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This Weekend at Queens Library

What can you do at the library this weekend? Well, you can still celebrate Eid al-Fitr, color with other adults, share your migration stories with Queens Memory, take a practice ACT, go to a jewelry workshop, improve your digital literacy, learn how to play Korean drums, meet a comedy illusionist, watch fun movies, hear wonderful music, ...

Check Out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child This Sunday!

It’s the moment all Potterheads have been waiting for!

The eighth installment in the Harry Potter book series, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” will be released on July 31. You can pick up available copies this Sunday at Queens Library!

Three of our community ...

Join Us at National Night Out!

Queens Library takes great honor in participating in the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which happens this year on Tuesday, August 2.

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

Sharpen your pencils and your poetry skills

Submissions to our Summer Poetry Contest close on July 31, so we hope you're writing up a storm!

But if you need a jumping-off point, look no further: we've got just the thing.

Check out our blog for poetry writing tips to get your creative juices ...

Support New York Empire Tennis and Queens Library!

If you love tennis, libraries, or both, join us and celebrate the return of Mylan World TeamTennis to Forest Hills Stadium At The West Side Tennis Club this summer!

New York’s own Mylan WTT team, the New York Empire, will also give their fans another reason to celebrate.

Thanks to a new ...

Read and Sing Along with The Wheels On The Bus!

It’s a song, it’s a book, and it’s the inspiration for a summer craft!

On Thursday, August 4, at 2:00 p.m., we invite children ages 3-6 and their caregivers to Whitestone Community Library to read and sing along with the book "The Wheels on the ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of all Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

Our next Shakespeare in Queens performance will be A Midsummer Night's Dream on Monday, August 1 at ...

Celebrate Eid at Queens Library!

In honor of Eid al-Fitr, Queens Library will be hosting a special event on Saturday, July 30 for the public to celebrate and learn more about the holiday.

Members of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts will greet and entertain our audience with cheerful songs, dances, homemade sweets, and henna painting.

We hope ...

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 ...

Success Stories from the New Americans Program!

Since July celebrates the birth of our nation, we decided that it’s the best time to showcase our New Americans Program!

NAP helps with immigration issues and provides financial and legal advice, ESOL classes, and cultural events to help those that have recently chosen to live in the United States.

We hope you will ...

Jul
30
10:30AM

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2:30PM

Practice ACT with Princeton Review

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Find out how you would score on the ACT. You'll receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses so you'll know what to focus on as you prep. Registration with Princeton Review is required. You can register at PrincetonReview.com or at 646-362-0628.


Aug
1
4:15PM

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5:15PM

Kids/Teen Chess

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 and up can come learn the art of chess.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
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


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Aug
2
1:15PM

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3:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come play Scrabble, the word game that has been played for generations! Bring your own Scrabble material.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
3:30PM

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5:30PM

SHSAT Math Preparation Class

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

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.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Knitting Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

If you are looking for a place to share your "purls" of wisdom and experience, please join us! Bring your own knitting material.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Art & Crafts

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Bead bracelet making, clay sculpting and watercolor/acrylic painting.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Board Games/Wii Gaming/Karaoke

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Relax, sing and enjoy some gaming.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
11
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Comedy Magic Show

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join Adam Auslander in this fun-filled family literacy event that promotes reading in the summer. Children and their family will enjoy an hour of laughter and excitement.


Aug
11
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Anime & Bubble Tea Addiction

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Watch some of your favorite anime and make some bubble tea.


Aug
13
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Practice SHSAT with Princeton Review

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Find out how you would score on a full-length practice test. You'll receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strength and weaknesses. Registration with Princeton Review is required. You can register at PrincetonReview.com or by calling 646-362-0628.


Aug
13
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Film Screening

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

On the second and fourth Saturday of each mouth we screen featured films for adults. 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


Aug
20
10:30AM

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2:30PM

Practice SAT with Princeton Review

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Find out how you will score on a full- length practice test. You'll receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses. Registration with Princeton review is required. Go to PrincetonReview.com or call 646-362-0628.


Aug
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Brandee Younger Jazz Duo

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Brandee Younger, a versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels, has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. Enjoy selections of Dorothy Ashby, Alice Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, and more.


Aug
22
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Theatricks by Phil

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive and comedic magic performance with Phil the Magician.
For children and their families and caregivers.


Aug
29
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: New York Philharmonic Gala with Lang Lang

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of the opening gala with the New York Philharmonic and piano virtuoso Lang Lang as they play Grieg and Beethoven in a concert filmed in September, 2015.


Sep
12
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Monthly Monday Afternoon Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will screen featured films for adults on one Monday 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


Sep
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Queens Museum Art History Lecture

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Presented by Queens Museum educators. This is a 4 session lecture series.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
2:30PM

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4:15PM

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


Sep
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Grace McLean

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center has partnered with Queens Library to bring screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. In this screening, singer, actress, composer, and poet of everyday life Grace McLean brings her signature quirky attitude and jazzy vocals to her first solo Lincoln Center appearance.


Oct
8
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Instructor Joy Hsaio teaches participants the art of origami.
Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
31
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a screening of the gala concert filmed at the 100th birthday celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes. The New York Philharmonic and performances by Christina Aguilera, Sting, and Bernadette Peters - among others - make this a memorable event.


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@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office 510 CAP
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