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Apr
21
9:00AM

Skills Identification

It looking for employment, it is important not only to know your job skills, but to know how to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define, categorize and identify your job skills, and how to distinguish between job skills job duties. Preregistration is required. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information visit the Job Information Center or call 718-327-2549. Class code JR110


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is now closed

Apr
21
10:00AM

Resume Workshop

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and not include in a resume and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718 327-2549 for more information. Class code JR130


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is now closed

Apr
21
11:00AM

Interview Skills

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-327-2549 for more information. Class code JR170


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is now closed

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Apr
21
12:00PM

Beginner's Word

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word. In this beginners class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC170


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

Apr
21
1:00PM

Introduction to Email

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 718 327-2549. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Apr
22
4:00PM

Cornell University Nutrition Workshop

This SNAP education course will teach basic nutrition; menu planning and portion size; food safety, shopping, budgeting and preparation; feeding children; and the importance of physical activity to overall health. Those attending at least 6 sessions of this 8-session-plus-graduation course will receive a certificate from Cornell University Cooperative Extension.


Location: Far Rockaway
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
3:30PM

Poetry Residency with Community Word Project

Participants are exposed to a variety of dynamic poets, poetry and creative writing techniques as they learn to develop their own creative voice through the writing of individual and community poems. Students develop valuable literacy and critical thinking skills and build confidence as writers through an exploration of personal identity and creativity. Participants also learn to connect to and explore their own community through collaborative writing and reflection.


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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
3:30PM

Sustainable Design

In this 4-week workshop, children ages 8-12 will be architects and engineers in training, exploring the concepts of sustainability and green design, and investigating energy alternatives in the forms of wind and solar power.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

Apr
25
12:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Our group meets on the last Friday of the month at 12:00 noon. Spring book selections are: April - "1984" by George Orwell; May - "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd; June - "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. Light refreshments will be served.


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

Additional Dates


Apr
28
9:00AM

Salary Negotiations

Have you been offered a new job? If so, do you know the best way to conduct salary negotiations? Before you start negotiating with a prospective employer about salaries, you need to find out how much you and the job are worth. Learn how to negotiate salaries in this workshop! To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718 327-2549. Class code JR300


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Apr
28
10:30AM

Mother Goose

Infants and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy fingerplays, stories and free play.


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

Additional Dates


Apr
28
11:00AM

Networking

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s job market, it is one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking in this workshop. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-327-2549. Class code JR190


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

Apr
28
12:00PM

Beginner's Excel

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

Apr
28
1:00PM

DIY Business Cards

A business card can be a great way to stay in a new contact’s mind. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create business cards using Microsoft Publisher and will leave with 10 of their very own cards. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 327-2549 for additional information. Class code CC240


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Apr
29
1:00PM

Sewing by the Book: Basic Sewing for Adults

Work on your own project or on sewing repairs, or on our featured monthly project: March - soft card wallet; April - string bag; May - bow tie. The group meets Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00PM; ring the bell for entry to the sewing group prior to the 2:00PM library opening time.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
30
11:30AM

Toddler Time

Children ages 2-4 years and their parent or other adult caregiver enjoy music, stories and a special activity afterwards.


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

Additional Dates


May
1
3:30PM

Sustainable Design Workshop for Teens

What is an Architect Engineer? Come explore this profession. You will explore concepts of sustainability and green design and investigate alternative energy in the forms of wind and solar? You will become an architect engineer in training.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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May
5
9:00AM

Online Job Applications

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning how to register and build an employment profile on a job site, apply to online job postings and upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718 327-2549 for additional information. Class code JR160.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

May
5
10:00AM

Cover Letters

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of cover letters, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Class code JR150. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718 327-2549.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

May
5
11:00AM

Job Search Strategies

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; general and career-specific websites; and How to safely find and apply for jobs online. Class Code: JR190. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call (718) 327-2549.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

May
10
10:30AM

Free Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose Screenings

Protect your health by taking advantage of free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings offered by the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. You will also have an opportunity to make an appointment.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Not required

May
12
9:00AM

Skills Identification

It is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but also know how to market these skills to potential employers during your job search. In this workshop, you will learn how to define, categorize and identify your job skills, and how to distinguish between job skills job duties. Preregistration is required. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information visit the Job Information Center or call (718) 327-2549. Class Code: JR110.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

May
12
10:00AM

Resume Workshop

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and not include in a resume and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718 327-2549 for more information. Class code JR130


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

May
12
1:00PM

How to use a USB

After this workshop, you will learn the full capabilities of USB flash drive storage device. You will learn how to transfer, upload and save files, folders and programs to a USB flash drive. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718 327-2549. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

