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Cambria Heights: What Do You See in Your Neighborhood?

Join neighborhood storytellers who share the past, present, and the future they see when they look at Cambria Heights. Examine historic photos and maps of Cambria Heights from the library’s collections, and bring your own family’s stories and photos to share. The Queens Memory team will be on hand to scan and save them to a free flash drive ...

Nov 17 @ 1:30 PM

Nov
17
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Write On with the NY Writers Coalition!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Everyone has a voice. Everyone has a story. Bring yours and join us for writing and sharing work in a supportive, respectful environment. Poetry, plays, short stories, and everything in between – all crafted in one room! Tap into your unwritten stories at this free workshop for writers (teens and adults) of all experience levels, backgrounds, and genres. Writing prompts and materials will be provided. No sign up required -- simply turn up!

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

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Nov
17
1:30PM

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4:30PM

Cambria Heights: What Do You See in Your Neighborhood?

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join neighborhood storytellers who share the past, present, and the future they see when they look at Cambria Heights. Examine historic photos and maps of Cambria Heights from the library’s collections, and bring your own family’s stories and photos to share. The Queens Memory team will be on hand to scan and save them to a free flash drive that you can take home.


Nov
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

ESOL English Conversation

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn English with a great instructor! All levels welcome. No registration needed, just show up! Aprann anglè! Apprendre l'anglais!

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

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Nov
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Notes on Music Production

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Teen Center at Cambria Heights while we explore and make music together!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Art Show featuring Imani Smith

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come view original art by local artist Imani Smith. Speak to the artist and ask questions!


Nov
20
1:15PM

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2:15PM

Cambria Heights Adult Book Discussion Group

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join our newest book discussion group at Cambria Heights! We will discuss the following books on the following dates:

9/18: "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson
10/16: "Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston
11/20: "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" by Jeff Hobbs
12/18: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

Books are available in advance for your reading pleasure.

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

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Nov
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Arts and Crafts for Kids

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an enjoyable time of arts and crafts for children!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Cambria Heights Quilters

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Please join us Wednesday mornings for beginner quilting. We will learn basic and intermediate techniques to create beautiful individual and group projects. All are welcome, supplies will be available for use during the sessions.

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

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Nov
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The program is for toddlers ages 1-3.

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

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Nov
23
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mommy and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Playtime with arts and crafts for toddlers ages 1-3

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

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Nov
23
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Fridays for Kids

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun movies!

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

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Nov
29
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Craft Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us weekly for a variety of crafts. We will learn to crochet, knit, make jewelry, explore paper crafts, create collages and paint with coffee, watercolor and acrylics.

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

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Nov
29
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Table Tennis Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Play table tennis everyone! Let's have fun in the library!

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

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Dec
3
6:00PM

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6:15PM

It's Time for Kind: Movie Night

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Watch a fun movie that will inspire and motivate you! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.

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

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Dec
5
10:30AM

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11:00AM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Read stories that will motivate and inspire! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

We Do Family Research

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us as we learn, explore, and record our family histories. Each session we will learn about the basic tools and research methodologies of genealogy. We will also have an opportunity to share our research findings and create visual family trees. Join us as we recover the lives of our ancestors.

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

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Dec
7
3:30PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Writing Thank You Notes

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn how to write a thank you note for someone special to you! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
11
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Haitian Creole Computer Class

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn how to use a computer with a fun instructor! Aprann kouman yo sèvi ak òdinatè a.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: The Power of Gratitude

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

It's the season for kindness and gratitude! What are you thankful for? Do you know practicing gratitude can improve your health? At this arts and craft program, we will create gratitude letters for someone special to us.


Dec
21
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Celebrating Diversity in December

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn how people all over the world celebrate different holidays in December!


Dec
24
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Ping Pong Edition

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The staff will be playing ping pong with their left hand so that you actually have a chance to win!


Dec
28
3:30PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Movie Special

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Watch a fun movie that will inspire you! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
29
1:30PM

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3:00PM

At the Feet of the Elders: A Kwanzaa Celebration

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa in a community celebration. Come learn about the history, principles, values, and customs of this African American holiday. We will do a craft activity and hear from our community elders. All are welcome.


