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NY Rising: Drop- In Hours - Housing Counseling

Come speak to a representative from Margert Community Corporation to receive more information on how to obtain, sustain, and improve your housing. Information can be provided on the following services: homeownership assessment, homeownership preparation, housing search assistance, fair housing, and much more.

May 2 @ 1:00 PM, May 9 @ 1:00 PM, May 16 @ 1:00 PM, May 23 @ 1:00 PM, May 30 @ 1:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

If you were affected by Hurricane Sandy, come speak to a case manager from Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica to receive information on disaster relief aid, financial aid and other forms of resources.

May 3 @ 1:00 PM, May 10 @ 1:00 PM, May 17 @ 1:00 PM, May 24 @ 1:00 PM, May 31 @ 1:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

Do you need help with JobMap and revising your resume or cover letter? Drop in for one-on-one assistance and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110.

May 4 @ 12:00 PM, May 18 @ 12:00 PM

NY Rising: Job Skills Identification

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market them to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. For further information, please call (718) ...

May 8 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: Resume Building

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-1110. Class code JR130

May 15 @ 2:00 PM

NY Rising: Interview Preparation

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information call ...

May 15 @ 3:30 PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

Do you need help with JobMap and revising your resume or cover letter? Drop in for one-on-one assistance and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110.

Jun 1 @ 12:00 PM, Jun 8 @ 12:00 PM, Jun 15 @ 12:00 PM

NY Rising: Job Skills Identification

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market them to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. For further information, please call (718) ...

Jun 1 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1110 for ...

Jun 5 @ 3:00 PM

NY Rising: Drop- In Hours - Housing Counseling

Come speak to a representative from Margert Community Corporation to receive more information on how to obtain, sustain, and improve your housing. Information can be provided on the following services: homeownership assessment, homeownership preparation, housing search assistance, fair housing, and much more.

Jun 6 @ 1:00 PM, Jun 13 @ 1:00 PM, Jun 20 @ 1:00 PM, Jun 27 @ 1:00 PM

Apr
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Drop Off Your Food Scraps With the NYC Compost Project

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Drop off your food waste with the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Queens Botanical Garden. We accept fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags; bread and grains; egg shells, nutshells, and corncobs; food-soiled paper towels and paper napkins; stale beans, flour, and spices; and cut or dried flowers. Please do not bring meat or fish scraps; cheese or dairy products; and fats, grease, oil, or oily foods.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us and learn to knit!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
29
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Just Keep Moving

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads this low impact aerobics class choreographed to music that aims to increase cardiovascular health while reducing the stress on joints and feet. Participants will perform exercises that will improve muscle mass and mobility and also strengthen and tone the abs.

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

Additional Dates


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Apr
29
2:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Poetry Month Film Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Poetry Month Film Series. These are the dates: April 1-"Basketball Diaries," April 8-"Bright Star", April 22-"Sylvia," and April 29- "Before Night Falls."


Apr
29
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Noni Rene

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Noni Rene brings a unique blend of rock and soul to her performance. Hear elements of various genres in her original songs; from the rock break up anthem "Get Out of Here"; to the laid-back groove of "Unavailable"; and the up-tempo, feel good jam "Good Vibes."


May
1
2:30PM

--to--

3:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes.

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

Additional Dates


May
1
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Family Coloring Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We will have coloring pages for both adults and children so that families can enjoy the relaxing and creative benefits of coloring together. Join us Mondays at 3pm.

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

Additional Dates


May
1
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Foot Jewelry Workshop for Adults

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Craft artist Melody Burns teaches participants how to transform colorful beads into jewelry for your feet. Materials will be available for up to 18 participants. No preregistration is available.


May
2
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computer Classes for Beginners

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come learn basic computer skills. You will learn how to use a computer, search for information on the Internet, create emails, write a letter and become familiar with social media

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

Additional Dates


May
2
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

NY Rising: Drop- In Hours - Housing Counseling

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come speak to a representative from Margert Community Corporation to receive more information on how to obtain, sustain, and improve your housing. Information can be provided on the following services: homeownership assessment, homeownership preparation, housing search assistance, fair housing, and much more.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Altered Book Crafts for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Altered Book Crafts for Kids Tuesdays at 3pm.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
1:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

If you were affected by Hurricane Sandy, come speak to a case manager from Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica to receive information on disaster relief aid, financial aid and other forms of resources.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Mother's Day Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Mother’s Day Craft Wednesday, May 3rd at 4pm.


