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Mobile Office Hours: Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal

Please join us at Poppenhusen Library for mobile office hours for Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal.

Jul 11 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 8 @ 4:00 PM

Jun
27
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Microsoft Office for Beginners / Build Your Resume Workshop

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Adults are welcome to the Poppenhusen Library to learn Microsoft Office for beginners or get assistance in building your resume.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Meals At Poppenhusen Library

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for free summer lunch at Poppenhusen Library for ages 0-18 years old Monday-Friday June 27th-August 31st from 1pm-2pm. Come to the library and nourish your brain and body while you read or enjoy various activities at the library this summer.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Adults can relax and take their minds off their stressful lives and color at the library.


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Jun
27
3:00PM

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4:30PM

STACKS Homework Help

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Welcome to the STACKS Homework Help! Conquer all your schoolwork challenges; sign up to get homework help every day after school (ages 6-14). Registration Required. Please call 718-359-1102 for details.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STACKS Program

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

The STACKS program will enhance learning experiences through structured and unstructured age (6-14) appropriate activities in a safe and welcoming environment that helps build emotional, social, and academic skills. Participate in a variety of enrichment activities that are informative, hands-on, and fun! Activities include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and literacy-based activities that complement the school curriculum.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Chess is a game of strategy and problem solving, Whether you have never played, are a beginner, or a more advanced player, you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player. Play a game of chess with friends at Poppenhusen Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Conversational English Group

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us in our meeting room to practice speaking English in an informal setting.


Jun
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Let's Make Some Noise: 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for a documentary about the Stonewall Inn in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. For more Pride programming, visit https://queenslib.org/pride19.


Jun
28
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

In this 45-minute program, infants to 3 years olds enjoy bouncing rhymes, puppets, and free play with our toys and puzzles. An adult must accompany the child.


Jun
28
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device that you are having issues with or need help with? Bring your device to the library and get one-on-one help! To make an appointment or if you have any questions please call Poppenhusen Library at 718-353-8894.


Jun
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Wii Games

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Come race your wheels off, battle your heart out, and dance your socks off with Wii games at the library every Monday! We have sports games, dancing games, racing games, and more! No registration or experience necessary. A parent or guardian must accompany children under age 8.


Jun
29
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Walk-In Craft

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Come create an awesome craft every Saturday, free of charge! The fun begins at 11am in the Children's Room.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Coloring Time

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Relax and unwind at Poppenhusen Library and make new friends while having fun with family coloring time. We will provide coloring sheets and pencils. Just come in and have fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Drop-In Computer Help

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Is your computer stumping you? Do you want to learn how to do something specific on the computer? We're here to help! Bring us your computer questions and queries and we'll provide basic instruction. This is a drop-in class for beginner to intermediate computer users. Library card is required. First-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Meals At Poppenhusen Library

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for free summer meal lunches at Poppenhusen Library for ages 0-18 years old Monday-Friday from 1pm-2pm June 27th-August 30th. Come to the library and nourish your brain and body while you read or enjoy various activities at the library this summer.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Lunch Time Matinee

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a lunch time movie while nourishing your brain with free nutritious summer meal.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Weekly Crossword

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

A weekly crossword to challenge you!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Summer Reading: Great Filmmakers of the World, Federico Fellini

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for this cycle of Federico Fellini film demonstrations.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Knit and Crochet Circle

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Learn to knit, get help with projects, share patterns and techniques, or have an enjoyable chat as you work on your projects. All handicrafts welcome! We have some supplies, but please bring your own if you have them.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Summer Reading: Teen Writers' Circle

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Teens and young adults are invited to join us for a weekly forum in which we will try various exercises designed to get our creative energy flowing. Those who wish may choose to share their work with the group and receive support and positive feedback. No prior writing experience is necessary.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Space Alien Hats

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

What would an alien be wearing when visiting Earth? Create and decorate an origami newspaper hat using your imagination. This program is for fourth to sixth graders.


Jul
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Crafty Tuesdays for Teens

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to join us each Tuesday this summer for slime, masks, DIY jewelry, mosaics, fantasy art, and more! Bring your friends and enjoy making a new craft each week!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Children 2 - 4 years old and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and circle time in this 45-minute program.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device that you are having issues with or need help with? Bring your device to the library and get one-on-one help! To make an appointment or if you have any questions please call Poppenhusen Library at 718-353-8894.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Fun Fridays!

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for board games, card games, and more every Friday. Toys will be available for preschoolers too.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Solar System Jewelry

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Our solar system is made up of planets, some freezing cold, others burning hot. Create a wearable art piece to reflect a planet landscape - one item per participant for children and teens.


Jul
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Make a Constellation!

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Learn about the constellations, make your own models, and a constellation viewer. For school-age kids.


