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The Battle of the Bands Is Almost Here!

The 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands is this Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m., and we're excited to finally bring our talented young musicians to the stage!

You probably have some last-minute questions, like...

Where is the Battle being held?
The beautiful 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens ...

Enter the Naturalize NY Lottery!

Green card holders: Enter the Naturalize NY lottery today for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will receive a $725 voucher to cover the cost of applying for citizenship. The deadline to register for the lottery is Friday, July 28.

You ...

Summer Poetry Contest 2017

Can you rhyme? Know what a haiku is?

Entries are now open for the Summer Poetry Contest 2017! Send in your best poem for a chance to be published in Queens Library Magazine.

This year, the theme is Build A Better World. There’s no limit to your creativity, but please keep it under 250 ...

Join Us at National Night Out 2017!

Queens Library takes great honor in participating in the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which happens this year on Tuesday, August 1.

You can join your local library and your local police precinct for delicious food, wonderful activities, and an opportunity to connect with the police ...

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 28!

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

Launch Your Food Business with Jamaica FEASTS!

Calling all aspiring food entrepreneurs: Jamaica FEASTS is back!

This completely FREE incubator program was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food-based business.

Learn the fundamentals with our hands-on workshops, receive a one-on-one session with an industry expert, and ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of July.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools, veterans' health care facilities, and the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at Queens College's Colden ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Summer Meals are here! For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals are available from now until Friday, September 1.

Meals are available Monday - Friday, from 1pm - 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required. Queens Library is honored to partner ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Jul
27
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Introduction to Watercolor: An Intergenerational Experience

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.

NY State Council on The Arts & Queens Library presents an Intergenerational 9 week course. Older adults and teens partner on this project. Learn how to use watercolors the way professionals us this medium. Taught from the beginners perspective. Space is limited. Register by calling the Fresh Meadows Library 718-454-7272


Jul
27
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Adult Book Discussion: "Kitchen House"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Read and discuss "Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom.


Jul
27
6:15PM

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7:15PM

Lego Robotics Club

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 program is for children going to 4th or 5th grade in September. Children will learn how to build a Lego robot, and program the robot to move. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please visit the library or call 718-454-7272 to register.

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Jul
28
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Knitting & Crochet Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Please bring your own materials.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
1:30PM

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2:30PM

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. Some things we'll be making include: slime, duct tape wallets, washer jewelry, headphone holder keychains, and more.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

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


Jul
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Kid/Teen Board Gaming

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Free Tutoring for Grade 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.

Free English and math tutoring to children of 2nd to 5th grade. *Registration required. Visit the library or call (718)454-7272 to register.

Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 5, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 12, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM
Fresh MeadowsSat, Aug 19, 20172:30PM - 3:30PM

Jul
29
2:30PM

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4:45PM

Monthly Saturday Afternoon Film Screening

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will screen featured films for adults on a Saturday afternoon each month. Film titles will be announced in the monthly branch calendar.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
31
12:00PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading Club Crafts Grades 1-6

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 1-6 will create fun Summer Reading Club crafts. Visit the Fresh Meadows Library to register and receive a reading log.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
31
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn Coding with Scratch

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.

Design and program your own two-player games, create animated stories, and imagine your future. Learn about how people change the world with computers. It is strongly recommended that you attend all 8 sessions. Bring your own laptop or use the library's laptop. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Fresh MeadowsWed, Aug 2, 20174:30PM - 5:30PM

Jul
31
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
1:15PM

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2:15PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Please enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble games.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
1:15PM

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2:15PM

Chess Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join the Fresh Meadows Chess Club.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
1:15PM

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2:45PM

Adult Chess Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

A board game for two players, each beginning with 16 pieces of six kinds that are moved according to individual rules, with the objective of checkmating.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
10:15AM

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11:00AM

SRC Toddler Time

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.

Join us for fun songs, stories, finger-plays and movement activities for children ages 2 1/2 to pre K 5.

Fresh MeadowsWed, Aug 9, 201710:15AM - 11:00AM
Fresh MeadowsWed, Aug 16, 201710:15AM - 11:00AM

Aug
3
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us at our Mahjong Club.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
4:00PM

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6:00PM

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.

