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Introduction to Job Interviews

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? 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 afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.

Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to Computers (In Spanish)

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class. Call 718-661-1280 to register or stop by Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor.

Jul 25 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to Email (in Spanish)

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. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center ...

Aug 22 @ 10:00 AM

Jun
20
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Bring your toddler ages 2-3 for some stories, music, and movement at the library! Weekly sessions encourage literacy with simple books, rhymes, finger plays, and songs. Play session follows.


Jun
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of any age can try a different art project every week.


Jun
21
11:00AM

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12:00PM

PreK Stories

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds will enjoy storytime and activities. We'll explore a new theme and skill every week!


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Jun
22
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us every Saturday for a storytime.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
22
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Strategy and Puzzles

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 32 openings

Experienced chess players age 8-12 are invited to learn about advanced chess strategies and exciting chess puzzles. Registration in advance is required.


Jun
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens ages 8 and up are invited to learn chess or improve their chess skills. All skill and experience levels are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
24
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Play With Me Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Encourage early learning! Join us for a story, songs, and rhymes, followed by free play with age-appropriate toys. For toddlers ages 0-5 with a caregiver.


Jun
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chapter Book Readers Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 read, learn, and explore with their favorite chapter books! We'll introduce a new book series with a fun activity. No registration required. You do not need to read the book beforehand.


Jun
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

BookBusters Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids grades 4-6 join us on the last Wednesday of every month to discuss popular books. Come in to pick up a copy of the books we're discussing this month.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Lunches

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-18 may come for a free school lunch on weekdays during the summer. First-come, first-served; space is limited. Enjoy a watching a video while you eat.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
28
2:00PM

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5:30PM

Film Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

End the month with a family-friendly film for ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
11:15AM

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12:30PM

Summer Reading: Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us this summer for stories, songs, and a fun activity!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Basic Chess

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Improve your chess game by learning basic chess strategies. Anyone age 8-12 years who already knows the basic chess rules is welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens ages 8 and up are invited to learn chess or improve their chess skills. All skill and experience levels are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Summer Reading: Play With Me

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Encourage early learning! Join us for a story, songs, and rhymes, followed by free play with age-appropriate toys. For toddlers ages 0-3 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM: Digital Photo & Art

Location: Flushing
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.

This program is for children going into grades 6, 7, & 8. Registration is required for each week's two-class sessions. Week one: Digital photo and art manipulation. Explore self-portrait photography, photo enhancement with LED light circuitry, and digital art manipulation. Completed works are eligible for our end-of-summer art exhibit. Major support provided by New York Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program.

FlushingTue, Jul 9, 20193:00PM - 4:30PM

Jul
9
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Summer Reading: Family Game Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for an hour of board games and puzzles on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading & Homework Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Volunteers provide help with reading and homework questions for children ages 6-12 on a drop-in basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Kid STEAM: Life on Mars

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids 6-10, join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first come, first served.
Week 1: Learn about life with a cool chemistry experiment: which of our alien samples are really alive?


Jul
11
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Summer Reading: Toddler Play & Story

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Please pick up a free ticket at the Children's Reference Desk prior to program.
This program is first-come, first-served for ages 12-36 months.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Computer Boot Camp for Kids: Start Here!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Session 1: Mouse & Keyboard Basics
This is the first of a series of five computer classes for kids. No previous computer knowledge necessary for this class. We will cover the basics of using a mouse and keyboard and your computer's browser. Ages 8-12. Register for each session separately at the children's desk or by calling us at 718-661-1212.


Jul
12
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Summer Reading: Pre-K Rocket Readers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This program is for ages 3-5 with parent/caregiver. Enjoy stories and an activity. Please pick up a free ticket at the Children's Reference Desk prior to program. This program is first-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Family Film

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us this summer for a family-friendly film! Recommended for ages 6-12 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Family Art: Rocket Frame

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children ages 5-8 are welcome to join us for a fun art activity. This week we will be making rocket picture frames! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first come, first served.


Jul
15
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM: Digital Illustration & Design

Location: Flushing
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.

This program is for children going into grades 6, 7, & 8. Registration is required for each week's two-class sessions. Week two: Explore digital layout, design, drawing, and coloring by creating a comic or cartoon and button based on something meaningful in your life. Completed works are eligible for our end-of-summer art exhibit. Major support provided by New York Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program.

FlushingTue, Jul 16, 20193:00PM - 4:30PM

Jul
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Kid STEAM: Astronauts and Alien Slime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids 6-10 join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first-come, first-served.
Week 2: Play with your own freshly-made alien ooze (also known as slime) plus experience what it's like to be an astronaut with a fun game!


