Community Board 6 is Pushing for the Expansion of the Rego Park Library

Queens_Library.svgLocal officials have stepped up their efforts to secure funds for a new building to replace the Rego Park library, as the local population continues to grow.  The branch is approximately 7,5000 square feet, whereas newer libraries are being constructed with a minimum of 10,000 square feet.

Frank Gulluscio, district manager at Community Board 6, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, spoke on the issue during a public hearing on Queens budget priorities, during which community boards present their most urgent needs.  “Close to 700 people go in there on any given day.  This branch is bursting at the seams.”

Today, libraries are no longer used only to borrow books.  In a sense, they function as a community center in that residents of all ages flock to utilize the many opportunities available inside the building. .  . Moms bring their children for ‘story hour’, school kids do research here, and some go to use the computers, while others attend the variety of free classes and special activities offered there.  Other services can be had without even stepping foot into the Rego Park site.  You can request library materials like books, videos, & more, browse and register for events and download e-books, audio books, E-magazines, & music – all you need is a library card and a mobile device.

With support from local Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and the Queens Borough President, about six million dollars has already been earmarked for a larger Rego Park library, although it will take a great deal more money to complete the project.  Ms. Koslowitz noted the need is urgent, as the local population continues to grow due to new residential housing in the area, including The Alexander, a luxury rental development housing 312 apartments in a 20-story tower, now under construction at the Rego Park Center.

With the focus of the Borough President, local Councilwoman and district manager at Community Board 6 in keeping ahead of the growth and needs of the community they represent, Rego Park is the place to live.  Stay tuned – we will keep you posted when we have additional information to share…

Queens Library – Rego Park

91-41 63 Drive

Rego Park, NY 11374

718-459-5140

http:/www.queenslibrary.org/Rego-Park

Our Communities – A New Facebook Group Launched by Local Residents

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A new Facebook group originated by our neighbors in Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens – “Our Communities” — was recently launched with the goal to “make our neighborhood residents and friends feel welcomed, spark new friendships, and exchange unique ideas to help each other, and our communities.”   The excitement was evident with 485 members joining the group within the first several days the page went live.  Presently there are 1,327 members and still gaining attention within the three communities.

David Battaglia, a resident who initiated the new page, makes it clear that posts must be for the good of the neighborhood only.  In one of his first posts he states that, while the group is currently working on its regulations, the “number one rule is: NO ‘talking down to anyone on here.'”  Other guidelines in place include  “only non profit organizations are allowed to post their events here.  No commercial posts, no promotion of your book, your store, your yard sale, etc. etc. is allowed.”

Michael Perlman, a co-administrator of the new page, said the posts will mostly “reflect our interests in local events, supporting our small businesses, and the arts, culture, history and historic preservation in our community.”  Michele Dore, one of the co-administrators of the new page, added  “We want our members to have a portal to voice their opinion, to share their thoughts.”

The group is planning to organize meetups at local businesses, such as Red Pipe Organic Café (71 Austin Street), La Boulangerie (109-01 72nd Road) or Eddie’s Sweet Shop (105-29 Metropolitan Avenue), in Forest Hills – a five minute drive to the halfway point between Rego Park and Kew Gardens.

Living at The Alexander in Rego Park offers a sense of belonging in knowing your thoughts and ideas about community is as important to you as it is your neighbors.

Aspire to become a part of the community spirit.  Let your voice be heard!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1556621184596349/