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Toddler Time

*Children ages 18 months to 36 years are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and other types of fun! Online registration begins April 3rd. Space is limited so don't miss out!*

Apr 24 @ 10:30 AM, May 1 @ 10:30 AM, May 8 @ 10:30 AM, May 15 @ 10:30 AM, May 22 @ 10:30 AM

People's Theater Project: Community Acting for All!

Learn theater arts through the process of collaborative theater making. Registration is required. Please register online, in person, or by calling 718-990-0728 before March 20. Online registration is available until March 5.

Apr 24 @ 6:30 PM, May 1 @ 6:30 PM, May 8 @ 6:30 PM, May 15 @ 6:30 PM, May 22 @ 6:30 PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Tuesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 2:00 P.M.:

4/4: High Plains Drifter (1973) Rated R
4/11: Chocolat (2000) Rated PG-13
4/18: No Way Out (1987) Rated R
4/25: The Age of Innocence (1993) Rated PG Customer Suggestion

Apr 25 @ 2:00 PM

LinkedIn for Job Search

LinkedIn is a social media website that allow you to manage your professional identity. You will learn to follow friends and colleagues, look for employment, network, receive job posting notifications, and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class ...

Apr 25 @ 3:00 PM

Skydiving with music: Uplifting Classics with the Violinist Dina Nesterenko

Join us for an evening of perennial favorites of classical music performed by the Juilliard-educated Russian American violinist Dina Nesterenko: from original compositions by Bach and Paganini to her own arrangements of Tchaikovsky and Mozart. Come soar with music that never goes out of fashion!

Apr 25 @ 6:00 PM

Small Business Workshop

Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan! In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open the "doors" of their business. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, ...

Apr 25 @ 7:00 PM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles such workers may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call ...

Apr 26 @ 10:00 AM

Timeless Tales

*Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Space is limited and registration begins April 12th! Don't miss out.*

Apr 26 @ 10:30 AM, May 3 @ 10:30 AM, May 10 @ 10:30 AM, May 17 @ 10:30 AM, May 24 @ 10:30 AM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make and learn from mistakes before they count. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after an interview. Interviews will take place at the Job Readiness table. ...

Apr 26 @ 2:00 PM, Apr 26 @ 3:00 PM, Apr 27 @ 10:00 AM, Apr 27 @ 11:00 AM, Apr 27 @ 12:00 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Wednesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 6:00 P.M.:

4/5: When the Bough Breaks (2016) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
4/12: Ben-Hur (2016) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
4/19: The Accountant (2016) Rated R Customer Suggestion
4/26: Allied (2016) Rated R Customer Suggestion

Apr 26 @ 6:00 PM

Apr
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240.


Apr
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought after job skills. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110


Apr
24
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Special Services and New York City Department for the Aging-Health Promotion Unit presents the
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.


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Apr
24
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club - Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories, you bring your own project and fabric. *There is no instruction during the Lab.* No registration is required but space is limited.
Adults 18 and over only.


Apr
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

*Children ages 18 months to 36 years are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and other types of fun! Online registration begins April 3rd. Space is limited so don't miss out!*

Central LibraryMon, May 1, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 8, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 15, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 22, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM

Apr
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

CLDC Children's Chorus

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join the Children's Library Discovery Center's (CLDC) Children's Chorus. The Chorus will sing tradition chorus songs, along with a selection of todays hits. The program will culminate with a performance at the Queens Central Library. Space is limited to 25 children. To register please email Suzanne.casasnovas@queenslibrary.org.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

People's Theater Project: Community Acting for All!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn theater arts through the process of collaborative theater making. Registration is required. Please register online, in person, or by calling 718-990-0728 before March 20. Online registration is available until March 5.

Central LibraryMon, May 1, 20176:30PM - 7:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 8, 20176:30PM - 7:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 15, 20176:30PM - 7:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 22, 20176:30PM - 7:30PM

Apr
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Parents and caregivers can help children learn the key skills they need to succeed in school before they start kindergarten. During 8 weekly sessions, library staff and early childhood teachers will “teach” and “coach” parents and caregivers how to use books, educational games, and a variety of hands-on activities to help build language skills. For ages 3 - 5 and the child MUST turn 3 on or before 4/25/2017. Preregistration required and begins on 4/11/2017.*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Youth Employment: Young people need work too!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Are you too broke to do the things you like, such as: travel, try new restaurants or just going places to chill with your closest friends? If you are between the ages of 14-24 and want a job, join this fun and interactive workshop to learn how to find the job for you! Say goodbye to asking your parents to hold a $20!


