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Get Ready To Vote: Register At the Library!

Have you registered to vote? Come to the library to sign up and get registered on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 25!

Be confident that you can contribute your opinion to this year’s elections. Visit us at any Queens Library location on September 25 to fill out an ...

Older Adults Day at Glen Oaks!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits, and other important topics specifically for adults age 50 and older.

In addition to special seminars and activities, there will be more ...

Library Open Houses!

On Saturday, September 29, every Queens Library location will host a Fall Open House so students, families, and others can learn about all our resources and services! All are welcome.

Stop by your community library that day to find everything you and your family need to succeed—from millions of books to ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 begins September 15, and we’re celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Help us honor the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans with concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, and much more!

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations will take place at multiple ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your fall adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Back-To-School: Get Ready At The Library!

It’s back-to-school time, and a new year of discovery and growth is about to begin.

Come to the Library to get ready for the school year with crafts, storytimes, tours, giveaways, and previews of our fall programs, such as our STACKS after-school program.

Our Back-to-School Guide, with tips on healthy eating, ...

The 13th Annual StartUP Business Plan Competition!

Got a great idea for a business?

You can get the tools you need to launch your own business and enter a contest to win $10,000 in seed funding!

Thanks to the generous support of Resorts World Casino New York City, the Queens Economic Development Corporation is holding its ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

Join Us for Banned Books Week!

It’s almost time for Banned Books Week, the annual event celebrating the freedom to read—and we will be hosting all kinds of great events at the Library!

Banned Books Week (September 23 to 29) brings together the entire literary community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers ...

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 ...

Sep
20
1:00PM

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2:30PM

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


Sep
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Jewelry Making Workshop for Kids

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12, join us for an exciting jewelry making workshop where you will make beautiful beaded bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Explore colors, patterns, and the art of jewelry design. For children ages 8-12. Space and supplies are limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Broadway Babies

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, and rhymes for the littlest library visitors and a parent/caregiver. Ages 0-17 months. No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


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Sep
21
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Internet for Beginners

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

Learn how to access the Internet in the library and from your home computer. During class
• you will practice identifying and navigating the basic elements and features of the Internet Explorer browser.
• Practice saving your favorite websites and printing Internet content.
• Navigate the web using hyperlinks.
• Perform simple web searches and interpret results.
• Copy and paste web text and graphics to a Word document.


Sep
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Games, crafts, puzzles, and more--a different fun activity each week for ages 5-12 years. No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
22
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.


Sep
24
9:00AM

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12:00PM

Healthcare Insurance Enrollment

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Get help from a Healthcare Navigator of the NY State of Health with enrolling into a low-cost health plan.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Creative Kids Storytime

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Three- and four-year-olds and their parents/caretakers can enjoy stories, songs, dance, and a creative book-based activity. No registration required but space and materials are limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children's Room before each session.

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

Welcome Fall! Story and Craft

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the new season with stories and a fun fall activity. For children ages 4 to 12. No registration required.


Sep
24
5:30PM

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7:30PM

English Intermediate/Advanced Conversation Group

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our English conversation group at Broadway library! No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tuesday Tech Time

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Children ages 9 to 12, improve your technology skills with fun activities using laptop computers and Samsung tablets. No registration required, but space is limited; pick up a ticket in the Children's Room before each session.


Sep
26
10:00AM

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1:30PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

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, July 11 at 10AM 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 12 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.


Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariachi Tapatío de Álvaro Paulino

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Founded in 1983, Mariachi Tapatio de Álvaro Paulino, under the direction of Puebla-born Mexican Álvaro Paulino, is considered one of the finest mariachi bands in New York City. The band's music includes “corridos,” a form of storytelling in song that is enjoyed by young and old. For a complete listing of Hispanic Heritage Month programs, visit https://queenslib.org/hispanicheritage2018.


Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Magic Tree House Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Readers ages 6-10 enjoy games, crafts, and other activities based on the time-traveling adventures of Jack and Annie, the heroes of the Magic Tree House book series. Explore, learn, and have fun! No registration required. You do not have to read the books ahead of time.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Email for Beginners

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

Learn how to use the basic features of an e-mail account to communicate quickly and conveniently with friends and family! You will also learn how to attach files to outgoing messages and open incoming attachments. Tips for printing messages will also be demonstrated.


Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:45PM

Film Friday

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

End the week 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.

Additional Dates


Sep
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Open House for New York City Schools and Student Success

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Get a new library card at our welcoming table in front of the Broadway Library. Find out about upcoming programs and library services for every member of your family.


Oct
2
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.

Topics include:
Introduction to the computer (using mouse & keyboard)
Introduction to Microsoft Word: You will learn how to edit and format; print and save a file.
Navigating the Internet
Please call at 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
2
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Typing Practice

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

Learn and practice how to type. Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed!


Oct
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Retold with Tech

Location: Broadway
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date October 2, 2018
Availability: 12 openings

This is an innovative 12- week program that lets tweens (ages 9-12) reinterpret their favorite books using tech tools, apps, and programs. Participants will develop technological, analytic, and interpersonal skills while creating book-inspired temporary tattoos and stickers, pin-backed buttons, postcards, comic strips, stop-motion animation, video games using Scratch coding, and video slideshows. Registration required.

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Oct
4
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Thursday, October 4 sharp at 10AM 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 attend the entire 12 week class series.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
3:30PM

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5:00PM

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
Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
9
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
9
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Book Lover's Book Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Join our monthly book discussion.


Oct
12
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 a 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. To register, please call 718-721 2462.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
12
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Arts & Crafts for Adults

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Please join us for arts & crafts. We will be working on simple projects using different craft materials. This class is designed for adults with intellectual disabilities. All interested adults are welcomed.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
19
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Internet for Beginners

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

Learn how to access the Internet in the library and from your home computer. During class
• you will practice identifying and navigating the basic elements and features of the Internet Explorer browser.
• Practice saving your favorite websites and printing Internet content.
• Navigate the web using hyperlinks.
• Perform simple web searches and interpret results.
• Copy and paste web text and graphics to a Word document.


Oct
23
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Email 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 navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages, and attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic computer skills before the workshop. To register, please call 718-721 2462.


Oct
26
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Email for Beginners

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

Learn how to use the basic features of an e-mail account to communicate quickly and conveniently with friends and family! You will also learn how to attach files to outgoing messages and open incoming attachments. Tips for printing messages will also be demonstrated.


Oct
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Halloween Happening!

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Start the Halloween fun a few days early with spooky stories, ghostly games, and creepy crafts. For children ages 5-12 and their parents and caregivers. Costumes optional. No registration required.


Nov
2
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 a 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. To register please call 718-721 2462.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
2
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

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
Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
6
10:30AM

--to--

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.

*Introduction to the computer (using mouse & keyboard)
*Introduction to Microsoft Word: You will learn how to edit, format, print, and save a file.
*Navigating the Internet
To register, please call 718-721-2462.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
6
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Typing Practice

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

Learn and practice how to type. Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
7
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Email 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 navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages and attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic computer skills before the workshop. To register please call at 718-721 2462

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

Additional Dates


Nov
16
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Internet for Beginners

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

Learn how to access the Internet in the library and from your home computer. During class
• you will practice identifying and navigating the basic elements and features of the Internet Explorer browser.
• Practice saving your favorite websites and printing Internet content.
• Navigate the web using hyperlinks.
• Perform simple web searches and interpret results.
• Copy and paste web text and graphics to a Word document.


Nov
30
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Email for Beginners

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

Learn how to use the basic features of an email account to communicate quickly and conveniently with friends and family! You will also learn how to attach files to outgoing messages and open incoming attachments. Tips for printing messages will also be demonstrated.


Dec
4
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Typing Practice

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

Learn and practice how to type. Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed!


Dec
7
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

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
Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
11
10:30AM

--to--

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


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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 1882
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 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 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
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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