Jul
11
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Mobile Office Hours: Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Please join us at Poppenhusen Library for mobile office hours for Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Moon Art

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Paint an image of the moon with texture to show the craters of its cheesy-looking surface for grade 2 and up.


Jul
11
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Summer Gardening and Crafts

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Calling all garden lovers! Families are invited to join us for a weekly gardening and craft program. The gardening club will meet every Thursday at 6:00 PM. Each week, we will plant seeds and create an easy garden craft to take home.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
15
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Learn Russian

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

This is a beginning language course.


Jul
16
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Planet Bingo

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Get familiar with the names of the planets and other objects in space by playing our original Bingo game using space vocabulary instead of numbers. This is for all ages.


Jul
17
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Adult Book Club

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join our monthly adult book club to read and discuss a variety of books.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Phases of the Moon

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Recreate the phases of the moon using cookies! Take home some moon dust!


Jul
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: R is for Reading

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Listen to some stories, sing a song, and do a craft about the letter R!


Jul
18
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Milky Way Poetry Workshop

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Grades 4-6, in school we learn to write using punctuation, capital letters, and complete sentences. Let's break those rules and create a magical poem!


Jul
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Alien Pet Rocks

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

School-age kids, bring your own small to medium-sized washed rock and create a wacky-looking alien that you can give as a gift, use to start a collection, or keep as a pet!


Jul
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Glow-in-the-Dark Constellation Lacing Cards

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Listen to folktales about the stars while you sew cards to create constellations.


Jul
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: What Do We Do at Bedtime?

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Using stories, rhymes, and a craft we will learn about bedtime.


Jul
25
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Create a Mini-Rocket Ship

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Using colored paper and cardboard, create a mini-rocket ship. This is for school-age kids.


Jul
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Summer Origami

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Try some easy, fun origami in this program series for school-age kids. Make one--make ten! Hang them in your room or give them as gifts.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
31
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Angry Birds

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the coming release of the "Angry Birds Movie 2" with space-themed activities and arts and crafts for school-age kids.


Aug
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Rocket Ship Storytime

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

When you spell your name on a rocket and hear some stories about space travel, you'll be ready to blast off into space.


Aug
1
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: Collage Animals

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Use our craft supplies to decorate a picture of a farm animal; then share a story about your animal. This is for school-age children.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Star Constellation Viewer Craft

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Learn about the night sky as you make your own constellation viewer. This is for school-age kids.


Aug
8
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Celebrate the Moon

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Learn about the moon with stories, a rhyme, a song, and an activity.


Aug
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Starlit Night in a Cup

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Recreate constellations - or make up your own - by making holes in a cup that's lit inside. This is for school-age kids.


Aug
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Astronaut Helmet Craft

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Hear a story and make a helmet to take off into space!


Aug
19
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Meet the Author: "Our Invisible Neighbors" by Crystal Wolfe

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Are you or someone you know one paycheck away from homelessness like millions of New Yorkers? Local author Crystal Wolfe will discuss her book "Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes, and Solutions to the Epidemic of Homelessness in the 21st Century." Books will be available for sale and signing.


Aug
22
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Summer Reading: End-of-Summer Festival

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for games and snacks to celebrate the reading we've done this summer!


Aug
26
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Learn Russian

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

This is a beginning language course.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Poppenhusen Community Library has:

  • 12 public computers
  • 1 public catalog
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Poppenhusen Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Hindi

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

  • Cookbooks
  • Mind and Body
  • YA Graphic Novels
  • Community History(College Point)


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
Flushing YMCA Nursery School
13846 Northern Blvd
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 961-6884
Little Angels Day Care
3-17 127 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-0544
Sensational Kids
12406 14th Ave.
Flushing NY , 11356
phone: (718) 445-2580
Corner School
15003 Bayside Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-2811
fax:
Tutor Time Learning Ctr.
2556 Ulmer St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 661-4700
Little Kids on the Block Group Daycare, Inc.
18-34 120 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 718-359-1853
fax:
Daycare Kangaroo
13th Ave. and 127 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 347-438-1141
fax:
Just Like Your Home Day Care Inc.
7-43 130 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 718-461-2374
fax:
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 7
45-35 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2800
fax: (718) 463-3891
  

Community Organizations & Services
College Point Civic & Taxpayers Assoc.
P.O. Box 564294
College Point NY , 11356
phone:
fax:
College Point Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps
123-06 18th Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-0199
College Point Little League
1328 123rd St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 460-8408
College Point Security Patrol
P.O. Box 4563,
College Point NY , 11356
Everett F. Herrel Post 885 VFW
120-19 14th Road
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 762-8886
fax: (718) 762-8886
Oscar Ammann Post 853 American Legion
120-17 18th Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 359-3029
Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Road
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 358-0067
College Point Arts Center
14-48 College Point Blvd.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 718-539-3550
fax:
 