Apr
25
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 2:00 P.M.:

4/4: High Plains Drifter (1973) Rated R
4/11: Chocolat (2000) Rated PG-13
4/18: No Way Out (1987) Rated R
4/25: The Age of Innocence (1993) Rated PG Customer Suggestion


Apr
25
3:00PM

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5:00PM

LinkedIn for Job Search

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

LinkedIn is a social media website that allow you to manage your professional identity. You will learn to follow friends and colleagues, look for employment, network, receive job posting notifications, and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR200.


Apr
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Medical and Consumer Health Database Workshop

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

This class will provide information on medical and consumer health databases and websites available on the Queens Library homepage. An overview of the medical librarian services available at Queens Library will also be discussed. Pre-registration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Apr
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Skydiving with music: Uplifting Classics with the Violinist Dina Nesterenko

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for an evening of perennial favorites of classical music performed by the Juilliard-educated Russian American violinist Dina Nesterenko: from original compositions by Bach and Paganini to her own arrangements of Tchaikovsky and Mozart. Come soar with music that never goes out of fashion!


Apr
25
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Small Business Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 50 openings

Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan! In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open the "doors" of their business. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Apr
26
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

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

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Apr
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles such workers may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR100


Apr
26
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Timeless Tales

Location: Central Library
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 April 26, 2017
Availability: 4 openings

*Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Space is limited and registration begins April 12th! Don't miss out.*

Central LibraryWed, May 3, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 10, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 17, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 24, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM

Apr
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make and learn from mistakes before they count. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after an interview. Interviews will take place at the Job Readiness table. Preregistration is required at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR180

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

Additional Dates


Apr
26
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


Apr
26
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 6:00 P.M.:

4/5: When the Bough Breaks (2016) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
4/12: Ben-Hur (2016) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
4/19: The Accountant (2016) Rated R Customer Suggestion
4/26: Allied (2016) Rated R Customer Suggestion


Apr
27
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Downsized: Breaking the destructive cycle of job loss

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

In this class we will discuss the reasons for job loss, some statistics to understand this demographic, and what you could do to prevent being in the small percent of unemployed Americans.


Apr
27
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this five-week class children will learn and play with their caregivers. Ages 1-3 years. In person registration begins April 6th. Preregistration is required, beginning on Monday, February 13, 2017.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movies @ 2PM

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

4/6/17, "All Through the Night," 1942
4/13/17, "The Robe," 1953
4/20/17, "Platinum Blonde," (customer request),
4/27/17, "From Russia With Love," (customer request),


Apr
27
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Queens Connections

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you or someone you know have questions about housing, homelessness or other services? Are you looking for resources but not sure where to start or what is available? Join us for coffee and conversation with experts on housing and other services who are happy to answer your questions, provide information, or just chat. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Pop-up Jazz Concert with Iris Ornig: 'The Songbook of Burt Bacharach and Hal David'

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

For her newest project, bassist Iris Ornig honors Burt Bacharach and Hal David with her own spin on their classic compositions. By putting the songs through a creative jazz filter, she brings new life to the music while capturing the moods and stories of each one. Iris’s love of the Bacharach/David songbook is expressed in every new twist of her inventive musical reinterpretations.


Apr
27
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Celebrating Russian-American History Month with a movie screening: "Stalingrad"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of "Stalingrad".


Apr
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Coding Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Come and check out Coding Club! Learn about introductory coding where you can create your very own interactive story, build characters, create a plotline, and most of all...have fun! This program is for children ages 8-14. Registration begins on March 23rd in person. You must be able to attend all sessions!*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Learn Russian Language at Queens Library!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Say more than just "hello!" Delve into the foundations of Russian language: the alphabet, sentence structure, and the rules of pronunciation.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Poetry Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Poetry is life distilled.
-Gwendolyn Brooks
Whether you consider yourself a poet or a novice, join us every Thursday in April for National Poetry Writing Month. In the supportive space of the workshop, bring your lived experience to life on the page.


Apr
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Advancing in the Workplace

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Learn how to make a plan for your career and set reasonable and achievable goals for yourself. Get noticed by your supervisor, improve your outlook, and move up.


