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Enjoy the holidays at Queens Library, with our special programs and events for kids, adults, teens, and the whole family, including holiday concerts, arts and crafts, holiday movie screenings, and much more!

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Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

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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 ...

Donate A Coat at Queens Library!

This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!

Queens residents can visit 46 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need.

Last year, more than 100,000 coats were collected across ...

Dec
15
10:30AM

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3:30PM

One on One Computer Classes

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Get One-on-One help for Beginners. Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
16
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Winter Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come to the Hillcrest Library to enjoy a family friendly storytime for all ages! Snuggle up in our storytime nook for stories read aloud by Ms. Ashley and Ms. Oksana!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
18
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Baby Movement and Music

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For children 6 to 18 months. Enjoy songs, fingerplays, and board books.


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Dec
18
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in get one-on-one help. Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.


Dec
20
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Storytime & Free Play

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come on down to the library for a storytime and some free play with our toys & coloring!


Dec
21
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Up-cycled Gingerbread Man Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a gingerbread man to decorate for winter out of recycled materials! Up-cycling is good for creativity and good for the environment! For kids 6 and up.


Dec
21
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in get one-on-one help. Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Calendar Decorating

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Help get yourself ready for the new year by decorating printed calendars for 2018!


Dec
27
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Storytime and Free Play

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

School's out for winter break, so come on down to the Hillcrest library for a storytime and some free play with our games and toys!


Dec
29
1:00PM

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3:00PM

School's Out Family Film Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Hillcrest Library for a series of films when school is out!
11/7: "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" (PG)
11/24: "Cars 3" (G)
12/29: "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" (PG)
Light refreshments are permitted for this program only.


Jan
2
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Computer Basics

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

Learn the different parts of the computer and their functions.


Jan
2
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Upcycled Snow-Measuring Snowman

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids can measure how much snow has fallen with a snowman paint stirrer ruler.


Jan
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For kids up to age 5. Enjoy songs, storytimes, and free play.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Making Slime

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

As part of our January STEM series, come make slime with us at the Hillcrest Library! Kids 6+.
Registration required by phone or in person. Registration opens 12/18/17.


Jan
9
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Drop in and Play: Gaming for Adults and Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Gaming is not just for kids. Come in and try your hand at some new games or old favorites.

Light refreshments are allowed.


Jan
9
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: LEGO Engineering Challenge

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

As part of our January STEM series, join us at the Hillcrest Library for a LEGO engineering challenge! Kids 5+.


Jan
16
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Upcycled Newspaper Polar Bears

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at Hillcrest in recycling old newspapers into polar bear portraits! Kids 5+


Jan
18
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Lava Lamps

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

As part of our STEM series, join us at Hillcrest for making electricity-free lava lamps using chemistry & physics! Kids 6+. Registration required in person or by phone. Registration opens 12/18/17.


Jan
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Crochet for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
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.

Have you always wanted to crochet? Ms. Ashley will help you learn the basics of crocheting! Over several weeks learn the basics of single crochet or get adventurous and try out new stitches and projects! Registration required in person or by phone. Registration opens 1/2/18.

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Jan
22
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Department of Aging Medicare and Medicaid Q&A

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Have questions about medicare and medicaid benefits? Then talk to affiliates of the New York Department for the Aging.


Jan
22
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Spelling Bee Competition: Grades 3-6

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a spelling bee competition, where participants that make it through the two rounds for their grade at our local Hillcrest Branch will go on to a Queens-library wide competition at the Central branch later in the year! Dates below:
1/22: Grade 3 & 4 round 1
1/29: Grade 5 & 6 round 1
2/5: Grade 3 & 4 final round
2/12: Grade 5 & 6 final round

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Great American Songbook

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The Great American Songbook also known as "American Standards", is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. It comprises standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and also Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, and others. Bill Gati and Willa Bassen interpret some of the most popular songs in a contemporary style.


Jan
25
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Rain Clouds

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

As part of our STEM series, come do a science experiment where we learn through a visual demonstration how rain clouds work. Kids 5+. Registration required in person or by phone. Registration opens 1/2/18.


Jan
30
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Snowflake Suncatchers

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us to make a beautiful snowflake suncatcher to catch all that bright winter sunlight! Kids 5+.


Feb
1
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Silly Putty

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

As part of our STEM series, come make silly putty with us at the Hillcrest Library! Kids 6+. Registration required in person or by phone. Registration opens 1/16/18.


Feb
6
4:30PM

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5:30PM

LEGO Engineers

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Hillcrest Library for a LEGO engineering challenge! For children 5 and up.


Feb
7
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Afternoon Film Screening: "My Antonia"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A moving film adaptation of Willa Cather' s novel "My Antonia". A story of first love between an immigrant girl and a Nebraska farm boy. Starring Elina Lowensohn, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, and Jan Triska. Directed by Joseph Sargent (1995).


Feb
10
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Language Learning Group for Beginners in Spanish

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

Have you ever wished you could speak Spanish? Learn how to use Transparent Language Online and benefit from an 10-week group learning experience too! You will need a Queens Library card and a computer, tablet, or smart phone to access Transparent Language to do your weekly assignments. Bring your device to the first session for help in setting up your Transparent Language Online account. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
4:30PM

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5:45PM

Valentine's at Hillcrest!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come to Hillcrest and join us in making something special for your favorite person for Valentine's day! We will have supplies to make all sorts of cards and gifts. For children 5 and up.


