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Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Corona Library's 50th Anniversary!

 On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the Friends of Corona Library hosted the branch’s celebration of 50 years at its current location.

Our guests included Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NYS Senator Jessica Ramos, NYS ...

Library Day in Albany!

Join Queens Library on Wednesday, February 27 to send a message to your state legislators that your community library is important to you!

Customers are our loudest and most effective voices. We’ll be traveling to Albany on February 27 to express what libraries mean to us.

Buses will leave from ...

Ask Yourself What You Feel Curious About

Pat Cummings has always loved libraries. They were places where she could follow up on any topic that she was curious about—and after her mother became a librarian, she spent even more time at the library.

Now, as an author, illustrator, and teacher, Cummings describes herself as heavily dependent on libraries, to get all ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens 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 ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter 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, ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Jan
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Stumped by a math question? Need help with your reading assignment? Drop by the Seaside Library for some homework help!

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

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Jan
24
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Seaside Library Teen Anime Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Teens! Come and join us Thursday afternoons for a variety of anime features, both current and classic.

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

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Jan
24
5:00PM

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6:00PM

All About Alexa

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Learn how to get started with Alexa, what Alexa is capable of, and tips for getting the most out of your smart home devices. Owners of Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Amazon Echo Dot will also find this class useful. Instructor: Jay Dela Cruz

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

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Jan
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Babies & Books

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

You are your child's first teacher. Enjoy our wide variety of board books, nurture preliteracy skills, meet up with other caregivers, and discover the joy of reading with your baby at the library! This program is for infants ages 6-17 months.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Ultimate Cardio for Adults

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Gloria leads this total body workout that incorporates techniques such as kicks and punches that move to a rapid pace. This fitness class is designed to promote cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility using high energy and motivating music. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers; bring a water bottle and towel. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Jan
26
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Seaside Library Saturday Matinee

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us Saturdays at 2pm for a seasonal selection of movies we hope our adult and older adult movie fans will enjoy.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Coloring Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Come down to the Seaside Library and de-stress with some coloring! This program is open to all ages.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for chess club, where you can challenge your brain, make new friends, and have fun while learning critical thinking and problem-solving skills!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Broadway Show Tunes

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Enjoy this music program of classic Broadway shows such as "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera," "Fiddler on the Roof," and more performed by pianist William Gati and vocalist Wendy Luck.


Jan
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Arts & Crafts Hour with Ms. Sophia

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Come to the Seaside Library and join us for exploratory arts and crafts hour with Ms. Sophia!


Jan
30
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Mobile Device & Digital Media Class

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Do you have questions about your mobile device? Are you curious about e-books? How do you listen to an audiobook on your smartphone? Bring your Android or iOS device and learn how to use it.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
30
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for picture books, finger plays, action rhymes, and songs for children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Kids' Movie Matinee

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Seaside Library for our kids' movie matinee.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Step into VR

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Swim underwater, travel to a foreign country, jump off a skyscraper -- these are just some of the virtual reality experiences that will be available. While wearing the virtual reality headset, you will be able to "look around" the artificial world, move about in it, and interact with features or items that are depicted inside the headset.

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

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Feb
1
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Spelling Bee Final

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for the spelling bee final where the final two participants from each grade level will compete for a spot at the Queens Central Library Spelling Bee in May 2019.


Feb
2
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Movie Matinee

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us Saturdays at 2pm for a special selection of movies that celebrate Black History Month. We will be showing "A Thousand Midnights - The Great Migration" (2/2), "Don't Shout Too Soon" (2/9), "Goin' To Chicago" (2/16) and "The City and the World" ( 2/23). For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lunar New Year Arts & Crafts

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year with the Seaside Library and create your own bookmark!


Feb
6
2:30PM

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4:15PM

CIAD Meeting

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

This is the monthly meeting of the Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled (CIAD). CIAD is a non-profit, grassroots organization run by and for adult home and nursing home residents and resident councils.


Feb
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations – Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on..?

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for an innovative experience where children ages 6 and up will use their imagination to create their own vehicle that will transport them to their next traveling adventure. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hooked On Yarn

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

If you love to create crafts using yarn, this program is for you!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Broken Hearts Week: Arts & Crafts

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Take your broken heart and create it into art. Explore the kaleidoscopic colors of a broken heart with watercolors.


Feb
13
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Broken Hearts Week: Kids' Movie Matinee

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Seaside Library for a Broken Hearts week movie showing of Beauty and the Beast!


