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Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Library!

Join us for Christmas tree decorating, Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah crafts, concerts, movies, and more.

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and holiday movies, available to borrow from your community ...

It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

Enter the Queens Library Naturalize Lottery!

Are you a green card holder? Are you able to complete your citizenship application by the end of December?

If so, you could enter the Queens Library Naturalize Lottery, funded by the New York State Office for New Americans, for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will ...

All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on ...

Winter Health & Safety Tips

As the temperatures drop in New York City, it’s important to focus on health and safety when braving the cold this season.

Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, chairman, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and their fellow physicians from ...

Spend Time Thinking about Your Dreams

Alice Robb has always been curious about her own dreams—which she says “have been very vivid for as long as I can remember.”

Her new book, Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey, is a fresh approach to explain how dreams work, what dreams are for, and how dreams ...

Holiday Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to share his favorite locations in Queens that embody the spirit of the holidays.

He chose places like the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society, Gottscheer Hall, the Flushing Free Synagogue, and more.

Be sure to visit them, ...

Give the Gift of Reading, Lifelong Learning & Community

Giving to the Queens Library Foundation supports programs, services, and collections for our diverse communities across Queens.

When you give, you are helping neighbors—children, families, adults, and seniors—access free resources like our STACKS after-school program, English language and job skills classes, and our ...

The World Is Wide Enough for Us All

Genevieve Cogman is a British fantasy writer whose fifth book in the Invisible Library series was published this November.

She told Queens Library Magazine about how the rules of the library in her books were established, her writing process, influences, and more.

“We get far more out of ...

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 ...

Dec
14
10:30AM

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4:30PM

One on One Technology Assistance

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you have a phone, table, laptop, gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in to get one-on-one help. Or practice on our in-house computers. Registration is required. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at 718-454-2786.

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Dec
14
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Teen Space

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab a friend and head to Hillcrest for Teen Space! We will also have activities available for teens who want to have some extra fun:
9/13 - Drop-in Craft
9/20 - Pre-Columbian Clay Animals
9/27 – Catch your dreams! Dream Catcher
10/11 –Pumpkin Decorating: Celebrate Halloween at the library
10/25- Spooky Masterpiece
11/9 - Making Pumpkin decorations for table
11/29

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Dec
17
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Beginning Tai Chi

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion." Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Dec
17
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids up to age 5 can enjoy nursery rhymes, storytimes, and free play.


Dec
17
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you like to play chess? If so, visit us at the Hillcrest Library and join our chess club for players of all levels, from beginners to experts.

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

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Dec
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Hillcrest Reading Group: Book Discussion with a Twist

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Like to read? So do we. So joins us this fall for lively discussions on:
10/22: "Like Water For Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel
11/19: The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
12/17: And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie
Readers also encouraged to share titles of books they've enjoyed reading in the past year.


Dec
18
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.

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

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Dec
18
5:00PM

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5:30PM

Fall Book Club at Hillcrest, Grades 5 & 6

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

By popular demand we are continuing our 5th & 6th grade summer book club into the fall semester! Each month we will read a different book & meet to discuss our favorite and least favorite parts, main plot points, and important topics raised by that month's book. Please register in person or by phone at Hillcrest.


Dec
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Music and Play Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-5, enjoy songs, make music with baby instruments, and join us for free play afterwards.

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

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Dec
19
1:00PM

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3:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Afternoon Film Screening "Music Of Silence" (2017)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Based on the extraordinary true story of Andrea Bocelli, a blind boy who against all odds becomes one of the most world-renowned opera singers. To date, he has sold over 80 million records worldwide.​ (2017) For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Wednesday Craft Series: Individual crafts listed below

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids 5+, join us for our Wednesday craft series for September & October!
9/5: Rosh Hashana cards
9/12: Back-to-school folder decorating
9/19: Apples Yarn "Sewing"
9/26: Leaf Rubbing
10/3: Falling Puzzle Pieces Tree
10/10: Spider web painting
10/17: Jack-o-lantern banners
10/24: Paper Bag Haunted Houses
10/31: Beaded Corn Craft

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

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Dec
20
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Elementary Embroidery

Location: Hillcrest
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.

Designed for ages 8-12, we will learn the basics of embroidery using needle and thread on fabric. Learn how to create designs and art through sewing. Previous knowledge and ability to sew required. Registration in person or by phone; space is limited.

HillcrestThu, Dec 27, 20185:00PM - 6:00PM

Dec
26
1:00PM

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3:00PM

School's Out Film Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Hillcrest Library for a film when school is out on November 23, December 26, 27, & 28! Light refreshments are permitted for this program only.

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

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Dec
28
10:00AM

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6:00PM

Dress like Marvel Day: Stan Lee Birthday Celebration

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come to the Hillcrest Library dressed as your favorite Marvel Character or wearing Marvel apparel. Try to draw superheros like Stan Lee, create your own comic book story, and enjoy a superhero storytime! For all ages.


Jan
2
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Afternoon Film Screening

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

10/3 - The Others (2001, PG-13)
10/17 - Haunted
10/31 - Nosferatu (1922 silent film)
11/7 - Barefoot In The Park (1967, G)
11/21 - Goodbye Girl (1977, PG)
12/5 - The Greatest Showman (1952)

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

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Jan
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Wednesday Craft Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids 5+, join us for our Wednesday craft series for January & February!

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

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Jan
3
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Sewing Club for Kids

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For those who already know how to sew, we will provide materials to make various projects such as pocketbooks, stuffed animals, and more! For kids 7-12. Guidance in sewing given.

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

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Jan
3
5:30PM

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6:15PM

Pajama Storytime!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a variety of stories, rhymes, and songs in English and Russian for ages 3-6. No registration is required.

