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Cambria Heights

Valentine’s Day Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to suggest the perfect romantic places in Queens—and, as usual, he chose some of the most unique spots in our borough.

Be sure to visit them with your special someone this Valentine's Day—or whenever ...

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations

This Black History Month, join us for Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations, a celebration of the ways that black migrations—the movement of black populations across the world—have shaped societies and cultures.

Come to the Library for music, movies, art, and more—and take part in our exciting Passport ...

Valentine’s Day at the Library!

We hope you will celebrate Valentine's Day with us all week at the Library!

We’re hosting a concert with Broadway performers, a hands-on glass painting program, a Healthy Relationships Fair for teens, a scavenger hunt, crafts activities for kids, and more.

Make something for that special someone and show them ...

Celebrate National Library Lovers' Month!

February is National Library Lovers' Month, so here's a chance to let everyone know how much you love your library: submit a photo to the Share Your Love For Queens Library Photo Contest!

Take creative pictures that show your love for the library—at a library program, with your friends at the ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library!

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and it is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Langston Hughes Library's 50th Anniversary!

This year, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center and its Black Heritage Reference Center will be celebrating their 50th anniversary—an important milestone for Queens Library and our borough!

Langston Hughes Library was founded in 1969 through community activism by the Library Action Committee (LAC) of ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available at Beginner and Intermediate levels.

To register, ...

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 ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Feb
19
1:15PM

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2:15PM

Cambria Heights Adult Book Discussion Group

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join our book discussion group at Cambria Heights! We will discuss the following books:
1/15: "Fifty-Five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Retirement Life" by Elizabeth White
2/19: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
3/19: "Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean" by Peekash Press and Olive Senior
Books are available in advance for your reading pleasure.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Arts and Crafts for Kids

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an enjoyable time of arts and crafts for children!

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

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Feb
20
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Cambria Heights Quilters

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Please join us Wednesday mornings for beginner quilting. We will learn basic and intermediate techniques to create beautiful individual and group projects. All are welcome; supplies will be available for use during the sessions.

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

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Feb
20
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

This program is for toddlers ages 1-3.

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

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Feb
21
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Hip Hop Health and Wellness

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Instructor Darlene Arrington demonstrates her hip hop workout through dance and shows participants how to follow a healthy lifestyle.


Feb
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Notes on Music Production

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Teen Center at Cambria Heights while we explore and make music together!

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

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Feb
21
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Ask An Expert: Professional Development Sessions for Artists

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Two arts professionals will be available to meet one-on-one with Queens-based artists to advise on topics that can range from portfolio review, project planning, and recommending local arts resources. To register, visit https://qnsmuse.nyc/askanexpert.

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

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Feb
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Craft Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us weekly for a variety of crafts. We will learn to crochet, knit, make jewelry, explore paper crafts, create collages, and paint with coffee, watercolor, and acrylics.

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

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Feb
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Ping Pong

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Play ping pong in the library!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Mommy and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for playtime with arts and crafts for toddlers ages 1-3.

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

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Feb
22
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Fridays for Kids

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun movies!

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

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Feb
23
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Write On with the NY Writers Coalition!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Everyone has a voice. Everyone has a story. Bring yours and join us for writing and sharing work in a supportive, respectful environment. Poetry, plays, short stories, and everything in between – all crafted in one room! Tap into your unwritten stories at this free workshop for writers (teens and adults) of all experience levels, backgrounds, and genres. Writing prompts and materials will be provided. No sign up required -- simply turn up!


Feb
23
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Meet Playwright Laurence Holder

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Laurence Holder speaks about his life as a playwright. He has written plays on figures in African-American and African history, including "M: The Mandela Saga," "Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography," and "When the Chickens Came Home to Roost." A reading from an excerpt of "When the Chickens Came Home to Roost" will be presented. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
23
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Health and Fitness Challenge

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

All are invited to join the free community-wide, three-month health and fitness challenge, brought to you by Senator Leroy Comrie and the Healthcare Education Project! For more information, please call 718-765-6359.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Write On With The NY Writers Coalition!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Everyone has a voice. Everyone has a story. Bring yours and join us for writing and sharing work in a supportive, respectful environment. Poetry, plays, short stories, and everything in between – all crafted in one room! Tap into your unwritten stories at this free workshop for writers (teens and adults) of all experience levels, backgrounds, and genres. Writing prompts and materials will be provided. No sign up required -- simply turn up!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Learn English Conversation!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn English at the library for free! No registration required. Aprann anglè! Apprendre l'anglais!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
25
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers Class

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics of how to use a computer.

