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Briarwood

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

It's summer in the city and NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter

Are you curious about how our planet has evolved in the past—and how it is changing now?

Join us this summer and fall for a unique pop-up science exhibit where you will learn how scientists on board a research drilling ship are studying the seafloor’s core!

The JOIDES Resolution is a ship that drills into ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals will be available from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31.

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required.

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Summer Programs at the Library!

Summer Programs are in full swing at the Library! Come out to enjoy music, theater, and learning opportunities that are perfect for the family.

If the play’s your thing, don’t miss the chance to stop by and pick up free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

For an experience the entire family ...

Aug
15
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent or caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs, and playtime.


Aug
15
1:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

STACKS program

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The STACKS program will enhance learning experiences through structured and unstructured age (6-14) appropriate activities.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
16
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Google CS First Club

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Google Computer Science First teaches tweens about computer science and programming. They will especially learn about computer coding for free. Tween (grades 4-6) classes will be on Thursdays & Fridays from 3pm-4pm. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


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Aug
17
3:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come and join us on Friday afternoons to make an arts and crafts project for school-aged children.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent or caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Join us to learn what a computer is and its functions; how to use a mouse, keyboard, and social media; and how to save and print your document. Preregistration is required in person at the Briarwood Reference Desk or by phone at 718-658-1680.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
25
1:00PM

--to--

2:45PM

Family Movie: "School of Rock"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) poses as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school where he exposes his students to the rock gods he idolizes and emulates
(2003, PG-13).


Aug
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Super Fan Quote Contest

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Are you a Harry Potter super fan? Fans will have an opportunity to test their Harry Potter knowledge at participating library locations. To enter you must identify the Harry Potter quote. If you answer correctly your name will be entered into the drawing to win Harry Potter prizes.


Aug
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Harry Potter Bingo

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us on Monday afternoon for Harry Potter-themed bingo; you may win a prize!


Aug
28
3:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Harry Potter Arts & Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us on Tuesday and Wednesday for a fun afternoon of Harry Potter-themed arts & crafts.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
30
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Family Movie: "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. (2016, PG-13)


Aug
31
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Harry Potter "Carnival"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us on Friday afternoon for Harry Potter-themed fun and games.


Sep
4
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Prenatal Group

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Are you pregnant? Come to our prenatal group to learn about pregnancy and parenting. To sign up or ask questions, call Jemila at 718.883.8626.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
4
3:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

STACKS Program

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The STACKS program will enhance learning experiences through structured and unstructured age appropriate activities for kids ages 6-14.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
10:00AM

--to--

10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme finger plays, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme finger plays, songs, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Join us to learn what a computer is and its functions; how to use a mouse, keyboard, and social media; and how to save and print your document. Preregistration is required in person at the Briarwood Reference Desk or by phone at 718-658-1680.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
7
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

School-aged children, come and join us on Friday afternoons to make an arts and crafts project.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
8
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Magician Rogue Comedy Mystifier

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a magic and comedy show featuring flowers, music, and giveaways! First-come, first-served. All ages welcome!


Sep
10
3:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Registration Days for STACKS at Briarwood

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Community Library to register for the STACKS after-school program with Ms. Chelsea! Ms. Chelsea will provide you will information about STACKS. STACKS is for ages 6-14 and a caregiver must register their child/children for the fall.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
12:30PM

--to--

2:00PM

English Conversation Class with Ms. Rosalie

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Improve your English conversation skills in a friendly, fun, and casual environment with Rosalie from Friends of Briarwood Library.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
15
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Family Movie: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library for a funny family movie! The movie, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (2017, PG-13) is about four teenagers who are sucked into a jungle-themed video game.


Sep
15
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Friends of Briarwood Library presents: Mindset - Empowering the Body and Mind

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

MINDSET - Empowering the Body and Mind! Adults and seniors will learn about self-defense techniques and more!


Sep
17
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Understanding 3 Ds

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come learn about the 3 Ds of geriatrics care: dementia, depression, and delirium. This program will be delivered by Dr. Elina Yushuvayev, internal medicine physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.


