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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick is Devotions: the Selected Poems of Mary Oliver.

A carefully curated collection spanning more than five decades, and arranged by Oliver herself, Devotions features over 200 poems—from her very first book ...

Inspiring Women in Science

This Women’s History Month, Queens Library is excited to explore the impact of women scientists on fields as far ranging as astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and so many more.

Inspiring Women in Science invites you to play Bingo at our libraries to discover fifty amazing women in science, and to participate in a ...

Public Budget Hearing April 11

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The public is invited to find out what the Library’s funding priorities are and to provide input to the Library.

The Library’s public budget hearing will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

We’re More Alike Than Different

Sabina Khan’s inspiration for her new novel The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali was when her 17-year-old daughter came out.

“She spoke often of other teens at her school who came from conservative families and were unable to come out to them. Some didn’t feel safe anywhere and were hurting,” Khan ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

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 ...

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, ...

Mar
20
11:30AM

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2:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come join our club!

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

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Mar
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

St. John's School of Law Students presents an "Investor Education" Workshop

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The Securities and Arbitration Clinic students of St. John's School of Law presents an "Investor Education" workshop. The topics that will be covered are common investor problems and scams, tips to avoid being a victim, protecting your investments, types of investments, types of fraud, and tips to keep track of your investments.

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

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Mar
20
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn Chinese Chess: An Intergenerational Program

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Students will learn Chinese chess, a strategy board game with two players for ages 10 and up. Instructions will be in English.

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

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Mar
21
12:30PM

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3:30PM

AARP Foundation Tax Counseling for Low Income Older Adults

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

IRS certified volunteers, sponsored by AARP Foundation, will complete and e-file your 2018 tax returns on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring a NYS Driver's License or Non-Driver's ID; copy of the 2017 return (s); SS card or ITIN for everyone on your return; SSA-1099 form; all W-2s; 1099R, 1099 MISC or other 1099 forms; Healthcare forms; self-employment forms; 1098T from college; mortgage statement; and a cancelled check for refunds.

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

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Mar
22
10:30AM

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1:00PM

Knitting & Crochet Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Knitters and crocheters, if you are looking for a place to share your "purls" of wisdom and experience, please join us. Bring your own material.

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

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Mar
22
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Let's Bingo!

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Spend an hour playing Bingo with old friends and new. Earn bragging rights & sometimes a surprise library prize.

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

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Mar
22
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Table Top Gaming & Chess

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join Fresh Meadows in our Funday Friday with gaming.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Bingo!

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The excitement of Bingo and the fun of learning something new? Yes please! Fun facts about fifty Inspiring Women in Science in a bingo game for the whole family! Visit https://queenslib.org/womeninscience19 for more programming and to learn more.


Mar
25
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, lap jogs, and finger plays for newborns to 30 months.


Mar
25
1:00PM

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3:15PM

Classic Cinema: "To Kill A Mockingbird"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962, PG)
Watch this AFI Top 100 movie based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which also has been recently brought to Broadway. This film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his children against prejudice.


Mar
25
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Volunteer Club: Spring Decorations

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Help decorate the library for spring! Make paper decorations and hang them around the building to bring cheer to your fellow library-goers. Community service credit will be given.


Mar
25
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Study

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The program room is open for teens needing space to work on homework, do group projects, read down fines, or just hang out.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ShapeUp NYC: Latin Cardio Dance Fitness for Adults

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Instructor Michele leads this fitness class that addresses muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance while keeping your heart rate up in order to burn maximum calories and tone the body. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and a bottle of water. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Mar
26
1:15PM

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3:15PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come play Scrabble, the word game that has been played for generations. Please bring your own Scrabble kit.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
26
1:15PM

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3:15PM

Adult Chess Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come join our chess club!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
26
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Anime Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Watch the hottest anime with your friends on our Crunchyroll Premium account.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Kids' Trivia Contest

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Attention 4th, 5th, and 6th graders: Join us for the start of our monthly trivia contest. Each month a different category of questions will be selected. The category for this month is history. Winners will enter our Trivia Hall of Fame!
No registration is required!


