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Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Sep
20
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Topics include introduction to the computer (using mouse & keyboard), introduction to Microsoft Word, and introduction to the Internet. Preregistration is required.


Sep
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Write Now! NY Writer's Coalition

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join NY Writer's Coalition for a free, drop-in writing workshop open to writers of all genres--poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else. Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome. No advanced registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
1:00PM

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7:00PM

Drop Off Your Food Scraps With the NYC Compost Project

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Help transform organic disposals into a nutritious plant food.

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

Additional Dates


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Sep
23
5:45PM

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7:30PM

English Conversation High Intermediate Group

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our English conversation group. No preregistration required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Board Games Featuring Scrabble and Chess

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for various board games featuring Scrabble and chess. No registration necessary.


Sep
24
4:30PM

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6:00PM

StartUp! Business Competition

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2019. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Public Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Sep
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 18 to 36 months are invited to join us for singing and picture books. A parent or guardian must be present. No registration required but space is limited. Please pick up a free ticket in the Children's Room at least 15 minutes before each session.


Sep
26
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Back-to-School Tabling Events

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our tabling event to promote library services and programs as well as library card sign-up. Broadway library will also promote back-to-school read down your fines for children and teens. For every one hour of reading we subtract $10 from the account.


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEM Activities with Slime

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to make their own slime. Become a scientific investigator and perform a variety of STEM activities with your slime. No registration required, but materials are limited; first-come, first-served.


Oct
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Board Games featuring Scrabble and Chess

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for various board games featuring Scrabble and chess. No registration necessary.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
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.

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Wednesday, October 2 at 10 am or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must to attend the entire 10 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day where they should have a copy of their green card.

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Oct
3
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Do You Need Health Insurance?

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Get in-person application assistance for the following programs: Medicaid, Child Health Plus, The Essential Plan, and NY State of Health Qualified Health Plans.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes For Beginners In Spanish

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

Learn basic computer skills including:
• Introduction to the computer and navigating the Internet
• Introduction to Microsoft Word: You will learn how to format, edit, print and save a file.
To register call 718-721-2462.


Oct
4
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Topics include introduction to the computer (using mouse & keyboard), introduction to Microsoft Word, and introduction to the Internet. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Business Leadership Mentor Session

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn how to successfully structure a mentoring session, tips for a successful mentoring session, good questions to ask a business mentor, and the role of a mentor in the workplace.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Book Lovers' Tuesday @ Broadway

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

The next meeting is on October 8th and the group will take up "Our House" by Louise Candlish, winner of Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019.


Oct
11
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Broadway Babies

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for the littlest library visitors! This program is for babies up to 17 months old and their parents/caregivers. No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Fridays

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to make a fun seasonal craft.
10/11 Halloween Craft
10/18 National Pizza Month Craft

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

Additional Dates


Oct
12
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Breast Cancer: Risk Factors

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Do you know the risk factors for breast cancer? The Peer Educators at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens provide free education to adults 50+ years of age about breast cancer!


Oct
15
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use Word's main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
18
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word For Beginners In Spanish

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word’s main functions and commands. You will also learn how to use a Flash Drive or USB. Basic computer skills are required. Please call 718-721-2462 to register.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Preschool Storytime

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and movement, followed by a fun, creative activity for children ages 3 and 4 years with their parents or cargivers. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children's room at least 15 minutes before each session.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
22
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Safety First

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

Learn how your personal information is used online and what you can do to guard against cybersecurity vulnerabilities.


Oct
25
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Children's Movie: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween"

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Children and their parent or caregiver are invited to watch "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (2018, PG).


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Broadway Community Library has:

  • 17 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Broadway Community Library include:

  • Arabic & Bengali
  • Chinese & Croatian
  • French & Greek
  • Gujarati & Hindi
  • Italian & Korean
  • Portuguese & Punjabi
  • Russian & Serbian
  • Spanish & Urdu
  • and Tagalog.

 

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

  • Classics
  • Black Experience
  • Careers
  • Test Preparation
  • Colleges
  • Graphic Novels
  • New Age
  • Mind & Body
  • FYI
  • New Americans

 


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
Adventureland Preschool
41-31 58th St
Woodside NY , 11377-4755
phone: (718) 274-4769
Bright Beginnings
49-22 30th Ave
Woodside NY , 11377-7959
phone: (718) 777-6664
Kid Krazy
2125 21st Ave
Astoria NY , 11105-3228
phone: (718) 545-5728
Mi Nuevo Mundo
31-05 51st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 626-7394
My New World
31-31 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-4521
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board 1
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3335
fax: (718) 786-3368
  

Community Organizations & Services
Central Astoria Local Development Coalition
28-27 Steinway Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718)728-7820
Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens
29-21 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 204-2444
Greater Astoria Historical Society
35-20 Broadway 4th Floor
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 278-0700
LIC Business Development Corporation
29-10 Thomson Avenue, 9th Floor
Astoria NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-5300
Queens Rainbow Community Center
30-74 Steinway Street, 2nd floor
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 429-2300
American Museum of the Moving Image
35 Avenue at 36 Street
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 784-0077
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
32-37 Vernon Blvd
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 204-7088
P.S.1 (MOMA)
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-2084
Socrates Sculpture Park
Broadway and Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 956-1819

Fire Department
Engine 263, Ladder 117
42-06 Astoria Blvd South
Astoria NY , 11107
  

Local Hospitals
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1000
Queens Surgical Community Center
46-04 31st Ave
Long Island City NY , 11103-1842
phone: (718) 545-5050
Steinway Family Health Center
25-92 Steinway Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-6100

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
Astoria Heights Recreational Park
30th Road between 45th and 46th Streets
Athens Square Park
30th Avenue and 30th Street
Astoria NY ,
Broadway Playground
38th Street between 31st Avenue and Broadway
  

