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Hillcrest

Fine Forgiveness for Kids and Teens!

Libraries help kids and teens succeed in school and in life.

That’s why Queens Library, The New York Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library are pleased to announce a one-time fine amnesty for youth.

For one time only, on Thursday, October 19, we are forgiving ALL fines on ALL kids’ & teens’ ...

Queens Library Celebrates the National Book Awards!

The National Book Awards will be announced on November 15, 2017, and Queens Library is celebrating!

Join the fun by entering our sweepstakes for your chance to win a National Book Award book bundle—one copy of each of the winning titles.

You can also visit Elmhurst Community Library, virtually or in ...

Halloween at Queens Library!

Looking for ways to celebrate Halloween in Queens?

Get into the spooky holiday spirit all month long at the Library!

Create your own costume, share your scary stories, watch some classic movies, walk through the Haunted Hallway of Horrors, and so much more! There’s plenty of tricks-or-treats for ...

Welcome Programs for Kids and Teens!

Whether you’re returning to your library for the first time in a long time, or it’s just another daily visit to your favorite afterschool hangout, all kids and teens are welcome at Queens Library!

To celebrate our younger customers, our libraries are hosting lots of special events for them this fall, including arts and ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

Meet the 2017 Summer Poetry Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem to Queens Library’s Summer Poetry Contest!

We welcomed hundreds of poets from all over New York State to submit an original poem reflecting the 2017 Summer Reading theme of “Build a Better World."

Join us at our awards ceremony on Saturday, November 4 at 11 ...

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 ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 begins September 15, and we’ll be celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Now through November 2, Queens Library will put the spotlight on the richness of Hispanic heritage and culture. Join us for concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, movies, and much ...

Free Home Internet Access for Eligible NYC Students!

Do you know a New York City public school student with no home Internet access?

Their family may be eligible to borrow a hotspot from Queens Library and get FREE Internet service at home!

The ConnectED Library Hotspot Loan Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Oct
24
4:30PM

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5:30PM

LEGO Engineers Club

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-10 can enjoy building various structures, vehicles, and other creations with our LEGOs in this STEM program. Each week will present a new challenge in order to experiment with engineering and physics skills, or just come to play with LEGOs!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
25
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler and Pre-school time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For kids ages 2-5. 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


Welcome Kids and Teens: Hillcrest Open House

Oct, 26, 3:00PM
Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Public libraries have changed a lot! Find out what you've been missing.
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm: Library card clinic for more than just books
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Drop-in art stations


More...
Oct
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Crochet for Kids

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

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!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
30
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Baby Movement and Music

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
30
3:00PM

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3:15PM

Spooky Story contest

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Trick or Treat! Halloween is nearing and we want you to give us a scare. Write a spooky story and you could win a Big Halloween treat. The witching hour for this contest is Monday, October 30, 2017 at
4 pm.
The winning Story announced in the Library on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 31 at 4 pm.


Oct
31
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Spooky Story Contest Winner announcement

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Winning Story announced in the Library on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 31 at 4 pm.
Rules:
All stories must be original, between 500 and 1000 words.
All children and teens can enter. Sorry, no adults.
All submissions must be readable and include author(s) full name and telephone number(s).


Nov
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Silly Scarecrow Craft at Hillcrest

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a silly, smiley, scarecrow face at Hillcrest Library to decorate for Fall! For children ages 4 and up.


Nov
16
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Thanksgiving Hand Wreaths at Hillcrest

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a colorful decoration for Thanksgiving by tracing your hand and making a wreath in fall colors! For kids age 5 and up.


Nov
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Thanksgiving Placemat Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a colorful paper place-mat to decorate your space at the table for Thanksgiving at the Hillcrest Library! For children 4 and up.


Nov
30
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Children's Game Night

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come and enjoy Wii games and board games with your friends and neighbors from the community at the Hillcrest library! For an hour we'll have the Wii and board games available for free play. For kids 7 and up!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
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.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
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!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Up-cycled Penguin Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make an adorable, silly penguin out of recycled materials! Up-cycling is good for creativity and good for the environment! For kids 6 and up.


Dec
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Holiday ornament making

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

Come make a beautiful, colorful holiday ornament by painting 'stained glass' style baubles and making decorative loops for them to hang on. For kids 6 and up. Capped at 15, please register with Ms. Ashley in Children's.


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
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!


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.