Queens Library ‘is on the move,’ prez says

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz questions Queens Library officials on the construction of a new Rego Park branch during Monday’s meeting of the Borough Board. Library President Dennis Walcott said he will work with the community on getting the project started.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz questions Queens Library officials on the construction of a new Rego Park branch during Monday’s meeting of the Borough Board. Library President Dennis Walcott said he will work with the community on getting the project started.

Walcott says he will work to have expansions, new branches started

The Queens Library system is “on the move” as a whole, its President Dennis Walcott said at Monday’s Borough Board meeting, but some wish it could move just a little bit quicker in their area.

“I see all these branches that are getting these expansions and, honestly, I’m a little bit jealous,” Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) said. “We’ve been talking about a Rego Park branch since I was in the Council the first time.”

Koslowitz spoke of the long-standing request to have a new branch built in the central Queens neighborhood after Walcott ran down a list of other library buildings that are being renovated or built throughout the borough, including the Elmhurst and East Elmhurst expansions and the creation of the Hunters Point branch. Continue reading »

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Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld: Kew Garden Hills community thriving

Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, the rabbi of Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills in Queens, NY, and a member of both the Queens Rabbinical Council and the Rabbinical Council of America, gave a special Arutz Sheva interview this week about his community.

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Kew Gardens Hills

The Queens County Savings Bank branch on Main Street with its cupola modeled after Philadelphia’s Independence Hall

The Queens County Savings Bank branch on Main Street with its cupola modeled after Philadelphia’s Independence Hall

For most people who aren’t from Queens, Kew Gardens Hills is just another extension of Flushing. In fact, maybe people who live there identify their community as “Flushing.”

But Kew Gardens Hills is definitely different from what we know of Flushing,. It is much less densely population, is far less congested and an overall more suburban feel.

Defined by the two-story garden apartment developments that make up the majority of the neighborhood’s housing stock, Kew Gardens Hills is a mostly Jewish community, home a large population of Orthodox Jewish – according to some, the largest in Queens. The neighborhood’s Jewish majority makes it home to many important synagogues and Jewish centers. Continue reading »

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