Police Department
114th Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd.
Queens NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
  

Post Office
Steinway Post Office
43-04 Broadway
Astoria NY , 11103-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Corpus Christi
31-29 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 721-2484
El-ber Islamic School
25-42 49th Street
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 274-9060
Evangelical Christian
31-29 Crescent Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 937-9601
Most Precious Blood
32-52 37th Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-9850
Queens Lutheran School
31-20 21st Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 721-4313
Saint Demetrios Greek American School|
30-03 30th Drive
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-1754
Saint. Joseph School
28-46 44 Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 728-0724
  

Public Elementary Schools
Our World Neighborhood Charter
36-12 35th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 392-3405
P.S. 70
30-45 42 Street
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 728-4646
P.S. 151 Mary D. Carter
50-05 31 Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 728-2676

Public High Schools
Academy of American Studies
28-01 41st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361 – 8786
Baccalaureate School of Global Education
34-12 36th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 361-5275
Aviation Career and Technical High School
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-2980
William Cullen Bryant High School
48-10 31st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Baccalaureate School of Global Education
34-12 36th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 361-5275
I.S. 10 Horace Greeley School
45-31 31st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 278-7054
 

Senior Centers
Senior Healthcare Center
27-15 30th Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-0007
Woodside Senior Center
50-37 Newtown Road, Building 19
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-6916
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Costa Constantinides
CConstantinides@council.nyc.gov
District Office 31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 209
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 274-4500
fax: (646) 661-4500
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1778
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6963
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1833
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Brian Barnwell
BarnwellB@nyassembly.gov
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 921
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4755
fax: (518) 455-5032
NYS Assembly
Hon. Aravella Simotas
SimotasA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 24-08 32nd Street, Suite 1002A
Astoria NY, 11102
phone: (718) 545-3889
fax: (718) 545-3607
Albany Office LOB, Room 652
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 427
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 1651 3rd Avenue, Ste 311
New York NY, 10128
phone: 212-860-0606
fax: 212-860-0704
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Dutch settlers were the first inhabitants of the area that is now known as Long Island City. This area was the first part of Queens to be settled. The name Long Island City was created by Captain Levy Hayden in 1853. After selling a large number of shares from his Hunter’s Point Marine Railway to the Beebe family of Ravenswood Captain Hayden named the area with the hope that one day all of the Hunter’s Point, Astoria, and Ravenswood would be unified. The idea of a Long Island City came from these areas wanting their own self government. A public referendum was passed on February 16, 1869 by a vote of 299 for and 150 against. The city was charted as a merging of the villages of Astoria, Steinway, Ravenswood, and Hunter’s Point. It borders the East River in the North and West and Newton Creek to the South.

The charter to establish Long Island City was signed on Wednesday May 4, 1870. Abraham D. Ditmars, of Astoria, was the city’s first Mayor. Early problems for the new city were a lack in decent roads to travel upon. Due mainly to the financial resources and tenacity of James Thomson many of the major roads of Long Island City were completely paved by 1880. This included the complete drainage of Ravenswood swamp. Most of the inland territory of what is now Long Island City was made up mostly of marshland. The city was prosperous due to thriving community industries in oil and glass. The city quickly gained the reputation of being a commercial and industrial district. One of the most prominent families were the Steinways. The German family, headed by Patrick Henry Steinway, were responsible for many upgrades to the Long Island City community and industry. They created streetcar lines, a piano factory, and a successful amusement park called North Beach which operated from 1886 to 1920. This park was located on the spot that is now known as La Guardia Airport. Riker’s Island once belonged to Long Island City until it was purchased by New York City in September 1884 for the price of $2,500.

Long Island City operated as its own separate entity outside of greater New York City. Mayor Henry S. Debevoise was arrested on a warrant by the citizens for fraud and his ineffectiveness as mayor during a tense battle with gamblers that had invaded the city in the early 1880’s. Patrick Jerome Gleason won the mayoral election of 1886 and became just as notorious as Henry Debevoise. Mayor Gleason appointed himself chief officer of the Police board, Fire Department, and Board of Education while appropriating funds of over $245,000 for a school that was not completed until he was removed from office. Gleason’s acts of corruption gave the once highly touted community a reputation of political crime that was looked at badly by the rest of the country. These acts of corruption led to the Consolidation Act for a Greater New York which led to Long Island City becoming a part of greater New York in 1898.

The creation of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909 opened the isolated suburb to commuters who now had quick access into and out of Manhattan. The opening of the Penn Tubes in 1910 opened Long Island to travel from the Southern section of the city. People now had accessibility to other parts of New York and the once strong economic clout of Long Island City was slowly taken away by Manhattan. Over time many immigrants from various European countries such as Italy and Iceland came to settle in Long Island City. By far the biggest ethnic group is from Greece as Long Island City boasts the largest number of Greek people outside from the country of Greece.

Today Long Island City stands as one of the most industrialized melting pots of New York City and the United States.

In 1893 a movement to establish a Free Public Library began in the Long Island City community. The first Broadway Branch was opened in 1906 on 9th Avenue. It was the sixth library unit built for the Queens Public Library system. Circulation for the first year was 36,000. Circulation grew steadily leading to several changes in location.

Children’s services in particular lead to two major moves. The first move led to a Children’s facility created in 1930 on Steinway Street. Children’s programs became so popular that they had to be discontinued due to lack of space. The need for more room led to the opening of the library’s current location on April 25, 1958. The three story building is 15,800 in square feet and is located at 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City.

Sources

Seyfried, Vincent F. , 300 Years of Long Island City 1630-1930, Queens Historical Society Publication 1984

Websites

Welcome to Long Island City

LICNYC

Long Island City History