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Mistake Free Interviewing

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 718-990-8265.

May 24 @ 10:30 AM

Memories of Migration: Common Thread – Making a Community Story Quilt

This summer, join artist Naomi Kuo and Queens Memory to make a talking community story quilt! Program in English with Mandarin translation. Learn different styles of hand-sewing from local instructors; join a conversation about craft, family, and migration; and help make a quilt that integrates old sewing techniques and new audio technology. ...

Jun 5 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 12 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 19 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 26 @ 6:30 PM, Jul 3 @ 6:30 PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

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 25 @ 10:00 AM

May
23
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Presenting with MS PowerPoint

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

Learn how to effectively use Microsoft PowerPoint to provide clear and concise presentations in and out of the workplace. Attendees will be prepped on the best practices when presenting with slide presentations and speaking with others.

Please register for this program by following this link: https://queenslibrary.coursestorm.com


May
24
9:00AM

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5:00PM

Mental Health First Aid Training (Free)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If you want to register for this class, please visit this website: mhfa.CityofNewYork.US. or call or text 646-988-8668. For more mental health programming, visit https://queenslib.org/learnmentalhealth


May
24
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

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 718-990-8265.


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May
24
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Chinese Open Mic

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Singing is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Group singing helps you make friends, build confidence, and find sense of achievement. The Flushing Library and New Green Life Foundation present this “Chinese Open Mic” to welcome you to sing with others. First come, first sing!

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

Additional Dates


May
25
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Korean for Beginners III

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners II is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


May
26
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills, such as being able to use the keyboard and mouse and to open and close applications. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, May 5 at 10 am or by calling 718-661-1280.


May
26
1:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series (26): Poetry Quartets

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

New York Chinese poets Wang Yu, Yan Li, Paul Qiu, and Hong Junzhi debuts their poetry works one month after the Flushing Poetry Festival. Four poets in two generations will discuss poetry writing in their life and read poems.


May
27
1:00PM

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3:00PM

My Writing and My Life

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

By Tsungchin Wu, President of North America Chinese Writers Association
Writing is a great way to remember what we thought about and what we did. That is why I like to write. Writing allows me to deal with life’s highs and lows, to relive the joys and to relieve the worries. I will keep writing until I am old, to write it all down for as long as I can.


Jun
1
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org.


Jun
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flushing Monthly Book Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

March 2: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
April 6: Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers
May 4: How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
June 1: Think Your Way to Wealth by Napoleon Hill
*March 2 & April 6 in Rooms C&D; May 4 & June 1 in IRC Conference Room*


Jun
3
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Chinese Community Center of Flushing presents: New Federal Tax Law Seminar

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

An overview of the critical changes and updates of 2018 Federal Tax Law: personal income tax deduction; changes of income tax rates; estate tax; personal income tax credits; contribution limits for retirements saving accounts; and business income tax
Speakers: Vincent Xu & Jessie Wu, Licensed CPAs & Senior Accountants from Eastern Accounting & Consulting.


Jun
4
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Job Skills ID: Know What You're Good At!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

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 by calling 718-661-1205.


Jun
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Earth’s Vital Signs: Climate Change, Global Warming, and Health Seminar

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come observe World Environment Day at Flushing Library with Dr. Joseph R. Masci, Director of the Global Health Institute at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. Dr. Masci is a renowned infectious disease expert who will discuss the effects of climate change on our health, as well as the health of our sisters and brothers around the world.


Jun
5
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Memories of Migration: Common Thread – Making a Community Story Quilt

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This summer, join artist Naomi Kuo and Queens Memory to make a talking community story quilt! Program in English with Mandarin translation. Learn different styles of hand-sewing from local instructors; join a conversation about craft, family, and migration; and help make a quilt that integrates old sewing techniques and new audio technology. Contribute to a work of art that showcases the diverse voices of eastern Queens! For more information, contact digitalarchives@queenslibrary.org.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Peking Opera Salon

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Facilitated by Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Association, this activity is to promote traditional Chinese art, especially Peking Opera, in the community. Everyone is welcome to join singing and performing, with live music accompaniment. *Rooms A&B, Lower Level*


Jun
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Excel Beginner

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 3 openings

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, create charts and graphs, and create and solve simple formulas.

Thursday, June 7th
10am- 12pm
Flushing (2nd FL Cyber Center)
41-17 Main St. Flushing
718-661-1280


Jun
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Chair Yoga with Miriam

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Miriam will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.