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

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Jan
5
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Shape Up NYC: Chair FITTness for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Mekki leads this seated fitness class which emphasizes functionality, strength, and flexibility with options for ranges of motion. Some exercises can be done seated or standing. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing. Participation is on 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
7
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids up to age 5 can enjoy nursery rhymes, storytimes, and free play.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
7
4:30PM

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5:30PM

LEGO Engineers Club

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5+, build structures, vehicles, & other creations with LEGOs! Each week will have a new challenge in order to experiment with STEM skills or just come to play with LEGOs!

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

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Jan
9
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Music and Play Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-5, enjoy songs, make music with baby instruments, and join us for free play afterwards.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Hillcrest Reading Group: Book Discussion with a Twist

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Like to read? So do we. So joins us for lively discussions on:
1/17: "By the Book" by Julia Sonneborn
2/21: "Hissy Fit" by Mary Kay Andrews
3/21: "Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells
Readers also encouraged to share titles of books they've enjoyed reading in the past year.

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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5:30PM

Poetry Writing Workshop

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for a poetry writing workshop!


Feb
1
11:00AM

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2:00PM

AARP Foundation Tax Counseling For Low Income Older Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

IRS certified volunteers, sponsored by AARP Foundation, will complete and e-file your 2018 tax returns. On a first come, first serve basis. Must bring a NYS Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s ID; copy of the 2017 return(s); SS card or ITIN for everyone on your return; SSA-1099 form; all W-2; 1099R, 1099G, 1099 MISC or other 1099 forms; Healthcare forms; self-employment forms; 1098T from college; mortgage statement; cancelled check for refunds.

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

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Feb
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Mahjong and Games for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Put some excitment into your day by dropping in for an afternoon at Hillcrest. Mahjong, cards, and other games are provided.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
4
12:00PM

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5:00PM

AARP Foundation Tax Counseling For Low Income Older Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

IRS certified volunteers, sponsored by AARP Foundation, will complete and e-file your 2018 tax returns on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring a NYS Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s ID; copy of the 2017 return(s); SS card or ITIN for everyone on your return; SSA-1099 form; all W-2; 1099R, 1099G, 1099 MISC or other 1099 forms; Healthcare forms; self-employment forms; 1098T from college; mortgage statement; and a cancelled check for refunds.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
4
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Kids' Game Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy card and board games with your friends and neighbors at the Hillcrest Library! For an hour, we'll have these games available for free play for kids ages 5 and up!

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

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Feb
5
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Pearl Bracelet and Earring Workshop for Adults

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

Melody Burns leads this craft class where participants learn how to create a beautiful pearl bracelet and earring set.


Feb
7
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Healthy Homes

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come learn from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about how older adults can keep their homes healthy. Some of the topics they will cover include how to avoid mold and chemical poisoning. All are welcome.


Feb
7
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Exploring with Paint

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Designed for ages 8-12, this program will provide various paints, brushes, and paper for emerging artists to explore their creativity. Watercolors, acrylics, and more will provide a medium for experimenting with painting objects, landscapes, modern art, and more!

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

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Mar
7
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Creative Aging: Collage and Printmaking

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Teaching Artist Karen Fitzgerald leads this nine-session collage/printmaking course. Registration is required; attendance at all sessions is recommended. Call the Hillcrest Library at 718-454-2786 to register.

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 Hillcrest 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 Hillcrest Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Russian

 

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

  • CD-ROMs

 


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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Little Friends House II Day Care, Inc
75-41 164th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 380-8800
All My Children Day Care, Inc.
175-44 Mayfield Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
First Step International
67-11 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane, #1
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
QCP Children’s Center, Apple Pre-School, and Apple Tree Nursery School
82-25 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 374-0002
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc. (2 locations)
164-07 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1384
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc
150-30 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 380-1384
 

Community Board
Community Board District #8
81-26 150th Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jamaica Estates Civic Association
Holliswood Civic Association

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
NY ,
EMS Hillcrest Station #50-Queens
82-68 164th Street
NY ,
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Utopia Playground
73rd Avenue, between Jewel Avenue and Utopia Pkwy
NY ,
Cunningham Park
Union Turnpike and 196th Street
NY ,
 

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Utopia Station
182-04 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Holy Family Catholic School
74-15 175th Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-6438
Summit School
183-02 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 113661
phone: (718) 969-3944
United Cerebral Palsy of Queens
Yeshiva Madreigas Haadam
171-05 Jewel Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , phone: (718) 969-7437
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.173 Fresh Meadows School (K-6)
174-10 67th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2243
P.S.178 Holliswood (Pre-K-5)
189-10 Radnor Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11423
phone: (718) 464-5763
 

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis HS
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7740
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Nily D. Rozic
RozicN@nyassembly.gov
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5172
fax: (518) 455-5479
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Hillcrest was developed on two hundred acres of farmland in 1909 by William F. Wyckoff of the Hillcrest of Jamaica Company. Prior to development, the area was referred to as “The Hills,” a name deriving from its location on the hills between Jamaica and Flushing. Situated in central Queens, Hillcrest lies primarily in Jamaica and partly in Flushing. This small residential area of mainly one-family houses and some 2-family and multi-family dwellings is roughly defined by Union Turnpike to the north, Jamaica Estates to the east, Hillside Avenue to the south, and 164th street to the west. The population of Hillcrest had became more ethnically diverse in the 1980’s when immigrants from Guyana, Haiti, China, India and Colombia began settling into the area.

The 7,500 sq. ft library building situated in the commercial strip of Union Turnpike was completed in 1974, but its opening was delayed because of a fiscal crisis. During this interim, the building was rented out to several community groups. When it opened on April 28, 1980, it became the 54th branch of the Queens Borough Public Library system.