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Apr
21
11:00AM

Exploring Nature with Your Child

In this weekly program, toddlers and their caregivers explore the natural world with stories and nature-themed art projects.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
5:30PM

Learn to Grow

Learn to grow food organically in our learning gardens. Weekly hands-on activities include seed planting, transplanting, watering, making compost and harvesting. All ages are welcome. Children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
6:30PM

ShapeUp NYC: Zumba

Instructor Janise Rambert teaches this fusion of Latin, international and popular dance that provides a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness workout. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The program runs Monday evenings except for holidays through June 23.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
22
4:00PM

Chess Club

Joins us for our weekly chess club. We offer assistance and fun for chess players of any level!


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
23
3:00PM

Open Lab

Need extra time to work on your document? Do you need a quiet place to study? Visit the Open Lab Tuesday and Friday afternoons.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
23
4:00PM

Drawing Club

It's more than just drawing! Join us each Wednesday to learn new techniques and polish old ones! There's always something new and fun to learn!


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
23
4:00PM

Colorful Collage

Learn how to make interesting and fun art objects using paper, fabric, markers and paint.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
24
3:00PM

Origami Fun

Join us for a fascinating journey into the world of origami every Thursday!


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
24
3:00PM

Come, Sit, Read!

Children ages 5-12 can select homework or a book to read aloud to Twinkie the therapy dog, who has been certified as a R.E.A.D. Pet Partner. Reading aloud improves literacy skills, and animals are ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. Space is limited and preregistration is required.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
25
11:00AM

HSE/TASC Screenings

Are you hoping to get your high school equivalency diploma? Drop in Fridays until 2:00PM to take a test of your readiness for the exam and you will be placed in a Bridge to HSE or pre-HSE class based on the results of your test. For more information call 718-752-3723.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
26
3:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Dance Fitness

Instructor Ching Fen (Tina Wu) uses a combination of stretches and varied dance styles, including Zumba and line dances, to help you keep fit. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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Apr
26
3:00PM

Financial Literacy Workshop, Sessons 1 and 2

This 2-part series, presented in partnership with New York Cares, will cover: Session 1 - credit, saving and budgeting, saving for retirement, getting out of debt and preventing fraud; Session 2 - wills, living wills, trusts, life insurance and how to choose a financial advisor


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Apr
28
6:00PM

Green Short Film Screenings

We will view and discuss short films about environmental issues, including “The Story of Stuff,” “Power Shift,” “Overfished” and others.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Apr
30
5:30PM

Starting Seeds Indoors

Learn how to start growing edible plants indoors. Materials will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
6
5:00PM

Workshop for Tweens: Make a Beaded Frog with Bengali Artist Shahnaz Begum

Choose from many different color pony beads to weave into a beaded frog that can be used as a delightful key chain, decoration or souvenir keepsake. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Materials are limited to the first 20 participants.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
8
5:30PM

American Sign Language Workshop: Spring Series

Learn how to communicate with your hands at this interactive workshop on the basics of American Sign Language.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
12
6:15PM

Seed(ling) Swap and Giveaway

Swap seeds, seedlings and ideas with local gardeners, learn how to volunteer at our Queens Library gardens, and pick up some free seeds and seedlings, to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
13
11:00AM

Grow Your Own Edible Mushrooms

In this program for older adults, we will learn about the fungi kingdom, inoculate a sterilized growing medium with fungus spores and start a colony of oyster mushrooms to eat and will also look at other approprite growing methods for apartment dwellers.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
13
5:00PM

Sewing Basics

Shahnaz Begum teaches adults basic sewing techniques.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
14
3:30PM

Eco-Teens

For more Greening Libraries events and info please visit http://greening.queenslibrary.org.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
15
5:30PM

The Art of Thinking Positive: You Are What You Think!

Rajayoga meditation teacher Madhavi Patale conducts a meditation class that focuses on the art of thinking positive: you are what you think! Participants can learn how to understand and harness the energy of their minds and how to use meditation to bring true peace and sustaining happiness.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
15
5:30PM

Healthy Cooking for Adults

Join us and food educator Stacey Ornstein as we chop, grate, blend and roll our way through a delicious seasonal dish. Together we will explore the joys of healthy cooking, learn about new ingredients and understand world cultures through food.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required
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May
16
3:30PM

Honey Bee Alive!

The Queens County Farm Museum presents a program on the life cycle of bees and their importance to our environment. Children in grades 1-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers will get a chance to make a candle from beeswax and taste a delicious edible honey stick. Supplies for up to 25 children will be available on a first come, first served basis.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
19
6:00PM

How to Start and Run a Small Business

In this workshop you will learn helpful tips for turning a hobby or skill into a business and free resources to help you plan a business.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
19
6:00PM

How to Start and Run a Small Business

In this workshop you will be provided with helpful tips for turning a hobby or skill into a business and learn about free resources available to help you plan a business.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
20
5:30PM

Making Fabric Beaded Jewelry

Craft artist Pamela Isaac teaches how to make jewelry from recycled fabric, buttons and other materials. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Materials will be provided.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

May
21
5:30PM

Eco-Jewelry Workshop Series

Learn how to create colorful handmade jewelry from recycled materials. Materials will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
22
11:00AM

Bilingual Birdies Concert: Songs for Young Children (in English and Spanish)

Children up to age 5 and their parents or other adult caregivers will learn new vocabulary at this live, interactive concert of movement and songs in Spanish and English. Space is limited and available first come, first served.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
22
5:30PM

Design Your Own Lace Bracelet

Phyllis Ger teaches you how to give an ordinary cuff bracelet a chic designer look using vintage lace accented with crystals. Materials will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

May
22
5:30PM

Floral Arrangements

Relax, make friends and learn floral-arranging techniques in this workshop with Yvette Powell. Participants will take home their creations. Space is limited to 15 participants.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.

