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Forest Hills

Join Us at the Discovery Day Street Fair!

Our Children's Library Discovery Center is almost 5 years old—and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than our annual Discovery Day Street Fair!

Children of all ages are invited to join us on Saturday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to check out the CLDC and ...

Live JBA Twitter Chats!

Join us for the next round of Twitter chats from our Job & Business Academy, when experts will answer your career questions live!

Our upcoming topics include:

Job Interviews—How to Talk the Talk: August 31 at 1:30 p.m.

You can use the hashtag #JBAQueens to follow along and join the ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Adult Learners Program: Pre-Register Now!

Queens Library's Adult Learners Program provides lifelong learning opportunities to address the needs of the diverse and changing populations of Queens through FREE quality educational programs.

The following programs are offered at our seven Adult Learning Centers (located at Central, ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

The 11th Annual StartUP Business Plan Competition!

Got a great idea for a business?

You can get the tools you need to launch your own business and enter a contest to win $10,000 in seed funding!

Thanks to the generous support of Citi Foundation and YouNoodle, the Queens Economic Development Corporation ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Aug
30
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Design Your Own Pencil Case!

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Students ages 6 and older: Get ready to go back to school with a unique pencil case that YOU designed! No one will have one quite like yours! No registration is required, but attendance is strictly limited to 15 children ONLY.


Aug
31
2:00PM

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3:15PM

End-of-Summer Dance Party!

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

End your summer on a rousing note with a super-fun dance party at Forest Hills! Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to show off their twinkling toes and take one or more twirls around the dance floor! No registration required; just be prepared to have a blast!


Sep
2
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Watercolor Club

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Adults meet to paint and explore the medium of watercolor.

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

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Sep
2
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Friday Movie Matinee

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Join the Friday film forum at Forest Hills.

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

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Sep
8
5:00PM

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6:45PM

Queens Stamp Club

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Philatelists meet to discuss their hobby.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
10:15AM

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1:15PM

Social Dance

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Learn line and ballroom dances in this class for adults.

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

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Sep
10
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Super Cinema Saturday

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids, ages 5 and up and their special grownups: Don't miss a great feature-length film every Saturday at 2:30 in the comfort of Forest Hills's Story Hour Room! Pick up free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis 45 minutes before each showing in the Children's Room on the 2nd floor.

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

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Sep
12
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers ages 3-17 months enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, movement games, books, and toys while their parents/adult caregivers socialize, make friends, and share parenting tips. Everyone has fun!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
12
3:00PM

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4:00PM

New York Cares

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

New York Cares will offer an orientation meeting to recruit volunteers.


Sep
12
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Ballroom Dancing with Jing Chen

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Jing Chen studied ballroom dance at the school founded by internationally acclaimed dancers Mr. and Mrs. Lu Ming Da. Mr. Chen is a skilled instructor who will give lessons in ballroom basics for beginners and offer training for more advanced students.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
17
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Elena Kuschnerova in Concert: Art of Variations

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Elena Kuschnerova performs a program on Art of Variations which will feature works of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Lokshin, and Brahms.


Sep
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The Impact of Hearing Loss

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

A Doctor of Audiology will discuss hearing loss and the impact it has on one's quality of life. This lecture will cover different levels of hearing loss and outline the differences between an impairment and a disability.


Sep
23
11:00AM

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12:15PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Bring your child ages 18-36 months for a Little TLC! Play and learn with your child in a free, five-session workshop that include toys, games, puzzles and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
2:30PM

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3:30PM

It's Never Too Early (or Too Late) To Plan for Your Child's College Education

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Gain insight into developing the right stategy for you and your child to get into the college of their dreams and to ease the financial burden of a college education. Arnold Davis has conducted presentations on college admissions and financing at high schools, secondary schools and primary schools in the Midwest and regional New York.


Sep
29
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

This family-friendly workshop will help you to gain a better understanding of the human body, learn ways to stay healthy, and prevent common illnesses like diabetes while participating in fun activities and discussion. Presenter: Dr. Sandhya Malhotra, MD, and the GPNF Team.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Social Dance

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Learn line and ballroom dances in this class for adults.


