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Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free tickets to Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar," performed by the famed Public Theater, will be available at Elmhurst Community Library (86-07 Broadway) on ...

African-American Music Month Celebration!

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, an annual celebration of African-American music in the United States.

To help us celebrate, come to Langston Hughes Community Library on Friday, June 9 for a special performance by two-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Roberson and his ...

31-Hour Open House at Corona!

Experience everything Queens Library has to offer!

We're staying up all night at Corona Community Library for our 31-Hour Open House, which will include a Poetry of Inclusion open mic with Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella.

Be sure to also join us for immigration workshops and legal assistance; ...

Our New Music For May!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from The xx, Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Trey Songz, Aimee Mann, ...

Learn to Code & Transform Your Career!

Coalition for Queens (C4Q) is a local nonprofit that aims to create a tech community that is reflective of our society, with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

Access Code is a 10-month software development program offered by the Coalition for Queens that trains talented ...

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we're pleased to honor some prominent figures of Asian and Pacific Island descent that have made great contributions and added to the rich cultural tapestry of the United States.

We will feature notable people from a variety of professions and careers on our ...

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 ...

Malcolm Gladwell: We Can’t Let NYC Libraries Lag Behind

Thank you to author and critic Malcolm Gladwell for his new letter on behalf of our City's libraries!

"Since I moved to New York City 20 years ago to become a staff writer at The New Yorker, I've relied on public libraries," Gladwell writes.

"They are open and welcoming to all, from writers like ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

May
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for non-competitive Scrabble games and to learn new words. Adults and teens are welcome.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
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May
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Cursive and Calligraphy

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Improve your penmanship! Practice standard cursive script for clear and legible everyday handwriting. Also, learn fancier calligraphy script for beautiful cards, gift tags, invitations, and other special writing projects. Ages 9-12. Preregistration is not required.


May
31
11:00AM

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2:30PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Wednesday, March 29 at 11:00 AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be Green Card holders. The first day of class is Registration day when they should have a copy of their Green Card.

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May
31
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Health Insurance Information and Enrollment

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Need health insurance? Come learn about no-cost Medicaid, options for low-cost insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and get your questions answered. Get information or enroll on site one-on-one with one of Callen Lorde Community Health Center’s culturally competent insurance navigators.

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

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May
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Nature Crafts

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Use natural materials--seeds, flowers, twigs, leaves, feathers, stones--to create beautiful hand-crafted items and works of art. Ages 5-12. No registration required.


Jun
1
9:30AM

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11:00AM

MICROSOFT WORD FOR BEGINNERS IN SPANISH

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste Items; and use Word’s main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first-served basis.
Please call at 718-721 2462 to register.

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

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Jun
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Board Game Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for a casual evening of board games like Scrabble, chess, and more. Adults and teens are welcome!

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

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Jun
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations with PowerPoint 2010.
• Learn how to create and edit slides
• Change designs and colors
• Insert illustrations
• Present your slide show
Preregistration is required.

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

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Jun
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Write Now! with NY Writers Coalition

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Want to get past your writers block or just put pen to paper and see what happens? Join us for free creative writing workshops that will bring out those powerful stories we have yet to share on the page. Poetry, prose, theater, rhymes, and everything in between — all created in a single room! This workshop is open to writers (Age 18+) of all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels. Writing prompts and other materials will be provided. Just bring yourself!

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

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Jun
6
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes for Beginners in Spanish

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

Learn how to use a computer. Practice with the mouse, keyboard and searching the Internet. You will learn how to type, copy, edit, format, print and save a file. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first-served basis. To register, please call at 718-721 2462.

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

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Jun
6
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Topics include:
*Introduction to the computer (using mouse & keyboard)
*Introduction to Microsoft Word
*Navigating the Internet
*Introduction to E-mail

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

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Jun
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Beginner Sewing Skills

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Make your own drawstring bag and pillow while learning how to measure, cut, and pin fabric, and other basic sewing skills. Ages 9-12. No registration required.

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

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Jun
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Clay Creations

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Make a clay animal, a bowl, and a necklace, ornament, or sign. Ages 5-12. No registration required, but materials are limited. First-come, first-served.