May
14
4:00PM

Movie Afternoon

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the movies. Light refreshments will be served.
May: "Robot and Frank," 90 min., rated PG-13; June: "Short Circuit," 99 min, rated PG; July: "Flubber," with Robin Williams, 93 min., rated PG; August: "Bikini Beach," with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, 100 min., unrated


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

Additional Dates


May
19
12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the internet. Topics covered include; terminology, how to use a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search, and internet safety. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718 327-2549. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class Code: CC110


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

May
19
1:00PM

Website Design

Learn how to create your own website. HTML is the primary language used to create pages on the World Wide Web. This workshop will enable you to build and view a basic web page using the Notepad editor. It does not require any prior knowledge of web editing or web coding, but basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 327-2549 for additional information. Class code CC240


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Jun
2
12:00PM

DIY Business Cards

A business card can be a great way to stay in a new contact’s mind. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create business cards using Microsoft Publisher and will leave with 10 of their very own cards. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 327-2549 for additional information. Class code CC240


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Jun
2
1:00PM

Introduction to Email

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 718-634-4784. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Jun
2
3:30PM

Urban Comics Workshop

Create your own heroes and villains that look just like you and your friends, in a comics workshop taught by professional cartoonist Ivan Velez.


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

Additional Dates


Jun
9
12:00PM

Email Etiquette

In this introductory workshop, you will learn the proper etiquette associated with sending and receiving email. You will learn: how to compose an email, how format an email, how address recipients, 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) 634-1876. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
9
1:00PM

Introduction to Computers

After this workshop, you will learn the full capabilities of USB flash drive storage device. You will learn how to transfer, upload and save files, folders and programs to a USB flash drive. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-327-2549. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
16
11:00AM

Networking

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s job market, it is one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up and coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking in this workshop. Class code: JR190. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718 327-2549.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
16
12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the internet. Topics covered include; terminology, how to use a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search, and internet safety. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-634-4784. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class Code: CC110


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
16
1:00PM

Website Design

Learn how to create your own website. HTML is the primary language used to create pages on the World Wide Web. This workshop will enable you to build and view a basic web page using the Notepad editor. It does not require any prior knowledge of web editing or web coding, but basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 634-1876 for additional information. Class code CC240


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
23
9:00AM

Skills Identification

It is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but also know how to market these skills to potential employers during your job search. In this workshop, you will learn how to define, categorize and identify your job skills, and how to distinguish between job skills job duties. Preregistration is required. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information visit the Job Information Center or call (718) 327-2549. Class Code: JR110.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
23
10:00AM

Resume Workshop

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and not include in a resume and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718 327-2549 for more information. Class code JR130


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
23
12:00PM

Beginner's Word

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word. In this beginners class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC170


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
30
11:00AM

Job Search Strategies

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; general and career-specific websites; and How to safely find and apply for jobs online. Class Code: JR190. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call (718) 327-2549.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
30
12:00PM

Social Media and Your Job Search

The Internet is buzzing with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search, seek out job opportunities and postings. Basic computer skills and a familiarity with the internet required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call (718) 327-2549 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: JR200.


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Jun
30
1:00PM

Creating Files and Folders

After this workshop, you will be able to navigate a computer and begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. You will learn how to create computer files and folders in a Windows environment. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718 327-2549. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


Location: Far Rockaway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Far Rockaway Community Library has:

  • 10 public computers for adults/li>
  • 8 public computers for young adults
  • 4 public computers for children
  • 1 catalog computer
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Far Rockaway Community Library include:

  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • French

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Far Rockaway Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Jewish Experience
  • Small Business Resource Materials
  • Adult New Reader books
  • Russian Books, CDs, and Videocassettes

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Far Rockaway Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 327-2549 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
Shannon Adote
2006 Seagirt Boulevard, Apartment 3G, 3rd Floor
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-6995
Valerie Bacchus
316 Beach 19th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-6281
Bowen’s Unique Headstart L.L.C.
449 Beach 21 Street, 1st Floor
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (866) 263-6734
Delreta Brown
15-19 Dunbar St., Ground Floor
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-3709
Blanche Community Progress Day Care Ctr. 2
44-02 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7881
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 14
1931 Mott Avenue,
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
  

Community Organizations & Services
101st Precinct Community Council
16-12 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 868-3441
The Action Center for Education and Community Development, Inc.
1414 Wheatley Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 337-5040
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
426 Beach 40th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: 718) 471-5453
fax: (718) 471-9648
Margert Community Corporation
325 Beach 37th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-3724
fax: (718) 471-5342
Parent’s Action Program, Inc.
3226 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-2425
People United for Local Leadership (PULL)
1441 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-4496
fax: (718) 471-2005
Rockaway Artist's Alliance
260 Beach 116th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11691
phone: (212) 474-0861
fax: (718) 474-4373
Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation
1920 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-5300
fax: (718) 327-4990
 

