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This Weekend at Queens Library

It’s another great weekend at the Library! Join us for a Children's Reading Group with special guests Bill de Blasio and Jimmy Van Bramer, an early Mother’s Day craft fair and flea market, a poetry workshop, our Earth Day Family Fest, wonderful musical performances—including two different Motown revues and our Sunday ...

From Dennis M. Walcott

In my first weeks as the newly-appointed President and CEO, I visited every community library to meet the staff and gain an overview of what each library adds to the community. Among the most impactful programs are the Job and Business Academy’s job skills training workshops.

Library users attend free classes at the library ...

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

On Friday, April 22, events will be held worldwide to support the environment and remind us all that we need to protect our planet.

This week, Queens Library has great programs planned at several of our community libraries to celebrate Earth Day and promote environmental awareness.

They include movies, ...

New on Our Blog: An Interview with New Langston Hughes Executive Director Mikisha Morris!

We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Mikisha Morris to Queens Library as the new Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. She succeeds Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), who will be retiring in July 2016 after more than 35 years of service to ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poems from Our Patrons!

Thank you to our patrons for sending us their poems in honor of National Poetry Month—and now it’s our pleasure to share them with you!

You can read poems from Shoshana Goldman, Michael P. Kusen, Agnes Wong, and Qi-Hong Zheng by visiting our ...

Comment on Our FY2017 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017, and there's still time for you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through May 6.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 and fill out our online ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of all Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

Our next Shakespeare in Queens performance will be Troilus and Cressida on Monday, May 2 at 5:30 ...

Spring 2016 Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars

Protect Your Assets. Ensure Your Legacy. Come to our Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars where you can learn strategies for your finances and estate planning.

By attending one of our seminars, you will be introduced to strategies that will help you better plan for your financial future, medical care, ...

Support the Gracie Book Club!

The Gracie Book Club is a new collaborative effort between the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and First Lady Chirlane McCray. The first Gracie Book Club selection is Bright Lines. Read Bright Lines along with the First Lady and your fellow New Yorkers, and be a part of a ...

May
4
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Open Lab

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Do you need more time to finish a letter or fill out an online application? Do you want to create an email account or simply read emails? At our Open Lab sessions you can use a laptop to complete these tasks.

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

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May
23
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Book Discussion Group "Time and Again" by Jack Finney

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Time and Again by Jack Finney
When advertising artist Si Morley is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence.
Join us for a book discussion
on Monday, May 2016 @ 6:30


Sep
7
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Computer Lab by Appointment

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Do you need more time to finish a letter or fill out an online application? Do you want to create an email account or simply read emails? At our Computer Lab by appointment you can use a laptop to complete these tasks for an hour and get assisted by our staff. Join us on Wednesdays at 4:00. Pre-registration is required

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

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Sep
13
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Computer Basics Series: Software, hardware, Internet and email accounts

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Attend these sessions to learn how to use a computer or brush up on what you already know.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Parenting Support

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Jamaica Southeast Queens Healthy Start and Families On The Move of NYC, Inc., present a parenting series covering topics that include: building the parent-child relationship, attention and emotions, and exploring the challenges of parenthood. A roundtrip Metrocard will be provided to those who participate. Childcare is not available at this program. For more information or to preregister, call 646-629-2413.

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

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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

 


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: (646) 661-6799
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1808
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6963
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.