Oct
1
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Opera Pomme Rouge presents Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

This children’s classic is transformed into an interactive, four-dimensional opera for all ages where the audiences takes a journey into the magic forest with Hansel and Gretel, uses homemade props—including Origami strawberries— and learns songs and dances to participate in the show.


Oct
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Perspectives on Bipolar Disorder: A Panel Discussion

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

This important and informative discussion of bipolar disorder is presented by: Dolores Brandon, author of the memoir “The Root Is Bitter, The Root is Sweet”; Alison Gilbert, Ph.D., Clinical Director at the Center for Treatment and Research of Bipolar Disorder at The Zucker Hillside Hospital; and Raphael J. Braga, M.D., psychiatrist at The Zucker Hillside Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
Books will be available for sale and signing.


Oct
8
12:30PM

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4:30PM

Indie Author Day

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Queens Library, with libraries across North America, is hosting local Indie Author Day events. All writers and readers are welcome to an afternoon to connect writers with the community.

--12:30 pm - Independent Publishers Panel
-- 2:00 pm - A digital gathering featuring Q&A with writers, agents and industry leaders that will bring together the larger indie community
--3:15 pm - Local Indie Author Panel

Books will be available for sale and signing.


Oct
15
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Meet Terry Ballard, author of "Fifty Specialty Libraries of New York City: From Botany to Magic"

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Terry Ballard set out to visit 50 libraries that had a specific specialty less than a year and shares his findings. Learn about the library devoted to magic or the dog library run by the American Kennel Club, a German language library, and much, much more. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Oct
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Hearing Aids: Set Realistic Expectations

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

The Doctor of Audiology will discuss when it might be appropriate to use hearing aids. More specifically, this lecture will outline what one might expect when trying hearing aids for the first time.


Oct
27
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Health & Hygiene

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

This family-friendly workshop will help you to gain a better understanding of the human body and learn ways to stay healthy and prevent infections. Come learn what it means to have good hygiene while participating in fun activities and discussion. Presenter: Dr. Sandhya Malhotra, MD, and the GPNF Team.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Belle's Players

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Belle's Players will perform a new production of scenes and monologues by well-known playwrights.


Nov
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Demystifying Diabetes

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

We always hear about diabetes, but what is it really? What is it doing to our bodies? Why do so many people have it? Come learn all of this, as well as some tips to prevent and manage it at this program.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Forest Hills Community Library has:

  • 28 public computers for adult and young adult customers
  • 6 public computers for the children
  • free internet acces
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Persian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Community Library include:

  • International musical CD collection
  • New York Times and Wall Street Journal on microfilm
  • non-English language DVDs and VHS tapes

 


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
Beth Gavriel
75-24 Grand Central Parkway
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-7558
E.C.L.C. of Queens, Inc.
71-12 112 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Forest Hills Jewish Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-7000
Forest Hills Presbyterian Day School
70-35 112 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-8546
Happy Childhood
66-05 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
J.CC.A. Forest Hills Day Care
108-05 68 Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Lucky Stars of Forest Hills
68-38 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-6400
She-Arit T Zion
66-05 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Central Queens YM&YWHA
67-09 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)268-5011
Forest Hills Nursery and Kindergarten
108-56 69 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-3692
Montessori School of Forest Hills Incorporated
67-04 Austin Street
Flushing NY , 11375
phone: (718) 275-0173
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 6
72-05 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-9250
fax: (718) 263-2211
  

Community Organizations & Services
Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1123
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-6565
Forest Hills Community and Civic Association
P.O. Box 754053
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 997-7014
The Forest Hills Players (live theatre)
71-11 112th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-2900
The Gingerbread Players and Jack (live theatre)
67-66 108th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-4078
  

Fire Department
Engine Company 305 Ladder 151
111-02 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
  

