Long Island: East Meadow
East Meadow is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. East Meadow is one of the suburb cities in New York and was once a grazing area for sheep and cattle. It is located within the Town of Hempstead.
As of 2010 census, there were 38,132 people, 12,062 households, and 9,410 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $89,176, and the median income for a family was $101,423. Males had a median income of $66,231 and just $46,288 for females. The distance from East Meadow to Washington DC is 227 miles. The distance to the New York state capital is 134 miles. The latitude of East Meadow is 40.713N. The longitude is -73.559W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 72 feet. Zip code is 11554.
In 1655, East Meadow became a grazing area for cattle according to Christian Sort, a surveyor of Hempstead Town. About 14,000 of the sheep grazed here by the end of the 1700′s providing much of the country’s fur. During the Revolutionary War, the area was occupied by British forces when they discovered huge amounts of livestock herded there and remained under their control until the end of the war. It was at this time that East Meadow boomed and its population exploding from just 2,000 to over 25,000. It was also during this time that the farmers began to sell off their land to developers creating the beginning of the “end” for the meadowlands in East Meadow.
There are several attractions in East Meadow, one of them being Eisenhower County Park & Museum. The park was named for the 34th U.S. President, Dwight David Eisenhower and some of its activities include picnicking, hiking, boating, water skiing, swimming, wildlife observation, and many more. It also has changing exhibits relating to Nassau County and Long Island history.
East Meadow is a best place to sport-minded people. In fact, the area has their own soccer club called The East Meadow Soccer Club. The area hosts two soccer tournaments every year and The East Meadow/Covanta Tournament is the largest travel tournament in New York State with over 400 teams participating each year. The East Meadow Union Free School District has a total of nine public schools serving the area. The district is the third largest school district in New York State and is known for its educational programs.
East Meadow also has fine restaurants, shopping centers, and a hospital. The East Meadow Chamber of Commerce has been helping businesses in the East Meadow Community. They provide scholarships to their future business leaders, revitalize the downtown area along East Meadow Ave., and distribute a business directory to all of the homes and businesses in East Meadow every year.