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City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Let's Make Some Noise for LGBTQ Pride!

June is LGBTQ Pride Month—and we’re excited to offer programs and special events ranging from silent dance parties and pop-up tabling for teens to Ask Me Anything panels and a resource fair.

Queens Public Library will also be at the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30—come out to see us and share your support ...

Immigrant Heritage Month: Bring Your Story!

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and we’re celebrating with our Bring Your Story events and activities!

More than one million immigrants live in Queens, and we want to know your story. Visit your library to map your story using our special map and string and show where you or your family have journeyed ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for free—and make ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Public Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Public 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 ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

Let Yourself Be Bored

Jessie Sima’s grandfather took her to the library when he was watching her while her parents were at work. “It was nice to have a place to spend time where we weren’t pressured to buy anything and where no one minded if we stayed for hours,” she says.

Sima enjoyed browsing the library and learned the ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Jun
17
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Monday Midday Matinee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a morning movie Mondays at 11:00 am.


Jun
18
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes For Beginners

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn basic computer skills to get you through everyday life. You will also learn how to safely surf the Internet.


Jun
18
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Take a break and relax! Join us for adult coloring.

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

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Jun
18
3:00PM

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3:30PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Picture book time is for children ages 4-6. Activities will include stories, songs, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
18
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Peninsula Talent Show!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Can you sing, dance, or twirl a baton? Do you tell jokes or know how to perform magic tricks? If you do, please join us Tuesday, June 18th from 4-5:30 pm for our community talent show. Please register at the children's or teen’s desk. Show us what you've got!


Jun
19
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
19
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Homework Hour for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Need help with your homework? Stop by Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm.


Jun
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Teen UNO Tournament

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to participate in an afternoon UNO tournament.


Jun
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lego Club for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for Lego Club for ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Pop, Rock & Soul: Songs of the 60s

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Pop/Jazz vocalist Cody Childs performs the music of the 60s featuring the songs of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Ben E. King, The Young Rascals, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others. . This tribute includes biographical notes of the artists as well as a performance of their hits such as “Respect”, “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You”, “Stand By Me”, ”Knock On Wood”, "Groovin’ ", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and more.


Jun
21
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Creative Aging: Working with Watercolors

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

Working with Watercolors is taught by professional teaching artist Richard Estrin. This is a nine-session sequential course. Attendance at all sessions is recommended. Registration is required. Register by calling the Peninsula Library at 718-634-1110. All supplies will be provided by the Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
21
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and 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


Jun
21
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Storytime

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories and songs Fridays at 11:30am. All ages are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
21
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Summer Reading: Take It With You Craft for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to join the Peninsula Library to make and take the craft of the day.


Jun
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Share patterns and techniques or just have a friendly chat while working on your knitting projects!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Let’s Make Some Noise: LGBAC Woodwind Quintet and The Horn All Stars

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps bring performances of classical music, musical theatre, and opera with their Woodwind Quintet and horn ensemble The Horn All Stars. For more Pride programming, visit https://queenslib.org/pride19.


Jun
27
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Movie Premiere "Apollo 13"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come in from the heat and enjoy watching "Apollo 13" (1995, PG).


Jun
27
6:30PM

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7:30PM

A Tribute to the Jersey Boys

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

The Vic Vincent Group presents a musical tribute to The Jersey Boys, who attained world-wide fame with their unique sound throughout several decades. The tribute includes other great artists of rock and roll, doo wop, and pop from the 1950s and the following decades.


Jul
1
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Monday Midday Matinee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a morning movie on Mondays at 11:00 am.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: 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.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Monday Funday

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-6 can participate in an interactive storytime and develop early literacy skills. Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, tell us about their favorite books, sing songs, and move to the music. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Video Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Tweens and teens, come and enjoy an afternoon of board games and video games.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Origami for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-12, join us for our space-themed origami program. Supplies are limited.


Jul
3
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Toddler Time in Space

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for space-themed stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Storytime and Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Wednesdays at 2:30pm for our fun space themed storytime and craft program. Supplies are limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and 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


Jul
5
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Super Space Storytime!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our space-themed storytime! All ages are welcome. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Teen Coloring

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to stop by, hang out, and color.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Alien Invasion in a Box

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Aliens have invaded the library! In this challenge, teens get creative by dressing each other up as aliens and compete in Run the Alien Invasion. You have to see it to believe it.


