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About Hempstead

The Incorporated Village of Hempstead is a village located in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. Economically a satellite city comparable to the City of Mount Vernon, New York and one of the least suburban suburbs of New York City, Hempstead is legally an incorporated village. It is sometimes referred to "Hempstead Village" to distinguish it from the Town of Hempstead. Hempstead is one of the few Black and Latino majority neighborhoods on Long Island (along with Roosevelt, Uniondale, Freeport and Wyandanch). It is also home to a large Salvadoran population.

Hempstead is the official home of the New York Jets. The club's headquarters and training facility are located at Hofstra University and every summer, the Jets hold their training camp there. Hofstra University is technically located in Hempstead, although the area itself is actually more a of a melting pot of Hempstead and Uniondale, the adjacent area.

The village is also notable for having one of the busiest Justice Courts in the entire state, generating more revenue than any other town or village court.History

Town of Hempstead's old Town Hall located in The Village of Hempstead on the corner of Front Street and Washington Street. The building has been annexed by a large attached building on Washington Street.
Town of Hempstead's old Town Hall located in The Village of Hempstead on the corner of Front Street and Washington Street. The building has been annexed by a large attached building on Washington Street.

In the Fall of 1643, Reverend Robert Fordham and John Carman crossed the Long Island Sound by row boat to negotiate with the local Indians for a tract of land upon which to establish a new community or "town spot". Representatives of the Marsapeague (Massapequa), Mericock (Merrick), Matinecock and Rekowake (Rockaway) tribes met with the two men at a site slightly west of the current Denton Green in Hempstead Village. Tackapousha who was the sachem (chief) of the Marsapeague was the spokesman for the other tribes.[2] The Indians sold approximately 64,000 acres (260 km²), the present day Towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead, for items worth less than $100 in today's market.[3]

In the spring of 1644 thirty to forty families left Stamford, Connecticut, crossed Long Island Sound, landed in Hempstead Harbor and eventually made their way to the present site of the Village of Hempstead where they began their settlement. Subsequent trips across the Sound brought more settlers who prepared a fort here for their mutual protection. These original Hempstead settlers were Puritans in search of a place where they could more freely express their particular brand of Protestantism. The settling of Hempstead marked the beginnings of the oldest English settlement in what is now Nassau County. They established a Presbyterian church here. Today that Church is the oldest continually active Presbyterian congregation in the nation.[4] By 1843, as written in a history compiled by Benjamin F. Thompson and published in that year, Hempstead Village had 200 dwellings, 1,400 residents, was connected to New York City by a Turnpike and a railroad, had dry soil, excellent water and pure air and was in short, the principal place of mercantile and mechanical business in this part of the country. The Village of Hempstead was incorporated on May 6, 1853, becoming the first community in Queens County (Nassau County did not exist as a separate county until 1899) to do so.[5]

It has been suggested that the new settlement was called Hempstead as a reminder of the English town of Hemel Hempstead where most of the original English settlers were born. Other suggestions regarding the origins of the name include one referencing a law during colonial times, requiring all farmers in the area to alternate one year, growing their cash crop, and the other year, growing hemp to replenish the soil. This method of soil regeneration was known as cover cropping. However, the most likely origin of the name "Hempstead" is the anglicized form of the original Dutch name for the town, Heemstede. In the days of Dutch settlement, predating the English Colonies, when New York City was known as New Amsterdam and the general Tri-State area was known as New Netherland, "Heemstede" was probably named for the Dutch town of the same name. Hempstead's proximity to New York City (25 miles from Herald Square), an area controlled by the Dutch in 1643 raises the prospect of this considerable Dutch influence over the early development of the Hempstead settlement and its name.[6] Several of Hempstead's original fifty patentees had Dutch surnames. In 1664, the new settlement adopted the Duke's Laws, an austere set of laws that became the basis upon which the laws of many colonies were to be founded. For a time, Hempstead became known as "Old Blue," as a result of the "Blue Laws".[7]

Hempstead Today

The Village of Hempstead as shown from eastbound lanes of  Fulton Street.
The Village of Hempstead as shown from eastbound lanes of Fulton Street.

