A History of Westbury, Long Island

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The Long Island community of Westbury was once a small town farming neighborhood . While Brooklyn and other boroughs mushroomed into urban giants, the population of peaceful Westbury hovered at less than one thousand. Then the Wall Street tycoons arrived—and everything changed. In this new book, author Richard Panchyk narrates the dramatic transformation of this once-agricultural hamlet, founded in 1670 by Quakers. Little more than a country town until the first two decades of the twentieth century, Westbury changed overnight as Manhattan's financial titans embarked on a frenzied pace of building and development—mansions, resorts, even a racetrack and an airport—catapulting the community into modern times. Westbury was the site of one of the country's first auto races, the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup. Its train stop witnessed the nation's first ever train-car collision. And in 1927, Charles Lindbergh bedded down in Westbury before taking off on his flight into history. Let Panchyk whisk you through the region's occasionally contentious, frequently dramatic, and always entertaining growth and development in A History of Westbury, Long Island.
ISBN: 9781596292130
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Brief History
Images: 82
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.875 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Richard Panchyk holds a master's in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books for young adult readers, having written Engineering the City, Our Supreme Court, and several titles for the For Kids series, including Archaeology for Kids, World War II for Kids, Galileo for Kids, and Franklin D. Roosevelt for Kids.
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