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Introduction to Email (in Spanish)

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center ...

Aug 22 @ 10:00 AM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger.

Sep 3 @ 10:00 AM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger.

Sep 12 @ 2:00 PM

Aug
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Lunches

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-18 may come for a free school lunch on weekdays during the summer. First-come, first-served; space is limited. Enjoy a watching a video while you eat.

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

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Aug
20
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: My World Tween STEAM Art Exhibit

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Everyone is invited to view digital and traditional artwork exploring the life experiences of our My World Tween STEAM participants. Check out our community art exhibit and gain inspiration for your own art exploration!


Aug
23
2:00PM

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5:30PM

Film Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

End the month with a family-friendly film for ages 5-12.

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

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Aug
24
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Learning from the Past

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 29 openings

Experienced chess players age 8-12 will go on a deep dive into a historically significant chess game. Registration in advance is required.


Aug
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens ages 8 and up are invited to learn chess or improve their chess skills. All skill and experience levels are welcome!


Aug
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

BookBusters Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids grades 4-6 join us on the last Wednesday of every month to discuss popular books. Come in to pick up a copy of the books we're discussing this month.


Aug
30
2:00PM

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3:00PM

The Mr. Chris Musical Experience

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


Sep
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Back-to-School: ABC Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Get ready to read with alphabet awareness! Children ages 4-6 years with their caregivers will have fun getting to know the A-B-Cs and will hear inspiring ideas for at-home activities that foster early literacy and prepare children for preschool and kindergarten. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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

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Sep
7
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, and fun activities!

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

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Sep
7
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Basic Chess Strategy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Improve your chess game by learning basic chess strategies. Anyone age 8-12 years who already knows the basic chess rules is welcome.


Sep
7
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

For children, teens, and caregivers: learn to play chess or practice your skills in friendly, informal matches.

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

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Sep
9
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Play with Me Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us each week to learn stories, songs, and finger plays that you can share with your child. Babies and toddlers from newborn to 36 months and their caregivers will enjoy a brief storytime followed by open play time. No registration required. Contact us at 718-661-1212 with any questions.

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

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Sep
9
4:00PM

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5:30PM

TechCraft: Electronic Music with Claire Marie Lim

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tweens age 11-14 years are invited to explore a special tech project: electronic music! In this workshop, participants explore and create a collaborative song expressing identity and empowerment. Program made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts. Registration is required. Call 718-661-1212.


Sep
10
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Books & Crafts: Mid-Autumn Festival

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 explore and create with their favorite books! We're celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with a special activity: Chinese paper cutting!


Sep
10
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Mid-Autumn

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This is an hour-and-a-half program including a story, lantern making, and paper cutting for grades 2-4.


Sep
11
10:00AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a story, songs, and rhymes followed by play for 0-18 months.

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

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Sep
12
10:00AM

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10:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2 to 3½ and their caregivers join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and activities just right for them.

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

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Sep
13
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Preschool Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children three and four years old will enjoy a special storytime with their caregivers. Each week we incorporate stories, songs, rhymes, early literacy skills, and an exciting activity or craft. No registration necessary; contact the library at 718-661-1212 with any questions.

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

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Sep
13
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Fun Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun in the children's meeting room.

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

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Sep
14
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Basic Chess Strategy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Improve your chess game by learning basic chess strategies. Anyone age 8-12 years who already knows the basic chess rules is welcome.


Sep
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TechCraft: 3D Printing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tweens age 11-14 years are invited to explore a new tech project every month. September: explore 3D printing and design your own 3D printing project!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Books and Crafts

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 explore and create with their favorite books! We'll introduce a new book and a fun activity.


Sep
21
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Strategy and Puzzles

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

Experienced chess players age 8-12 are invited to learn about advanced chess strategies and exciting chess puzzles. Registration in advance is required.


Sep
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Books and Crafts

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 explore and create with their favorite books! We'll introduce a new book and a fun activity.


Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

BookBusters Club: "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids in grades 4-6 meet to discuss the book of the month, "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker. Books are available at the librarian's desk.


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Film Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a family-friendly film. This is recommended for ages 6-12 with caregivers.


Sep
28
1:00PM

--to--

1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Learning from the Past.

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

Experienced chess players age 8-12 will go on a deep dive into a historically significant chess game. Registration in advance is required.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Flushing Community Library has:

  • 43 public computers for adults
  • 17 public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the branch for more details.