Jul
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Computer Boot Camp for Kids: Are You Smarter than the Internet?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Sessions 2 & 3: Search Engines and Website Judging
These are the second and third of a series of five. Both sessions are the same curriculum. We will discuss different search engines and how they work, and how not to get fooled by all kinds of sneaky things that the Internet does. Kids ages 8-12 will enjoy competing in teams to determine if a website is trustworthy. Register at the children's desk or by calling us at 718-661-1212.


Jul
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Family Art: Galaxy Keychains

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children ages 5-8 are welcome to join us for a fun art activity. This week we will be making awesome glow in the dark keychains! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first- come, first-served.


Jul
20
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Strategy and Puzzles

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

Experienced chess players age 8-12 are invited to learn about advanced chess strategies and exciting chess puzzles. Registration in advance is required.


Jul
22
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM: Little Bits Coding

Location: Flushing
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.

This program is for children going into grades 6, 7, & 8. Registration is required for each week's two-class sessions. Week three: explore Little Bits coding kits and create a problem-solving game. Completed works are eligible for our end-of-summer art exhibit. Major support provided by New York Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program.

FlushingTue, Jul 23, 20193:00PM - 4:30PM

Jul
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Kid STEAM: Mars Rovers with LittleBits!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-10 join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first-come, first-served.
Week 3: Learn about our LittleBits collection and how snap circuits work. Create your own Mars Rovers in teams and compete to see how well they do!


Jul
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Computer Boot Camp for Kids: Research Rules!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Session 4: Copyright, Fair Use, and Research
This is the fourth in a series of five computer classes for kids ages 8-12. We will cover basic copyright rules, fair use, free image sources, how to give credit, citations, online resources, and the library’s databases. They will enjoy a fun activity to practice what they learn. Register for each session separately at the children's desk or by calling us at 718-661-1212.


Jul
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Family Art: Glow in the Dark Lacing Constellations

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children ages 5-8 are welcome to join us for a fun art activity. This week we will be making glow in the dark lacing constellations! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first- come, first-served.


Jul
27
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Learning from the Past

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

Experienced chess players age 8-12 will go on a deep dive into a historically significant chess game. Registration in advance is required.


Jul
29
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM: Sphero Robotics

Location: Flushing
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.

This program is for children going into grades 6, 7, & 8. Registration is required for each week's two-class sessions. Week four: Explore a day-in-the-life robotics challenge using our Sphero robots. Completed works are eligible for our end-of-summer art exhibit. Major support provided by New York Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program.

FlushingTue, Jul 30, 20193:00PM - 4:30PM

Jul
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Kid STEAM: Volcanic Action!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-10, join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first-come, first-served.
Week 4: Compare Mars volcanoes and Earth volcanoes with a hands-on demo and then make your own volcano in a classic chemistry activity.


Aug
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Computer Boot Camp for Kids: Typing Fun!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Session 5: Keyboarding
This is the fifth in a series of five computer classes for kids. We will direct kids ages 8-12 to age-appropriate, free websites where they can practice their typing skills with fun games. Register for each session separately at the children's desk or by calling us at 718-661-1212.


Aug
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Family Art: Puffy Paint Moon

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children ages 5-8 are welcome to join us for a fun art activity. This week we will be making puffy paint moons! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first come, first served.


Aug
5
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM: 3D Printing

Location: Flushing
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.

This program is for children going into grades 6, 7, & 8. Registration is required for each week's two-class sessions. Week five: create a digital design reflecting something important to you, then use 3D printing to create it. Completed works are eligible for our end-of-summer art exhibit. Major support provided by New York Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program.

FlushingTue, Aug 6, 20193:00PM - 4:30PM

Aug
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Kid STEAM: Star Constellation Viewer Craft

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-10, join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first-come, first-served.
Week 5: Make your own constellation viewer as you learn about the night sky.


Aug
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Family Art: Force Awakens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children ages 5-8 are welcome to join us for a fun art activity. This week we will be making our very own lightsabers! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first come, first served.


Aug
12
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM: Audio & Digital Portfolio

Location: Flushing
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.

This program is for children going into grades 6, 7, & 8. Registration is required for each week's two-class sessions. Week six: learn how to present your story with audio narration and either a digital or physical art portfolio. Completed works are eligible for our end-of-summer art exhibit. Major support provided by New York Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program.

FlushingTue, Aug 13, 20193:00PM - 4:30PM

Aug
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Kid STEAM: Sphero in Space

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-10, join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first-come, first-served.
Week 6: Learn about our awesome Sphero robots and discover for yourself what they can do!


Aug
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Family Art: Starlit Night in a Cup

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children ages 5-8 are welcome to join us for a fun art activity. This week we will be recreating the night sky with decorated cups and tea lights! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first come, first served.


