Queens Borough Hall is located at 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens at Union Turnpike near the interchange between the Grand Central Parkway, Jackie Robinson Parkway and Van Wyck Expressway, adjacent to the Queens Criminal Courthouse. It is home to the offices of the Queens borough president, the Queens offices of numerous city agencies and some court space.
The borough’s municipal offices were scattered throughout Queens before being brought together under one roof. The first Borough Hall was located in Long Island City at 10-63 Jackson Ave., established when Queens became one of the five boroughs of New York City on Jan. 1, 1898.
As the population expanded, the need for a dedicated civic building closer to the center of the borough became more apparent. The current Borough Hall opened on Dec. 4, 1940, and is located very close to the geographic center of the borough. It was built in just nine months during the Great Depression at the low cost of $1.6 million. The architects, William Gehron and Andrew J. Thomas, eliminated elevators in the plans to speed up construction.
The long, low three-story brick building has a central entrance on Queens Boulevard marked by angular columns that represent the classical-style architecture popular during the era. It has become one of the most popular spots for marriages in the city, taking place in the building’s small chapel and presided over by the deputy city clerk.
This was the first dedicated Borough Hall in the nation and represented the growth of Queens County from rural villages to booming suburbs to a bustling urban center during the 20th century.
Borough Hall Numbers
Queens Borough President
120-55 Queens Blvd.
Kew Gardens, New York 11424
Phone: (718) 286-3000
Fax: (718) 286-2876
Deputy Borough President Melva Miller
Chief of Staff Jay B. Bond
Counsel to the Borough President Angelina Martinez-Rubio
Budget Director Richard Lee
Communications/Media Relations Director Sharon Lee
Community Boards Director Vicky Morales Casella
Constituent Services Director Anne Marie Boranian
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Cultural Affairs & Tourism Director Jennifer Walden-Weprin
Domestic Violence Coordinator Cathy Moore
Economic Development Director Melva Miller
Education Director Monica Gutierrez
Engineering Division Consulting Engineer Office:
Housing Director Lisa Atkins
Hurricane Sandy Recovery Coordinator Dan Brown
Immigrant & Intercultural Affairs Director Susie Tanenbaum
Parks & Recreation Director Vicky Morales Casella
Planning and Development Director Irving Poy
Transportation Coordinator Joseph Nocerino
Veterans Affairs Coordinator Dan Brown
Queens Borough President Budget Information
The budget is the centerpiece of policy-making in New York City. Through the budget, the city allocates resources and sets the policy agenda for the upcoming fiscal year. As mandated by the City Charter, the borough president is empowered to make recommendations to the mayor’s budget as well as provide discretionary funding to organizations and city agencies.
The borough president has two sources of discretionary funding: Discretionary Expense funding is available to organizations in the form of grants to supplement program costs. Discretionary Capital funding is available to organizations to supplement the costs of large-scale projects and fixed assets.
Discretionary Capital Funding Application
The Office of the Queens Borough President provides capital funding that can be used to fund large-scale projects, such as infrastructure improvements, equipment, smaller-scale fixed assets like computers and affordable housing development projects.
Nonprofit organizations or charter schools must apply through the CapGrants Application here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/capgrants/capgrants.html. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2018, at 5 p.m.
Cultural institutions must apply through the CapGrants portal specific for cultural groups provided here: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/cultural-funding/capital-funding-request-page-1.page. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2018, at 5 p.m.
Public schools requesting capital funding must complete the web form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMLfQVeumNm4J7SCu4SSpKncwfvYWBcGHictrbnC3Eh1KJTA/viewform. All applications must be received by Feb. 20, 2018.
Discretionary Expense Funding Application
The Office of the Queens Borough President provides expense funding to support a wide variety of programs provided by community-based organizations throughout Queens, including senior programs, youth programs, social services and community events.
The application for Fiscal Year 2017 Expense Funding is now open. Complete the application form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/.