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Apr
19
3:00PM

Make Your Job a Green Job

You don't have to get a new job to get a green job! With training, gumption and an effective business case at the ready, you can take advantage of existing green opportunities or create new ones. Learn how from panelists who have already transformed their jobs for the better.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Apr
19
3:30PM

Learn to Grow

Learn to grow food organically in our learning gardens. Weekly hands-on activities include seed planting, transplanting, watering, making compost and harvesting. All ages are welcome. Children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
3:30PM

Eco-Agents Film Project

Create an original public service announcement about the environment after learning the basics of video production from Rural Route Films. This is a four-session program; please plan to attend all sessions.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
6:00PM

Green Film Series: "Queen of the Sun"

"Queen of the Sun" follows colorful, alternative and inspiring beekeepers from all around the globe as they keep bees in natural and holistic ways.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Apr
23
1:15PM

Exploring Nature with Your Child

In this weekly program, toddlers and their caregivers explore the natural world with stories and nature-themed art projects.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Apr
23
5:30PM

Learn to Grow

Learn to grow food organically in our learning gardens. Weekly hands-on activities include seed planting, transplanting, watering, making compost and harvesting. All ages are welcome. Children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Apr
24
11:00AM

Citizenship Classes

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government and culture to pass the citizenship exam.
Registration on Thursday, April 10 at 11 a.m. in person at the library or please call 718-278-4303 to register in advance.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Apr
24
4:30PM

Earth Hour

The Greening Libraries staff will teach children environmental science, from water cycles to electricity to ecological services. Many topics will be discussed in this fun and interactive afterschool program! For more Greening Libraries programs please visit: http://greening.queenslibrary.org


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Apr
25
3:00PM

Friday Afternoon Flix

In "The Book Thief," set in World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others, while in the basement of her home a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. Rated PG-13


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Apr
25
4:00PM

Recycle the Earth Weaving

In this environmentally-friendly workshop, students will discover the inherent beauty and value of commonly used and discarded materials such as junk mail, postcards, plastic bags and packaging material. Easy-to-learn weaving and knotted techniques will be taught. Finished pieces will be embellished with fun recycled materials.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Apr
26
1:00PM

Broadway: Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off 2014

Bring your food scraps (fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, including paper filter; tea bags; egg and nut shells; bread and pasta with no toppings), frozen, to our weekly food waste drop-off outside Queens Library at Broadway, Saturdays, 1:00-3:00PM. BIG! Compost will turn them into nutrient-rich compost. No meat, dairy, bones, or oily foods, please!


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
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This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Apr
26
3:15PM

Green Film Screening: Soul Food Junkies

In "Soul Food Junkies," film maker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Apr
28
5:00PM

Seedling Swap and Giveaway

Get a new start for your garden when you swap seeds, seedlings and ideas with local gardeners. Celebrate the Earth at Queens Library!


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Apr
28
6:30PM

The What, How and Why of Kombucha

Kombucha is a lightly effervescent drink of fermented, sweetened tea made by fermenting the tea with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or SCOBY.

Learn how it’s done from the local artisan and brewer behind Beyond Kombucha.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
2
11:30AM

Toddler Time

Join us for a 30-minute storytime with books, songs and fingerplays for toddlers ages 2-4 years. A parents or other adult caregiver must also attend.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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May
2
3:00PM

Friday Afternoon Flix

Astronauts find themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space when debris hits the area where they are working, in "Gravity," rated PG-13, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
2
4:00PM

American Sign Language Workshop: Spring Series

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


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
3
10:00AM

E-Waste Recycling Day

Keep old computers, cell phones and other electronic devices out of landfills by bringing them to the library for recycling. For more information about the Greening Libraries Initiatives at Queens Library, please visit http://greening.queenslibrary.org


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
3
3:15PM

Green Film: "Symphony of the Soil"

We kick off Compost Awareness Week with a screening of "Symphony of the Soil," an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance on which we walk. By understanding the complex relationship between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants, and animals, we come to appreciate the dynamic nature of this precious resource.
http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
5
6:30PM