Fire Department
Engine 264 / Ladder 134
16-19 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
  

Local Hospitals
St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore
327 Beach 19th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 869-7000
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
 

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY , 11691
phone: (718) 634-4000
fax: (718) 945-0913
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Redfern Playground
Beach 12th Street & Redfern Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
Westbourne Playground / PS 104 Playground
Mott Avenue & Bay 25th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
Grassmere Playground
Grassmere Terrace & Brookhaven Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
Beach 44th Street Playground
between Beach 43rd-44th S
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
  

Police Department
101st Precinct
16-12 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 868-3400
  

Post Office
Far Rockaway Post Office
1836 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bnos Bais Yaakov (PreK-8)
710 Hartman Lane
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 337-6000
Christian Training & Recreation (PreK-K)
14-25 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11671
phone: (718) 327-1284
Church of God Christian Academy (K-12)
1332-1336 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-9590
Rockaway Childcare Center (PreK-K)
14-66 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-1384
St. Mary Star of Sea School (PreK-8)
595 Beach 19th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-2242
Talmud Torah Siach Yitzchok (PreK-8)
1513 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-6247
Torah Academy For Girls (K-12)
444 Beach 6th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-8444
Torah Academy High School For Girls (9-12)
636 Lanett Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-1300
Yeshiva Darchei Torah (PreK-12)
257 Beach 17th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 868-2300
Yeshiva School of Far Rockaway (9-12)
802 Hicksville Road
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-7600
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.43 (K-8)
160 Beach 29th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-5860
P.S. 104 The Bays Water (PreK-6)
26-01 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-1910
P.S. 105 The Bay School (PreK-8)
420 Beach 51st Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 474-8615
P.S. 106 (K-5)|
180 Beach 35th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-5828
P.S.197 The Ocean School (K-5)
8-25 Hicksville Road
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-1083
P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott (K-5)
535 Briar Place
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-7928
P.S. 253 (PreK-5)
1307 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-0895
  

Public High Schools
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School (9-12)
8-21 Beach 25th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-2154
Far Rockaway High School (9-12)
8-21 Beach 25th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-6001
Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School (K-5)
10-45 Nameoke Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7220

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S.53 Brian Piccolo (6-8)
10-45 Nameoke Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-6900
P.S. / M.S. 43 (K-8)
160 Beach 29th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-5860
 

Senior Centers
JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula
1525 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-7755
JASA Queens Care Management
131 Beach 19th Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-6677
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Donovan Richards
DRichards@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 234-26 A Merrick Blvd
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-4356
fax: (718) 471-7391
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1820
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
NYS Assembly
Hon. Phillip Goldfeder
GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 214 Beach 96th Street
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 834
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
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: (518) 426-0529
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

The Ramones sang about its world famous beach. The Vanderbilts, the Astors, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Washington Irving vacationed in resorts along its solitary shore. Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman grew up there—at 792 Cornaga Avenue. Far Rockaway, located at the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula and nestled against suburban Nassau County, is one of New York City's most overlooked scenic treasures with the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay washing the beaches on its opposite shores. Occupying nearly half of the narrow peninsula, Far Rockaway features miles of oceanfront boardwalk and includes the neighborhoods of Bayswater, Edgemere, and Arverne.

Long before Feynman and the resorts, the area was originally inhabited by a small tribe of Canarsie Indians who named the peninsula Reckowacky, which meant "the place of our own people", also interpreted as "our place of laughing waters." It wasn't until the mid-1600s that the Rockaways first came under European control when the entire peninsula, along with most of Long Island, was sold by a local tribe to the Dutch. The British soon took over and, following several ownership disputes, Richard Cornell, an iron magnate from Flushing, bought the Rockaways and became the area's first European settler when he moved with his family to Far Rockaway on land that would later become part of Central Avenue.

Cornell's descendents held onto the Rockaways until 1833 when they sold most of their land to a group of wealthy entrepreneurs who used the oceanfront property to build the Marine Pavilion, Far Rockaway's first reputable hotel. The Pavilion quickly gained popularity among New York City's elite who fled the City amid a cholera outbreak for the warmth and relative isolation of the seaside resort. Longfellow, Irving, colonial artist John Trumbull, and pioneer journalist George P. Morris were just a few of the notables who stayed there. The Pavilion burned down in 1864 but—as many other hotels and resorts popped up along its shore—the Rockaways continued to be a celebrated vacation spot.

