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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.

Feb 27 @ 1:00 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) ...

Mar 1 @ 2:00 PM

Build it Club

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

Mar 1 @ 4:00 PM, Mar 8 @ 4:00 PM, Mar 15 @ 4:00 PM, Mar 22 @ 4:00 PM, Mar 29 @ 4:00 PM

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday as we learn about the author, read one of his stories, and create a fun craft. Supplies are limited. Registration is required.

Mar 2 @ 4:00 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.

Mar 5 @ 2:00 PM, Mar 19 @ 2:00 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.

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

NY Rising: Job Search Strategies

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume. Call for more information.

Mar 8 @ 3:00 PM, Mar 22 @ 3:00 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) ...

Mar 15 @ 2:00 PM

Feb
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Library Lover’s Month

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

Do you love your library? Join us Thursdays at 4:00pm for library-themed games followed by an interactive group project. Ages 8-12. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Feb
23
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose

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

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


Feb
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Black History Month

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Celebrate Black History Month! Play fun educational games and explore historical events and figures. Ages 8-12. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
For all Black History Month programs, visit http://queenslib.org/blkhistorymonth18


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Feb
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Homework Help for Kids!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Need help with homework? All ages are welcome to attend.


Feb
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Read to Me Hour

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

An interactive storytime for ages 3-6. We will read picture books and nursery rhymes aloud and talk about their favorite storybook characters. Space is limited. Registration is required.


Feb
28
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

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!


Mar
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

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


Mar
2
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Babies (0-17 months) and their parents or 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


Mar
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Toddler Paint Club

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

Would you like to do fun paint projects with your toddler? Join us Fridays from 3-4pm. Space is limited. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday as we learn about the author, read one of his stories, and create a fun craft. Supplies are limited. Registration is required.


Mar
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spring Craft Mondays

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Join us for our Spring-inspired crafts. Children ages 6-12 are welcome to join us. Supplies are limited. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Children Game Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for some fun and games. Children can get together to play board games and solve puzzles.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

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


Mar
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Book Buddies

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children in Pre-K to 3rd grade will be paired with student mentors as they read and engage in literacy-based activities.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Picture Book Time!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

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

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

Additional Dates


Mar
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Video Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children will compete in gaming on the PS4, Wii, and Xbox.


Mar
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

St. Patrick's Day Story & Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn more about this Irish holiday and create a Celtic craft. Ages 6-12 years. No registration required.


Mar
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Kids Garden Club

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

Join us for our first Kids Garden Club meeting! Children will learn the importance of gardening, develop a connection with nature, and grow their own plants and vegetables. Ages 5-12. Space is limited. Registration is required.


Apr
2
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Science Rocks!

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

Join us for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiments suited for ages 6-12. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Rhyme Time

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

Children ages 3-5 could learn new vocabulary words through the use of rhymes on Tuesdays 3:3-4:30pm. Activities include listening to children's poems, reciting nursery rhymes, sight word bingo, activity sheets, and more. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Homework Space

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We set aside a comfortable space for children to do their homework and school projects every Thursday from 4-5pm. Tutoring and homework assistance are available upon request.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Kids Garden Club

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

Children will learn the importance of gardening, develop a connection with nature, and grow their own plants and vegetables. Ages 5-12. Space is limited. Registration is required.


Jun
4
1:00PM

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3:00PM

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


Jun
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

POUND

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Channel your inner rockstar and move your body with this modern-day fusion of movement and music. Drum along to music using weighted drumsticks for a fun-filled workout!


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.