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Howard Beach

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This year marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to his life and legacy.

We also have suggestions for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Our Celebration of Kindness

Queens Library celebrated the kindness that fills our communities with our It’s Time for Kind campaign during this past holiday season.

“Kindness can change the world,” President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott said at a kickoff event for our campaign.

Learn all about the programs and events we held across ...

Ask Yourself What You Feel Curious About

Pat Cummings has always loved libraries. They were places where she could follow up on any topic that she was curious about—and after her mother became a librarian, she spent even more time at the library.

Now, as an author, illustrator, and teacher, Cummings describes herself as heavily dependent on libraries, to get all ...

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 ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

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 ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 7-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry-level to ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter 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, ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Jan
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

One-on-One Computer Classes

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Registration is now closed

Come in for a one-on-one basic computer class. Registration is required!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

One-on-One Computer Classes

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

Come in for a one-on-one basic computer class. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

American Girl Book Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

This book club is for anyone interested in American history. We will use the series of "American Girl" books to discuss the different periods. There will also be crafts and activities to add to the fun!

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

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Jan
23
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Toddler Time

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12-36 months and their caregivers will read, color, and have fun together.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Songs from Your Favorite Movies: A Tribute to the Great Artists of Rock & Roll, Doo Wop, and Pop

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

The Vic Vincent Group takes you down memory lane where you can recall the actors and scenes from your favorite movies. Experience the music and enjoy the trivia about the artists and the films, such as "Jersey Boys," "Back to the Future," "Bronx Tale," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and much more.


Jan
23
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Spelling Bee Grades 7-8

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Come to our weekly spelling bee for 7th and 8th graders.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Maker Cart Time!

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Maker carts have arrived at the library! Practice engineering, innovation, and creativity using various materials. This is STEM fun for all.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Storytime

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Let's read picture books together!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Jenga Tournament!

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

There are simple rules: remove one, stack one, and hold your breath! We invite teens to play the stacking game everyone enjoys.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Knitting and Crochet Group

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

If you like to knit and crochet, the library invites you to meet up and share techniques and patterns with one another. You must bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We will show the following films in January:
1/4: "Life of the Party" (2018, PG-13)
1/11: "Ant-man and the Wasp" (2018, PG-13)
1/18: "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (2018, PG)
1/25: "Skyscraper" (2018, PG-13)


Jan
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. Space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Sudoku & Various Puzzles Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Drop in anytime the library is open to join us for various types of puzzles like Sudoku, word search, & mazes!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. Space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Scrabble

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Enjoy weekly Scrabble games at the library.


Feb
1
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Friday Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon movie at the library!
Feb 1 - "Mama Mia! Here We Go Again" (2018, PG-13)
Feb 8 - "The Meg" (2018, PG-13)
Feb 15 - "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)
Feb 22 - "Crazy Rich Asians" (2018, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Feb
2
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Groundhog Day Craft

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Make and take home a simple Groundhog Day craft.


Feb
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Kanopy Saturday Film Series

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Get to know Kanopy, a free on-demand video service available to Queens Library cardholders! In January and February, we'll be showing a selection of independent, award-winning, and classic movies.
January 5: "Paper Moon"
January 19: "East Side Sushi"
February 2: "Boy"
February 16: "The Little Shop of Horrors"
March 2: "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
March 16: "Tortilla Soup"
March 30: "A Street Cat named Bob"

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
2:00PM

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3:00PM

One-on-One Computer Class

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Registration is now closed

Want to learn how to use a computer? Do you have a device you need help with? Bring it in to get one-on-one help or practice on our in-house computers. Registration is required. Please call Howard Beach Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at 718-641-7086.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Little Kids Craft

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for arts and crafts fun.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
9
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Sensory Fun for Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your little ones for sensory playtime! Touch, feel, and explore at several kid-friendly stations!


Feb
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Valentine's Day Craft

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Decorate a Valentine's Day card for your family and friends! All materials will be provided.


Feb
16
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Sing-Along Screening of "Grease"

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

It’s California in 1959 and good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they are now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? Join us for a screening and sing-along to such memorable songs as "Summer Nights," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Tears on My Pillow," and many more. (1978, PG-13)


Feb
20
3:30PM

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4:45PM

Create Your Own Jewelry Box: A Holiday Crafts Workshop for Adults

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

Phyllis Ger teaches you how to create a beautiful jewelry box, to keep or give as a gift, in different shapes from materials you might have discarded. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Materials will be provided.


Feb
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on..?

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to create the vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat or flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and heart can travel! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
23
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Kanopy Movie Screening of "Goin' to Chicago"

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

The migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West during and after World War II is retold through personal stories of a group of Chicagoans born in the Mississippi Delta. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Mar
1
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Knitting and Crochet Group

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

If you like to knit and crochet, the library invites you to meet up and share techniques and patterns with one another. You must bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. There is space for everyone.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
4
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. There is space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

DIY Mardi Gras Mask

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Get creative decorating a Mardi Gras 2019 mask. We'll supply the feathers, beads, glitter, and masks.


Mar
5
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

American Girl Book Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

This book club is for anyone interested in American history. We will use the series of "American Girl" books to discuss the different periods. There will also be crafts and activities to add to the fun!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Maker Cart: Craft Edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

A cart full of craft supplies awaits at the library! What will you be inspired to make? Anything you make, you can take home with you.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
9
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Sensory Fun for Toddlers!