To accommodate the growing appeal of the Rockaways—a railroad trestle was built over Jamaica Bay in 1880 connecting the peninsula to the Queens mainland. As a result, the next 20 years saw the development of several local communities including Far Rockaway, which became an incorporated village in1888 and Arverne-by-the-Sea which achieved the same status in 1895. It would take another three years, however, for the Rockaway communities to officially become part of Greater New York City.

The time of the Rockaways being a resort community for the city's rich and famous ceased in the early-to-mid 20th century as improvements in transportation made the peninsula more accessible to the general public. The construction of the Cross Bay Bridge (1925), Marine Parkway Bridge (1937), and the introduction of New York City subway service via the A line on the refurbished railroad trestle in 1956 all contributed to the Rockaways' transformation to an upstart working class community.

Today, the Rockaways retain a distinctive coastal beach town meets blue-collar neighborhood flavor with rows of white and pink bungalows in the shadows of mid-rise condominiums. It's a place where barefoot kids with sunburned faces and fishing rods across their shoulders buy tackle around the corner from a McDonald's restaurant—where it's not uncommon to find capsized skiffs on front lawns along streets with maritime names like: Foam Place, Gull Court, Swan Road, and Seagirt Boulevard. And when on a cool, late summer day you can taste the refreshing, tonic, salty-sea air and the low-flying gulls seem bigger than the JFK-bound planes above them—you can appreciate why the Rockaways were once known as the American Riviera.

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Websites

Rockaway..."place of waters bright.” The Wave. http://www.rockawave.com/common/history/history.html

Far Rockaway, Queens. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Rockaway,_Queens

Rosenberg, Miriam. Dual Ceremony for Rockaway Nobel Laureate May 11. (2005). The Wave. http://www.rockawave.com/news/2005/0429/Community/155.html

Amon, Rhoda. The Rockaways: A Paradise for Everyman. Newsday. http://www.newsday.com/extras/lihistory/spectown/hist0012.htm

Far, Far & (Rock)Away. Forgotten NY. http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/borderlinefarrock/farrock.html

Hazelton, Henry Isham. The Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens Counties of Nassau and Suffolk, Long Island, New York1609-1924: The Rockaways. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nynassa2/rockaways.htm

Andrew Carnegie, the benevolent steel tycoon, once said: “no man can become rich without himself enriching others.” True to his word, St. Andrew—as he was called by Mark Twain—donated almost $60 million in his lifetime to help build over 2,500 libraries throughout the English-speaking world. Sixty-seven of these libraries were constructed in the City of New York alone—as it was Carnegie’s intent to establish a branch library system spanning all five boroughs. Being a Scottish immigrant from humble beginnings, it is not surprising that New York—the gateway for millions of new Americans in the early 20th century—was the recipient of his greatest largesse.

The first of the New York City Carnegie Libraries to open in the Borough of Queens was the Far Rockaway branch which was dedicated on August 18, 1904. Located prominently on the corner of a busy promenade and surrounded by a sprawling lawn—the simple yet handsome one-story brick building was raised on land deeded to the City for educational purposes by local philanthropist Benjamin Mott. The noble provision accorded by Mott may have proven far more fruitful than the generous Hempstead patriarch could have ever foreseen—and more enriching than even the wealthy industrialist could have imagined—as it is largely possible that the original Far Rockaway branch library held the great and singular distinction of cultivating the burgeoning academic talents of three Nobel Prize winners: Burton Richter, Richard Feynman, and Baruch Blumberg. Each of these scientific virtuosos graduated from nearby Far Rockaway High School between the years 1935 and 1948—making it very likely that at least one and perhaps all three members of this distinguished trio once studied in the library’s stately reading room beneath the painting of the tall, Melville-esque ship that adorned its far wall.

Tragically, the Rockaways lost a potential historical landmark when the building that housed the original Far Rockaway branch library was destroyed by fire in 1962. It wasn’t long, however, before local residents—and the future Nobel Laureates among them—had their library service restored as a replacement branch was quickly built and has stood on the same site since 1967.

Sources

Books

Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Kroessler,

The Architecture of Literacy: The Carnegie Libraries of New York City by Mary B. Dierickx

Websites

Deconstructing the Philanthropic Library: The Sociological Reasons Behind Andrew Carnegie's Millions to Libraries. http://www.michaellorenzen.com/carnegie.html

The Carnegie Libraries. http://www.nypl.org/press/carnegielibraries.cfm

The Wave.http://www.rockawave.com/news/2005/0415/Coumminity/186.html

ThinkExist Quotations. Andrew Carnegie quotes. http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/andrew_carnegie/

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