Feb
14
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Broken Heart Week: Frida Kahlo's A Broken/Feisty Heart

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Claudia Norman, producer and executive director of the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, will offer a multimedia presentation of Frida Kahlo’s passionate and often devastating love life that inspired some of her most famous and celebrated works. Fragments of love letters, diary entries, music and, of course, art will bring the feisty artist to life in celebration of her uncompromised spirit in art and love.


Feb
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Broken Hearts Week - Mend the Broken Heart Scavenger Hunt

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Attempt to mend some broken hearts at the Seaside Library Broken Hearts Scavenger Hunt. Participants will have to locate the other half of a broken heart by following clues. Test your library knowledge while repairing hearts! Winners will receive a prize!


Feb
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Karaoke

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Music can definitely help mend a broken heart! Join us at the Seaside Library and spread love during our karaoke hour. Participants can choose from a variety of songs meant to spread love and happiness.


Feb
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - African Mud Cloth

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Pay us a visit at the Seaside Library for our first of two arts & crafts session celebrating Black History Month! Explore Africa's culture and create your own mud cloth. Traditionally made with fabric and dyed using resources from the earth, the bògòlanfini or mud cloth is a Malian textile used in fashion, fine art, and decoration. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - African American Read-In

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

This is a celebration of African American authors and their works. Participants will share their favorite stories, poems, and book excerpts from African American authors. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Jewelry Workshop

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Make your own piece of jewelry to keep or to give as a gift. All supplies will be included.


Feb
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Romare Bearden Arts & Crafts

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

This will be the second arts & crafts session celebrating Black History Month! Children will learn about the life and work of African American artist Romare Bearden. Bearden was known for using multimedia throughout his career. Participants will create collages using various multimedia, while discussing the art of Romare Bearden. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Mar
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Seaside Karaoke

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Seaside Library for a karaoke party. Come down and sing your favorite tunes!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Women's History Month: Arts & Crafts

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Celebrate and honor Women's History Month with an introduction to famous women artists! Create an exciting painting inspired by famous 20th and 21st century women artists.
3/5 - Georgia O'Keeffe
3/12 - Frida Kahlo
3/19 - Faith Ringgold
3/26 - Yayoi Kusama

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Light Painting Photography

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Explore your artistic style and creativity with light painting and long exposure photography. Light painting is an art form that allows you to create stunning exposures by using a handheld light source and the open shutter on your camera.


Mar
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is a great way to get children engaged in math and problem solving. It also improves their thinking skills. Join us at the Seaside Library on Wednesdays at 4pm to make your own origami creations.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Aging Mastery: 50+ Specialty Workshops

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

The Aging Mastery 50+ Specialty Workshops will be held prior to the Aging Mastery ten-session workshop. The workshops will be led by experts in their field. The workshops will cover estate and retirement planning, healthcare, and bucket lists. Preregistration is required. This is for customers who live in the Rockaways only. There is a screening process. Call Seaside Library at 718-634-1876 or organizer Susan Lavin at 718-368-5079. Led by National Council on Aging.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Aging Mastery: 50+ Wellness Ten-Session Workshop

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

The Aging Mastery Program is a ten-session workshop. Classes are led by experts in their field. Topics include exercise, sleep, nutrition, finances, planning, relationships, medication, community engagement, & falls prevention. Preregistration is required. This is for customers who live in the Rockaways only. There is a screening process. Call Seaside Library at 718-634-1876 or organizer Susan Lavin at 718-368-5079. Led by National Council on Aging.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Balloon Show with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, Nick The Balloonatic will interact with children as he sculpts balloons, laughs, and jokes, making everyone feel special. Crazy hats, animals, and your favorite characters will be raffled off for children to take home.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Seaside Community Library has:

  • 13 total public access computers
  • Including:
  • Five adult computers
  • Four Young adult computers
  • Four children's computers
  • Two computers with scanners
  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Seaside Community Library include:

  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

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

  • Popular and literary fiction
  • DVDs, videos, audio books
  • Large print fiction

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
A Child’s Place/Joan Gallagher
141-07 Beach Channel Dr.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1160
Kidz Playhouse
127-10 Newport Ave
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-7270
THE ACTION CENTER,A.S.P #2 @ PS:225
190 Beach 110th St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-5218

Community Board
Queens Community Board 14
1931 Mott Ave. 1931 Mott Ave
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
  

Community Organizations & Services
Graybeards, Ltd.
436 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway NY , 11694
Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc.
260 Beach 116 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Music and Arts Council, Inc.
PO Box 97
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-6760
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300
  

Fire Department
Engine 268 Ladder 137
257 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Engine 329
402 Beach 169 St.
Fort Tilden NY , 11695
 