May
4
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you need help with JobMap and revising your resume or cover letter? Drop in for one-on-one assistance and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Children's Board Game Day!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come in and play fun board games with friends. We supply the games, you provide the players. Join us Thursdays at 3pm.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Books can be checked out of the library prior to each meeting. Selections are:
5/4: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer
6/1: "Middlesex" by Jeffery Eugenides
7/6: "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
8/3: "The Art of Racing in the Rain" Garth Stein

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

Additional Dates


May
5
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies, 0-17 months and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories and more!

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

Additional Dates


May
5
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Zombie Awareness Month Movies!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

May is Zombie Awareness Month! In celebration, we will be showing zombie themed movies every Friday at 4pm.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Tree Care with Compost - For Kids!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Ready to get your hands dirty? Join us Saturdays, May 6th and May 20th at 2pm for our Tree Care with Compost Events! Staff from the NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden will teach children about compost and its benefits and then guide a fun compost application activity right outside the library! Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


May
8
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Job Skills Identification

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market them to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. For further information, please call (718) 634-1110. Class code JR110


May
11
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Skateboard Video History

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We will watch skateboarding videos on YouTube from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, as well as more current footage. We will also discuss the local skateboarding culture.


May
13
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Share Your Creative Work!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Once a month, we have an open mic for creative work! Come along to share your poetry, writing, acoustic music, art and multimedia. Content must be appropriate for all ages.


May
15
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

NY Rising: Resume Building

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-1110. Class code JR130


May
15
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

NY Rising: Interview Preparation

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information call 718-634-1110. Class code JR170.


May
17
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Afternoon Book Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We are starting an afternoon Book Club. Here are our selections:
5/17- "Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
6/14- "Swing Time" by Zadie Smith
7/19- "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
8/16- "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz

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

Additional Dates


May
19
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Suncatcher Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Suncatcher Craft Friday.


May
22
3:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you have a favorite stuffed animal? Bring them to the library! Join us for our Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime, Monday May 22th at 3pm.


May
22
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

The Magic and Mind Reading Tour 2017

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Professional magicians Rich Marotta, Steve Dane and Ulises Beato will bewilder and beguile you with great magic and comedy. Each magician offers a different perspective on the art of magic.


Jun
1
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

NY Rising: Drop-In Hours - Job Readiness

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you need help with JobMap and revising your resume or cover letter? Drop in for one-on-one assistance and learn how to preregister for our computer classes. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Job Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market them to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. For further information, please call (718) 634-1110. Class code JR110


Jun
5
11:30AM

--to--

12:15PM

Music and Movement!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 2-5 are welcome to join us Mondays at 11:30am for music and rhythmic movement.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1110 for additional information. Class code JR310.


Jun
6
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

NY Rising: Drop- In Hours - Housing Counseling

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come speak to a representative from Margert Community Corporation to receive more information on how to obtain, sustain, and improve your housing. Information can be provided on the following services: homeownership assessment, homeownership preparation, housing search assistance, fair housing, and much more.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Origami for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Tuesdays at 4pm for our Origami for Kids program.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. After Toddler Time, enjoy our early childhood educational play space!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
12:00PM

--to--

12:30PM

Toddler Social Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Toddler Social Time Wednesdays at 12pm.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
1:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Drop In- Hours - Disaster Case Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

If you were affected by Hurricane Sandy, come speak to a case manager from Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica to receive information on disaster relief aid, financial aid and other forms of resources.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Build it Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get creative with Legos! For children in grades K-5.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Marble Art Project

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our marble art project Wednesday, June 7th at 4pm.


Jun
8
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

NY Rising: Resume Building

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

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-1110. Class code JR130


Jun
8
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

NY Rising: Interview Preparation

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information call 718-634-1110. Class code JR170.


Jun
8
7:00PM

--to--

7:45PM

Learn A Language Workshop

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

Learn how to use the library's language software. Learn a new language or brush up on your language skills!


Jun
12
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Setting Up Your Business

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

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up a business and begin operating it. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1110 for additional information. Class code JR310.


Jun
14
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Identify Shells for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun and educational activity on identifying shells Wednesday, June 14 at 4pm.


Jun
15
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Fun with Watercolors

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

Artist Karl Lorenzen will teach basic watercolor techniques, and participants will take home a beautiful painting they have created at the end of the session. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided.


Jun
16
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Father's Day Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Friday, June 16th at 4pm for our Father’s Day Craft.