Mar
30
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Grow Your Own Planter Using Mycelium (mushroom roots)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Biodesigner/biomimicry specialist Danielle Trofe teaches parents and their children (ages 8+) how to grow their own planter using mushroom roots. Space is limited. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required; please call the library. Visit https://queenslib.org/womeninscience19 for more programming and to learn more.


Apr
1
1:00PM

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3:15PM

Movie Time "A Star Is Born"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This musical romantic drama is a remake of the 1937 film. During the downward spiral of his own music career due to alcoholism and his age, Jackson Maine helps a young singer and actress find fame. It stars Bradley Cooper (also in his directorial debut) and Lady Gaga (2018, R).


Apr
4
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Climate Reality: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions to Climate Change

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The Climate Reality Project was founded and chaired by Nobel Laureate and former US vice president Al Gore to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis. Join the conversation with Climate Reality Leaders, among thousands of volunteers in 135 countries trained by Al Gore to educate the public about climate change, to discuss where we are today and how to implement change.


Apr
6
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Movie Time: "Johnny English Strikes Again"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This is the third installment of the Johnny English series, with Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) returning as the much loved accidental British secret agent. (2018, PG)


Apr
8
1:00PM

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3:30PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "La Familia"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Gustavo Rondón Córdova's award-winning film "La Familia" (in Spanish with English subtitles), a father and his son live in a blue-collar violent neighborhood in the outskirts of Caracas. One day the father comes home from work to find that his son has gotten into serious trouble.


Apr
10
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Volunteer Club: Shelter Cat Toys

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Make toys for cats to be donated to local animal shelters. Community service credit will be given.


Apr
11
5:00PM

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6:45PM

Blockbuster Movie: "Searching"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come watch "Searching" (2018, PG-13). Set almost entirely on smartphones and computer screens, the film follows a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter (Michelle La) with the help of a police detective (Debra Messing).


Apr
13
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Classic Concert

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Music critics have described I-Heung Lee's performance as graceful, thoughtful, and intelligent, touched with a unique style of artistic sophistication. Ms. Lee performs extensively in Asia as well as at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Her repertoire includes works by Mozart, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel, and Frederic Chopin.


Apr
15
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Time: "At Eternity's Gate"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him. For his role, Dafoe was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, among others (2018, PG-13).


Apr
17
4:00PM

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5:30PM

I Can Make That: Recycled CD Art

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Recycle old CDs, DVDs, and computer discs into works of art for Earth Day. Make suncatchers, mandalas, jewelry, and mosaics that shine!


Apr
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Financial Literacy Month: Savings and Banking

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In this workshop, Cents Ability will discuss the importance of saving and explain the difference between a credit and debit card. Community service hours will be given to high school students who participate.


Apr
25
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion "Before We Were Yours"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate.


Apr
29
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Free Civil Legal Services Coming to Your Neighborhood

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) an the New York State Courts' Access to Justice Program that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers in need.


Apr
29
1:00PM

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3:15PM

Classic Cinema: "Love in the Afternoon"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come watch the film that was called a "grandly sophisticated romance ... in the great Lubitsch tradition" (The New York Times, 1957). This film stars Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn,and Maurice Chevalier. It is directed and written by Billy Wilder. A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.


May
6
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Study

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The program room is open for teens needing space to work on homework, do group projects, read down fines, or just hang out.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Anime Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Watch the hottest anime with your friends on our Crunchyroll Premium account.

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

Additional Dates


May
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Volunteer Club: Cards for Vets

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Write cards and letters to veteran senior citizens to thank them for their service this Memorial Day. Community service credit given.


May
13
1:00PM

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4:00PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "Paradise"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Andrei Konchalovsky's award-winning film "Paradise" (in Russian, German & French with English subtitles), the Holocaust is seen from the perspective of an aristocratic member of the French resistance; a French Nazi collaborator; and a naïve German SS officer.


May
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Mental Health Week: De-stigmatizing Mental Health

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Understand mental health through filmmaking and storytelling. Learn how to be an advocate for those who are suffering with mental health challenges and engage in the much-needed practice of eliminating mental health stigma.


