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North Forest Park

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. ...

Corona Library's 50th Anniversary!

 On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the Friends of Corona Library hosted the branch’s celebration of 50 years at its current location.

Our guests included Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NYS Senator Jessica Ramos, NYS ...

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
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Music in Spanish

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies presents adventures under the sea, a trip to discover fun arctic animals, and the celebration of an authentic Carnaval! This program is for children birth to age six with live music, movement, dance, and puppetry. Our goal is to encourage cross-cultural awareness. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

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Jan
23
10:30AM

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Toddler Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays for children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers.

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

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Jan
23
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories and songs for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

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

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Jan
24
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Solar One Energy Workshops

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

Join us for three sessions of energy education workshops that are hands-on experiences for children ages 7 to 12. These workshops foster a creative approach to design thinking, collaboration, and solving environmental challenges. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Jan
26
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: North Forest Park
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.


Feb
1
1:00PM

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3:00PM

PC Class for Beginners

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Learn the computer.

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

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Feb
1
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn American Mah Jongg

Location: North Forest Park
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 February 1, 2019
Availability: 9 openings

Learn American Mah Jongg in this four-session series.

North Forest ParkFri, Feb 8, 20192:00PM - 4:00PM
North Forest ParkFri, Feb 15, 20192:00PM - 4:00PM
North Forest ParkFri, Feb 22, 20192:00PM - 4:00PM

Feb
2
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Fused Glass Jewelry Making Workshop for Adults

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn about and make fused glass jewelry. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required; class is limited to 20 participants.


Feb
5
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Bilingual Birdies Spanish

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for Bilingual Birdies in Spanish.

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

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Feb
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Spelling Bee

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-8, please join us at the North Forest Park Community Library for our annual spelling bee. Winners from each age group will go on to compete in the Queens Central Library Spelling Bee in May 2019. No registration is required and spelling lists will be available at the children's desk.


Feb
8
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Storytime in Japanese

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for storytime in Japanese plus crafts for ages 0-4.

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

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Feb
9
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Black History Month - Film Series

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Please join us for films celebrating the African American experience.

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

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Feb
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Valentine's Day Craft

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Children grades 1-5 can create a Peanuts Valentine sign craft.


Feb
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Broken Heart Week: It Just Breaks My Heart Book Swap

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Read and share books about heartbreak.


Mar
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Girl Scouts Present STEM Learning

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join the Girl Scouts to learn about STEM and coding!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The North Forest Park Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the North Forest Park Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hebrew

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the North Forest Park Community Library include:

  • Travel videos/DVDs
  • Parenting
  • Sports videos/DVDs
  • Exercise videos/DVDs
  • Local History

 


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
Community House School
15 Borage Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-0490
“Ready 2 Go” Preschool Program Olympic Style
96-05 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-0681
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 6
73-05 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-9250
fax: (718) 263-2211
  

Community Organizations & Services
Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce
71-58 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-6565
Forest Hills Community and Civic Association
P.O. Box 754053
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 997-7014
Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 4038 Parkside Station
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-8018
Alliance of Queens Artists
99-10 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9842
American Legion Continental Post 1424
107-15 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)520-8623
Forest Hills Youth Activities
Fleet Street and Thornton Place
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 544-2296
New Dimensions Art Center
96-09A 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (347) 866-3688 or (347) 866-0603
Parkside Players Grace Lutheran Church
103-15 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 497-4922
West Side Tennis Club
1 Tennis Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2300

Fire Department
Engine Company 305 Ladder 151
111-02 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
  

Local Hospitals
Parkway Hospital
70-35 113th Street
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 990-4100
First Med Immediate Medical Care
82-17 Woodhaven Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 805-9581
Queens-Long Island Medical Group, P.C
96-10 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 459-0400
Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps
92-29 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 793-2055
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane
NY , phone: (718) 235-0815
Pebblestone Park
Selfridge Street, 68th Avenue, Manse Street
NY ,
DeVoy Playground
Union Turnpike at 71st Avenue
NY ,

Police Department
112th Precinct
68-40 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9311
  

Post Office
Parkside Post Office
101-19 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-2957
fax: (718) 575-3571
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Mercy R.C. School
70-25 Kessel Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 793-2086
Community House School
15 Borage Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-0490
fax: (718) 268-1734
Dixie Dew Riding Academy
88-11 70th Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-3500
Haute Ecole of Dance, Inc.
102-07 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-0808
Lynne’s Riding School, Inc.
88-03 70th Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-7679
Olympic Style Gymnastics and Dance Academy
96-05 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-0681

Public Elementary Schools
PS 101 School In the Garden (PK-6)
2 Russell Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-7231
fax: (718) 575-3734
PS 144 Colonel Jeromus Remsen School (K-6)
93-02 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2775
fax: (718) 830-4960
 

Public High Schools
Forest Hills High School
67-01 110th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-3137
fax: (718) 793-7850
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 190 Russell Sage School (7-9)
68-17 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 830-4970
fax: (718) 830-4960
  

Senior Centers
Selfhelp Consolidated Austin Street Senior Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-8197
Young Israel Forest Hills Senior Center
68-07 Burns Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-2305
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Karen Koslowitz
Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 118-35 Queens Blvd, 17th Floor
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 544-8800
fax: (718) 544-4452
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1866
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6981
NYS Assembly
Hon. Andrew Hevesi
HevesiA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 118
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 263-5595
fax: (718) 263-5688
Albany Office LOB, Room 844
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4926
fax: (518) 455-5173
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. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth 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 North Forest Park Community Library is located in the southwestern part of Forest Hills. The area is sometimes called Parkside because it is adjacent to Forest Park. Its boundaries are roughly Woodhaven Boulevard, Exeter Street, Union Turnpike and 80th Street. The region was first settled in 1643 as a part of Rev. Doughty colony and then re-established as Middleburgh (later named New Towne) colony. By the early 18th century it was known as Whitepot. The residents were mostly farmers of Dutch or English descent. In 1739 they established the first school in the colony, the Whitepot School, at Yellowstone Avenue (now Boulevard) and Woodhaven Avenue (Boulevard.) One of the leading families, the Remsen’s, fought in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The family cemetery is located at Alderton Street and Trotting Course Lane and is a New York City landmark. The population of the area continued to increase during the 1800’s. Roads were improved and public transportation was established. In the early 1900’s, farm acreage began to be sold to real estate developers. Today, the community consists primarily of private homes with a commercial district along Metropolitan Avenue.

The cornerstone of the North Forest Park Community Library is dated 1974 but construction actually began in1979. Unfortunately, this was a period of financial crisis for New York City and, although the building was complete, funds to staff the library were unavailable. The residents of the community and its leaders organized petition drives and rallies in an effort to have their library opened. The branch finally opened to the public on February 1, 1982. The North Forest Park Branch now serves a community of approximately 25,000 people. Most residents are English-speaking, but the branch also provides materials for the increasing number of ethnic groups which are moving into the neighborhood.

Books:

Annals of Newtown, In Queens County, New-York by James Riker

Periodicals:

History of Forest Hills from the Days of the Indians by Lucy Allen Smart in The Forest Hills Bulletin, December 13, 1924, published by Cord Meyer Development Company

History of the Metro-Forest Commercial District by Jeff Gottlieb in Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce Directory, 1993