Sep
6
6:00PM

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9:00PM

An Evening of Art with the Cambria Heights Library Craft Artist Extraordinaire

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Cambria Heights Library's artistic community at their 4th Annual Artist Reception and Exhibit. An array of creative expression will be on display through October including yarn crafts, water color, acrylics, jewelry, line art photography, quilts, and sewing projects.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Cambria Heights Community Library has:

  • 11 public computers
  • 1 Online catalog
  • 10 Laptops
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • African American and Caribbean fiction and non-fiction
  • Student Assignment Center
  • Cookbooks
  • Crafts/Hobbies
  • Home & Garden
  • Health
  • Money Matters
  • Parenting and Computer

 


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
Cambria Center for the Gifted
233-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Cambria Heights Christian Academy
221-02 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-5920
Helping Hands Day Care
225-16b Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-6258
Juliasa Nursery School & Kindergarten
224-03 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-9434
Le Grand Elite Learning Lab Universal Pre-K
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (800) 690-2652
Lil Ones Learning Center
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
The Nurturing Center
225-11 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-5932
Wonder Kids Academy
116-53 227th Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-8900
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board #13 Queens Reform Church,
www.cb13q.org
219-41 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Cambria Heights Civic Association
Kelli Singleton, President, P.O. Box 110007
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: 917-922-4136
fax:
Cambria Heights Sports Association
116-49 223rd St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718)525-4494
fax:
ChaRosa Foundation Corporation
228-08 Linden Blvd. P.O. Box 110279
Jamaica NY , 11411
Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP)
221-05 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-3776
  

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165
117-11 196th St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th St.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Courier
South-East Queens Press South-East Queens Press

Parks and Playgrounds
Cabbell Park/Cambria Playground
121 Ave. & 220th Street
PS 147 Playground (East Springfield)
115th Rd. Bt. 218th & 219th Streets
PS 176 Playground
121 Ave & 237th Street

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Cambria Heights Station
229-01 Linden Blvd
phone: (718) 528-1484
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bethel Christian Learning Center (Pre-K -12)
219-09 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-4357
Cambria Center for the Gifted (Pre-K-5)
223-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Le Grand Elite
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 949-6565
Revealed Word Christian Academy (PreK-6)
230-01 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-3669
Sacred Heart R.C. School (Pre-K-8)
115-50 221st Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-0123
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 147 Ronald McNair (Q147) K-5
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
P.S. 147 MINI (Q851)
218-01 116 Ave.
Queens NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 147 MINI School Spec Ed (Q852)
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 176 Cambria Heights (Q176) K-5
120-45 235 St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-4057
fax: (718) 276-3458
  

Public High Schools
Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School (Q492)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-1837
fax: (718) 978-2063
Law, Government and Community Service High School (Q494)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-6432
fax: (718) 978-6749
Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School (Q496)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2807
fax: (718) 978-3402
Humanities & Arts Magnet HS (Q498)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2135
fax: (718) 978-2309
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 192 - The Renaissance Middle School
109-89 204 St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 479-5540
fax: (718) 217-4645
  

Senior Centers
Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center
220-01 Linden Blvd
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-8238
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Clyde Vanel
VanelC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 548
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
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. 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

Cambria Heights was originally a farming community which supplied produce to Brooklyn and Manhattan. It began developing in 1923 on 163 acres of land bought by Oliver B. LaFreniere, a real-estate agent. It acquired the name Cambria in about 1924 from its owner the ‘Cambria Title Savings and Trust Company’ a coal concern located in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. “Heights” was added because of the area’s high elevation.

First populated by Jewish, German, Irish and Italian residents, the community became a predominantly Black, middle-class suburb after the Second World War. Present demographics reveal a community comprised predominantly of African Americans and West Indians.

Library service for the community began in 1930 with the establishment of a bookmobile stop on Linden Boulevard for one hour a week. The following year, the bookmobile moved to PS 147 where it provided service to the children for a few hours each week. Service expanded as demand grew leading eventually to the need for a regular library.

Campaign efforts by a committee of the Civic Association resulted in the opening on July 15, 1949 of a sub-branch in rental quarters on Linden Boulevard. In 1964, the rental facilities were expanded and upgraded to a new location, 220-20 Linden boulevard, where it remained until 2006.

The latest incarnation of the Cambria Heights library is a state-of-the-art facility located at 218-13 Linden Boulevard. Opened in 2006, the library offers computers, WiFi, programs and materials of all types for all ages.

Sources:

Cambria Heights before it was Born by George W. Winans (Pamphlet)

The Origin of Community Names in Queens Borough. (Pamphlet)

The Encyclopedia of New York City ed. by Kenneth T. Jackson