Jun
19
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Marketing Basics for Small Business

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

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and explore marketing technologies best suited for your business. In addition, we will consider the marketing fundamental of understanding customers and developing a story and message they love. To preregister or for additional information call 718-634-1110. Class code: JR310.


Jun
24
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Fun with Sand Art

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Friday, June 23rd at 4pm for our sand art program!


Jun
26
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

NY Rising: Resources for Residents Affected By Sandy

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

This workshop will provide families with information on services and resources that are available to help with their recovery plans and unmet needs. Residents will receive information about programs that provide affordable home repair loans and grants, foreclosure prevention services, financial counseling and relocation assistance.

Queens Library at Swing Space
10-03 Beach 20th St.
Far Rockaway, NY 11691


Jun
30
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Summer Meals & Fun

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays through Fridays at 1pm for our Summer Meal & Fun program. Ages 0-18 are welcome!

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 Peninsula 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 Peninsula Community Library include:

  • Spanish books and CD’s for children and adults
  • Armenian, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Polish, Romanian and Russian books for adults.

 

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

  • Large Print collection
  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Book/Multisets/Videos and software for Adult Basic Education
  • ESOL

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Hammels-Arverne Day Care Center
216 Beach 87 Street
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-3162
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 14
1931 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
fax: (718) 868-2657
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300
100th Precinct Community Council
333 Beach 90th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-6536
Rockaway Artists Alliance
260 Beach 116 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Beach Civic Association
PO Box 930134
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-1973
Rockaway Museum
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Rotary Club
PO Box 940631
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-0800
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Early Head Start Program/Early Steps Family Center
86-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-8040
fax: (718) 318-7699
  

Fire Department
Engine 266/Brush Fire Unit/Thawing Unit 266
92-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
  

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
fax: (771) 834-2993
  

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-0097
phone: (718) 634-4000
  

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
U.S. Postal Service Rockaway Beach
9014 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718)634-5926
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Rose of Lima (PK-8)
154 Beach 84th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-7079
St Camillus School (K-8)
185 Beach 99th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11691
phone: (718) 634-5260
fax: (718) 634-8353
 

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-9419
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS 183 Dr. Richard R. Green (PK-8)
2-45 Beach 79th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-9459
fax: (718) 634-9458
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
190 BEACH 110 STREET
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
fax:
Q262 Channel View School for Research (6-12)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
fax: (718) 634-2896

Senior Centers
United Irish Foundation Hammel Senior Center
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4047
Ocean Promenade Nursing Center
140 Beach 113th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6350
Park Nursing Home
128 Beach 115th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-6400
Surfside Manor Home for Adults
9502 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 945-5500
fax: (718) 634-8925
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Rockaway Beach, located on the Rockaway Peninsula, has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century. Called Reckowacky or “the place of our own people”, by the Canarsie Indian tribe who had settled here, Rockaway was first sold to the Dutch in 1639.

The land was then sold to Captain Palmer in 1685. Richard Cornell purchased the land from Palmer two years later.

After the railroad opened in 1872, Rockaway Beach’s popularity grew as a premier beach resort, serving tourists and New York society’s elite families. Later, Rockaway Beach catered to the middle class.

Rockaway Beach was incorporated in 1897. In 1898 Rockaway Beach and the surrounding villages officially became part of Queens County. Steeplechase, the area’s first amusement park, was opened in 1901. Rockaway’s Playland opened in 1928 and remained a popular tourist spot until the 1980s.

Local areas of interest to tourists include “Whaleamena”, a Central Park Children’s Zoo whale sculpture donated to the Rockaways and located at the Beach 95th Street boardwalk entrance. The “Dough Girl” Monument, located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 94th Street, recognizes the efforts of women who served in the armed forces. A four block section of Rockaway Beach was officially designated as the city’s first surfer’s only beach. Today, renewed interest in the Rockaways is spurring housing development.

More information about the Rockaway Beach community is available from the following sources:

Websites

Rockaway … “place of waters bright” www.rockawave.com/common/history/history.html

Books

Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried and William Asadorian

Queens A Pictorial History by Vincent Seyfried

The Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened in July of 1943 and was then known as the “Rockaway Branch”. The branch was closed from 1958 through 1959 but subsequently reopened as the result of community pressure. In 1972 the branch was moved to a newly built City of New York building and renamed as the Peninsula Branch. A fire in 1999 temporarily closed the Peninsula Branch for several months until repairs and renovations were completed.