North Hempstead

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Bordering on Queens to the west and the town of Oyster Bay to the east, North Hempstead can be considered the heart of the Gold Coast—once the highest concentration of wealth and power in the country. As the gateway to New York City, the area was enticing to the rich and famous, including William Cullen Bryant, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohan, Groucho Marx, and the Vanderbilt, Whitney, Phipps, and Guggenheim families, and they flocked to North Hempstead for homes. With early advances in trains, automobiles, parkways, and even seaplanes, the town was transformed from a farming and estate community into a sprawling suburb. North Hempstead shares photographs documenting its growth and evolution into one of the "Best Places to Live in America." More than 200 images, many published for the first time, portray the town's history, people, buildings, and landmarks.
ISBN: 9781467120449
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 207
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Howard Kroplick is the town historian of North Hempstead and a member of the town's Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission. He is on the board of trustees for the Roslyn Landmark Society and president of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society. He is the author of the Arcadia Publishing book Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island and coauthor of The Long Island Motor Parkway, also from Arcadia. Leslie Gross is the town clerk of North Hempstead and has spearheaded many of the town's historical initiatives.