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Fresh Meadows

We Did It!

Thanks to your social media posts, your postcards, letters and calls, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson, and the New York City Council on June 14, 2018 agreed on a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that includes at least $60 million in capital funds and a $16.7 million increase in ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

Queens Library's Battle of the Bands!

The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever!

For the fourth year running, New York bands will have the opportunity to bring the house down at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 30!

Gifted musicians ages ...

Get Ready for Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17. Get prepared at the library with lots of opportunities to make crafts for the father figures in your life.

From cards and ties to a picture frame or a poster, we’ve got you covered. You can also attend Father’s Day-themed storytimes with your child.

If your child is ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

The 4th Annual Battle of the Bands is just 4 weeks away, and here's where you can learn about our talented contestants.

For today's spotlights, you can meet your returning host with the most, Torae, plus Jackson Heights natives and Battle of the Bands newcomers E3.

Check back here in the ...

Support Queens Library with Your 2018 Annual Fund Gift

The last day of school is just a few weeks away—and we’re already hard at work preparing programs, signing kids up for summer reading, and ensuring that we can meet the needs of the 52,000 children and young adults who are expected to visit Queens Library this summer.

The thousands of programs we offer are made ...

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 ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at several 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 ...

Jun
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

English Conversation Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come over and practice your English with a native speaker for free.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
19
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


Jun
19
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.

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Jun
19
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Virtual Reality Lab

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come check out our new Oculus Rift! Try a virtual reality headset and sling webs, cast spells, explore outer space, and more! ***Ages 13 and up only. A personal release waiver must be signed by your parent/guardian in order to use the equipment.***

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Applying for SNAP benefits

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. Stop by the Fresh Meadows Library on Wednesday mornings for a SNAP eligibility screening, and if you meet the requirements, get help filling out the application.
Call or email Sayma at Queens Community House for more info: 347-276-6540/SREZA@QCHNYC.ORG

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come play mahjong!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us to relax and meet friends. We have supplies--just bring yourself (and your friends).

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Jewelry Making Workshops

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In three sessions learn how to make steampunk brooches, a lace bracelet, and an art deco decoupage bracelet with Phyllis Ger. Register at the Fresh Meadows Library or call 718-454-7272.


Jun
21
1:00PM

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4:00PM

LiveOn NY Benefits Outreach Program

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come to the Free Benefits Assistance for Older Adults program and receive personalized assistance for SCRIE, SNAP, Medicare Savings Program, HEAP, and Low Income Subsidy. Screenings will be conducted for eligibility.


Jun
21
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold instructor Suzanne Windland will teach dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions. The program will take place in the auditorium at Fresh Meadows

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

Additional Dates


Jun
22
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


Jun
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Kid/Teen Board Gaming

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Make friends and play board games!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
22
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Tabletop Games & Chess

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Learn to play weird new board and card games with Ms. Reed, play an old favorite, or challenge your friends to an epic chess battle.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
23
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Eid Milan! Celebrate Pakistani Eid with Henna Hand Painting, Music, Song, and Traditional Sweets

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join the holiday celebration with Henna hand painting from 1-2:30pm (first-come, first-served). 2:30-3pm: Eid sweets presentation with samples available (first come, first-served). 3pm: Pakistani music.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
25
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Time "The Theory of Everything"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"The Theory of Everything" (2014, PG-13) Drama/Romance 2h3min


Jun
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.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Working with Watercolors

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

Professional teaching artist Richard Estrin leads this four session art project. Please register at the Fresh Meadows Library 718-454-7272.


Jun
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion "Only Child"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for a book discussion on the "Only Child" by Rhiannon Navin. For adults.


Jun
30
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Long Island Sound Performs Hits of the '50s and More

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Take a trip down memory lane with classic tunes by Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, great Motown artists, and more.


Jul
2
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Free SHSAT Math Preparation Class

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

This math preparation class is designed for students who will be taking the Specialized High School Admission Test in the fall. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call or visit Fresh Meadows Library to register.