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Dr.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
St. Johns Episcopal Hospital South Shore
327 Beach 19th St.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 869-7000
 

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Point News, Inc.
PO Box 164
Ft. Tilden NY , 11695
phone: (718) 634-8730
fax: editor@rpnewsonline.com
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Gateway National Recreation Center
Beach 149 St., Beach Channel Drive, beach 169st
phone: (718) 318-4300
Fort Tilden Visitor Center
Beach 169 Street
Rockaway phone: (718) 318-4300
Breezy Point Tip
Beach 222 St., Rockaway Inlet
Atlantic Ocean
Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk
Beach 73 Street to Beach 109 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
Rockaway Park /Ocean Promenade
Beach 110 Street to Beach 126 Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Rockaway Beach
Beach 126 Street to Beach 149 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
Seaside Playground
Beach 109-110 Streets, Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Belle Harbor NY ,
  

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-42 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
Rockaway Park Post Office
113-25 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694-8777
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Francis de Sales (Nursery-8)
219 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-2775
Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School
111-11 Rockaway Beach BLVD
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone:
Yeshiva of Belle Harbor (N-5)
134-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0045
Yeshiva Merkaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor (HS and Post HS)
505 Beach 129 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-3064
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. / M.S. 114 Belle Harbor (Q114)
134-01 Cronston Avenue
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-3382
Waterside Children's Studio School (Q317)
190 Beach 110 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1344
 

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Dr.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
Channel View School for Research (Q262)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
ROCKAWAY PARK HIGH SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (Q324)
100-00 BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE
Queens NY, 11694
phone: (718) 318-6170

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
3-20 Beach 104 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
Scholars' Academy Middle/High School
320 Beach 104th Street
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
phone: (718) 474-6918
 

School
Q318 Waterside School for leadership
1 90 Beach 110 St.
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
  

Senior Centers
JASA Rockaway Park Senior Center
106-20 Shorefront PKWY
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
  

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. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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

The Rockaway peninsula, a barrier beach eleven miles long in southern Queens, includes the neighborhoods of Far Rockaway, Arverne, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, and Neponsit. The original inhabitants of the Rockaways were the Canarsie Indians. It is thought the name Rockaway is derived from “rechquarkie”, an Indian word with many spelling variants, which means “the place of our people”, or “the sand place”.

The Rockaways, along with Coney Island in Brooklyn, were long a favorite summer resort for New Yorkers, only declining in popularity after World War II. Considered a healthy place to get away from the dirt and heat of the city, people flocked to the beaches in the summer. There were once piers, pavilions by the water, grand hotels, large rooming houses, and colonies of beach cottages. Most cottages have disappeared, but some still are in use today, and in some areas there is attention to their preservation. The amusement park “Playland” opened in 1901 and enjoyed a heyday until it closed in 1986. The entire area has undergone many changes: enduring urban blight, seeing vigorous housing development, moving from being largely a resort area to a bedroom community.

In 1935, 30,000 to 36,000 people lived in Rockaway Beach. According to the U.S. Census, the largest immigrant groups were Irish, German, Russian, and Jewish. The population rose 25% between 1950 and 1959, including the addition of African-American residents. In 1998, the population of the Rockaways was almost 100,000. Today, the population of the community includes Polish, Hungarian, Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic immigrants.

Its proximity to the mainland still draws thousands of summer visitors from the rest of the city to enjoy its beaches and sea air.

An article in the Rockaway Argus newspaper in 1930 refers to “numerous additions” to the “collection of books” at the first Seaside Branch, located at the north side of Beach Channel Drive. In her annual report for 1929, the children’s librarian refers to the many summer beachgoers coming to the library.

In April 1961, the Seaside Branch relocated as a “storefront library” on the ground floor of the Pioneer Hotel at 184 Beach 116th Street. Open House was held during National Library Week. There were 52,000 books in its collection. Harold Tucker was Chief Librarian of QBPL. That branch closed in January 1977 while construction continued on the present branch at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. The staff moved to the Peninsula Branch until the new Seaside Branch was completed and opened in 1979.

In 2010 the Seaside Library was renovated. The renovation included new furniture, interior changes, self check out, RFID technology, a Young Adult area, and more public computers

Sources:

Seyfried, Vincent and William Asadorian. Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs, Dover, 2000

Bellot, Alfred H. History of the Rockaways from 1685 to 1917, Bellot’s Histories, Far Rockaway, NY, c1918.

The Wave, Wave Publishing Co., Rockaway Beach, NY.

Rockaway Argus, Rockaway Beach, NY.

Annual Reports, Seaside Branch. Long Island Division, Queens Library.

Website:www.rockawave.com