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It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages, starting Tuesday, November 13.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the ...

It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick is Becoming by Michelle Obama.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of ...

Ndaba Mandela’s Advice for You

Ndaba Mandela, a 35-year-old grandson of legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, came to the Library this fall to discuss his new book about his grandfather’s lessons.

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott interviewed Ndaba before turning the microphone over to the ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

It's National Novel Writing Month!

Every November, thousands of writers of all experience levels dedicate themselves to writing a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

If you've decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo, as its fans like to affectionately call it—and you need some help, don't worry; ...

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 ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at our community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

Nov
14
4:00PM

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Pre-K Storytime Craft

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

Children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers will hear stories and do a related craft. Preregister in person at the children’s reference desk; register for each month during the last 7 calendar days of the previous month.

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Nov
15
2:00PM

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Learn to Relax Through Meditation

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Experience refreshing moments of calm, balance, and peace any time you want through meditation. As you relax, feel your stress melt away. Discover how meditation can improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. Join Dr. Frank Pawlowski for this engaging workshop. There will even be a short meditation sitting.


Nov
15
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Recovery International

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Anxiety, fear, obsessions, anger, stress, depression: finding a way to cope is here. A Recovery International meeting is a safe, free, and confidential place to get help for these issues. All are welcome.


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Nov
15
4:00PM

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Thanksgiving Story & Craft

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

Come to the Forest Hills Library for a Thanksgiving storytime and craft for ages 5 and up. Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! Preregistration is a must -- first-come, first-served – beginning November 7, 2018. Please ask the children's librarians for details.


Nov
15
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Deep Dive Into Immigration- A Let's Talk Democracy Civics Series

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an important and timely exploration into our immigration laws and how they have been applied over the years, the role immigration has played in our country, and the reality of immigration today ."Getting at the Roots" on Nov. 8 and "The Money Question" on Nov. 15 presented by Jane Guskin and David Wilson, authors of “The Politics of Immigration.”


Nov
16
3:30PM

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Fun Fridays

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 3 and up, come play board and card games and try your hand at origami on Friday afternoons in the children's room! Start your weekend off in a fun way!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
16
3:45PM

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5:30PM

Recovery International

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Anxiety, fear, obsessions, anger, stress, depression: finding a way to cope is here. A Recovery International meeting is a safe, free, and confidential place to get help for these issues. All are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
16
4:00PM

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ProjectArt for Ages 10-13

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 10-13 will use their imagination to create a work of art. Please sign up at http://www.projectart.org/nyc.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
17
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Line Dancing with Angie

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Don’t sit on the sidelines! Join us and learn the latest line dances. It’s a lot of fun and definitely great exercise too!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
17
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Super Saturday Morning

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids of all ages and their special grownups are invited to have fun on Saturday mornings with origami, coloring pages, board games, and puzzles for the 3+ crowd and Lincoln Logs, Mega Bloks, and Star Builders for the little ones!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
17
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Cinema Saturdays

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5 and up and their caregivers can sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Forest Hills' Story Hour Room. Come be entertained by the magic of the movies!

Join us in November for the following movies:
November 3: Pinocchio (2018) ⠂ PG ⠂84 min.
November 10: The Boss Baby ⠂PG ⠂97 min.
November 17: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ⠂PG ⠂120 min.
November 24: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies ⠂PG ⠂ 92 min.

**MCD please add movie poster images**

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Forest Hills Book Club

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

The Forest Hills Book Club will meet to discuss the book of the month.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

ProjectArt for Ages 7-9

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-9 will use their imagination to create a work of art. Please sign up at http://www.projectart.org/nyc.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Meet the Author: "Our Invisible Neighbors" by Crystal Wolfe

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Are you one paycheck away from homelessness like millions of New Yorkers? Local author Crystal Wolfe will discuss her book "Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes, and Solutions to the Epidemic of Homelessness in the 21st Century" and show the city that every voice counts. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Nov
19
6:00PM

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Moving for Life

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life is a scientifically based self-care fitness program using gentle warm-ups, light aerobics, and 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 for you, so don’t worry if you haven’t been moving in a while.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
4:00PM

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ProjectArt for Ages 4-6

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-6 will use their imagination to create a work of art. Please sign up at http://www.projectart.org/nyc.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
29
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Recovery International

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Anxiety, fear, obsessions, anger, stress, depression: finding a way to cope is here. A Recovery International meeting is a safe, free, and confidential place to get help for these issues. All are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
29
4:45PM

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6:00PM

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


Nov
29
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Open Mic and Reading Series

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Open Mic is for all performers of any genre to take the mic for four minutes. Spectators are also welcome. Featured readers are as follows: September: Claire Van Winkle, October: Jody-Ann Buckle, November: Paul Legault, December: Vijay R. Nathan

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

Additional Dates


Dec
1
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Teen Book Display

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Teens! Come peruse our display of your favorite authors. December 1st through December 31st.