Fresh MeadowsTue, Aug 8, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 10, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM
Fresh MeadowsFri, Aug 11, 20171:45PM - 3:45PM
Fresh MeadowsMon, Aug 14, 20174:00PM - 6:00PM
Fresh MeadowsTue, Aug 15, 20173:30PM - 5:30PM
Fresh MeadowsThu, Aug 17, 201712:30PM - 2:30PM
Fresh MeadowsFri, Aug 18, 20171:45PM - 3:45PM

Aug
9
4:30PM

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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


Aug
21
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Theatricks by Phil the Magician

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Mr. Philip Levy will dazzle children with his Summer Magic show!


Aug
23
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Watercolor Art Workshop

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Two session Watercolor Workshop for beginner and intermediate level students. Advance your painting & drawing skills Come have fun, build your skills and socialize. Registration is required, 718-423-7004

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

Additional Dates


Aug
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Magic Show with Speedo The Clown and Company

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled event for children will feature balloon-twisting and magic!


Aug
31
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Adult Book Discussion "Lucky Boy"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Read and discuss "Lucky Boy" by Shanthi Sekaran.


Sep
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

English Conversation Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Is English your second or third language? Do you want to improve your speaking skills? Practice at the library with native speakers!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
1:15PM

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2:45PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Please enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble games.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Watercolor Art Workshop

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

Part three of a three session Watercolor Workshop for beginner and intermediate level students. Advance your painting & drawing skills. Come have fun, build your skills and socialize. Registration is required: 718-423-7004


Sep
7
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Beginning Mahjong

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

In six simple, step-by-step sessions, with enjoyable activities, **Donna Miller-Small** will teach you the skills for beginning / intermediate play, so that you can share in the fun, excitement and camaraderie with others.

Beginners and experienced players are both welcome. Pre registration is required. Contact the Fresh Meadows Library to register 718-454-7272

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Sean Condron, born in Queens to Irish parents is a modern day bard who's repertoire spans the length and breadth of American music, in itself a melting pot of world influences - from sentimental favorites to Italian and Spanish classics and everything in between. Armed with just a guitar and voice, his energetic and humor filled performances have delighted audiences the world over.


Sep
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Monthly Monday Afternoon Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for Monday Movie Time. See Reference Desk for titles.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

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

Zumba Gold uses dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Art History Lecture Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Nine sessions of Art History in three libraries led by Mary Dono

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The Singing Violins, Featuring Claremont Strings and Ensembles

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The Claremont Strings Duo will perform a fall serenade of classics. Featuring music by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Faure and Debussy, as well as some operatic favorites and a few American songbook classics.


Sep
16
10:15AM

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12:45PM

SHSAT Practice Exam with the Princeton Review

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Take this free, full-length practice test to find out how you might score on the real thing! Your personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses will help you know what to focus on as you prep. In person registration is required.


Sep
16
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Memories of Migration: Making a Talking Family Story Quilt

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

A special workshop to share migration stories creatively. Different generations will partner to tell the story of their family’s journey. Partners do not have to be from the same family. This 6 session workshop will lead partners through storytelling, electronics and textile art making. The result will be a talking story quilt which will be displayed. Participants will take home a variety of new skills along with the artwork they create. Call the Fresh Meadows Library to register 718-454-7272

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

Additional Dates


Sep
18
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Collage Project

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Create a collage project with teaching artist Alacia Stubbs. Registration is required. Call the Fresh Meadows Library 718-454-7272

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion "“A Man Called Ove: a Novel"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

“A Man Called Ove: a Novel" by Fredrik Backman.


Sep
30
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Monthly Saturday Afternoon Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

See reference desk for titles.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
8
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Still Life, Landscape, Photography: An Art History Adventure

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This 3-session series covers art from Egyptian times through the 19th Century and explores the relationship between still life, landscape, and photography. Registration required, call the Fresh Meadows Library @ 718-454-7272

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

Additional Dates


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, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
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
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