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

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Jun
8
5:30PM

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6:30PM

An Ounce of Prevention

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Looking for the path toward a healthier you? The journey begins with some simple tweaks to your lifestyle. The right screening tests, diet, exercise, and stress-relief all play a big role. Learn how to achieve optimum health by effectively managing, cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and other medical conditions. Hear from Dr. Phylicia Baird, MD, how simple health screenings and positive lifestyle choices are a powerful prescription for better health.


Jun
14
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Kids sing along with Ed and Carol Nicodemi

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Using a combination of traditional children's songs and their own original material, Carol and Ed with entertain preschool children and their caregivers in this lively performance to inspire children's desire to read.Please register at the Library

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

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Jun
15
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word's main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
15
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking: Introduction to American Sign Language

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn how to communicate with your hands in this interactive workshop on the basics of American Sign Language.


Jun
15
6:00PM

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7:30PM

BOOK CLUB IN SPANISH FOR ADULTS

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

WE MEET EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 6:00 PM. The title of the book for June is “Los Amantes bajo el Danubio” by Federico Andahazi. Copies of the book are available at the reference desk. They can be checked out as soon as possible prior to each meeting.
Please call at 718-721 2462 to register.


Jun
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fathers' Day Craft

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Make Dad a special gift and a classy card. Ages 5-12. No registration required.


Jun
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build A Better World

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build A Better World engages children with songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology and original stories about why engineers, architects and designers rock! For children 6 to 12 and their families.


Jun
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Dances and Serenades

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the romance of Spring with trio Cantando así (singing like this). Bolero, danza puertorriqueña, flamenco, plus their new arrangement of Schubert's Serenade for two guitars and tenor voice.


Jun
27
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Email for Beginners in Spanish

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

Learn how to create and navigate an E-mail account, log on, send and receive messages and attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic computer skills before the workshop. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first-served basis. Please call at 718-721 2462 to register.


Jun
28
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Last Day of School Celebration

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

School's out! Get a start on summer fun by playing a life-size version of Candy Land and other active games. Ages 5-12. No registration required.


Jul
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Story and Play Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Play time followed by stories and songs for children ages 18 to 35 months and a parent or caregiver. No registration required but space is limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children's Room before each session.

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

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Jul
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Kickoff

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Come to the Kickoff! We'll tell you all about the Summer Reading Program, Build a Better World -- the goals, games, and activities! We'll read stories, do crafts and play games! Get signed-up, get started! Summer Reading Club continues on Wednesdays for the next 6 weeks.


Jul
6
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Family Film

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Come out of the sun and relax with a film for family viewing.

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

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Jul
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Tech: Google CS First Art with Scratch

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Create ART with the Google CS First Program and Scratch Coding. Create animation, paintings that talk and other interactive projects, and digital art. Come in or call us at 718-721-2462 for information.

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

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Jul
7
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Broadway Babies

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Bring your infant up to age 17 months for short stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and socializing!

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

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Jul
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Game Day

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Play board games, BINGO, cards, party games, or learn a new game. Something different each week! Build your brain! For children ages 5-12. No registration required.

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

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Jul
10
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Little Builders Story Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

For children ages 3 & 4 and their parents/caregivers. In each story & craft time, we’ll set participants to work on a building “challenge” using different materials each week--play dough, Legos, blocks of all sizes, pipe cleaners, and more.

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

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Jul
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Club: BUILD A CITY

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Over the course of the summer, participants will construct a model city while considering such issues as development & growth, transportation, city living (parks, museums, high rises, stores), environmental issues, underground infrastructure, and cities of the future. Ages 5-12.

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

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Jul
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Book Arts

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Build on books: Different titles will inspire creative endeavors such as Readers Theatre (including performances for younger children); book quilt squares; book crafts, a “book tasting” party; book painting; book reviews/recommendations; and book displays. Ages 9-12.

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

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Jul
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

J Shorts & Films

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a short film or theatrical show performed by older children. Build on the theme with an activity. Ages 4-8.