Aug
20
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM Art Exhibit

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Everyone is invited to view digital and traditional artwork exploring the life experiences of our My World Tween STEAM participants. Check out our community art exhibit and gain inspiration for your own art exploration!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Flushing Community Library has:

  • 43 public computers for adults
  • 17 public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the branch for more details.

 

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International Language Collections at the Flushing Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Indic Languages
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Telugu
  • Arabic

 

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

  • The Job Information Center collection
  • Large test preparation book collection
  • Travel book collection
  • Large children’s media collection of educational and recreational multimedia materials
  • Large Young Adult fiction book collection
  • New Americans collection
  • Extensive general paperback fiction collection by popular authors
  • Special collections for arts and entertainment
  • Classics collection
  • Graphic Novels
  • New York Times on microfilm
  • Collection on Flushing history and communities for reference use

 


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
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
136-26 37th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-7602
A-Rum Art Center, Inc.
140-30 Sanford Avenue, #1C
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-4476
Red Apple Child Development
42-31 Colden Street, #101
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 762-1232
Red Apple Development Center
133-32 41st Road
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8805
Kon Wah Day School
135-27 38th Avenue, #21F
Flushing NY , 11534
phone: (718) 353-4388
Agape Christian Center
59-02 Summerfield Street
Flushing NY , 11385
phone: (718) 886-3564
Lifespire
61-56 219th Street
Flushing NY , 11364
phone: (718) 224-2413
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 7
133-32 41st Road - Suite 3B
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2800
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chinese Immigrant Services
135-17 40th Road, 3rd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 353-0195
Flushing Chamber of Commerce & Business Association
136-29 38th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3200
Flushing Jewish Community Council
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-0434
Korean American Association of Queens
136-80 41st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-2389
Bowne House Historical Society
37-01 Bowne Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 359-0528
Chinese Cultural Services Center
41-61 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-7770
Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 463-7700
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-3800
 

Fire Department
Engine 273 Ladder 129
40-18 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
56-45 Main Street
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1231
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
46th Avenue & 111th Street
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 760-6562
Kissena Park
Kissena Boulevard & Booth Memorial Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 358-7579
Playground for All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 699-8283

Police Department
109th Precinct
37-05 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 321-2250
  

Post Office
Flushing Post Office
41-65 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 321-6800
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Lutheran School of Flushing
147-32 Sanford Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-3650
Muslim Center Elementary School
137-58 Geranium Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8700
Shield of David Institute
144-61 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 939-8700
St. Michael’s School
136-58 41st Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-0246
The Windsor School
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-8300
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 20 John Bowne School
142-30 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-0321
PS 24 Andrew Jackson School
141-11 Holly Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2288
PS 242 Leonard P Stavisky Early Childhood School
29-66 137th Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-2902

Public High Schools
HS 460 Flushing High School
35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 888-7500
HS 263 Flushing International High School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-2348
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 237 Rachel Carson School
46-21 Colden Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 353-6464
JHS 189 Daniel Carter Beard School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-6676
 

Senior Centers
Benjamin Rosenthal Selfhelp Senior Center
45-25 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 866-5777
CPC Queens Nan Shan
136-65 37Th Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3030
Prince Street Senior Center
36-12 Prince St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 961-4550

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Peter Koo
PKoo@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 888-8747
fax: (718) 888-0331
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1749
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7022
NYS Assembly
Hon. Ron Kim
KimR@nyassembly.gov
District Office 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 939-0195
fax: (718) 939-1238
Albany Office LOB, Room 419
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5411
fax: (518) 455-4995
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The earliest known inhabitants of Flushing were the Matinecock Indians, one of thirteen tribes on Long Island. The first Europeans to settle Flushing were the Dutch, who arrived in 1628, when Flushing was part of New Netherlands. The Dutch governor, William Kieft, purchased all the land which would later become Queens County from the Native Americans in 1639, and on October 10, 1645, the town of Flushing itself was founded. Originally named Vlissingen, after the seaport in the Netherlands, it was later anglicized to Flushing when the English took over the colony.

The most important event in the Dutch period of Flushing history was the fight for religious freedom. The Dutch had allowed a group of religious dissidents from New England to settle in Flushing. Quakers made up part of this group. Since the Dutch Reformed Church was the official state religion of New Netherlands, only Dutch Reformed congregations were allowed. The Quakers publicly practiced their faith, however, and the governor, Peter Stuyvesant, cracked down on them. Responding to Stuyvesant’s repressive measures, on December 27, 1657, the members of the town drafted what became known as the Flushing Remonstrance, which proclaimed the right to practice one’s religion without persecution. This was the first declaration of religious freedom in North America and was the foundation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although Stuyvesant imprisoned John Bowne for permitting Quakers to meet for worship in his house, religious freedom eventually prevailed, after Bowne made a plea before the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam in 1664. In 1692, Quakers bought land for a meeting house, which was built in 1694-1695. It now stands on Northern Boulevard.