Feb
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Winter Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun, winter themed craft.


Feb
15
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Black History Month Jeopardy

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us at Hillcrest for a game of jeopardy with categories based on super cool people and events important to Black history in the US! For kids 6 and up.


Feb
20
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Snowman Bingo

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for a winter-themed game of bingo! For kids 6 and up.


Feb
21
10:30AM

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11:00AM

School's Out Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come to the Hillcrest Library to enjoy a family friendly storytime when school is out! Snuggle up in our storytime nook for stories read aloud by Ms. Ashley.


Feb
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Afternoon Film Screening: "Marshall"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

"Marshall" (2017) is a biographical film on Thurgood Marshall as a young lawyer defending a black chauffeur accused of rape in 1940 Chicago. Directed by Reginald Hudlin; starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, and Sterling K. Brown.


Feb
21
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Masks for Purim!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come decorate masks for Purim at the Hillcrest Library. For children 4 and up.


Feb
22
1:00PM

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2:30PM

School's Out Family Film Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Hillcrest Library for a series of films when school is out!
Light refreshments are permitted for this program only.


Feb
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn to Play Mancala

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Learn to play Mancala at the Hillcrest Library! In honor of Black History Month, learn how to play Mancala and take home your own Mancala game kit to decorate!


Feb
26
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Positive Thinking

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

“You are what you think!” Thoughts are like seeds. Loving and happy thoughts produce beautiful flowers and nourishing fruits, while angry and depressed thoughts produce painful thorns and poisonous weeds. In this workshop, we will explore how Raja Yoga Meditation enables us to master our lives by producing those ‘flowers and fruits’ that are wholesome, attractive and nourishing. It’s time to cultivate a life that brings true inner peace and contentment.


Mar
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Claim Your Lost Money

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

New York State has custody of over $14 billion in unclaimed funds. Every day the Comptroller's Office returns approximately $1 million to owners; are you one of them? Representatives from the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Division, will provide information about the New York State Unclaimed Funds program and assist attendees in searching for and processing any unclaimed funds due to them.


Apr
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Pedestrian Safety for Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The New York City Department of Transportation's Office of Safety Education will offer tips for seniors on how to stay safe while crossing New York City streets and discuss Mayor de Blasio's traffic safety initiative, Vision Zero. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


May
14
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Early Detection Education for Breast Cancer

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Ms. Ann Stephens, Outreach Coordinator from the North Well/ LIJ Women's Center, will make a presentation and demonstrate how to do self examinations of the breast. She encourages participation in the demonstrations and there will be a Q&A session as she provides informational handouts.


May
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. Basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), compressions-only mannequins and "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


Jun
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

FDNY Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


Oct
2
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Drawing to See: A Creative Aging Program

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

This is an eight week program where participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques, deepening the experience. For beginners as well as students who wish to broaden their understanding of basic approaches to drawing. The ninth session will be a culminating event consisting of a gallery showing of participants' work. This is a Lifetime Arts Creative Aging program for adults age 50 and up. Pre-Registration is required. Please call the Hillcrest Library to register 718-454-2786

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 Hillcrest Community Library has:

  • 10 public computers
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Hillcrest Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Russian

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Hillcrest Community Library include:

  • CD-ROMs

 


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
Little Friends House II Day Care, Inc
75-41 164th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 380-8800
All My Children Day Care, Inc.
175-44 Mayfield Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
First Step International
67-11 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane, #1
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
QCP Children’s Center, Apple Pre-School, and Apple Tree Nursery School
82-25 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 374-0002
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc. (2 locations)
164-07 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1384
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc
150-30 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 380-1384
 

Community Board
Community Board District #8
81-26 150th Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jamaica Estates Civic Association
Holliswood Civic Association

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
NY ,
EMS Hillcrest Station #50-Queens
82-68 164th Street
NY ,
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Utopia Playground
73rd Avenue, between Jewel Avenue and Utopia Pkwy
NY ,
Cunningham Park
Union Turnpike and 196th Street
NY ,
 

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Utopia Station
182-04 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Holy Family Catholic School
74-15 175th Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-6438
Summit School
183-02 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 113661
phone: (718) 969-3944
United Cerebral Palsy of Queens
Yeshiva Madreigas Haadam
171-05 Jewel Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , phone: (718) 969-7437
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.173 Fresh Meadows School (K-6)
174-10 67th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2243
P.S.178 Holliswood (Pre-K-5)
189-10 Radnor Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11423
phone: (718) 464-5763
 

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis HS
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7740
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
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. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
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

Hillcrest was developed on two hundred acres of farmland in 1909 by William F. Wyckoff of the Hillcrest of Jamaica Company. Prior to development, the area was referred to as “The Hills,” a name deriving from its location on the hills between Jamaica and Flushing. Situated in central Queens, Hillcrest lies primarily in Jamaica and partly in Flushing. This small residential area of mainly one-family houses and some 2-family and multi-family dwellings is roughly defined by Union Turnpike to the north, Jamaica Estates to the east, Hillside Avenue to the south, and 164th street to the west. The population of Hillcrest had became more ethnically diverse in the 1980’s when immigrants from Guyana, Haiti, China, India and Colombia began settling into the area.

The 7,500 sq. ft library building situated in the commercial strip of Union Turnpike was completed in 1974, but its opening was delayed because of a fiscal crisis. During this interim, the building was rented out to several community groups. When it opened on April 28, 1980, it became the 54th branch of the Queens Borough Public Library system.