May
24
3:30PM

Discover Edible Insects

Bugs have been a source of nutrition in many cultures throughout history, and now the United Nations is promoting them as a food source for the world's growing human and livestock population. Learn which New York-area insects are edible and hear more "bugged out" ideas proposed by the U.N. and other groups. Prepackaged insects may be available for adventurous eaters to sample. Queens Library is not responsible for allergic reactions or illnesses as a result of participation.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

May
27
10:00AM

Intermediate Word

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word by learning how to format documents and bibliographies and insert tables, charts, headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word are required. Call 718-752-3700 for more information.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

May
27
4:45PM

Artistic Collage Special Occasion Cards

Create pieces of art with materials you might otherwise have discarded. Instructor Jamie Ross brings unique materials to make one-of-a-kind card designs for any occasion that is sure to be treasured forever. This workshop is designed for adults; children age 10 and up who are accompanied by an adult caregiver are welcome to join in. Participation is limited to 20; first come, first served.


Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Long Island City Community Library has:

  • 18 public access computers
  • 15 in-library laptops providing core library services
  • Software and databases for public use
  • Internet access

 

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Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Long Island City Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Cookbooks
  • Travel
  • Computer Books
  • Test Books

What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Long Island City Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 752-3700 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


Child Care / Preschools
Community Organizations & Services
Emergency Services
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Astoria Child Care Center
21-20 35 Avenue
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 784-2856
fax:
Little Friends Nursery School
4342 47th St
Long Island City NY , 11104
phone: (718)786-4644
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare PAL Western Green Nursery School
10-26 41 Avenue
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phone: (718) 784-2092
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare Center
3811 27th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718)729-5659
fax:
  

Community Organizations & Services
Meals On Wheels
45-18 Court Square #501
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 482-8620
fax:
Ravenswood Community Center
35-40 21 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3131
fax:
Queensbridge/Riis Senior Center
10-25 41st Ave.,
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 937-1093
fax:
Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center
34-35 12 Street #A
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-1550
fax:
  

Emergency Services
Engine 206
11-15 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone:
fax:
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
fax:
 

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
fax:
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Tribune

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phone: (718) 357-7400
fax:
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19 Street and 23 Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
fax:
Queensbridge Park
21st Street, Bridge Plaza, East River
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phone:
fax:
 

Post Office
Grand Station Post Office
45-08 30 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone:
fax:
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.111 Jacob Blackwell School
37-15 13 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-2073
fax:
P.S.112 Dutch Kills School
25-05 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-5250
fax:
 

Public High Schools
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
fax:
Aviation Career & Technical H.S
43-30 36th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
fax:
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 204 O. W. Holmes School
36-41 28 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 937-1463
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Paul Vallone
District19@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 507
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 619-8611
fax: (718) 631-1400
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway,
New York NY, 10007
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
jvanbramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard,Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1815
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 61-08 Linden Street
Ridgewood NY, 11385
phone: (718) 456-9492
fax: (718) 417-4982
Albany Office LOB, Room 836
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Senate Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1804
fax: (718) 932-1805
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Located in northwestern Queens, Long Island City (LIC) is the largest neighborhood in the borough. It was the earliest part of Queens to be recognized by the Dutch and was the scene of many British troop movements. Created in 1870 from the communities of Astoria, Hunters Point, Blissville, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Bowery Bay, Steinway and Sunnyside, locals now use the term LIC only for the area south of Astoria.

In the mid 1800s, Hunters Point, the southern tip of LIC on the East River water front, became linked with the North Fork Line of the LIRR. Ferry service also began between Wall Street and 34th Street. By 1870 when Long Island City was chartered, it had become the center of industry for Queens County. By the end of that century a major building boom had established a number of important factories as well as urban residential areas.

With the opening of the Queensborough Bridge in 1908 and the original Pennsylvania Station on the Queens waterfront in 1910, many factories located here and innumerable industries took advantage of the ample space and low land cost. By 1940 with the completion of The Triborough Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel, Long Island City sitting next to the Sunnyside Rail Yards had become a world class industrial center though more or less a passing through point for commuters between Manhattan, Eastern Queens, and Long Island.

By the mid 1970s, however, due to the migration of businesses out of New York, LIC had become a small sleepy town with many empty factories and warehouse spaces. A new group began to emerge composed of younger artists and musicians who were being priced out of the tight market in Manhattan and who were drawn to the spacious lofts, unhindered light, and the almost rural quality of the neighborhood. Equally attractive was the existence of the studios of two world renowned artists, the late Isamu Noguchi, whose studio is now a museum, and Mark DiSuvero who established the Socrates Sculpture Park, the city's largest outdoor exhibition space. The Urban and Contemporary Arts Institute, better known as P.S. 1, at one time Public School #1, became central to the Long Island City Arts movement.

The 1980s saw greater industrial expansion in Long Island City and a rebirth of the film industry, which had its early roots here. Most notable was the establishment of Silvercup Studios, which converted an old bread factory into what would become the largest independent, full-service film and television production facility in the northeastern United States. The International Design Center of New York was opened on the site where the Sunshine bakery and Adams Chewing Gum plants stood. La Guardia Community College took over the disused factories of the White Motor Company and the Equitable Bag Company. The 48 story Citicorp building was erected in 1989 and is the tallest building in New York City outside Manhattan.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

 


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