Sep
24
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Medicare Information Part II

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Are you aware of the different options: A, B, C, & D? Come for questions & answers.
Sponsored by Friends of Briarwood Library & Senior Services of North America


Oct
1
12:30PM

--to--

1:30PM

Friends of Briarwood Present Chair Yoga

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Chair yoga with Irene on Mondays, first-come, first-served. Limited to the first 25 customers.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
9
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Knitting With Lilli

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit? This is a beginner knitting class for anyone interested in learning the craft. Gather and socialize with others who share your interest and perhaps gain a few tips and tricks as you work on your own creations! All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants so be sure to register for a spot by phone at 718-658-1680 or in person.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
5:00PM

--to--

6:45PM

Family Movie: "Goosebumps"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library for a family comedy-adventure movie, "Goosebumps" (2015, PG). The movie is about teens and a horror writer who battle the author's monstrous creations after they come to life and wreak havoc on their small town.


Oct
13
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Friends of Briarwood Library presents Animals Alive

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Alley Pond Environmental Center's "Animals Alive" program allows children to see and learn about a variety of both familiar and exotic animals. The program is for children ages 5 to 12. First-come, first-served.


Oct
20
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Friends of Briarwood presents: The American Red Cross

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Citizen Preparedness Training
Comprehensive training in how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. Provides detailed information on all types of common disasters and how to prepare as individuals, family, and community members.

Greater New York Home Fire Campaign
Provides home fire safety information.


Oct
30
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Friends of Briarwood Presents: A Halloween Party

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

School-age children, bring your costumes and come join us at the Briarwood Library to celebrate Halloween.


Nov
14
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Beginning Tai Chi

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion." Space is limited 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


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Briarwood Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers for Adults
  • 4 public computers for Juneniles
  • 4 public computers for the Young Adults
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Briarwood Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • New Americans Program (ESL)

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A To Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Ave.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Bovov World Wide HS
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Queens NY , 11415
Briarwood Early Childhood Center
139-76 85th Drive
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-5288
Iras's Parkway Toodlers Program
141-20 Grand Central Parkaway
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-1803
Kids Palace
84-75 Daniels Street
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 658-7818
Sholom Day Care
82-52 Abingdon Road
Queens NY , 11415
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe DC
83-06 Abingdon Rd
Queens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7865
fax: 718-264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Briarwood Community Association
139-15 Pershing Crescent
Briarwood NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-4542 or (718) 297-9680
  

Fire Department
Engine 298
153-11 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY , 11432
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Queens NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
Jamaica Hospital Center
8900 Van Wyck Expwy.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Briarwood Playground
148th St and 85th Avenue
Manton Playground
Manton Street and 83rd Avenue
 

Police Department
107th Precint
71-01 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Briarwood Finance Station
138-69 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11435-9996
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Archbishop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Briarwood NY , 11435-1697
phone: (718) 441-2100
fax: (718) 849-8251
Ezra Academy (Grades 7-12)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Kew-Forest School (Grades K-12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375-6143
phone: (718) 268-4667
Our Lady of the Cenacle School
87-25 136th St.
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 657-6690
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School (Grades Pre-K-8)
80-22 Parsons Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1900
Yeshivat Ohr Haimm
82-52 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 633-2540
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 82 Hammond
88-02 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4139
fax: (718) 297-0290
PS 99 Kew Gardens
82-37 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 544-4343
fax: (718) 544-5992
PS 117 Joyce Keld/Briarwood School
85-15 143 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4780
fax: (718) 297-1796

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck School
85-05 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 657-1120
fax: (718) 291-3668
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
Young Israel Queens Valley Senior Center
141-55 77th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-6995
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Daniel Rosenthal
Beckstk@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The present Briarwood community stretches from Union Turnpike on its northern side to Hillside Avenue and Queens Blvd., to Parsons Blvd. on its the eastern side. The Briarwood area of Queens was undeveloped until after the turn of the century. In 1907 real estate developer Herbert A. O’Brien formed the Briarwood Land Company to develop the area between Parsons Blvd. and Queens Blvd. The name “Briarwood” was suggested by Mrs. O’Brien because the area was heavily wooded and full of briars. The company went bankrupt and the area remained undeveloped. In 1936 Briarwood Estates Development Corporation began selling homes in the area. In an ad in the 1939 World’s Fair News it proclaimed “You owe it to yourself to visit Briarwood Estates, a refined residential community”; however the area didn’t fully develop until after WWII when returning GI’s settled in the area. Of note, Archbishop Molloy High School is located across the street from the library at 83-53 Manton Street. It was opened in 1957. The population of Briarwood has grown from only a few residents at the turn of the century, to 10,000 in 1940, to its current population of almost 30,000 residents who reside in over 2,000 private homes and over 100 apartment buildings. The Briarwood Branch of the Queens Library was opened in 1975.

Sources:

About Briarwood by Seymour Schwartz, President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)

Briarwood by Gerhard Heese, 1st Vice President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)