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Jul
2
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ESOL English Conversation Club (Summer 2018)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Fresh Meadows Library ESOL English Conversation Club is led by a retired English teacher. Come over and practice your English for free.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join in the fun and camaraderie of mahjong in our non-instructional session.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us to relax and meet friends. We have supplies so just bring yourself (and your friends).

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Adult Karaoke Night

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for Adult Karaoke Night!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Kids/Teens Board Gaming

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Make friends and play board games!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Free Summer Tutoring For Grades 2-5

Location: Fresh Meadows
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.

Students from Stuyvesant High School provide free English and math tutoring to children grades 2-5.
Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-454-7272.

Fresh MeadowsSat, Jul 14, 201810:30AM - 12:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Jul 21, 201810:30AM - 12:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Jul 28, 201810:30AM - 12:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 4, 201810:30AM - 12:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 11, 201810:30AM - 12:30PM
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Jul
7
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Origami for Children

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 &up and their caregivers are welcome. Space is limited; first-come, first-served.


Jul
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Family Coloring Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children, teens, and adults, come and join our Family Coloring Time. Relax and meet friends. We have supplies so just bring yourself (and your family).

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
2:30PM

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4:45PM

Movie Time "Hostiles"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Hostiles" (2017, R) 2h14min Adventure/Drama


Jul
16
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Free Math Help for Students Grades 6-10

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

Do you need help to prepare for the math section of the SHSAT test? Are you a student in grades 6-10 who wants to improve your math skills? This summer, students from Stuyvesant High School Math Team will provide math help at Fresh Meadows Library. Please call 718-4547272 or visit the library to register. Walk-ins will be taken if space is available.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
17
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn Coding With Scratch (Session 1)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Registration required by phone or in person. Due to popular demand, we are offering a choice of sessions. Both sessions are the same; please only register for one. In this Music & Sound Coding club, students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music. Bring your own laptop or use one of the library's. It is strongly recommended that you attend all four dates in a session.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
19
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Teen Karaoke Night

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Teen Karaoke Night


Jul
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

College Financial Aid Process (in Chinese)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

• What is college financial aid?
• How do colleges determine your eligibility for aid?
• A closer look at the two important aid formulas.
• How do colleges calculate the values of your house and property?
• What is the composition of financial aid awards?
• How can you maximize your aid eligibility?


Jul
26
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion "The Immortalists"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin


Jul
26
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Kids' Karaoke Night

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Kids' Karaoke Night


Jul
28
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Movie Time "Game Night"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Game Night" (2018, R) 1h40min Comedy, Crime, Mystery


Jul
31
3:30PM

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5:30PM

I Can Make That

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Why buy it when you can make it? Teen crafts for any skill level, plus materials to just mess around with.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Movie Time: "Thoroughbreds"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Thoroughbreds" (2017, R)


Aug
7
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn Coding With Scratch (Session 2)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Registration required by phone or in person. Due to popular demand, we are offering a choice of sessions. Both sessions are the same; please only register for one.
In this Music & Sound Coding club, students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music. Bring your own laptop or use one of the library's. It is strongly recommended that you attend all four dates in a session.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
11
2:00PM

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3:30PM

College Admissions Process (in Chinese)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In this workshop in Mandarin Chinese you will learn about college aid formulas, how colleges calculate income and assets, how to determine your eligibility for aid, and the composition of financial aid awards, with case studies.


Aug
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Any Book Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

What did you read this summer? Meet up with other teens to share your thoughts on what you’ve read and hear from others. Please come prepared to talk about a book or graphic novel you’ve read recently (even if you didn’t like it!).


Aug
25
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Movie Time "The 15:17 to Paris"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"The 15:17 to Paris" (2018, PG-13)


Aug
27
1:00PM

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3:30PM

Movie Time "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017, PG-13)


Aug
30
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion: "Manhattan Beach"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan.


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."


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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