Fire Department
Engine 273 Hook & Ladder
40-18 Union St.
Flushing NY , 11354
  

Local Hospitals
New York Hospital Queens
5645 Main St.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1231 or (800) 282-6684
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
 

Local Newspapers
Whitestone Times

Parks and Playgrounds
College Point Park
College Point Blvd & 14th Ave.
Herman A. MacNeil Park
Poppenhusen Ave, College Place 115 St, East River
Poppenhusen Playground
20th Ave. Between 23rd & 124th St

Police Department
109th Precinct
37-05 Union St.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5540
  

Post Office
College Point Branch
120-05 15 Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 359-8691
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Promise Christian Academy (preK-8)
130-30 31 Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 461-4409
fax:
Holy Trinity School (1-8)
14-45 143rd St.
Whitestone NY , 11357
phone: (718) 746-1479
St. Agnes' Academic High School
13-20 124th St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-6276
St. Fidelis School (K-8)
124-06 14th Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 539-2628
  

Public Elementary Schools
Community School District 25
30-48 Linden Place
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 281-7600
fax: (718) 281-7608
PS 29 (preK-5)
125-10 23rd Avenue
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 886-5111
fax: (718) 461-6812
PS 129 (preK-5)
128-02 7 Ave
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-3150
fax:

Public High Schools
Flushing High School
3501 Union St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 888-7500
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Edward Bleeker J.H.S. 185
147-27 25th Dr.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-3232
William H Carr Jr High # 194Q
15460 17th Ave
Flushing NY , 11357
phone: (718) 746-0818
 

Senior Centers
College Point Senior Luncheon Club
13-28 123rd St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 961-0344
fax: (718) 561-0349
North Flushing Senior Citizen Club
22-38 College Point Blvd.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 359-9488
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Paul Vallone
District19@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 507
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 619-8611
fax: (718) 631-4100
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1792
New York NY, 10007
phone: 212-788-7250
fax: 212-788-1860
NYS Assembly
Hon. Daniel Rosenthal
RosenthalD@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
US Congress
Hon. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
District Office
Legislative Office229 Cannon HOB
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-357-3094
fax: 718-357-3491
 

History

In 1645, the Matinecock tribe sold 17,000 wooded acres of land to the Governor of the New Netherlands, Willem Kieft, who parceled the land out among Dutch and English settlers. A descendant of English nobility named William Lawrence received 900 acres in an area called Tew’s Neck, as it was then called. In this way, he became College Point’s first English settler. Later, a gentleman named Eliphalet Stratton acquired 320 acres of this original parcel, and Lawrence Neck became Strattonport. In 1838, the Reverend William Augustus Muhlenberg, rector of St. George Episcopal Church in Flushing, founded St. Paul’s College on the site of what is now MacNeil Park. This institution lasted less than a decade, but its name became permanently stamped on the entire community of College Point.

In the 1850’s, a German immigrant named Conrad Poppenhusen arrived in College Point and changed it forever. The process known as Vulcanization – the process of treating rubber to give it strength and durability – had recently been discovered, and Poppenhusen saw the economic potential. He was able to use hard rubber to replace whalebone (which was the standard at the time) in everything from ladies corsets to scientific equipment. Poppenhusen built a large factory in the area, employing hundreds of immigrant workers and constructed a model community with schools, water and sewage systems, a branch of the Long Island Railroad, and a cobblestone road to Flushing. The very first free Kindergarten in the United States was established by Conrad Poppenhusen at the Poppenhusen Institute, an edifice he created for the education and enlightenment of his workers. The original core collection of what would become the Library was housed within the Poppenhusen Institute.

In the year 1904, when Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States, the Poppenhusen Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened its doors to an enthusiastic community. It was constructed of brick and stone in the Classical Revival style by Heins and LaFarge, and was one of the original Carnegie buildings in the Queens system. Only six of these remain in the borough. While the building itself was financed by railroad magnate Andrew Carnegie, the land was donated by the citizens of the College Point community. The core of the original collection was donated by Conrad Poppenhusen and family, comprised of the books that had originally been housed at the Poppenhusen Institute. In addition to achieving Landmark status, the branch has gone through a complete interior renovation which preserves its stately appearance while enhancing library service with modern technology. The library celebrated its official Centennial in October of 2004. The Poppenhusen branch proudly bears the name of the historic benefactor of College Point.

While College Point had become known during the latter part of the 19th Century as the hard rubber capital of the Northeast, plastics would eventually take over and replace hard rubber as a component in the manufacture of small consumer goods. The rubber company Mr. Poppenhusen had established at College Point moved to New Jersey in the 1930’s, and the last of the College Point rubber factories closed in the 1970’s. College Point is still home to a number of small businesses and factories, and its community remains vital and involved, solidified by long-time residents and merchants, and revitalized by new immigrant families. College Point, with its many changes over time, still maintains a waterside, small-town feel.