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Free UPK at Ravenswood

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood, located at 35-32 21st Street in Long Island City, offers an outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified staff; the best learning experience for your child; free after-school care until 5:30 p.m.; and all the ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're age 60 and older or earn less than $66,000 a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This January and February, we hope you will join us for special events that pay tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., including poetry readings, dramatic performances, fun learning opportunities for kids, and much more.

We also have suggestions below for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Watch Great Films with Kanopy!

Get out your Queens Library card and sign up for Kanopy, the Library's newest on-demand video streaming service, where you can watch more than 30,000 classic movies, indie films, foreign films, and acclaimed documentaries!

You can stream films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion ...

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 ...

Jan
24
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


Jan
25
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


Jan
25
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.

HillcrestThu, Feb 1, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
HillcrestThu, Feb 15, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
HillcrestThu, Feb 22, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM

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Jan
29
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


Jan
30
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


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
8
6:00PM

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1:00AM

Valentine Wreath

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Create unique Valentine Day wreaths.


Feb
10
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Language Learning Group for Beginners in Spanish

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

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
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Movie Screening "Beguiled"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A princess is dispatched from her fairy-tale realm and resurfaces in modern-day Manhattan. She meets a divorced lawyer who takes her in while she awaits the arrival of her prince charming. Rated PG. For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


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
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
7
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Afternoon Film Screening: "Age of Adaline"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. Post film discussion to follow.


Mar
8
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Healthy Brain, Healthy Life

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Gain insight into the best ways to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment as we age. Learn the steps to take to have a healthy brain and a healthy life.


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.


Apr
23
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Beginning Tai Chi

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion."

Space is limited on a first come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


May
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Classic Concert

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

"Music critics have described I-Heung Lee's performance as graceful, thoughtful and intelligent, touched with a unique style of artistic sophistication. Ms. Lee performs extensively in Asia as well as at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Her repertoire includes works by Mozart, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin."


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.


Aug
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Hillcrest
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.


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.