Jun
7
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a five-minute presentation of either poetry, written word, music, comedy, or spoken word. Spectators are also welcome.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Jun
8
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Word: Make Your Own Calendar

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this 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 are required. Register online at Jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-661-1205.


Jun
9
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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.

Please pick up old job# 14218-- Selina
Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, June 2 at 10am or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Jun 16, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Jun 23, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Jun
9
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Educational Workshop Series by: Assoc. of Chinese English Bilingual Educators East Coast of USA

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Dec. 2nd: How to Obtain New York State Teacher's Certification; Jan. 6th: How to Obtain New York State Teacher's Certification; April 21st: How to Obtain a NYS/NYC High School Diploma; June 9th: High School Science Graduation Requirements in New York State; Aug. 18th: How High School Students Prepare for the SAT I Reading & Writing and Language Tests - From an ESL Teacher’s Perspective *Dec. 2nd in Rooms A&B; All Other Dates in IRC Conf. Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Resume: Making Impressive Resumes!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

Make your resume the best it can be. Topics include how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. Call 718-661-1205 for more information.


Jun
12
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Global Harmony House presents: 10 Ways to Change the World

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

By changing our consciousness and re-connecting with our inner spirit, we will naturally want to make the world a cleaner, healthier, safer, and more beautiful place in which human beings and other creatures can live together in peace and harmony.
*IRC Conference Room*


Jun
13
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Parent-Child Workshop

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

From birth to age 3 is when a baby's brain is developing. Our early learning specialist gives parents and their tots an overview of our Early Learning Area, including activities parents can do to help their children's early learning.


Jun
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Excel Beginner in Spanish

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

Vas a aprender los conceptos de Excel. En donde vas a crear hojas de cálculos , gráficos utilizando diferentes formulas.

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, create charts and graphs, and create and solve simple formulas.

Thursday, June 14th
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Flushing (2nd FL Cyber Center)
41-17 Main St. Flushing
718-661-1280


Jun
14
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation with Jim Rose

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Life in today’s world is stressful. People are anxious about their health, finances, relationships, safety, and their work. Through meditation, we can cope with the stresses of life. Meditation helps us replace anxiety with joy and peace. Join Jim Rose, long time meditator, for this informative lecture. There will even be a short meditation sitting.
*IRC Conference Room*


Jun
14
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Monthly Penmanship Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All are welcome. Please call 646-752-3173 for questions and suggestions.
*Rooms C&D, Lower Level*


Jun
15
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Basics of Data Entry

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Join these classes to learn how to use Excel to your advantage. Topics include basics of data entry and vary from class to class. Register online or by calling 718-661-1205. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required; it is recommended to bring your own USB flash drive.


Jun
17
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, May 20 and June 17. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Jun
18
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Cover Letters: Do's and Don'ts

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

In this workshop you will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of cover letter writing; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential employers. To preregister please call 718-661-1205.


Jun
25
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Mistake Free Interviewing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

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
29
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Intro to MS PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register online or by calling 718-661-1205. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required; it is recommended to bring your own USB flash drive.


Jul
6
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

7/6: Art of the Deal by Donald Trump; 8/3: 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People by Sally Beare; 9/7: Art of War by Sun Tzu; 10/5: 1984 by George Orwell; 11/2: Think Like a Champion by Donald Trump; 12/7: Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper *IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Excel Beginner

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

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, create charts and graphs, and create and solve simple formulas.

Thursday, July 12th
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Flushing (2nd FL Cyber Center)
41-17 Main St. Flushing
718-661-1280


Jul
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Excel Beginner in Mandarin

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

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, create charts and graphs, and create and solve simple formulas.
了解电子表格的内容以及学习如何操作,创建工作簿,输入和编辑数据,创建图表以及创建和解决一些简单的数学公式。(国语)

Thursday, July 19th
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Flushing (2nd FL Cyber Center)
41-17 Main St. Flushing
718-661-1280


Sep
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Moving for Life

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life incorporates gentle warm-ups, light aerobics, and targeted strengthening in a way that is fun and enjoyable for all! Workouts can be done seated or standing. You are encouraged to do what is comfortable and modify based on your energy, range of motion, or fitness level. We start where you are, so don’t worry if you haven’t been moving in a while. This program is first-come, first- served and for adults 18 and older.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
20
6:30PM

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8:00PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2018. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


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.