Hempstead has developed over the past three hundred and fifty years into the largest Incorporated Village in the State of New York, with a population in excess of fifty thousand people. It is also the oldest Incorporated Village in New York State, having incorporated in 1853, as well as the seat of government for the Town of Hempstead, the largest township in the nation with over seven hundred thousand people. Hempstead is just as urban (at least with regard to population density and activity) as any major city. In stark contrast to the surrounding villages in the town and county, it is more densely populated than Vancouver, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Providence, Los Angeles and even New York's own Yonkers and Staten Island. If Hempstead were a city, it would be the 12th most densely populated city in North America.

Retailers are once again showing interest in the village, and two large tracts of retail property have recently undergone redevelopment. The former 8.8 acre Times Squares Stores (or TSS) property on Peninsula Boulevard and Franklin Street has been redeveloped as Hempstead Village Commons, a 100,000 square foot retail center including Pep Boys, Staples, Hollywood Video and Rite-Aid. The former Abraham & Straus department store on 17 acres has recently undergone demolition and been replaced by a large retail development consisting of Home Depot, Old Navy, Stop & Shop and many other smaller establishments. A considerable infusion of state and federal funding as well as private investment have enabled the replacement of blighted storefronts, complete commercial building rehabilitations and the development of affordable housing for the local population. The replacement of the 1913 Long Island Railroad Hempstead Terminal with a modern facility was completed in 2002 and a four-story, 112 unit building for senior housing, with retail on the ground level was completed at Main and West Columbia Streets in January 1998. Thirty two units of affordable townhouses known as Patterson Mews at Henry Street and Baldwin Road was completed and fully occupied in 1997.

In 1988, Hempstead elected James A. Garner (R) as their mayor. He was the first Black or African-American mayor ever elected to office in New York state. He served for four consecutive terms. In June, 2003, Mayor Garner was elected to serve as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and in 2004, Garner was nominated by the Republican Party to challenge Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York's fourth district. Initially thought to be a potentially close race, he eventually lost, 63% to 37%. Six months later, in March of 2005, he was unseated as mayor by Wayne Hall (D), yet another Black (Jamaican-American) mayor elect.

Hempstead consists of several areas or neighborhoods that occasionally don't get along and have been known to be one of the main sources of crime. Originally, there were only two sides of town, "The Heights", (Hempstead Heights) and "The Hills"(Hempstead Hills). Hempstead Heights is the area east of Clinton St and west of Westbury Blvd. Over the years, several new regions, or "turfs" have been established, including "Terrace" (also known as "TA" or Terrace Ave.), "Parkside", "Trackside" and "Midway". A concerted effort to align all the communities has brought, at best, mixed results. Parkside and The Heights have been at odds since the mid-seventies and early eighties.

Among other things, The Hempstead Schools were known for their lack of school buses, which led to and helps sustain the high dropout rate. An ongoing problem regarding the Board of Education has led to charges of corruption and political cronyism, and has led to indictments for assorted larcenies. Less than 30% of students who enter 9th grade in Hempstead will graduate. Students who live on Hempstead Heights walk approximately a half an hour to school, which is in the middle of Parkside. Despite these challenges, the Hempstead school system has enjoyed some notable successes. Hempstead High School was named Long Island's "High School of the Year" by Newsday in 1980. Former NFL wide receiver Rob Moore and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee John Mackey are both graduates of Hempstead High School.

Hempstead was also one of the first Long Island towns that had to deal with the Salvadoran gang, MS-13 or "La Mara Salvatrucha". The on going intra-violence this gang has exhibited has led to the formation of their arch-rivals, "SWP" or "Salvadoreans with Pride".

There are fifty seven religious institutions located in the Village of Hempstead. They include a vast range of denominations, including, Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran and other Christian churches, a Hindu temple, a Sikh Gurudwara, a Korean temple, a Hebrew Congregation and a host of storefront establishments.[16]

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