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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
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Computer Class

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

Learn the basics of using a computer.


Jan
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Read to Me

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18 months to three years and their caretakers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, and playtime.

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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4:00PM

Crochet Club

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

This is a crochet club for adults to make items for charity organizations. Please bring yarn and crochet needle. No registration needed.

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

Additional Dates


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Jan
24
3:00PM

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Jewelry Making Workshop

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Come create your own beaded necklace or bracelet.


Jan
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Henna and Nail Art

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Come join us and learn how to do some nail art and henna designs, or show off your design skills. All supplies will be provided.


Feb
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Arts & Crafts

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-14 years old, come join us and create winter crafts.


Feb
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Black History Jeopardy

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month and share your knowledge! There will be questions about black history, famous African Americans, music, athletes, and other topics.


Feb
15
4:00PM

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Let's Move!

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Let's Move! Come join the program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. In the United States, childhood obesity rates have tripled. The “Let’s Move!” initiative aims to reduce obesity and prolong life for Americans. Come learn about the “Let’s Move!” program, the benefits of physical activity for heart health, and much more.


Feb
16
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migration - History of Soca

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Davin McLeod traces the history of soca, both the music and dance, back to the "nature" cultures and traditions around the world. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Black History Bingo

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month. Learn about prominent African Americans while enjoying a game of bingo! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
20
1:00PM

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FDNY Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
28
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Community Build the Block with Police Precinct 106

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Community, please join us to discuss issues of South Ozone Park with our 106th police precinct.


Mar
7
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Crochet Club

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

This is a crochet club for adults to make items for charity organizations. Please bring yarn and crochet needle. No registration needed.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
13
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Pedestrian Safety for Seniors

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

The New York City Department of Transportation's Office of Safety Education will offer tips for seniors on how to stay safe while crossing New York City streets and discuss Mayor de Blasio's traffic safety initiative, Vision Zero. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


Apr
24
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Fall Prevention

Location: South Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Learn how to prevent falls through understanding the medical and environmental causes of falls. We will review safety devices, equipment, and a home safety checklist that can help keep you and your loved ones safe and free from injury. Lastly, we will learn together the "ABC Exercise" that will help keep you in good step. All are welcome!

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 Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers
  • 1 public computer for catalog access
  • Customers may also bring their own laptops (For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the South Ozone Park Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the South Ozone Park Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Teen Interests

 


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
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
123-10 143 Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 322-9671
Little Dolphins
107-01 Crossbay Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 641-7754
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board 10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 843-4488
fax: (718)738-1184
  

Community Organizations & Services
South Ozone Park Civic Association
116-35 124th Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 429-8292
Faith Mission Center
114-40 Van Wyck Expressway
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
Independence Residences, Inc.
130-33 130 street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
LifeSpire
127-06 Old South Road
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
Salvation Army
115-37 133 Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
Skyway Hotel
132-10 South Conduit Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420

Fire Department
Engine 302 Ladder 155
143-15 Rockaway Boulevard
Queens New York , 11436
  

Local Hospitals
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue
Queens New York , 11432
phone: (718) 558-2000
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
900 Van Wyck Expressway
Queens New York , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
 

Local Newspapers
Forum Courier
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Jamaica Bay Park
City Line and Mott Basin
Lefferts Playground
N Conduit Avenue 120 to 122 Street
 

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-51 101 Street
Ozone Park New York , phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
South Ozone Park
126-15 Foch Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 738-6331
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Al-Ihsan Academy
130-08 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
St. Anthony of Padua
125-18 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
St. Clement Pope
120-27 141 Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420

Public Elementary Schools
PS 096Q
130-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 529-2547
fax: (718) 659-0113
PS 100 Glen Morris (Q100)
111-11 118th Street
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 843-8390
fax: (718) 641-2474
PS 108 Capt. Vincent G. Fowler (Q108)
108-10 109 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 641-4956
fax: (718) 641-2474
PS 121 Queens (Q121)
126-10 109 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718)-738-5126
fax: (718) 843-5584
PS 124 Osmond A Church (Q124)
129-15 150 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 529-2580
fax: (718) 322-4039
PS 155 (Q155)
130-02 115 Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 529-0767
fax: (718) 529-0773

Public High Schools
John Adams High School
101-01 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 226 Virgil I Grissom (Q 226)
121-10 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
phone: (718) 843-2260
fax: (718) 835-6317
  

Senior Centers
B’ffy Wakefield Senior Center
135-45 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
United Hindu Cultural Senior Center
118-09 Sutter Avenue
South Ozone Park New York , 11420
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Adrienne E. Adams
AAdams@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 165-90 Baisley Boulevard, Suite 5
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: 718-206-2068
fax:
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michele R. Titus
TitusM@nyassembly.gov
District Office 19-31 Mott Avenue, Room 301
Far Rockaway NY, 11691
phone: (718) 327-1845
fax: (718) 327-1878
Albany Office LOB, Room 522
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5668
fax: (518) 455-3892
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

As one crosses over the Van Wyck Expressway, visits the flea market at Aqueduct or hurries through bustling terminals at Kennedy Airport, it is hard to fathom that this thriving community of more than 45,000 people was only a century ago farm land, inhabited by fewer than 150 families.

