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Indie Author Day at Queens Library!

In October, libraries across North America will host Indie Author Day events to bring local writing and reading communities together.

Join us on Saturday, October 20 at Central Library in Jamaica for children’s book readings, a publishing workshop, and more.

Get involved with your New York indie ...

Palaces for the People: An Author Talk with Eric Klinenberg

What do places like libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks have in common? They are part of our "social infrastructure,” places where people can gather, make friends, communicate with each other, and do much more.

At his author talk on Monday, October 22 at Central Library in ...

Culture Connection 5th Anniversary Concerts!

Culture Connection, the program that brings NYC’s artistic talent to Queens, is turning five this year!

To celebrate, we're hosting a star-studded series of five concerts at five different library locations this October.

Get your taste of musical magic at these exciting events featuring a Broadway star and ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at our community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens ...

Promote a Lifelong Love of Learning. Donate Now!

Our STACKS afterschool program provides a nurturing environment to read and to do homework. It also encourages participation in other learning activities that help develop life skills.

But we can’t offer programs like this without the support of our community.

Programs like STACKS are made possible thanks to the ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 27!

Now in its ninth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park. ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your fall adventures! 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 ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 begins September 15, and we’re celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Help us honor the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans with concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, and much more!

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations will take place at multiple ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

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 ...

Oct
17
4:00PM

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Learn a Language Online

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Did the World Cup spark an interest about a foreign country? Learn their language online with Transparent Language! Come in to one of our introductory sessions to learn how or visit www.queenslibrary.org/transparentlanguage to get started.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Oct
18
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Introducing the Samsung Tablet!

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Visit Broad Channel for Tablet Thursdays to take out the Samsung Tablet!

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

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Oct
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

In the News: Discussion Group for Adults

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

This group is an opportunity to address topical issues, exchange ideas, and enjoy the stimulation of new perspectives in a social group where people get to meet and discuss current happenings.
Since opinions, by definition, can never be right or wrong, all participants are encouraged to bring their own perspective and history. And they are welcome, in a non-judgmental framework, to express themselves on the issues confronting all thinking people. The discussion group is open to all.

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Oct
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Music and Motion Storytime

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

This storytime has been developed for children ages 2-5 and their caretakers. It incorporates stories and song along with dancing, playing, and games all designed to foster language and motor skill development.

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

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Oct
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Collaborative Lego Challenge

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Can you build a concert stage, a house, or a spaceship? If you love being creative and building with Legos, come on in and join our Lego Challenge Club, where we will collaborate and share ideas with kids at the Seaside Community Library. This club will be geared towards kids ages 5-12 and their caregiver.

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

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Oct
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teens "Be a Changemaker" Workshop

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Changemakers are people who identify a problem, identify ways to solve the problem, and make a difference doing it. If you are a teen looking to make a difference, join the Broad Channel Community Library and other teens in the community for this six-week workshop that will bring you inspiration as well as real-life examples and strategies to be a part of a team that will make a change.

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

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Oct
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Teen Spelling Bee Club: Grades 7-8

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to start preparing for the annual Queens Library Spelling Bee Competition. Have fun engaging in games and activities that will help you become a better speller.

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

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Oct
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Pen Pal Club

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Do you want to learn how to write letters and exchange them snail mail style with a new friend your own age in another community library?
Join us for Pen Pal Club. Letters will be exchanged with children from the Seaside Community Library and a meetup party is planned for later in the year!

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

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Oct
22
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Children's Spelling Bee Club: Grades 3-6

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Students are welcome to start preparing for the Queens Library annual spelling bee competition. We will engage in interactive games in order to become familiar with all of the words according to grade level.

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

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Oct
22
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Board Games and Puzzles Free Play

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun evening of board games at the library. Bring your friends and join other game enthusiasts for a night of friendly competition.

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

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Oct
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Afternoon Tween and Teen Crafts

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

The library will be having a fun afternoon of crafts just for tweens and teens! Come and make something awesome! This is appropriate for children ages 9-14.

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

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Oct
24
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Guided Meditation

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. Those who practice it regularly may experience reduced levels of stress and increased inner peace and well-being. The instructor will help you focus on relaxing your mind and making positive mental changes.


Oct
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

World Pasta Day Craft

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to celebrate World Pasta Day? we will share recipes, fun facts, and create a craft to celebrate your noodles!


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Recipe Swap and Cookbook Club

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Broad Channel Community Library to swap and share some of your oldest and dearest or new and exciting recipes with others. We will make copies of all the recipes brought in so that everyone will have new recipes each month, and at the end of the year we will compile all the recipes into an organized community recipe book. The recipe cookbook club will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4pm.

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

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Oct
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Open House for NYC Schools and Student Success

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Broad Channel Community Library and receive the new Back-to-School Guide, learn about our programs that will enhance student learning, and don't forget to take a copy of our programs and events brochure.


