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.
Previously, 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 only $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, using the building’s small chapel, 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 Elisa Velazquez
Budget Director Richard Lee
Communications/Media Relations Director, Sharon Lee
Community Boards Director, Vicky Morales Casella
Constituent Services Director, Anne Marie Boranian
Para Espanol – Amparito Rosero
Cultural Affairs & Tourism Director, Nayelli Valencia
Domestic Violence Coordinator, Cathy Moore
Economic Development Director, Melva Miller
Education Director, Monica Gutierrez
Consulting Engineer Office: (718) 286-2828
Topographical Unit: (718) 286-2929
Housing Director, Lisa Atkins
Immigrant & Intercultural Affairs Director, Susie Tanenbaum
Parks & Recreation Director, Vicky Morales Casella
Planning and Development Director, Irving Poy
Transportation Coordinator, Yoni Bokser
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, like infrastructure improvements, equipment, smaller scale fixed assets like computers and affordable housing development projects.
If you are a non-profit organization or charter school, you must apply through the CapGrants Application here: www.nyc.gov/html/capgrants/capgrants.html. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 14, 2017, 5 p.m.
If you are a cultural institution, you must apply through the CapGrants portal specific for cultural groups provided here: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/funding/capital.shtml. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 14, 2017, 5 p.m.
If you are a public school requesting capital funding, contact the Budget Office at (718) 286-2660 with any questions.
Discretionary Expense Funding Application
The Office of the Queens Borough President provides expense funding to support a wide range of programs provided by community based organizations throughout Queens, including senior programs, youth programs, social services, and community events.
Queens Borough Board Budget Hearing
The Queens Borough Board is comprised of the Borough President, the Queens City Council Members, and the chairs of the community boards. The Queens Borough Board Budget Hearing is an opportunity for organizations and individuals to present their budget requests to the Queens Borough Board. All applicants are encouraged to attend the Queens Borough Board hearing and provide testimony on your budget.