Situated approximately fourteen and one-half miles from Manhattan, the Town of North Hempstead [†] occupies roughly fifty-eight square miles in Nassau County, New York and is bounded on the north by Long Island Sound, on the south by the Town of Hempstead, on the east by the Town of Oyster Bay and on the west by the New York City Borough of Queens. Its northern boundary is irregular with numerous natural harbors, inlets and bays, including the Little Neck and Manhasset Bays and Hempstead Harbor. The North Hempstead Town Hall is the primary municipal building for the Town of North Hempstead and is located on Plandome Road, the major north-south route that runs through the Manhasset Peninsula along Manhasset Bay. The road is also a historic thoroughfare in one of the town's most populated areas that is undergoing continual change and renewal. The town hall is located on the east side the road, a few blocks north of Northern Boulevard, and is south of the Long Island Railroad. The building is surrounded by other municipal buildings, a town park, commercial businesses, and is a short distance from a nearby commuter railroad station with connections to New York City and other parts of Long Island.
North Hempstead, formerly part of the Town of Hempstead, was separated and incorporated in 1784. The towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay succeed from Queens County forming the new Nassau County in 1899. In the early 1900s, North Hempstead's shore became known as part of the Gold Coast as many of the rich and famous flocked to built homes here due to the easy commute to Manhattan.
† Virginia L. Bartos & Mark Peckham, Historic Preservation Program Analysts, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, North Hempstead Town Hall, nomination document, 2006, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
Nearby Towns: West Hempfield Twp •