Green Action Council

Volunteers are needed for the Green Action Council, a group of local residents interested in keeping Queens Library's Greening Libraries initiative going strong after current funding ends in spring 2014. Please join us, or email lynneserpe.nyc@gmail.com if you cannot attend this meeting but are interested in participating in future ones.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
6
3:00PM

Zumba Exercise

This aerobic exercise class for adults uses dance moves to keep you fit. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Preregistration is required for each session.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings
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This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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May
6
4:00PM

Mother's Day Craft

We will make a heart-shaped jewelry box in this 2-session program. At the first session we will make a clay box and at the second we will paint and decorate it.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date May 6, 2014
Availability: 15 openings
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May
7
11:00AM

Grow Your Own Edible Mushrooms

In this program for older adults, we will learn about the fungi kingdom, inoculate a sterilized growing medium with fungus spores and start a colony of oyster mushrooms to eat and will also look at other approprite growing methods for apartment dwellers.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
9
4:00PM

Recycled Bicycle Jewelry Workshop for Teens

Teens will discover how spokes can become "spoke flowers" and tiny bike parts can become beautiful earrings and necklaces.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
12
4:00PM

Build a Bike-Powered Generator

With the bike-powered generator we build during this fun and interactive workshop, you can create pedal-powered electricity so your cell phone will never go uncharged!


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
14
5:00PM

Eco-Agents: Environmental Action for Teens

This monthly program explores different environmental issues that we face today, how and why they are happening and what we can do with friends in our own communities to create positive change. For more Greening Libraries events and info please visit http://greening.queenslibrary.org.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
15
5:30PM

Making Fabric Beaded Jewelry

Craft artist Pamela Isaac teaches how to make jewelry from recycled fabric, buttons and other materials. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Materials will be provided.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

May
16
3:00PM

Friday Afternoon Flix: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician diagnosed as HIV-positive, devotes his life to providing non-FDA-approved drugs and supplements to other people diagnosed with HIV during an era when doctors were still struggling to understand this devastating disease. Rated R


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
16
4:00PM

Upcycled Plastics Pendant Necklace Workshop

Artist Stephanie Huffaker will demonstrate techniques for making beautiful pendant necklaces from plastic lids and bags. You will leave this workshop with one necklace you created yourself and some new skills for making more fun things out of upcycled plastics.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
17
3:30PM

Making Herbal Tea

Tea soothes the body, mind and soul. Learn how to blend and infuse herbs into delicious tea blends. Participants will take home tea blends that they have created. Ingredients will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
19
6:15PM

Plant Propagation Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to sow seeds, grow plants from cuttings using root hormone, and propagate by layering. We will also discuss grafting woody plants. Plants propagated in the workshop will be given to participants (while supplies last) to nurture and grow at home.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
19
6:30PM

History and Headlines: A Book Discussion Group

Our non-fiction book group meets on or about the third Monday of every month. For more information, call 718-721-2462.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
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May
23
3:00PM

Friday Afternoon Flix

We will screen the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Rated PG 13


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
23
4:00PM

Teens Can Cook, Too!

Join food educator Stacey Ornstein and chop, grate, blend and roll your way to a delicious seasonal dish. We will explore the joys of healthy cooking, develop new kitchen skills, learn about new ingredients and discover world cultures through food.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
24
3:30PM

Beekeeping 101

Learn about the ancient art of beekeeping! Topics include how a honeybee colony functions, the importance of bees and other pollinators in the garden, what equipment is necessary to keep a colony and how to choose the best location.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

May
30
3:00PM

Friday Afternoon Flix

When Remy's passion for cooking turns the haughty world of French cuisine upside down, the rat who would be king of the kitchen learns important lessons about life, friends, and family in "Ratatouille," rated G.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Jun
7
3:00PM

Job Readiness Workshop Series: Resumes and Cover Letters

Find out what employers are looking for when reviewing your resume and cover letter, and learn tips for writing both at this interactive workshop.


Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

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

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Broadway Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 721-2462 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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: (718) 726-0357
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1
New York NY, 10007
phone:
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 1815
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Margaret M. Markey
Markeym@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 712
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 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

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

Websites

Welcome to Long Island City

LICNYC

Long Island City History


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