In March of 1664, the Dutch surrendered the colony of New Netherlands to the English. It was renamed New York after the Duke of York, the future James II. New York remained an English colony, except for a brief period of Dutch rule in 1673, until after the Revolutionary War. In 1737 one of the first nurseries in America, the Linnaean Gardens, opened just north of Northern Boulevard. Flushing was occupied by the British throughout the Revolution.

In the early nineteenth century, attracted by the tolerance of the Quakers, a number of African Americans settled in Flushing, among them was Lewis Latimer, an electrical inventor who worked with Thomas Edison. In 1843 a newspaper began publication and the Flushing Institute, a secondary school for boys, opened. Eventually students from the southern United States, Central and South America, and Europe enrolled in the Institute. Direct rail service to New York City began in 1854. After the Civil War, residential development accelerated. From the 1890’s until World War I, the neighborhood expanded to the east and south. With the extension of trolley lines from 1888 to 1899 and the electrification of the Long Island Railroad, Flushing became a commuter suburb. In the 1920’s apartment houses were built, and in 1928 subway service from Manhattan was extended to Flushing. After World War II more apartment buildings were constructed, displacing individual houses.

During the 1960’s many Japanese, Chinese and Koreans settled in Flushing. There was another wave of immigration in the 1980’s, of which 20% were Chinese (mostly from Taiwan), 20% were Korean, and other groups from India, Colombia, Afghanistan, Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, the Philippines and El Salvador. Since the mid 1990’s the downtown area, which is centered on Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, has become heavily commercial, with an extensive network of Asian banks and businesses. According to the 2000 census, the number of Chinese and Asian Indians making Flushing as their home has almost doubled from 1990 to 2000.

Flushing had the first library in Queens. It was founded in 1858 as a subscription service and was incorporated on April 17, 1869. Mary Ann Shaw, the principal of an African-American school in Flushing at Washington and Union Streets, helped to establish it as a free circulation library in 1884. In 1905, she donated $1,000 for the purchase of books for the Flushing Library. (One of the reference books purchased with these funds is on display on the lower level). In 1891, the Flushing Library bought a small Baptist church at the intersection of Main Street and Kissena Boulevard. This was the first of four library buildings at this location. In December1901, the Flushing Library joined the Queens Borough Public Library shortly after its formation in January 1901. In 1904, construction started on a new building at Kissena and Main with funds donated by Carnegie. This building opened in 1906, and the Flushing Library was housed there until 1955, when it was torn down and construction started on a larger building, which opened in June 1957. On June 10, 1985, the Adult Learning Center opened in this building. While the present building was under construction from 1996 to1998, the library was located in temporary quarters at 36-41 Main Street.

On June 20, 1998, the present state-of-the-art building at Kissena Boulevard and Main Street opened to the public. The design of the structure won the AIA (American Institute of Architects) 2001 National Honor Award for Architecture and the building was included in the book entitled New Library Buildings of the World. It is a 4-level, 76,000 square foot building. It houses the Flushing branch library, the International Resource Center and an Adult Learning Center. Flushing branch library holds more than 350,000 books, videos, periodicals and other library materials available to the public. 63 computer workstations with Internet access, computerized databases, and other sources of electronic information are available for customers at the Flushing branch library. The building has four meeting rooms, a 223 seat auditorium and exhibit space located on the lower level. More than 1,000 free educational, literary and cultural programs take place every year. The Flushing branch library has the largest children’s room in the Queens Library system. Over 5,000 people use the library every day, and circulation is currently about 200,000 a month. The one millionth customer came through its doors on January 20, 1999, seven months after the opening of the new building. The Flushing Library is thought to be the largest branch library in New York State.

Bibliography

“Flushing” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.

History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.

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

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson

Suggested Reading on Flushing History (available at the Flushing Library)

Flushing in Early Photographs: A Visual Documentary ed. By Allen J. Bozeman.

Flushing in the Civil War Era 1837 to 1865 by Vincent F. Seyfried.

The History of Long Island; From the Discovery and Settlement, to the Present Time by Benjamin F. Thompson.

History of Saint George’s Parish, Flushing, Long Island by J. Carpenter Smith.

History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.

Long Island: Its Early Days and Development with Illustrations and Maps by Eugene L. Armeruster.

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson.

The Quaker Cross: A Story of the Old Bowne House by Corelia Mitchell Parsons.