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

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Jul
12
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Build a Better World

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Explore the theme Build a Better World by reading stories about role models or that exemplify positive change. With our crafts we'll go green, build stories with word blocks, make cards of encouragement, and do other works of kindness to change the world! Ages 5-8.

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

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Jul
25
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Nonfiction Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our discussion of the memoir "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren (2016). Open to adults & teens


Aug
14
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Managing Back Pain

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Do you suffer from back pain? Come learn some common causes and possible treatments. Dr. Subhadra Nori, the Regional Director for Rehabilitation Medicine for NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst and Queens, will lead the discussion. All are welcome.


Aug
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

End of Summer Reading Party

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Celebrate your summer reading accomplishments! Enjoy face painting, activities, crafts, games, and prizes! Fun-filled for the family!


Aug
22
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Nonfiction Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our discussion of "The Rise of Rocket Girls: The Untold Story of the Remarkable Women Who Powered Space Exploration". Open to adults & teens


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Broadway Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the Broadway Community Library include:

  • Arabic & Bengali
  • Chinese & Croatian
  • French & Greek
  • Gujarati & Hindi
  • Italian & Korean
  • Portuguese & Punjabi
  • Russian & Serbian
  • Spanish & Urdu
  • and Tagalog.

 

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

  • Classics
  • Black Experience
  • Careers
  • Test Preparation
  • Colleges
  • Graphic Novels
  • New Age
  • Mind & Body
  • FYI
  • New Americans

 


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
Adventureland Preschool
41-31 58th St
Woodside NY , 11377-4755
phone: (718) 274-4769
Bright Beginnings
49-22 30th Ave
Woodside NY , 11377-7959
phone: (718) 777-6664
Kid Krazy
2125 21st Ave
Astoria NY , 11105-3228
phone: (718) 545-5728
Mi Nuevo Mundo
31-05 51st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 626-7394
My New World
31-31 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-4521
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board 1
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3335
fax: (718) 786-3368
  

Community Organizations & Services
Central Astoria Local Development Coalition
28-27 Steinway Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718)728-7820
Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens
29-21 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 204-2444
Greater Astoria Historical Society
35-20 Broadway 4th Floor
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 278-0700
LIC Business Development Corporation
29-10 Thomson Avenue, 9th Floor
Astoria NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-5300
Queens Rainbow Community Center
30-74 Steinway Street, 2nd floor
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 429-2300
American Museum of the Moving Image
35 Avenue at 36 Street
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 784-0077
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
32-37 Vernon Blvd
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 204-7088
P.S.1 (MOMA)
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-2084
Socrates Sculpture Park
Broadway and Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 956-1819

Fire Department
Engine 263, Ladder 117
42-06 Astoria Blvd South
Astoria NY , 11107
  

Local Hospitals
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1000
Queens Surgical Community Center
46-04 31st Ave
Long Island City NY , 11103-1842
phone: (718) 545-5050
Steinway Family Health Center
25-92 Steinway Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-6100

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
Astoria Heights Recreational Park
30th Road between 45th and 46th Streets
Athens Square Park
30th Avenue and 30th Street
Astoria NY ,
Broadway Playground
38th Street between 31st Avenue and Broadway
  

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

Post Office
Steinway Post Office
43-04 Broadway
Astoria NY , 11103-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Corpus Christi
31-29 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 721-2484
El-ber Islamic School
25-42 49th Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 274-9060
Evangelical Christian
31-29 Crescent Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 937-9601
Most Precious Blood
32-52 37th Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-9850
Queens Lutheran School
31-20 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 721-4313
Saint Demetrios Greek American School|
30-03 30th Drive
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-1754
Saint. Joseph School
28-46 44 Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 728-0724
  

Public Elementary Schools
Our World Neighborhood Charter
36-12 35th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 392-3405
P.S. 70
30-45 42 Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 728-4646
P.S. 151 Mary D. Carter
50-05 31 Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 728-2676

Public High Schools
Academy of American Studies
28-01 41st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361 – 8786
Baccalaureate School of Global Education
34-12 36th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 361-5275
Aviation Career and Technical High School
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-2980
William Cullen Bryant High School
48-10 31st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Baccalaureate School of Global Education
34-12 36th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 361-5275
I.S. 10 Horace Greeley School
45-31 31st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 278-7054
 