Dec
1
2:30PM

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4:30PM

It’s Time for Kind: Cinema Saturdays

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5 and up and their caregivers can sit back and enjoy great feature films that focus on the importance of kindness. Come be entertained by the magic of the movies!
Join us in December for the following movies:
Dec. 1: "The Secret Garden" (1993, G)
Dec. 8: "Pollyanna" (1960, G)
Dec. 15: "Elf" (2003, PG)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
1
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Cinema Saturdays

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5 and up and their caregivers can sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Forest Hills' Story Hour Room.
Join us in December for the following movies:
Dec. 1: "The Secret Garden" (1993, G)
Dec. 8: "Pollyanna" (1960, G)
Dec. 15: "Elf" (2003, PG)
Dec. 22: "Disney’s Christopher Robin" (2018, PG)
Dec. 29: "Eight Below" (2006, PG)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Life Transitions: Coping With Loss

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Loss can mean different things to different people. Whether you’re struggling with the loss of a loved one, loss of physical abilities, or the loss of independence, we want you to find a space to connect with others, learn coping strategies, and find support. Join us for a discussion on loss facilitated by Jacqueline LaGrassa, LCSW from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. All are welcome.


Dec
5
4:00PM

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4:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

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

Children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers will hear stories about acts of kindness and do a related craft. Preregister in person at the children’s reference desk.


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Wintertime Crafternoon

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 and up accompanied by a parent or caregiver can make a wintertime craft that emphasizes the importance of performing and receiving acts of kindness.

**MCD please add Winter-themed image**


Dec
6
5:00PM

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7:30PM

It’s Time for Kind: Teen Movie Program

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

"Freedom Writers" (2007, PG-13) is about a teacher who has a class of at-risk students.


Dec
8
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Voices of New York Holiday Choral Concert

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

This 25 member community chorus based in Manhattan presents their annual concert of sacred and secular Christmas and seasonal music plus a Hanukkah song.


Dec
10
10:00AM

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6:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Kids’ Box Challenge

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5-12, pick a stick from the Acts of Kindness box and do something nice for others. Kids who come back with their tale of kindness can add a heart to our Kindness Tree. Let's see how many kind acts we can do this week!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
3:30PM

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4:45PM

It's Time for Kind: Teen Book Discussion

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

We want to spread more kindness by reading "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.


Dec
14
1:30PM

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3:30PM

It's time for Kind Friday Afternoon Movie

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

There will be a special showing of "The Blind Side" for It's Time For Kind month. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
18
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Forest Hills Library Spelling Bee (Grades 3 & 4)

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3 & 4, come test your spelling skills by competing in the 2018 Forest Hills Library Spelling Bee! The winner will be eligible to enter the spelling bee finals at our Central Library in Spring 2019 to compete with winning students from other Queens neighborhoods. Registration is required by December 7. Please ask the children's librarians for details and for practice spelling lists for each grade.

**MCD please add Spelling Bee-themed image**


Dec
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Happy Holidays Craft Time

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 and up, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, make a simple winter holiday craft.


Dec
21
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Forest Hills Spelling Bee Grades 5 & 6

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 5 & 6, come test your spelling skills by competing in the 2018 Forest Hills Library Spelling Bee! The winner will be eligible to enter the spelling bee finals at our Central Library in spring 2019 to compete with winning students from other Queens neighborhoods. Registration is required by December 7. Please ask the children's librarians for details and for practice spelling lists for each grade.


Jan
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Healthy Homes

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Come learn from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about how older adults can keep their homes healthy and free of bedbugs. All are welcome.


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 1866
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6981
NYS Assembly
Hon. Andrew Hevesi
HevesiA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 118
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. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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

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.