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Get Ready To Vote: Register At the Library!

Have you registered to vote? Come to the library to sign up and get registered on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 25!

Be confident that you can contribute your opinion to this year’s elections. Visit us at any Queens Library location on September 25 to fill out an ...

Join Us for Banned Books Week!

It’s time for Banned Books Week, the annual event celebrating the right to read—and we're hosting all kinds of great events at the Library!

Banned Books Week (September 23 to 29) brings together the entire literary community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all ...

Promote a Lifelong Love of Learning. Donate Now!

Our STACKS afterschool program provides a nurturing environment to read and to do homework. It also encourages participation in other learning activities that help develop life skills.

But we can’t offer programs like this without the support of our community.

Programs like STACKS are made possible thanks to the ...

Older Adults Day at Glen Oaks!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits, and other important topics specifically for adults age 50 and older.

In addition to special seminars and activities, there will be more ...

Library Open Houses!

On Saturday, September 29, every Queens Library location will host a Fall Open House so students, families, and others can learn about all our resources and services! All are welcome.

Stop by your community library that day to find everything you and your family need to succeed—from millions of books to ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 begins September 15, and we’re celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Help us honor the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans with concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, and much more!

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations will take place at multiple ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your fall 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, a ...

Back-To-School: Get Ready At The Library!

It’s back-to-school time, and a new year of discovery and growth is about to begin.

Come to the Library to get ready for the school year with crafts, storytimes, tours, giveaways, and previews of our fall programs, such as our STACKS after-school program.

Our Back-to-School Guide, with tips on healthy eating, ...

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 ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 27!

Now in its ninth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park. ...

Sep
25
1:00PM

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2:00PM

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


Sep
25
1:00PM

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2:00PM

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


Sep
25
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.


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Sep
26
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, stories, finger plays, and movement activities. Ages 2 1/2-4.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Please come and have fun at our non-instructional Mahjong Club.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Banned Books Week

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Parents, teachers, the government—who doesn’t want you reading that book? Celebrate your freedom to read by adopting a book, creating art and posters promoting intellectual freedom, and checking out challenged books.


Sep
27
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion: "Little Fires Everywhere"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will discuss Celeste Ng's"Little Fires Everywhere."


Sep
27
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Working with Clay: A Workshop

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

A four-session workshop with teaching artist Alacia Stubbs. Learn how to sculpt with air drying clay. You will learn how to varnish and decorate with acrylic paint. Registration is limited. Please call the library to register.


Sep
28
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Knitting & Crochet Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Knitters, 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.

Additional Dates


Sep
28
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Kid/Teen Tabletop Gaming and Chess

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Make friends while playing chess and board games!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
29
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Open House for NYC Schools and Student Success

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Students and families are welcome to check out our library's collection and learn about the valuable resources and services available at libraries across the city.


Sep
29
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Movie Time "Finding Your Feet"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Finding Your Feet" (2017, PG-13)


Oct
1
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, stories, clapping rhymes, lap jogs, and movement activities. Ages newborn to 30 months.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
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


Oct
2
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


Oct
6
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Movie Time "Tully"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Tully" (2018, R)


Oct
10
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Read Week: Read-a-Thon

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come in to Fresh Meadows and read down your fines any time between October 9-13th and get an additional $5 off!! Read during our teen program on 10/10 and have your read down money doubled!


Oct
15
1:00PM

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3:30PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "Hotel Salvation"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Shubhashish Bhutiani's award-winning film "Hotel Salvation" (in Hindi with English subtitles), a 77- year old man believes he is dying and demands that Rajiv, his dutiful son, drop everything to take him to the holy city of Varanasi.


Oct
17
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Volunteer Club: Cards for Vets

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Write cards and letters to send to veterans to thank them for their service this Veterans Day. Community service credit given.


Oct
20
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Meet your neighbors with coffee, tea, and snacks

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come to this open house to meet your neighbors with coffee, tea, and snacks.


Oct
20
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Crafts for Children ages 7 and Up

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for crafts for kids at a special Fresh Meadows Library Family Fun Day Open House.


Oct
20
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Face Painting

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children are welcome to join us for creative fun with face painting at this open house.


Oct
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

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.


Oct
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Fall Crafts for Adults

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Adults are welcome to complete fall crafts at this open house. No registration required.


Oct
20
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Toss and Win for Children Ages 5-12

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join in the game at a special Fresh Meadows Library Family Fun Day Open House.


Oct
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Popular Songs from the '60s-'70s

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Recall great music from ballads to rock 'n roll to Motown and disco performed by vocalist Lois Bruno. Hear "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Hey Jude," "I Will Survive," "Hot Stuff," and more.


Oct
22
1:00PM

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3:15PM

Movie Time "12 Strong"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"12 Strong" (2018, R)


Oct
24
3:30PM

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5:30PM

I Can Make That: Dr. Frankenstein's Toy Lab

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Glue, sew, staple, and tie together parts of stuffed animals, dolls, and other toys to make an adorable abomination. Lab coats and mad scientist laugh not provided.


Oct
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Book Discussion: "The Almost Sister"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "The Almost Sister" by Joshilyn Jackson.


Oct
27
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Movie Time "The Leisure Seeker"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"The Leisure Seeker" (2017, R)


Oct
30
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Crap to Costume

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Teams will compete to create the coolest improvised costume from the materials in a box of random junk. Trophies for the winners are also made out of random junk.


Nov
1
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Volunteer Club: Teen Stitch

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Teens in grades 7-12, learn to fingerknit or crochet by making hats and scarves to donate this winter. Attend as many sessions as you like. Community service credit given for time spent working on projects at the library.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
6
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


Nov
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Writers' Cafe

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Whether you’re working on application essays, school assignments, or churning out 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), bring what you’re working on for editing, feedback, and support in a community of writers. There will be tea!


Nov
10
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Movie Time :"Book Club"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will be watching "Book Club" (PG-13).


Nov
19
1:00PM

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3:30PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "Bye Bye Germany"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Sam Garbarski's award-winning film "Bye Bye Germany" (in German with English subtitles), David Bermann and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. However, Bermann is being investigated by a US intelligence officer to determine whether he was a Nazi collaborator.


Nov
24
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Movie Time "TAG"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come watch Tag with us. (2018, R)


Nov
26
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Time: "Ocean's Eight"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come watch "Ocean's Eight" ( 2018, PG-13).


Nov
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Book Discussion: "Girl Who Wrote in Silk"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "Girl Who Wrote in Silk" by Kelli Estes.


Dec
3
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


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hour of Code

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Teens in grades 7-12, interested in computer programming but not sure where or how to start? Hour of Code is for you! Learn the basics with a self-guided lesson. Registration for those needing to use the library’s computers is required and capped at ten teens. Any teen who brings their own laptop or tablet can register or walk-in.


Dec
10
1:00PM

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3:30PM

International Film Screening and Discussion: "Bad Lucky Goat"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In Samir Oliveros' award-winning film "Bad Lucky Goat" (in Creole with English subtitles), two teenage siblings damage their father's truck when they accidentally strike a bearded goat. They must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourist that will be staying at their family's hotel.


Dec
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Grab Bag BINGO

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Teens in grades 7-12, play bingo with your friends for gift-wrapped mystery prizes!


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
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard
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, Suite 210
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