Senior Centers
Senior Healthcare Center
27-15 30th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-0007
Woodside Senior Center
50-37 Newtown Road, Building 19
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-6916
 

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
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard,Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1833
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Brian Barnwell
BarnwellB@nyassembly.gov
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 921
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4755
fax: (518) 455-5032
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 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

Dutch settlers were the first inhabitants of the area that is now known as Long Island City. This area was the first part of Queens to be settled. The name Long Island City was created by Captain Levy Hayden in 1853. After selling a large number of shares from his Hunter’s Point Marine Railway to the Beebe family of Ravenswood Captain Hayden named the area with the hope that one day all of the Hunter’s Point, Astoria, and Ravenswood would be unified. The idea of a Long Island City came from these areas wanting their own self government. A public referendum was passed on February 16, 1869 by a vote of 299 for and 150 against. The city was charted as a merging of the villages of Astoria, Steinway, Ravenswood, and Hunter’s Point. It borders the East River in the North and West and Newton Creek to the South.

The charter to establish Long Island City was signed on Wednesday May 4, 1870. Abraham D. Ditmars, of Astoria, was the city’s first Mayor. Early problems for the new city were a lack in decent roads to travel upon. Due mainly to the financial resources and tenacity of James Thomson many of the major roads of Long Island City were completely paved by 1880. This included the complete drainage of Ravenswood swamp. Most of the inland territory of what is now Long Island City was made up mostly of marshland. The city was prosperous due to thriving community industries in oil and glass. The city quickly gained the reputation of being a commercial and industrial district. One of the most prominent families were the Steinways. The German family, headed by Patrick Henry Steinway, were responsible for many upgrades to the Long Island City community and industry. They created streetcar lines, a piano factory, and a successful amusement park called North Beach which operated from 1886 to 1920. This park was located on the spot that is now known as La Guardia Airport. Riker’s Island once belonged to Long Island City until it was purchased by New York City in September 1884 for the price of $2,500.

Long Island City operated as its own separate entity outside of greater New York City. Mayor Henry S. Debevoise was arrested on a warrant by the citizens for fraud and his ineffectiveness as mayor during a tense battle with gamblers that had invaded the city in the early 1880’s. Patrick Jerome Gleason won the mayoral election of 1886 and became just as notorious as Henry Debevoise. Mayor Gleason appointed himself chief officer of the Police board, Fire Department, and Board of Education while appropriating funds of over $245,000 for a school that was not completed until he was removed from office. Gleason’s acts of corruption gave the once highly touted community a reputation of political crime that was looked at badly by the rest of the country. These acts of corruption led to the Consolidation Act for a Greater New York which led to Long Island City becoming a part of greater New York in 1898.

The creation of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909 opened the isolated suburb to commuters who now had quick access into and out of Manhattan. The opening of the Penn Tubes in 1910 opened Long Island to travel from the Southern section of the city. People now had accessibility to other parts of New York and the once strong economic clout of Long Island City was slowly taken away by Manhattan. Over time many immigrants from various European countries such as Italy and Iceland came to settle in Long Island City. By far the biggest ethnic group is from Greece as Long Island City boasts the largest number of Greek people outside from the country of Greece.

Today Long Island City stands as one of the most industrialized melting pots of New York City and the United States.

In 1893 a movement to establish a Free Public Library began in the Long Island City community. The first Broadway Branch was opened in 1906 on 9th Avenue. It was the sixth library unit built for the Queens Public Library system. Circulation for the first year was 36,000. Circulation grew steadily leading to several changes in location.

Children’s services in particular lead to two major moves. The first move led to a Children’s facility created in 1930 on Steinway Street. Children’s programs became so popular that they had to be discontinued due to lack of space. The need for more room led to the opening of the library’s current location on April 25, 1958. The three story building is 15,800 in square feet and is located at 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City.

Sources

Seyfried, Vincent F. , 300 Years of Long Island City 1630-1930, Queens Historical Society Publication 1984

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