May
16
6:00PM

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7:00PM

College 101: Pre-College Prep and Tips for Surviving Freshman Year and Beyond

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

It is never too early to plan for college. These fun and interactive programs are offered to tweens and teens with a curiosity about how to prepare and what to expect freshman year and beyond. This program will be offered at the Fresh Meadows Library.

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

Additional Dates


May
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Balloon Show with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, Nick The Balloonatic will interact with children as he sculpts balloons, laughs, and jokes, making everyone feel special. Crazy hats, animals, and your favorite characters will be raffled off for children to take home.


Jun
6
5:30PM

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6:30PM

High School Admissions: Getting Ahead

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This is an introduction for families about the NYC high school application process. Families will get tips on how to plan ahead and successfully navigate the path to selecting a high school. The presenter will discuss specialized schools, private schools, opportunity programs, and admission testing.


Jun
10
1:00PM

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3:30PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "The Third Murder"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film "The Third Murder" (in Japanese with English subtitles), leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi. His client freely admits his guilt, but as Shigemori digs deeper into the case, he begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.


Jun
13
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Navigating the Healthcare System

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Gain insight on long-term care planning, including Medicaid enrollment, navigating the healthcare system, and much more that can help you and your loved ones prepare for the road ahead. All are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Space! The Cosmos For Kids

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Space! The Cosmos For Kids is a techno-space-dance-party for kids. Each song includes dancing, music technology and information about our solar system to a thumping beat. This program is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. For children ages 6 to 12.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Fresh Meadows Community Library has:

  • 11 public computers
  • Wireless access (For wireless access information see Wireless Policy
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Fresh Meadows Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Hindi (DVDs & CDs)

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Fresh Meadows Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels

 


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
Home Sweet Home Children School Incorporated
196-17 53rd Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-9738
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460

Community Board
Community Board #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: 718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Association for Children for Enforcement of Support (ACES)
Regularly scheduled meetings are held at Fresh Meadows Branch
P.O. Box 650677
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (877) 598-4837
Civic Association of Utopia Estates
PO Box 107
Flushing NY , 11366
Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association
6116 182nd Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Jamaica Estates Association
P.O. Box 660086
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 657-2224
West Cunningham Park Civic Association
73-59 192nd Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 468-4298
 

Fire Department
Engine 299 Ladder 152
61-20 Utopia Pkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
New York Hospital of Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-2000
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000

Local Newspapers
Fresh Meadows Times
Available Online Only
phone: 718-260-4545
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7400
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Farm Playground – P.S. 26
73rd Ave, 195th St & 96 PL
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Fresh Meadows Park
Horace Harding Boulevard Bet 188 & 190 Streets
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Holy Cow Playground – P.S. 179
Peck Ave & Harding Boulevard
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Kissena Corridor Park
Peck & Underhill Aves
Flushing NY , 11365
Kissena Park
Oak Ave, to Hempstead Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11365
Utopia Playground
Utopia Pkwy & 73rd Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Fresh Meadows Post Office
193-04 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 454-1100
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bais Yaakov-Ohel Simcha (9-12)
64-41 Utopia Pkwy
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Herbert G. Birch School for Exceptional Children (Special Education)
71-64 168th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 591-8100
Highland Elementary School (K-8)
193-10 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-4747
Saint Francis Preparatory School (9-12)
6100 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 423-8810
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 4 @ P.S. 179 (Special Education)
196-25 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 264-0916
P.S. 14 Annex @ P.S. 179
196-25 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
P.S. 26 Rufus King School (K-5)
195-02 69th Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 464-4505
P.S. 162 John Golden School (K-5)
201-02 53rd Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 423-8621
fax: (718) 423-8647
P.S. 177 @ William Prince (Special Education)
56-37 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-4650
P.S. 224 @ P.S. 26
195-02 69th Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 464-4396
P.S. 811 CMHC @ Francis Lewis H.S.
58-20 Utopia Pkwy.
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-0535
  

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis High School (9-12)
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 281-8200
fax:
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne (6-8)
61-15 Oceana Street
Bayside NY , 11364
phone: (718) 631-6800
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan Middle School (5-8)
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
 