Apr
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Andrea Davis Pinkney's "The Red Pencil" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Apr
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Photography: Telling Your Story

Location: Central Library
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 April 28, 2017
Availability: 20 openings

Do you like photography? Do you want to tell a story with your images? Richard Louissaint will guide you through telling a story using only your cell phone. At the close of the program, you will have an opportunity to share your story with your fellow photographers.

Pre-registration is required. This is a multi-session program and participants are obligated to attend all classes. Please be certain you are able to meet this obligation before registering.

Central LibraryFri, May 5, 20174:00PM - 5:30PM20 openings
Central LibraryFri, May 12, 20174:00PM - 5:30PM20 openings

Apr
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The Magic and Mind Reading Tour 2017

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Professional magicians Rich Marotta, Steve Dane and Ulises Beato will bewilder and beguile you with great magic and comedy. Each magician offers a different perspective on the art of magic.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
30
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Spanish Beginner Conversation Class

Location: Central Library
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 April 30, 2017
Availability: 6 openings

This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic vocabulary related to greeting, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to speak about a present action, and more. Develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Central LibrarySun, May 7, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, May 21, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, May 28, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 4, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 11, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 18, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 25, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM

Apr
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: Arrival

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Denis Villeneuve directed this science-fiction suspense film about Earth's response to a possible alien invasion. After extraterrestrial spacecrafts plant themselves at various locations around the globe, a linguist (Amy Adams) and a theoretical physicist (Jeremy Renner) must find a way to communicate with the mysterious visitors in order to learn what they want and whether they pose a threat to humanity. Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg co-star.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

  • 100 public computers in the Cyber Center
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  • 18 computers in the Children's Library Discovery Center for children 12 and under
  • 4 computers for toddlers
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Special Place for Kids
89-14 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-1601
Afro American Parents Day Care Center Incorporated
117-16 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
All My Children Day Care
175-44 Mayfield Rd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
All Our Children Family Daycare
148-07 111th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 739-5930
Early Sunrise Daycare
187-08 Hillside Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 736-9064
Head Start
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-1888
Kids Circle Daycare
164-04 Goethals Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1280
Queens Child Guidance Center
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-8657
Sensational Kids Incorporated
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-0851
Allen Christian Pre-School
114-32 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
Gil-Blu Nursery - Kindergarten
120-02 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Kids Porta Bright Horizon Center
Bldg 350 JFK Airport
Jamaica NY , 11430
Little Flowers Early Childhood
23410 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11422
Rochdale Village Nursery & Kindergarten
170-30 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
Treehouse Day Nursery
168-40 127 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434

Community Board
Community Board District #12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
90-04 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-0282
fax: (718) 658-1405
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
90-25 161st Street, Suite 505
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-4800
Jamaica Business Development Center
90-33 160th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-2255
fax: (718) 206-3693
Community Mediation Group
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-6868
BFFY Jamaica Family Youth Center
90-11 160th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 526-5151
Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-7400
fax:
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 262-3750
fax:
King Manor Museum
King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-0545
fax: (718) 206-0541
Afrikan Poetry Theatre
176-03 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-3312
fax:
Black Spectrum TheatreRoy Wilkens Park
177th St. & Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 723-1800
fax:
Chung-Cheng Art Gallery St. John's University Visual Arts
Sun Yat Sen Hall
Jamaica NY , 11439
phone: (718) 990-6583
fax: (718) 990-1881
 

Fire Department
Engine 275, Battalion 50:
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 298, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Ladder 125, Battalion 50:
159-06 Union Tpke.
Ladder 127, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
 

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
 

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue from 150th to 153rd Street
Major Mark Park
Hillside Avenue, from 173rd to 175th Street
Captain Tilly Memorial Park
Bordered by Highland Ave, Upland Pkwy, Gothic Pkwy
Harvard Playground
179th Place, north of Jamaica Ave
  

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 Police Officer Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Post Office
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432-9997
phone: (718) 990-1090
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Archbisop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
10615 154th St
Jamaica NY , 11433
Ideal Montessori School
87-41 165th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Immaculate Conception School
179-14 Dalny Road
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Day School of St Demet
84 35 152nd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Montessori
90-01 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Busy Bee Learning
88-28 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
New Dawn Elementary School
90-34 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
Nativity B V M School
92nd St & Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11416
St Clement Pope School
120-27 141st Street
Jamaica NY , 11436
St Peter Claver School
149-18 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
St Nicholas of Tolentine School
80-22 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432-1096
The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
United Nations International School
173-53 Croydon Road
Jamaica NY , 11432