Oct
31
3:00PM

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Halloween Craft and Treat

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Write a spooky story and you could win a big Halloween treat. Then listen to a fun Halloween-themed story and work on a Halloween craft project to take home.


Nov
5
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Practice Kindness: A Guided Meditation

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. Those who practice it regularly may experience reduced levels of stress and increased inner peace and well-being. In November and December, we will be focusing on the theme of kindness.
The instructor will help you to explore stress reduction techniques and discover ways to enhance all aspects of kindness towards yourself, as well as how that impacts the kindness we are able to extend towards others.

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

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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Broad Channel Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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Each branch of the Queens Library provides for general and local needs by collecting both general interest materials and more specialized materials in English and other languages.

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Broad Channel Community Library include:

  • Broad Channel Historical Collection

 

 

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Rockaway Child Care Center
14-66 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718)327-1384
Rockaway Community Neighborhood Head Start Program
72-05 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 945-3077
Hammels Child Care Center
82-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-3162

Community Board
American Legion Post 1404
209 Crossbay Blvd.
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-5029
  

Community Organizations & Services
American Littoral Society North East Chapter
Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month
28 West 9th Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-5029
Broad Channel Athletic Club
P.O. Box 1
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718)318-0600
Broad Channel Civic Association
P.O. Box 4
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (212) 530-7774
Broad Channel Historical Society
The collection is housed in the Broad Channel Library c/o Broad Channel Civic Association
P.O. Box 4
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-1127
Iroquois Yacht Club
1004 Church Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-9668
North Channel Yacht Club
1622 Church Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-5106
Prince-Wynn VFW Post 260
713 Shad Creek Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718)327-1384
Shad Creek Association, Inc.
529 Crossbay Blvd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
 

Fire Department
FDNY- Engine 266
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Dept.& Ambulance Corps.
Emergency Phone: (718) 474-8888
15 Noel Rd.
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-6888
 

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
5115 Beach Channel Dr
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
  

Local Newspapers
The Wave
Located off Crossbay Blvd. 1½ miles Joseph Addabbo Sr. Bridge (Formerly North Channel Bridge) Look for the brown Parks Dept. sign
P.O. Box 930097
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Gateway National Park Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn NY , 11234
phone: (718) 318-4340
Playgrounds Gene Gray Park
East 9th Road and Crossbay Blvd
NY ,
Seventeenth Road Playground
Seventeenth Road and Crossbay Blvd
NY ,

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
Post office
90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway NY , 11693
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 47 Chris Galas School (Preschool–8)
9 Power Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-7167
  

Public High Schools
410 Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Dr
Far Rockaway NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
  

Senior Centers
Queens Community Board # 14
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
Hammel Senior Center United Irish
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4047
Rockaway Senior Service Center
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-1215

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. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
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. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Broad Channel is a small close knit community, two miles long and three blocks wide. In the 1640’s the area was sold to the Dutch. The land was granted to Hempstead settlers and became part of the Town of Jamaica.

In 1881, it became a stop on the Long Island Railroad. The railroad allowed Broad Channel to become a summer hot spot for city travelers. Over 3 million people traveled by train each year to the Rockaway beaches and the Broad Channel hotels. Hotels grew and seasonal bungalows popped up. Residents paid $25 in rent each year to the city’s Dock Department.

Around 1900, Jamaica Bay became part of New York City. By 1907, there were an estimated 300 homes and businesses in Broad Channel. Fishing was a big industry there until 1921 when the bay became too polluted to continue to fish. The completion of Cross Bay Boulevard in 1925 allowed Broad Channel to change from a seasonal area to a year round residence.

In 1938, Robert Moses tried to have the residents evicted and the whole area made into wildlife refuge and recreational park. The plan was too expensive, and in 1950, after the train trestle burned down, the Metropolitan Transit Authority took over train service. Several small islands were connected by filling in part of the bay for the construction of the new A train. The area that was filled in became the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The 9,155 acre refuge was opened in 1953. Today more then 325 species of birds have been found there.

This was not the first or the last time the residents were facing eviction, including by a JFK runway expansion plan and a plan to make Broad Channel part of Gateway National Park. During this whole time residents were fighting to purchase their land from the city. Finally in 1995 the battle was won and residents were able to buy the land their homes were built on.

Broad Channel is the home to one of New York City’s ten remaining volunteer fire departments. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community for over 100 years.

The community was served for many years by a weekly Bookmobile, which was withdrawn during the city’s fiscal crisis in the mid-1970’s. After some years of community pressure for the reinstatement of library service, Queens Library decided to provide library service by means of a pre-fabricated Porta-Branch, the first to be erected in Queens. Serving a population of 2,500 people, the Broad Channel Library opened on July 17, 1990.

Sources:

Broad Channel Historical Collection

Home Town Long Island by Newsday with Forward by Billy Joel

The Other Islands of New York City: a History and Guide by Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller

Special Services

Return all Queens Library books, videos, music at Queens Library at Broad Channel. Use the self-service book return, available every day and every night. Receipts given for your security.