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Hillcrest

Free Prenatal Classes!

Having a baby is joyful, but can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have free prenatal classes available for expectant mothers.

You can learn about important topics, like bonding with your baby, how to take care of yourself while you’re pregnant, your baby’s development, getting ready for labor and delivery, and ...

Adult Learners Program: Pre-Register Now!

Queens Library's Adult Learners Program provides lifelong learning opportunities to address the needs of the diverse and changing populations of Queens through FREE quality educational programs.

The following programs are offered at our seven Adult Learning Centers (located at Central, ...

The 11th Annual StartUP Business Plan Competition!

Got a great idea for a business?

You can get the tools you need to launch your own business and enter a contest to win $10,000 in seed funding!

Thanks to the generous support of Citi Foundation and YouNoodle, the Queens Economic Development Corporation ...

Live JBA Twitter Chats!

Join us for the next round of Twitter chats from our Job & Business Academy, when experts will answer your career questions live!

Our upcoming topics include:

Job Interviews—How to Talk the Talk: August 31 at 1:30 p.m.

You can use the hashtag #JBAQueens to follow along and join the ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Our New Music For August!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, Musiq Soulchild, Mike Posner, case/lang/veirs, Neil Young, Kevin ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Aug
26
10:30AM

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12:00PM

1-on-1 Computer Classes

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Stop in to Hillcrest for 1-on-1 computer classes happening all summer. Each session is 30 minutes and is geared to the specific needs of each student. Instructor to student ratio is 1:1. Lessons are flexible. Subjects include: Windows, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher), Queens Library Mobile App, Google Apps, and social media. To request a class or to inquire about other programs please call 718-454-2786.

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

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Aug
26
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Bring in and learn how to use your Android, Apple, Kindle & Windows devices.


Aug
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TGIF Game Night

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab your friends and join the action with Wii games or go old-school fun with Connect 4, Monopoly, Battleship, or Scrabble! If you're not feeling the group thing, hang back and play solitaire or work on a puzzle.

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

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Aug
29
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers and their caregivers will enjoy 45 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by circle time.


Aug
31
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Picture Book Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.


Aug
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Afternoon Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.


Sep
6
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading Club Award Ceremony

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children and teens who completed the Summer Reading Challenge at Hillcrest Library are invited to participate in our ceremony. Those who completed their reading logs will receive an award as well as some prizes and goody bags! Please submit your reading logs by Thursday, August 25 by 5:00 pm.


Sep
7
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: "Act One"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony®-nominated Best Play as three-time Tony® winner James Lapine reimagines Moss Hart’s captivating memoir for the stage with a cast led by Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana.


Sep
8
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teen Zine!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

What do you mean what's a zine? It’s DIY Facebook!  A Zine (as in “zeen”) is a self-published booklet with counter-culture origins.  Zines are hand-made, can include magazine cut-outs, drawings, and hand-writing. The rules are that there are no rules.  

Tell your story, teach a skill, idolize a celebrity, it’s up to you!  Brief how-to, look at examples, and then we will dive in and get creative!

No registration needed, just bring your creativity!

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

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Sep
10
1:00PM

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2:45PM

Saturday Movie - ZooTopia

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Bring your family and friends to Hillcrest for a family movie. We will feature a recent film every week. Film will be rated PG or PG13.

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

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Sep
12
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 18-24 months and their parents or adult caregivers enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and circle games.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of a concert that celebrates the musical traditions of Harlem with the music of Basie, Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Illinois Jacquet.


Sep
14
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Picture Book!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-4 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

After School Arts & Crafts

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will learn and explore new arts and crafts for fun and learning!

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

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Sep
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

What To Read Next: All genres

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

No assignments, no commitments! Just come and share recommendations of books that you love and find out what your neighbors are reading and enjoying. The library will also offer suggestions to pique your interest.


Sep
15
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Game Night!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab your friends and get to Hillcrest Library for game night! Ages 6-12 welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
20
2:30PM

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4:00PM

LEGOs!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 13 years old are invited to create Lego projects using a different theme each week. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Voices Of A People's History Of The United States

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Through music and spoken word performances the extraordinary history of ordinary people from the book "A People’s History of the United States" including efforts to end slavery and Jim Crow, protests against war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions, advancing women's rights and gay liberation are brought to life.


Sep
22
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Film: "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (Rated R)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Even if you have not read the book, you are sure to enjoy the enthralling story of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Please join us! This film is rated R, so you must be 18 years or older to attend.


Sep
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Classic Movies

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for free screenings of classic movies:

Maltese Falcon: Tuesday, September 27, 2PM

Casablanca: Thursday, October 27, 2PM

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Coloring Group

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Adult coloring can help you reduce anxiety, create focus, and bring about more mindfulness! Come join us for an afternoon of relaxing coloring and get your mind off the stress in your life. We will provide music to color with, as well as coloring sheets and pencils. Just bring yourself, and maybe a friend or two!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

In this screening of a concert filmed in November 2015, Renée Fleming and 2015 Richard Tucker Award winner Jamie Barton are joined by Andrea Bocelli, Lawrence Brownlee and other great voices for one of the perennial highlights of the opera season.


Oct
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Artist To Artist With Gabriel Byrne And Will Rogers

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

In this screening of an interview filme d in November 2015, Hollywood and Broadway star Gabriel Byrne, best known for his Golden Globe–winning performance on HBO’s "In Treatment", discusses the artistic process with up-and-coming actor Will Rogers, who appeared recently in Steven Spielberg’s "Bridge of Spies" and has performed at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, and the Manhattan Theatre Club, among others.


Oct
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Paper Box Making for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Learn how to use origami paper or even left-over scrap paper to create special paper boxes that can be used as containers for small objects or small trash! Many people use these to hold the shells of pistachios or other nuts.


Oct
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

In this screening of a concert originally performed in July 2015, Danny Elfman vividly conjures his unforgettable Tim Burton film scores-including "Batman," "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," and "Nightmare Before Christmas."


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

 

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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@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. 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.