 

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International Language Collections at the Flushing Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Indic Languages
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Telugu
  • Arabic

 

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

  • The Job Information Center collection
  • Large test preparation book collection
  • Travel book collection
  • Large children’s media collection of educational and recreational multimedia materials
  • Large Young Adult fiction book collection
  • New Americans collection
  • Extensive general paperback fiction collection by popular authors
  • Special collections for arts and entertainment
  • Classics collection
  • Graphic Novels
  • New York Times on microfilm
  • Collection on Flushing history and communities for reference use

 


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
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
136-26 37th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-7602
A-Rum Art Center, Inc.
140-30 Sanford Avenue, #1C
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-4476
Red Apple Child Development
42-31 Colden Street, #101
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 762-1232
Red Apple Development Center
133-32 41st Road
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8805
Kon Wah Day School
135-27 38th Avenue, #21F
Flushing NY , 11534
phone: (718) 353-4388
Agape Christian Center
59-02 Summerfield Street
Flushing NY , 11385
phone: (718) 886-3564
Lifespire
61-56 219th Street
Flushing NY , 11364
phone: (718) 224-2413
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 7
133-32 41st Road - Suite 3B
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2800
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chinese Immigrant Services
135-17 40th Road, 3rd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 353-0195
Flushing Chamber of Commerce & Business Association
136-29 38th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3200
Flushing Jewish Community Council
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-0434
Korean American Association of Queens
136-80 41st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-2389
Bowne House Historical Society
37-01 Bowne Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 359-0528
Chinese Cultural Services Center
41-61 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-7770
Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 463-7700
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-3800
 

Fire Department
Engine 273 Ladder 129
40-18 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
56-45 Main Street
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1231
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
46th Avenue & 111th Street
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 760-6562
Kissena Park
Kissena Boulevard & Booth Memorial Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 358-7579
Playground for All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 699-8283

Police Department
109th Precinct
37-05 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 321-2250
  

Post Office
Flushing Post Office
41-65 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 321-6800
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Lutheran School of Flushing
147-32 Sanford Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-3650
Muslim Center Elementary School
137-58 Geranium Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8700
Shield of David Institute
144-61 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 939-8700
St. Michael’s School
136-58 41st Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-0246
The Windsor School
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-8300
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 20 John Bowne School
142-30 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-0321
PS 24 Andrew Jackson School
141-11 Holly Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2288
PS 242 Leonard P Stavisky Early Childhood School
29-66 137th Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-2902

Public High Schools
HS 460 Flushing High School
35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 888-7500
HS 263 Flushing International High School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-2348
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 237 Rachel Carson School
46-21 Colden Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 353-6464
JHS 189 Daniel Carter Beard School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-6676
 

Senior Centers
Benjamin Rosenthal Selfhelp Senior Center
45-25 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 866-5777
CPC Queens Nan Shan
136-65 37Th Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3030
Prince Street Senior Center
36-12 Prince St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 961-4550

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Peter Koo
PKoo@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 888-8747
fax: (718) 888-0331
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1749
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7022
NYS Assembly
Hon. Ron Kim
KimR@nyassembly.gov
District Office 136-20 38th Avenue, Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 939-0195
fax: (718) 939-1238
Albany Office LOB, Room 419
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5411
fax: (518) 455-4995
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 913, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: 718-358-6364
fax: 718-445-7868
Legislative Office 2209 Rayburn 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

The earliest known inhabitants of Flushing were the Matinecock Indians, one of thirteen tribes on Long Island. The first Europeans to settle Flushing were the Dutch, who arrived in 1628, when Flushing was part of New Netherlands. The Dutch governor, William Kieft, purchased all the land which would later become Queens County from the Native Americans in 1639, and on October 10, 1645, the town of Flushing itself was founded. Originally named Vlissingen, after the seaport in the Netherlands, it was later anglicized to Flushing when the English took over the colony.

The most important event in the Dutch period of Flushing history was the fight for religious freedom. The Dutch had allowed a group of religious dissidents from New England to settle in Flushing. Quakers made up part of this group. Since the Dutch Reformed Church was the official state religion of New Netherlands, only Dutch Reformed congregations were allowed. The Quakers publicly practiced their faith, however, and the governor, Peter Stuyvesant, cracked down on them. Responding to Stuyvesant’s repressive measures, on December 27, 1657, the members of the town drafted what became known as the Flushing Remonstrance, which proclaimed the right to practice one’s religion without persecution. This was the first declaration of religious freedom in North America and was the foundation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although Stuyvesant imprisoned John Bowne for permitting Quakers to meet for worship in his house, religious freedom eventually prevailed, after Bowne made a plea before the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam in 1664. In 1692, Quakers bought land for a meeting house, which was built in 1694-1695. It now stands on Northern Boulevard.

