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Hempstead is a village that lies within a township also named Hempstead, in the heart of Nassau County on western Long Island, New York. It drew a number of prominent families and was a sizable hub of Long Island society during its early years, and today remains a desirable community to live in for its convenient shopping, excellent public services, and proximity to the city.

Local Area Information

Hempstead is an incorporated village located in its namesake Town of Hempstead, a third of Nassau County’s townships, on Long Island, New York. It adjoins the village of Garden City to the north, Uniondale to the east, West Hempstead to the west, as well as Rockville Centre Village, South Hempstead, and Baldwin respectively to the southwest, south, and southeast.

In 1644, the area became the first English settlement in what would become Nassau County, and was given a name that is possibly derived from the town of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England, whence many of the settlers came. As the population grew, the area’s central location led to its growth as an important commercial center on all of Long Island. In 1853, it became the first community in the then Queens County to incorporate as a village.

Hempstead’s retail industry went into a period of decline during the 1970s and 1980s recessions, but the 1990s saw the redevelopment of the village into a government center and the revitalization of its commercial districts. Today, the community is enjoyed for its host of shops, restaurants, and a diversity of other businesses and services. In the 2020 U.S. Census, it had a population of 59,169, the largest population not only among the villages in Hempstead Town but also among the 96 villages on Long Island.

Nearly all the addresses in the area use the Hempstead, NY 11550 ZIP code, except Hofstra University, which is partly in the village and uses the 11549 ZIP code. The real estate inventory includes an extensive range of property styles, features, and types, such as single-family homes, multifamily housing developments, rentals, co-ops, condos, and vacant lots, among others.

The village is roughly 22 miles east of Manhattan, New York City, and served by the Hempstead Station via the Long Island Rail Road’s Hempstead Branch, and West Hempstead Station via the West Hempstead Branch. Traveling to or from the city takes about 58 minutes to an hour and 17 minutes via the Cross Island Parkway or Grand Central Parkway.

General Information

Township: Town of Hempstead | Hempstead, New York

County: Nassau County

Population: 59,169 (2020)

Classification: Incorporated Village

Chamber of Commerce: Hempstead Chamber of Commerce

LIRR Train Station/Schedule:
The LIRR serves Hempstead via the Hempstead Station, and West Hempstead Station.
Travel time to Manhattan, Penn Station is about
54 minutes to 1 hour 7 minutes.

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Water District
Village of Hempstead Water Department

Gas Company(s)
PSEG Long Island
National Grid

Electric Company(s)
PSEG Long Island

Cable/ Phone/ TV/ Internet Provider(s)
Verizon Fios


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Beaches & Parks

The Hempstead Village Department of Parks and Recreation maintains several parks, including Brierley Park, which features a basketball court, playground, and an indoor gym. There is also Campbell Park, which is home to a soccer field and basketball court as well.

Lincoln Park is another notable recreational spot with its soccer field, basketball courts, and playground, as is Mirschel Park, which offers similar facilities. Kennedy Memorial Park, the largest among the village parks, is popular among the locals and has the most number of facilities, such as athletic fields and courts, swimming pools, picnic areas, a roller skate area, playground, and more.

The Schools

Much of the village is served by the Hempstead Union Free School District, which has nine public schools, all of which are located in the area.

Some eastern and southeastern parts are served by the Uniondale Union Free School District, whose Lawrence Road Middle School is in the village. The rest are in Uniondale, except Grand Avenue and Uniondale Pre-K Schools, which are both in Baldwin.

Some small parts in the south and northwest are served by the Rockville Centre Union Free School District and West Hempstead Union Free School District, respectively.


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