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

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Feb
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - African Dancing and Folktales

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Audience members become the storytellers in a series of African folktales as our facilitator guides them through an interactive African dance class. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Mar
2
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Language Learning Group for Beginners in French

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Have you ever wished you could speak French? Learn how to use Transparent Language Online and benefit from a ten-week group learning experience too! You will need a Queens Library card and a computer, tablet, or smart phone to access Transparent Language to do your weekly assignments. Bring your device to the first session for help in setting up your Transparent Language Online account. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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

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Mar
4
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Yoga for Beginners

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn about basic yoga skills you can use to feel and look great! 2019 is your year!

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

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Mar
6
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Nutrition Workshops with Community Healthcare Network

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for nutrition workshops for kids.

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

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Mar
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Intro to Martial Arts: Hung Gar

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

This program is for ages 11 and up. Each session will be about a specific aspect of Hung Gar martial art technique.

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

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Mar
9
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Circle of Transformation: Empowerment Circle

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Circle of Transformation brings women together to support each other. A healing space is created where women can discuss issues that impact their lives. In a safe environment, women can explore ways to self-develop and address issues that impede their personal development. Workshops will be available for visual art and writing poetry as means to process stress, pain, and facilitate healing.

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

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Mar
9
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Inspiring Women In Science: Bingo!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The excitement of Bingo and the fun of learning something new? Yes please! Fun facts about fifty Inspiring Women in Science in a bingo game for the whole family!


Mar
12
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Haitian Creole Computer Class

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn how to use a computer with a fun instructor! Aprann kouman yo sèvi ak òdinatè a.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Fire Safety Show with the Rappin' Fireman

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Rappin' Fireman and his safety friends take children ages 6-12 through an adventure in safety, rapping safety songs with robots, puppets, a smoke house, and a whole lot of help from the audience.


Mar
23
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Inspiring Women In Science: Trivia Game!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Do you think you know your Inspiring Women in Science? Think again! Prepare yourself to be amazed, surprised and, well, definitely inspired learning more about the achievements of these fearless scientists that changed our thinking, science, and world forever!


Mar
23
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Moiya McTier

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Having a hard time picturing yourself as a scientist? Award-winning astrophysicist and science communicator Moiya McTier speaks candidly about the research she does. She shares her journey to becoming a scientist given that she had no role models who looked like her and the obstacles she faced along the way including financial struggles and racism.


Apr
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

We Do Family Research

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us as we learn, explore, and record our family histories. Each session we will learn about the basic tools and research methodologies of genealogy. We will also have an opportunity to share our research findings and create visual family trees. Join us as we recover the lives of our ancestors.

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

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Apr
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Urban Comics Workshop

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children 6 to 12 will learn how to draw street style with Ivan Velez. Participants will make connections to their own experiences and cultures as they create their own characters for their own comics.


Apr
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

April is Poetry Time!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Explore your feelings through poetry. Feelings are in poems and poetry can give us big new feelings that make us proud!


May
14
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Zumba

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Instructor Audrey Bright Greene leads a fun Zumba workshop for children ages 6-12.


Jun
10
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Mr. Chris Musical Experience

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join Mr. Chris and his team in a performance that includes music, movement, storytelling, and interactive games for ages 5-12.


Aug
14
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Healthy Brain, Healthy Life

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Gain insight into some of the best ways to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment as we age. Learn some steps to take to have a healthy brain and a healthy life by experiencing techniques designed to keep your brain happy and well. All are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
6:00PM

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9:00PM

An Evening of Art with the Cambria Heights Library Craft Artist Extraordinaire

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Cambria Heights Library's artistic community at their 4th Annual Artist Reception and Exhibit. An array of creative expression will be on display through October including yarn crafts, water color, acrylics, jewelry, line art photography, quilts, and sewing projects.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Cambria Heights Community Library has:

  • 11 public computers
  • 1 Online catalog
  • 10 Laptops
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • African American and Caribbean fiction and non-fiction
  • Student Assignment Center
  • Cookbooks
  • Crafts/Hobbies
  • Home & Garden
  • Health
  • Money Matters
  • Parenting and Computer

 


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
Cambria Center for the Gifted
233-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Cambria Heights Christian Academy
221-02 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-5920
Helping Hands Day Care
225-16b Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-6258
Juliasa Nursery School & Kindergarten
224-03 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-9434
Le Grand Elite Learning Lab Universal Pre-K
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (800) 690-2652
Lil Ones Learning Center
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
The Nurturing Center
225-11 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-5932
Wonder Kids Academy
116-53 227th Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-8900
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board #13 Queens Reform Church,
www.cb13q.org
219-41 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Cambria Heights Civic Association
Kelli Singleton, President, P.O. Box 110007
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: 917-922-4136
fax:
Cambria Heights Sports Association
116-49 223rd St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718)525-4494
fax:
ChaRosa Foundation Corporation
228-08 Linden Blvd. P.O. Box 110279
Jamaica NY , 11411
Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP)
221-05 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-3776
  

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165
117-11 196th St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

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

Local Newspapers
Queens Courier
South-East Queens Press South-East Queens Press

Parks and Playgrounds
Cabbell Park/Cambria Playground
121 Ave. & 220th Street
PS 147 Playground (East Springfield)
115th Rd. Bt. 218th & 219th Streets
PS 176 Playground
121 Ave & 237th Street

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Cambria Heights Station
229-01 Linden Blvd
phone: (718) 528-1484
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bethel Christian Learning Center (Pre-K -12)
219-09 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-4357
Cambria Center for the Gifted (Pre-K-5)
223-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Le Grand Elite
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 949-6565
Revealed Word Christian Academy (PreK-6)
230-01 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-3669
Sacred Heart R.C. School (Pre-K-8)
115-50 221st Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-0123
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 147 Ronald McNair (Q147) K-5
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
P.S. 147 MINI (Q851)
218-01 116 Ave.
Queens NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 147 MINI School Spec Ed (Q852)
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 176 Cambria Heights (Q176) K-5
120-45 235 St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-4057
fax: (718) 276-3458
  

Public High Schools
Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School (Q492)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-1837
fax: (718) 978-2063
Law, Government and Community Service High School (Q494)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-6432
fax: (718) 978-6749
Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School (Q496)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2807
fax: (718) 978-3402
Humanities & Arts Magnet HS (Q498)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2135
fax: (718) 978-2309
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 192 - The Renaissance Middle School
109-89 204 St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 479-5540
fax: (718) 217-4645
  

Senior Centers
Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center
220-01 Linden Blvd
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-8238
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Clyde Vanel
VanelC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 548
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Cambria Heights was originally a farming community which supplied produce to Brooklyn and Manhattan. It began developing in 1923 on 163 acres of land bought by Oliver B. LaFreniere, a real-estate agent. It acquired the name Cambria in about 1924 from its owner the ‘Cambria Title Savings and Trust Company’ a coal concern located in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. “Heights” was added because of the area’s high elevation.

First populated by Jewish, German, Irish and Italian residents, the community became a predominantly Black, middle-class suburb after the Second World War. Present demographics reveal a community comprised predominantly of African Americans and West Indians.

Library service for the community began in 1930 with the establishment of a bookmobile stop on Linden Boulevard for one hour a week. The following year, the bookmobile moved to PS 147 where it provided service to the children for a few hours each week. Service expanded as demand grew leading eventually to the need for a regular library.

Campaign efforts by a committee of the Civic Association resulted in the opening on July 15, 1949 of a sub-branch in rental quarters on Linden Boulevard. In 1964, the rental facilities were expanded and upgraded to a new location, 220-20 Linden boulevard, where it remained until 2006.

The latest incarnation of the Cambria Heights library is a state-of-the-art facility located at 218-13 Linden Boulevard. Opened in 2006, the library offers computers, WiFi, programs and materials of all types for all ages.

Sources:

Cambria Heights before it was Born by George W. Winans (Pamphlet)

The Origin of Community Names in Queens Borough. (Pamphlet)

The Encyclopedia of New York City ed. by Kenneth T. Jackson