Senior Centers
BFFY – Alzheimer’s Day Care
157-16 65th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-3541
fax: (718) 691-712
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
BGrodenchik@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1744
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7075
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Nily D. Rozic
RozicN@nyassembly.gov
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5172
fax: (518) 455-5479
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

For over 200 years, from the 1700s through the 1900s, the Fresh Meadows area was known as “Black Stump”, allegedly because its various large farms were separated for identification purposes by rows of black stumps. In Colonial times only two roads crossed the area: Black Stump Road which is now 73rd Avenue, and Fresh Meadows Lane which was named for the fresh water meadows through which it ran. At the juncture of the two roads was the heart of “Black Stump”. The British Army of occupation as well as Benedict Arnold walked these roads and were housed on the farms during the American Revolution. Colonial references to the area are few; however it is known that there was a tavern named Ryerson’s Inn, located roughly on the south-west corner of 74th Avenue and Utopia Parkway. In November of 1933, the colonial building that had been Ryerson’s Inn was demolished by its current owners: the Klein Family.

Dating back to the 1800s, the Black Stump School, old District #4 of Flushing Town, was located in the area which is now a small park at Utopia Parkway and 73rd Avenue. The Black Stump School was a one-room wood frame country schoolhouse, but it educated many children in the area. During the winter only 10-15 attended, but summer enrollment reached as many as 50 children. After the school was abandoned it became the headquarters of Black Stump Hook, Ladder and Bucket Co. #1 which fought farm fires in the area until 1913.

Throughout the 19th century, 75th Avenue was the only east-west road running between Utopia Parkway and Parsons Blvd. It was known by two names: “Quarrelsome Lane” and “Hellfire Lane”. Unfortunately the origins of these names have since been forgotten.

About 1923, a Brooklyn sportsman, Benjamin C. Ribman, opened the Fresh Meadows Country Club. The 141-acre country club hosted US Golf Opens and operated until 1946 when it was sold to The New York Life Insurance Company. The company created the Fresh Meadows Housing Development, a post World War II project and model community to for returning WWII soldiers and their families. The development consisted of row houses and high-rise buildings, a shopping center, a theater, a public library and schools. Opened in 1949, the Fresh Meadows Housing Development was at the time hailed by community planner Lewis Mumford as “perhaps the most positive and exhilarating example of large-scale community planning in the country”.

The Fresh Meadows Housing Development still stands and most of the area has been designated a Special Planned Community Preservation District by New York City. This designation protects the unique character of well-planned communities. These communities characteristically have large landscaped open spaces and a superior relationship of buildings, open spaces, commercial uses, and pedestrian and vehicular circulation.

In November, 2003, Fresh Meadows lost its final link to its early farmland history. The Klein Farm, dating back to 1895 and the last of the working farms in the Fresh Meadows area, was sold to real estate developers. It had been one of the remaining four farms left in New York City, three of which are still located in Queens.

References:

Fanelli, James, “Residents, Pols Oppose Klein Farm Sale,” Queens Courier, 18 March 2004.

Jackson, Kenneth T. ed., The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University, 1995, 441.

Robinson, Eric P. Fresh Meadows. Online. Internet. Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens. August 23, 2005. http://www.queenschamber.org/QueensInfo/NeighborhoodPages/freshmeadows.html

On November 1st 1949 the first Fresh Meadows Library opened to the public. Its storefront quarters were provided by The New York Life Insurance Company within the Fresh Meadows Housing Development.

On September 23rd, 1958 the first Queens Borough Library built by the Fresh Meadows Housing Development was opened for service.

In August of 1997, the library was relocated to a temporary store front area while the library underwent a 600 sq. ft expansion as well as interior renovations.

In May of 1998 the temporary library space was closed and the materials were relocated to the new Fresh Meadows library.

On May 3rd 2000, the formal reopening ceremony was held at the newly renovated and expanded building. Among the scheduled speakers were Borough President Claire Schulman, City Councilman Sheldon S. Leffler, Library Director Gary E. Strong, and Queens Library Board of Trustees President Patricia Flynn.

Seyfried, Vincent. “Notes on Local Historical Sites”. Origin Unknown