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Apr
16
4:30PM

The World of Reptiles, Amphibians and Arthropods with Ranger Erik

See, touch and learn about the lives of reptiles, amphibians and arthropods from North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Madagascar. Participants will meet 12 species of animals, including lizards, snakes, turtles, tree frogs, toads, salamanders and an American alligator named Walley!


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Apr
19
10:30AM

Art Deco-Inspired Jewelry Workshop with Phyllis Ger

Recycle your favorite buttons or use ours, and see them transformed into an elegant art deco-inspired necklace and earring set. Materials will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

Apr
21
8:00AM

Steinway: Weekly Food Waste Drop Off 2014

Bring your frozen food scraps -- only your fruit and vegetable scraps (peels, skins, or seeds), coffee grounds (including the paper filter), tea bags, eggshells, nutshells, plain bread and pasta (no toppings) to our weekly food waste drop off location at Queens Library at Steinway on Mondays, from 8:00-11:00AM. No meat, dairy, bones or oily foods. BIG! Compost will turn your food waste into nutrient-rich compost.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
6:00PM

Make Yogurt at Home

Learn about milk cultures and how to use them to create tasty, healthy yogurt treats easily and inexpensively at home. Participants will take home yogurt that can be used to start a first batch. For more Greening Queens Libraries programs please visit http://greening.queenslibrary.org.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Apr
22
5:00PM

Knitting and Crochet Club

Our group, for adults and teens age 12 and up, meets to work on projects, share designs and have a good time. Bring your yarn and needles and share your knitting and crochet skills with new friends!


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Apr
26
10:00AM

Outdoor Organic Gardening

Use your hands to grow healthy organic food and beautiful flowers outdoors in our Learning Garden!


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Apr
28
6:30PM

Book Discussion Group

"The City of Falling Angels," by John Berendt, tells the story of some interesting inhabitants of Venice, Italy, whom the author met while living there in the months following the 1996 fire that destroyed the historic La Fenice opera house.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Apr
29
11:00AM

Microsoft Access for Beginners

Microsoft Access is a database management system that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools. Preregistration is required. Ask for Harry at Steinway for more information.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Apr
30
4:00PM

Recycled Bicycle Jewelry Workshop for Teens

Teens will discover how spokes can become "spoke flowers" and tiny bike parts can become beautiful earrings and necklaces.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
1
4:00PM

Learn to Save

This program will help young children develop a savings habit early in life.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
5
5:00PM

Earth Hour

The Greening Libraries staff will teach children environmental science, from water cycles to electricity to ecological services. Many topics will be discussed in this fun and interactive afterschool program! For more Greening Libraries programs please visit: http://greening.queenslibrary.org/


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
5
6:15PM

Composting for Everyone

Learn where food scraps brought to our weekly compost collections go and find out how to start and manage an at-home composting system, such as a worm bin or bokashi fermenting system. For more information about Greening Queens Library events, please visit http://greening.queenslibrary.org


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
8
11:15AM

Exploring Nature with Your Child

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


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
8
1:00PM

Urban Agriculture: Growing Food in Small Spaces

Learn how to grow food in small outdoor raised beds. There will be demonstations of composting, hoop house construction and square-foot in this hands-on workshop.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
10
11:00AM

Seed(ling) Swap and Giveaway

Get a new start for your garden when you swap seeds, seedlings and ideas with local gardeners. Celebrate the Earth at Queens Library!


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
10
1:00PM

Grow Your Own Edible Mushrooms

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


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
12
6:00PM

Make a Mini-Greenhouse

Turn old CD cases into mini-greenhouses to germinate the seeds of vital wild plants and yummy foods! Bring old CD cases if you can; we will provide some as well.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
17
11:00AM

Urban Chickening

In this fun and educational program for the whole family, Queens residents Robert McMinn and Jules Corkery will discuss how to raise and keep chickens in New York City. Participants will get up close and personal with two hens that are a special miniature breed known as Serama, and will learn how they help enhance the success of small gardens.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
19
4:00PM

Artistic Collage Special Occasion Cards

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


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
19
6:30PM

Book Discussion: "The Bookman's Tale"

In this “Novel of Obsession,” a mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller's search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

May
30
4:00PM

Teens Can Cook, Too!

Join food educator Stacey Ornstein and chop, grate, blend and roll your way to a delicious seasonal dish. We will explore the joys of healthy cooking, develop new kitchen skills, learn about new ingredients and discover world cultures through food.


Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Steinway Community Library has:

  • 3 computers designated for Teens
  • 2 computers designated for Children
  • 6 Adult computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Steinway Community Library include:

For Adults

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

For Children

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
 

 

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

  • ESOL collection for students and teachers
  • Large collection of contemporary and classic films
  • Foreign films in Arabic, Bengali, Greek, Hindi, Italian and Spanish

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Steinway Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 728-1965 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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

Child Care / Preschools
Grace D. Delgado
18-29 21st. Drive, Apartment 2, 2nd Floor
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 956-9333
HANAC P.S. 84
22-45 41Street
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 278-1915
Rita Morresi Mittone
20-26 28th Street, 1st Floor
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 956-3367
Gabriel Marin
23-66 21 Street, 1st Floor
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 956-3367
Yasmin Monir
21-16 35 Street, Apartment 5D
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 721-5628
Aracely Sanchez
21-68 35 Street, Apartment 4C
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 721-3990

Community Board
Queens Community Board 1
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3335
fax: (718)786-3368
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Astoria Historical Society
Quinn Building 35-20 Broadway, 4th floor
Long Island City NY , 11106
 

Fire Department
Engine 262
30-89 21 St
Queens NY , 11102
Engine 263 Ladder 117
42-06 Astoria Blvd South
Queens NY , 11105
Engine 312
22-63 35 Street
Queens NY , 11103

Local Hospitals
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Avenue
Queens NY , 11102
  

Local Newspapers
Western Queens Gazette
Northwest Courier
Queens Tribune
Queens Chronicle
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Ralph Demarco Park
Shore Blvd Bet. Ditmars Boulevard & 20 Avenue
Triborough Bridge Playground A
Hoyt Avenue, 19 to 21 Streets
Paul Raimonda Playground
47 to 48 Streets, 20 Avenue
Woodtree Playground
20 Avenue, 37 Street, 38 Street
Ditmars Park
23 Avenue To Ditmars Boulevard
Steinway Playground
20 Road-20 Avenue, 37-38 Streets

Police Department
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Boulevard
Queens NY , 11103
  

Post Office
Grand Post Office
4508 30th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 084 Steinway (Q084)
22-45 41 Street
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718)278-1915
fax: (718) 932-4649
PS 085 Judge Charles Vallone (Q085)
23-70 31 Street
Long Island City NY , 11105
phone: (718) 278-3630
fax: (718) 278-8312
PS 122 Mamie Fay (Q122)
21-21 Ditmars Boulevard
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718)721-6410
fax: (718)726-0016

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 141 The Steinway (Q141)
37-11 21 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11105
phone: (718)278-6403
fax: (718)278-2884
  

Senior Centers
Astoria Senior Residence
21-05 30th Drive
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 747-8700
Bffy Dellamonica Senior Center
23-56 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 626-1500
Bffy Steinway Senior Center
20-43 Steinway Street
Long Island City NY , 11105
phone: (718) 728-8472
Central Astoria Dev Norc
28-27 Steinway Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 728-7820
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Costa Constantinides
Cconstantinides@council.nyc.gov
District Office 31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 209
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 274-4500
fax: (718) 726-0357
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1
New York NY, 10007
phone:
NYS Assembly
Hon. Aravella Simotas
Simotasa@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 401
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 545-3889
fax: (718) 545-3607
Albany Office LOB, Room 652
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5014
fax: (518) 455-4044
NYS Senate
Hon. José Peralta
jperalta@nysenate.gov
District Office 32-37 Junction Boulevard
East Elmhurst NY , 11369
phone: (718) 205-3881
fax: (718) 205-4145
Albany Office Room 415, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-2529
fax: (518) 426-6909
US Congress
Hon. Joseph Crowley
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11372
phone: (718) 779-1400
fax: (718) 505-0156
Legislative Office 1436 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
fax: (202) 225-1909
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The area of Queens comprising Steinway and Astoria was formerly known by the Algonquian name of Sunswick, derived from the word Sunkisq, meaning "woman chief." In 1839 developer Stephen A. Halsey incorporated the village of Astoria, which he named in honor of fur trader and landowner John Jacob Astor. Within a few decades, the area was home to a number of wealthy merchants, a substantial German-American community, and the Steinway piano company. As the name of the neighborhood suggests, it began as home to Steinway & Sons, the legendary piano maker and transit magnate in the early days of the trolley car. In 1870 William Steinway, son of the original company founder Henry Steinway, (nee Steinweg) bought 400 acres of land in northwest Queens and moved the operations from their original headquarters in Manhattan, to their new home, which continues its production in the same area today. Along with the factory, he also built Steinway Village, a company town with its own post office, park for recreation, housing for employees, and with a church, library, kindergarten school, and public trolley line. Unlike many other factory towns of the time, Steinway Village was not built exclusively for workers (employees only accounted for about one third of the inhabitants) since they treated the property as a real- estate investment, selling land and houses. On May 4, 1870, Astoria, Hunter’s Point, Steinway, and Ravenswood consolidated to become Long Island City.

Even though the ease of a commute from Steinway into Manhattan has transformed the neighborhood into a bustling mix of ethnicities and styles, vestiges of old Steinway still survive even today. Two-story brick houses continue to stand on 20th Avenue and 41st Street. They boast stone window lintels and recessed entrances. Built before 1880 as housing for factory employees, they are Landmark quality homes. And the Steinway mansion built by William Steinway is still a private residence on 41 Street, originally Albert Street, named for one of his sons. 42 Street was also formerly named Theodore Street, for another one of William Steinway’s sons.


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