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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick for January 17 is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid-era South Africa to the desk of "The Daily Show" began with a criminal ...

Queens Library's Broken Heart Week

We hope you will join us at Queens Library for our inaugural Broken Heart Week this February!

Broken Heart Week (February 12–18) is a time to celebrate loves won and lost. Sure, February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but at Queens Library, every facet of love and heartbreak will be explored in this week-long ...

Shape the Future of Queens Library!

At Queens Library, we are continually working to serve you better.

To do this, we are undertaking a strategic planning process across the borough that will guide the Library for the next five years.

You can be a part of this process. Take our survey and share your thoughts.

To ...

Launch Your Food Business with Jamaica FEASTS!

Calling all aspiring food entrepreneurs: Jamaica FEASTS is the program for you!

This 12-week incubator is completely FREE and was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food-based business.

Learn the fundamentals with our hands-on workshops, get access to a commercial kitchen, ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

Start the New Year right by planning for your child’s education!

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood will soon be available for children born in 2013.

Queens Library’s free UPK program offers outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified ...

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 ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

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.

There will be an interesting twist to the schedule in January and February, when TITAN will present eight of ...

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 ...

Queens Tribune Names Dennis Walcott Person of the Year

Congratulations to Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, the Queens Tribune’s 2016 Person of the Year!

In the Tribune’s special issue honoring Dennis Walcott, you can learn more about his background, his life in public service, and his plans for the future of ...

Jan
18
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Baby & Me

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Join us for concept stories and simple movements.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

We will help children with their homework.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
20
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Movements

Location: Steinway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

We'll have dancing and exercising with your toddlers. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please call for more information.

SteinwayFri, Jan 27, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM
SteinwayFri, Feb 10, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM
SteinwayFri, Feb 17, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM
SteinwayFri, Feb 24, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM
SteinwayFri, Mar 3, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM
SteinwayFri, Mar 10, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM
SteinwayFri, Mar 17, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM
SteinwayFri, Mar 24, 201710:30AM - 11:15AM

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Jan
20
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Movements II

Location: Steinway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

We'll have dancing and exercising with your toddlers. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.
Please call for more information.

SteinwayFri, Jan 27, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM
SteinwayFri, Feb 10, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM
SteinwayFri, Feb 17, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM
SteinwayFri, Feb 24, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM
SteinwayFri, Mar 3, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM
SteinwayFri, Mar 10, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM
SteinwayFri, Mar 17, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM
SteinwayFri, Mar 24, 201711:15AM - 12:00PM

Jan
23
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Story Time

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Join us for short stories with rhythms for pre-school children.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Simple Crafts

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Join us for simple crafts for young children ages 2 - 4 years old.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Teens and children age 8 and up learn the basics of chess or improve their game.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Kids Knit

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to join the knitting club. All levels welcome. Limited supplies available.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Children Japanese Classical Dance Workshop

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

Children ages 6-12 will participate in an introductory Japanese classical dance workshop. They will try a dance fan, Sakura Cherry Blossom dance. Several volunteers can try on the kimono, and all children will have a chance to use the dance fans. Preregistration is 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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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.