Local Hospitals
North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills
102-01 66 Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 830-4778
Parkway Hospital
70-35 113th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 990-4100
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Yellowstone Park
Between 68 Avenue and 68 Road
Forest Park—Jackson Pond Playground
108th Street & Myrtle Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
JHS 190 Playground (Russell Sage)
68 Avenue, Booth to Austin Streets
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Leo Ehrenreich-Austin Street Playground
Austin St Bet 76 Ave & 76 Drive
Forest Hills NY , 11375
PS 196 Playground (Grand Central)
Grand Central Pkwy Bet 71 & 72 Avenues
Forest Hills NY , 11375
 

Police Department
112th Precinct
68-40 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9311
  

Post Office
Forest Hills Post Office
10628 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 793-0151
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Kew Forest School (Kindergarten -12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-4657
Ezra Academy (Junior/Senior High School)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School (Elementary School)
72-55 Austin St.
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Machon Academy (Junior/Senior High School)
75-24 Grand Central Pkwy
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 793-8590
Midrash L’Man Achai (Junior/Senior High School)
71-02 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun (Senior High School)
71-02 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-9462
Sha’Arei Zion Ohel Bracha (Elementary School)
66-35 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Yeshiva Binat Chaim for Boys (Senior High School)
75-24 Grand Central Pakkway
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-7775
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe Dov Rev
71-02 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-5400

Public Elementary Schools
PS 101 School in the Garden (Q101)
2 Russell Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)268-7231
fax: (718)575-3571
PS 144 Col. Jeromus Remsen (Q144)
93-02 69 Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2775
fax: (718) 575-3734
PS 196 Grand Central Parkway (Q196)
71-25 113 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)263-9770
fax: (718) 575-3934
PS 220 Edward Mandel (Q220)
62-10 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)592-3030
fax: (718) 271-7642
  

Public High Schools
Forest Hills High School (Q440)
67-01 110 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-3137
fax: (718)793-7850
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 190 Russell Sage (Q190)
68-17 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)830-4970
fax: (718)830-4960
  

Senior Centers
Central Queens YM-YW Hebrew Association
67-09 108 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-5011
Forest View Center for Rehab and Nursing
71-20 110 Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Forest Hills Care Center
71-44 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Forest Hills Senior Center
108-25 62 Dr.
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 699-1010
Fairview Nursing Care Center
69-70 Grand Central Parkway
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Selfhelp Consolidated Austin Street Senior Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
Young Israel Forest Hills SR
68-07 Burns Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Karen Koslowitz
Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 118-35 Queens Blvd, 17th Floor
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 544-8800
fax: (718) 544-4452
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1872
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6981
fax: (718) 544-4452
NYS Assembly
Hon. Andrew Hevesi
Hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 110
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 263-5595
fax: (718) 263-5688
Albany Office LOB, Room 844
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4926
fax: (518) 455-5173
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
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

Settled in 1652, Forest Hills was originally called Whitepot. The name, Whitepot, may have originated from a story that the area was purchased from Native Americans for the price of three white clay pots. Whitepot may have also stemmed from “put”, a Dutch word meaning pit or hollow, inspired by the presence of a dried up stream bed in Forest Hill’s landscape. The area evolved from six farms purchased by the Cord Meyer Development Company in 1906. A model residential community initially aimed at lower income residents, Forest Hills Gardens was created by the Russell Sage Foundation in 1909 and is integral to the Forest Hills area. The famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, designed the development, and the suburban project changed into an exclusive community for the wealthy partly due to the success of the design. Forest Hills, the current name of the area, is derived from its close proximity to Forest Park and the hilly topography. Today, Forest Hills is a busy area bustling with up-scale shops, businesses, and residential neighborhoods.

On April 16, 1912, a traveling station library serving the area opened in a community drugstore. After the library's location was changed a few times, it was moved to a rented location on Austin Street. In 1942, the station became a branch library of the Queens Library system. The current Forest Hills building with 15,900 square feet of space, was opened on September 29, 1958, thanks to the efforts of the Library Committee of Forest Hills. This group was created in 1946 with the aim of securing a permanent library site. In 1967, the building underwent extensive expansion and rehabilitation and was re-opened in 1970. The branch building was again updated in 2001, improving access to the building for those with disabilities. The branch currently serves its diverse community through a number of entertainment and educational programs, classes, and print and media collections focusing on the customers’ diverse interests and needs.