In March of 1664, the Dutch surrendered the colony of New Netherlands to the English. It was renamed New York after the Duke of York, the future James II. New York remained an English colony, except for a brief period of Dutch rule in 1673, until after the Revolutionary War. In 1737 one of the first nurseries in America, the Linnaean Gardens, opened just north of Northern Boulevard. Flushing was occupied by the British throughout the Revolution.

In the early nineteenth century, attracted by the tolerance of the Quakers, a number of African Americans settled in Flushing, among them was Lewis Latimer, an electrical inventor who worked with Thomas Edison. In 1843 a newspaper began publication and the Flushing Institute, a secondary school for boys, opened. Eventually students from the southern United States, Central and South America, and Europe enrolled in the Institute. Direct rail service to New York City began in 1854. After the Civil War, residential development accelerated. From the 1890’s until World War I, the neighborhood expanded to the east and south. With the extension of trolley lines from 1888 to 1899 and the electrification of the Long Island Railroad, Flushing became a commuter suburb. In the 1920’s apartment houses were built, and in 1928 subway service from Manhattan was extended to Flushing. After World War II more apartment buildings were constructed, displacing individual houses.

During the 1960’s many Japanese, Chinese and Koreans settled in Flushing. There was another wave of immigration in the 1980’s, of which 20% were Chinese (mostly from Taiwan), 20% were Korean, and other groups from India, Colombia, Afghanistan, Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, the Philippines and El Salvador. Since the mid 1990’s the downtown area, which is centered on Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, has become heavily commercial, with an extensive network of Asian banks and businesses. According to the 2000 census, the number of Chinese and Asian Indians making Flushing as their home has almost doubled from 1990 to 2000.

Flushing had the first library in Queens. It was founded in 1858 as a subscription service and was incorporated on April 17, 1869. Mary Ann Shaw, the principal of an African-American school in Flushing at Washington and Union Streets, helped to establish it as a free circulation library in 1884. In 1905, she donated $1,000 for the purchase of books for the Flushing Library. (One of the reference books purchased with these funds is on display on the lower level). In 1891, the Flushing Library bought a small Baptist church at the intersection of Main Street and Kissena Boulevard. This was the first of four library buildings at this location. In December1901, the Flushing Library joined the Queens Borough Public Library shortly after its formation in January 1901. In 1904, construction started on a new building at Kissena and Main with funds donated by Carnegie. This building opened in 1906, and the Flushing Library was housed there until 1955, when it was torn down and construction started on a larger building, which opened in June 1957. On June 10, 1985, the Adult Learning Center opened in this building. While the present building was under construction from 1996 to1998, the library was located in temporary quarters at 36-41 Main Street.

On June 20, 1998, the present state-of-the-art building at Kissena Boulevard and Main Street opened to the public. The design of the structure won the AIA (American Institute of Architects) 2001 National Honor Award for Architecture and the building was included in the book entitled New Library Buildings of the World. It is a 4-level, 76,000 square foot building. It houses the Flushing branch library, the International Resource Center and an Adult Learning Center. Flushing branch library holds more than 350,000 books, videos, periodicals and other library materials available to the public. 63 computer workstations with Internet access, computerized databases, and other sources of electronic information are available for customers at the Flushing branch library. The building has four meeting rooms, a 223 seat auditorium and exhibit space located on the lower level. More than 1,000 free educational, literary and cultural programs take place every year. The Flushing branch library has the largest children’s room in the Queens Library system. Over 5,000 people use the library every day, and circulation is currently about 200,000 a month. The one millionth customer came through its doors on January 20, 1999, seven months after the opening of the new building. The Flushing Library is thought to be the largest branch library in New York State.

Bibliography

“Flushing” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.

History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.

Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson

Suggested Reading on Flushing History (available at the Flushing Library)

Flushing in Early Photographs: A Visual Documentary ed. By Allen J. Bozeman.

Flushing in the Civil War Era 1837 to 1865 by Vincent F. Seyfried.

The History of Long Island; From the Discovery and Settlement, to the Present Time by Benjamin F. Thompson.

History of Saint George’s Parish, Flushing, Long Island by J. Carpenter Smith.

History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.

Long Island: Its Early Days and Development with Illustrations and Maps by Eugene L. Armeruster.

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson.

The Quaker Cross: A Story of the Old Bowne House by Corelia Mitchell Parsons.