 The original inhabitants of South Ozone Park were Native Americans of the Jameco and Rockaway tribes.  English and Dutch settlers took possession of the land in the 1660s, as part of a land grant by the Dutch West India Company.  Up until the early 1900s, the area of South Ozone Park was used to farm everything except potatoes “because the soil was too salty”.

The winds of change began blowing as early as the 1880s when music publisher Benjamin Hitchcock, the developer of Ozone Park began marketing the area to the south of Ozone Park for its “invigorating and healthful” breezes sweeping in from Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

 Real estate developer David Leahy, who could arguably be called “The Father of South Ozone Park” began in 1907 building small homes in former farm fields by promising potential home owners that for $9.00 down, $6.00 per month, they could purchase a four room cottage in the country.  Leahy knew that the former Pennsylvania Railroad, purchased by the Long Island Railroad in 1900, was expanding its routes into the Jamaica area and that more and more people would be eager to move to South Ozone Park.

Initially, the only church that existed was Union Chapel on Three Mile Mill Road.  As the community grew, Leahy gave gifts of land for church sites as a means of further stabilizing the community.  St. Clement Pope Roman Catholic Church, at 141st Street near Rockaway Boulevard; the Reformed Episcopal Church, at 134th Street and Sutter Avenue, and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, at 140th Street and 120th Avenue were each erected on plots given for that purpose by Leahy.

There was other evidence of growth in the early years.   A public library was established in 1912. It was located in part of a drug store.  In 1913, the city made funds available for the construction of an addition to the eight original classrooms of P.S. 45 located at 150th Street off of Rockaway Boulevard.  Shortly thereafter, P.S. 96 was built at Rockaway Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.  Soon thereafter John Adams high School at 107th Street and Rockaway Boulevard and Edgar D. Shimer Junior High School at 142nd Street and 114th Avenue were built.  The first movie theater was opened in 1921 at Rockaway Boulevard and 135th Street.  By 1921 the Rockaway Boulevard trolley system had been replaced by a bus system.  Banking institutions began making their presence felt when the Bank of Manhattan Company and Ozone Park National Bank established branches in the area in 1925.  In 1929, Rockaway Boulevard was widened.  Other roadways, like the Van Wyck Expressway, further heightened the accessibility of South Ozone Park to other comunities.

Over the years South Ozone Park has retained its character as a community of single-family or two-family homeowners.  Like the borough of Queens itself, South Ozone Park has seen a change in its racial demographics as neighbors from many shores now call this community their home.  20% of its residents are white, more than one-third are Black or African-American, nearly 13% are Asian and nearly 23% are Hispanic. Through the years Rockaway Boulevard lost its luster as the main commercial strip of South Ozone Park as many of its benchmark stores have been lost to larger shopping malls.  However, the boulevard still resonates with the life of smaller stores and restaurants, many of them owned by newly arrived or first generation immigrants.

South Ozone Park has several landmarks of distinction including:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Wilbur E. Colyer Square, Rockaway Boulevard and 120th Avenue and 133rd Street.  Colyer, a South Ozone Park Resident, was 17 when he volunteered to fight in World War I.  He was killed and awarded the Congressional Medal of honor for Valor at Verdun, the first and youngest Queens resident to receive such an honor.
  • Ancient Burial Ground of the Rockaway Tribe is located at the northern end of JFK’s runway.  Arrowheads and spearheads have been found there.
  • Aqueduct Race Track borders Ozone and South Ozone Park.  With its 80,000-seat capacity, Aqueduct is the largest thoroughbred racing track in the country.  Many famous horses have become champions at Aqueduct, including Man O’War and Seabiscuit.
  • Byrne Place, North Conduit Avenue between 130th Place and 134th Street, was named to honor Officer Edward R. Byrne, who was killed on February 26, 1988, while sitting in his patrol car protecting a drug witness.

The South Ozone Park Library has served and grown as a site of educational and recreational activity from the early years of South Ozone Park’s development until today.  Dating back to 1912, the first sites of the library were in a hardware store, a paint store, a millinery store and an auto repair shop.  In 1928 the library was moved to 132-09 120th Avenue.  Eventually the collection was moved to 130-16 Rockaway Boulevard where it was housed in a rented store-front.  In 1974, the South Ozone Park branch opened at its present address, 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard as a one-story, 7,500 ft. facility.

Throughout the year, the branch provides programming to meet the informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs of its customers from the youngest pre-schoolers through senior citizens.

Sources:

“Get to Know South Ozone Park – Your Community”  - Queens Borough Public Library

 "The History of South Ozone Park” – The Forum Newspaper, August 4, 1979

 “The History of South Ozone Park Demonstrates Development Since Its Inception in 1907” – The Silver Jubilee Souvenir Program 1907 – 1932

 Jamaica and Ozone Park Officials Hail JFK Rail Link http://gothamgazette.com/community/32/news/1023

"South Ozone Park – ‘The Sport of Kings in their Backyard” http://www.newsday.com/extras/lihistory/spectown/hist0011.htm

Á Walk Through Queens With David Hartman http://www.thirteen.org/queens/history3.html