Public Elementary Schools
PS 086 Queens (Q086)
87-41 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-6264
fax: (718) 297-0298
PS 131 Abigail Adams (Q131)
170-45 84 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-4229
fax: (718) 658-5690
PS 095 Eastwood (Q095)
179-01 90 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-0007
fax: (718) 658-5271

Public High Schools
Hillcrest High School (Q505)
160-05 Highland Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-5407
fax: (718) 739-5137
Jamaica High School (Q470)
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax: (718) 739-4826
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Q620)
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-6580
fax: (718) 658-0365
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Q680)
60-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 969-3115
fax: (718) 969-3552
  

Senior Centers
Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, Inc.
162-04 Jamaica Ave.,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-6500
fax: (718) 523-7746
Robert Couche Senior Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
Senior Citizens Center
123-10 143rd St
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 657-6500
Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
  

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. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmaA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-3531
fax: (718) 523-3670
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
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., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Community History

 

Jamaica was a former town and capital of Queens County. The first European settlers were probably New Englanders from Hempstead. They were granted a patent by Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Netherland, on March 21, 1656. The settlement was initially called Rusdorf. After the English conquest in 1664 the name was changed to Jameco, after the Indians who were the earliest inhabitants of the area. In 1680, the present name was adopted.

On May 17, 1686, New York governor Thomas Dongan issued a charter to the landowners of Jamaica. The Dongan Charter consolidated the various hamlets into the town of Jamaica and set its boundaries. (The Dongan Charter is on display in the Long Island Division of the Central Library.)

In 1702 Jamaica briefly served as the capital of the New York Colony during a Yellow Fever outbreak in Manhattan.

Important to the history of Jamaica is Prospect Cemetery. The cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Queens, dates back to 1668 and includes the graves of some of the earliest inhabitants of Jamaica.

Two of Jamaica’s important landmarks are King Manor and Grace Episcopal Church. King Manor is named after Rufus King, a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, one of the two first New York Senators to Congress, a diplomat, and anti-slavery advocate. Grace Church was founded in 1702 and served as the official church of the British colonial government during the Revolutionary War. Rufus King is among those buried in the Church’s graveyard.

In 1898 Queens became part of the City of New York of which Jamaica was the county seat.

Jamaica owes its strength as a major shopping area to transportation. Jamaica Avenue was once a toll road between the ferry in Brooklyn and Hempstead. The Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica developed into a major hub. King Kullen, the first self service supermarket in the U.S., opened on Jamaica Avenue in 1930. In the 1960s, interest in Jamaica as a major shopping district began to decline. However, in recent years there has been a coordinated effort, through the work of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, to revitalize Jamaica.

Library History

The first Central Library was located on Parsons Boulevard. It opened in 1930 and was expanded with WPA funds in 1941. The current building on Merrick Boulevard was dedicated on April 11, 1966. The new building was the result of the unwavering efforts of Library Director Harold Tucker. It was designed by the architects York & Sawyer, Kiff, Colean, Voss and Souder. The new Central Library was the first major branch of an urban library to place all public services on one floor. The library cost $5,700,000 and contained 195,000 square feet of floor space. The library was renovated and expanded in 1989. Additional renovation and expansion has begun and is expected to be completed in the next few years, and will include the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center.

The Queens Library’s online catalog, InfoLinQ (Information online at Queens Library) was unveiled at the Central Library in October 1993. In January 1999 the Cyber Center opened at the Central Library. The Cyber Center has 48 computers for customer use, allowing access to the Internet and word processing. The Cyber Center, along with additional computers in the library, has helped to close the gap between the technology “haves” and “have-nots.”

Bibliography

“Libraries” by Phyllis Dan in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Suggested Reading on Jamaica’s History (available at the Central Library)

“Jamaica” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
The Origin and History of Grace Church, Jamaica, New York by Horatio Oliver Ladd.
Recollections of Old Jamaica: 1655-1887.
Records of the Town of Jamaica Long Island: 1656-1751 edited by Josephine C. Frost.

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

The Queens Borough President’s Office has announced the Fourth Poet Laureate to serve from 2007 to 2010:

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

An honorary position, the Queens Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry throughout the borough and writes poetry that is inspired by, or relate to, the borough of Queens.

To learn more about the Queens Poet Laureate, go to http://www.queensbp.org/content_web/cultural_affairs
/cultural_poet2007.shtml