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to explore their senses with clay, kinetic sand, sensory bags, and more! There is space for everyone.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
9
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Women's History Month Movie: "Suffragette"

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for "Suffragette," an all-star movie about the women's suffrage movement (2015).


Mar
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

DIY Adults: Mosaic Art

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Mosaic art is an easy and fun way of expressing your creativity. All supplies and directions will be provided.


Apr
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Kanopy Saturday Film Series

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Get to know Kanopy, a free on-demand video service available to Queens Library cardholders! In April we'll be showing a selection of independent movies.
April 6: "The Florida Project" (2017, R)
April 13: "Ida" (2013, PG-13)
April 20: "Hearts Beat Loud" (2018, PG-13)
April 27: "20th Century Women" (2016, R)

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

Additional Dates


Apr
17
3:30PM

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4:30PM

DIY Adults: Dot Painting

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

It's time to spruce up your gardens! We will instruct you how to dot paint on rocks and plant pots. All supplies will be provided.


May
6
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Howard Beach Talent Show

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Howard Beach talent search: kids, tweens & teens! Can you sing, dance, or twirl a baton? Do you tell jokes or know how to perform magic tricks? If you do, please join us on Monday, May 6 for a community talent show. Please register at the children's desk. Don't miss it!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Howard Beach Community Library has:

  • 6 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 Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Italian(including VHS & DVDs)
  • Spanish (including VHS & DVDs)

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Careers
  • Black Experience
  • Dummies Books
  • Mind and Body
  • Test Prep
  • Computers
  • Parenting

 

 

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Reach for the Stars
156-18 96th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-1429
Lynn Boutureria
158-03 82nd Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-0845
Donna Hovi
160-41 99th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 925-1303
Caroline Guerra
155-25 78 Street, #1st Floor
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-3298
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 843-4488
fax: (718) 738-1184
  

Community Organizations & Services
Ozone-Howard Chamber of commerce
P.O. Box 58
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 835-9482
  

Fire Department
FDNY - Engine 331 Ladder 173|
158-57 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach NY , 11414
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Park Strip
S. Conduit Ave. & 88 Street
Spring Creek Park Addition
157th Drive, 158th Avenue, Sheridan Street
PS 207 (Walter Ward Playground)
88 & 89 Sts & 160 Avenue
PS 232 (Harold Schneiderman Playground)
155 Avenue & 83rd Street
  

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-53 101st Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
Howard Beach Post Office
160-50 Crossbay Blvd
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Station B Post Office
102-12 159th Ave
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9993
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Grace
158-20 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414-0114
phone: (718) 848-7440
Saint Helen Elementary School
155-55 Crossbay Boulevard
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 217-4242
fax: (718) 641-8290
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 146 Howard Beach
98-01 159 Avenue
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-4880
fax: (718) 641-0901
PS 207 Rockwood Park
159-15 88 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-2700
fax: (718) 848-4226
PS 232 Lindenwood
153-23 83 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-9247
fax: (718) 738-8505

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 202 Robert H. Goddard
138-30 Lafayette Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-0001
fax: (718) 848-8082
  

Senior Centers
Howard Beach Senior Center
156-45 84 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 738-8100
Our Lady of Grace
158-50 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-6635
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
US Congress
Hon. Hakeem Jeffries
District Office 55 Hanson Place, Suite 603
Brooklyn NY, 11217
phone: (718) 237-2211
fax: (718) 237-2273
Legislative Office 1607 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-5936
fax: (202) 225-1018
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Howard Beach’s earliest inhabitants were Canarsie and Rockaway Indians, and, later, English settlers, all attracted to rich fishing sites at Hawtree Creek and Jamaica Bay. The area was called Remsen’s Landing during the 1770’s, after Col. Jeramus Remsen, its largest landowner and a Revolutionary War Regiment leader.

By 1900, Howard Beach earned the nickname “The Venice of Long Island” for its many waterways, and the name “Ramblersville” was adopted by residents along Hawtree Creek when a visitor remarked about the charm of the sleepy fishing village. The community takes its present name from a Brooklyn glove manufacturer, William J. Howard, who operated a goat farm near Aqueduct as a source of skins for his business, and who opened a hotel and cottage community around the turn of the century. “Hotel Howard” became popular with the rich and famous, and boasted a pier that stretched two thousand feet into Jamaica Bay. Though the resort was destroyed by fire in 1907, Mr. Howard went on to develop land in the area, and the first model home of “Howard Estates” opened in 1913.

The extension of the New York City subway system, completion of a sewer line, and the opening of Aqueduct Racetrack spurred a housing boom, generating a cluster of small developments, such as West Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, and Rockwood Park, which comprise modern Howard Beach, an amalgam of private homes, cooperative housing, condominiums, and garden apartments. Cross Bay Boulevard is a vigorous and bustling commercial strip. The population is largely Italian-American and Jewish-American.

Library services to the Howard Beach community were provided by Bookmobile until April, 1963, when a rented storefront was opened at 155-12 Cross Bay Boulevard, the Library system’s 52nd neighborhood branch. In 1979, services were moved to the present location, a city-owned building at 92-06 156 Avenue.

Sources:

Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. Encyclopedia of New York City

Ranft, Richard. “History of Howard Beach”, Queens Forum, June 13, 1997