5272

Community Board
Community Board District # 1
3601 35th Ave
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 785-3335
  

Community Organizations & Services
Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens
29-21 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 204-2444
fax: (718) 204-9145
HANAC Workforce Development Training and Employment Services
24-09 41 Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
 

Fire Department
Fire Station Engine 262
30-89 21 Street
Queens NY , 11102
  

Local Hospitals
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Ave.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 932-1000
  

Local Newspapers
Astoria Times Ledger
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
Rainey Park
Corner of 30th Ave. & 29th St.
Astoria NY, 11102
 

Police Department
114th Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
  

Post Office
Astoria Post Office
27-40 21st Street
Astoria NY , 11102-8777
phone: (800)275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Raphael’s R.C. School (preK-8)
48-25 37th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-0482
Ideal Islamic School
31-21 12th St.
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 728-5307
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 017 Henry David Thoreau (Q017)
28-37 29 Street
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 278-8257
PS 17 Mini School (Q17M)
28-37 29 Street
Long Island City NY , 11102
P.S. 234 (Q234)
30-15 29 Street
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-5650
PS 171 Peter G Van Alst (Q171)
14-14 29 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-0909
fax: (718) 932-6749
  

Public High Schools
William Bryant HS
48-10 31 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
fax: (718) 728-3478
Aviation HS
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-8654
Long Island City HS
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
fax: (718) 545-2980

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Academy for New Americans (Q235)
30-14 30 Street
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-5876
  

Senior Centers
Raices Astoria Senior Center
21-21 30 Drive
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 726-9642
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Costa Constantinides
CConstantinides@council.nyc.gov
District Office 31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 209
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 274-4500
fax: (646) 661-6799
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1808
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6963
NYS Assembly
Hon. Aravella Simotas
Simotasa@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 401
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 545-3889
fax: (718) 545-3607
Albany Office LOB, Room 652
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5014
fax: (518) 455-4044
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Senate Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1804
fax: (718) 932-1805
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Astoria's western border is the East River. The southern border is just north of Queens Plaza, though the Post Office marks it along Broadway and 31st Avenue. The eastern border with Woodside is 50th Street.

Astoria dates to the colonial 1650s, when William Hallett Sr. received a land grant for what would become known as Astoria and Hallet's Cove. Stephen Halsey founded the village in 1839, naming Astoria after John Jacob Astor. In the 1870s William Steinway built Steinway Village for workers at Steinway & Sons Piano Factory.

Waves of immigrants have made Astoria home, from Czechs in the 1890s to Brazilians in the 1990s. Though famous for Greeks, Italians-Americans were more numerous until recently.

Long Island City lies in western Queens across the East River from Manhattan. The history of Long Island City spans more than 360 years from its humble beginning as Dutch farmland in the 1640s to its growth into a residential and commercial hub. On the western shore of Queens, Long Island City borders the East River to the north and west (spanning the length of midtown Manhattan to Harlem), Newtown creek to the south, and 51st/Hobart Street to the east. Although it has always been an integral part of the history of New York City, Long Island City has its own unique past.

Chartered in 1870, Long Island City was the merging of the village of Astoria and several hamlets such as Steinway, Ravenswood, and Hunters Point. Long Island City existed independently from New York City for 28 years until it was incorporated by the City of New York in the consolidation of 1898.

During the late 1800's, there was an increase in the commercial and industrial life of New York City, bringing about an increase in European immigration and a greater demand for real estate in Astoria. This era marked the beginning of the German settlement of Astoria by German cabinet makers. Few people have done so much to transform a country village into a community as the German immigrant Henry Steinway, patriarch of the Steinway Piano factory. After building a piano factory in 1853, Steinway and his family erected both a sawmill and a foundry. They carved out streets and opened a streetcar line; they built what was known as Steinway Village, complete with Victorian row houses, a church, and a school where German was taught as a second language. They also provided workers with one of the first free kindergartens in the United States.

The Long Island Rail Road terminal was built on Hunters Point in 1861, which helped the district become an industrial center during the Civil War. After the villages were consolidated into Long Island City, the new city government encouraged developing industry; gas plants, chemical and glass factories soon lined the East River waterfront.

The status of Astoria was changed in 1898, when it became part of greater New York City. Large farms and country estates were transformed into housing tracts for single family homes and apartment complexes. The largest gasworks in New York State and a railroad trestle for the Pennsylvania Railroad were constructed. By the end of the 19th century, the city had the highest concentration of industry in the United States.

In 1909, the biggest transformation began with the opening of the Queensboro Bridge, immediately changing the community from a remote suburb to a destination minutes from Manhattan. Continuing this expansion, the Second Avenue elevated train opened in 1917, connecting Long Island City even more closely to Manhattan. The Queensboro Bridge and the Second Avenue train proved only to be the beginning of the routes in and out of Long Island City. The Triboro Bridge, linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens, was finished on July 11th, 1936. Today, Long Island City is connected with the rest of New York City by six tunnels and five bridges. The development of bridges, tunnels and roads helped make Long Island City an accessible and vital industrial area for New York City.

Astoria Pool opened with much fanfare on the fourth of July in the scorching summer of 1936 on the first day of the Olympic trials. It was the best of 10 pools that opened within a 10-week span in what was dubbed as “the swimming pool year”. It is still the city's largest pool (54,450 sq. ft.). Tens of thousands have enjoyed the warm water of Astoria Pool since its opening.

The Astoria branch is located at the corner Astoria Boulevard and 14th Street in Astoria. The branch opened on November 19th 1904. The total construction cost was $47,208.09. An addition was added to the original building in 1936. WPA artist Max Spivak’s circus mural graces the wall of the Adult room. The branch is 8600 square feet. The orange brick building stands one story high.

More information about the community of Astoria is available from the following sources:

Websites

http://www.astorialic.org

http://queens.about.com/od/neighborhoods/p/astoria.htm

http://myastoria.com/history

Book:

300 years of Long Island City : 1630-1930 by Vincent F. Seyfried.

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