Jul
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Build It Club in Space!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get creative with our space-themed building program 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


Jul
11
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Book Discussion

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our book discussion group! We meet at 6:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month. We will be reading the following:
7/11: Naomi Alderman, "Disobedience"
8/1: Kevin Powers, "A Shout in the Ruins"
9/5: Chloe Benjamin, "The Immortalists"
10/3: Paul Howarth, "Only Killers and Thieves"

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

Additional Dates


Jul
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Let’s Make Galaxy Bracelets!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our galaxy bracelet program for ages 6-12. We'll also read about our galaxy! Supplies are limited.


Jul
18
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Summer Reading: Take It With You Craft for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to join the Peninsula Library to make and take the craft of the day.


Jul
18
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Peninsula Rap Session

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join our discussion group to talk about all the things that are near and dear to your heart!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
19
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Bingo!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our space-themed bingo game for ages 6-10. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Starlit Night in a Cup

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

This fun, educational art program allows children ages 4-6 to learn about different constellations while improving their fine motor skills. Supplies are limited.


Jul
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: STEM Kit

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens can come to discuss summer reading materials and participate in the space-themed STEM activity.


Jul
25
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Movie Premiere "WALL-E"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come in from the heat and enjoy watching "WALL-E" (2008, G).


Jul
30
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Astronaut Helmet

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

This astronaut helmet program for ages 2-5 serves to encourage pretend play and engage their tactile senses. Supplies are limited.


Jul
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Space Jeopardy for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come try your knowledge at Space Jeopardy!


Jul
31
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visit!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for some fun programs with Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Programs will include: "Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution" and "What Lives in Jamaica Bay?" In this first, learn about the effect of marine debris in Jamaica Bay and beyond. See how long it takes different types of debris to decompose and more importantly how you can help be part of the solution! In the second, rangers set up a touch table of different plant and animal specimens that can be found in Jamaica Bay.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Bookmark Making

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us at 2:30pm for our space-themed bookmark coloring program. We'll provide paper bookmarks, crayons, markers, and color pencils for ages 4-12.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Math Games in Space!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Monday, August 5th at 2:30pm for some fun-filled space-themed math games.


Aug
6
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Glow in the Dark Lacing Constellations

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Explore the night sky! This craft activity allows youth ages 6-12 to learn about constellations. Supplies are limited.


Aug
8
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Summer Reading: Take It With You Craft for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to join the Peninsula Library to make and take the craft of the day.


Aug
9
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Phases of the Moon

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn about the phases of the moon and what causes the moon to change in this fun and interactive activity for ages 6-10. Supplies are limited.


Aug
12
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Moon Names Memory Game

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

In this fun memory game for ages 5-12, learn about the names that Native American tribes in North America gave to the full moons, which appeared each month throughout the year. Supplies are limited.


Aug
13
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Super Space Spelling Bee!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get ready for our space-themed Spelling Bee for ages 6-12. We will have some practice sessions followed by our fun spelling contest.


Aug
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Sew the Stars

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

This program introduces teens to the medium of embroidery, while also exploring the astrological and mythical backgrounds of different star constellations. Engaging their scientific and creative minds, students will embroider either an existing constellation or an invented one onto a fabric of their choice.


Aug
16
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Let's Make Straw Rockets!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

In this fun STEM activity for ages 5-12, children will make and launch their own straw rockets followed by a rocket launch contest. Supplies are limited.


Aug
19
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Planet Suncatcher Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-12 will learn about different planets in our solar system and make a planet suncatcher craft. Supplies are limited.


Aug
20
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Marble Planet Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our marble planet craft program.


Aug
22
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Summer Reading: Take It With You Craft for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to join the Peninsula Library to make and take the craft of the day.


Aug
23
2:30PM

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4:30PM

End of Summer Reading: Space Scavenger Hunt!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Let's celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a space-themed scavenger hunt! At the end of the program, we will hand out children's summer reading certificates.


Aug
26
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Poetry

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

In this fun workshop, children will create their own space-themed acrostic poems.


Aug
27
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Movie of the Summer: "Wall-E"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We will be watching our space-themed movie of the summer, Wall-E. Refreshments are welcome and this movie is rated G.


Aug
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Build This Weird Thing...In Space

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Your mission? To help “astronauts” build a structure in space. The catch? You can’t see them and they can’t see you.


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
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
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.