Long Island: Elmont
Elmont is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. It is in the Town of Hempstead. Elmont is near the Nassau County border, thus earning it the name “The Gateway to Long Island”. The area is also a quick access to the Long Island Parkway system.
As of the 2010 census, there were 33,198 people, 9,847 households, and 7,655 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $83,573, and the median income for a family was $94,320. About 35% of Elmont residents report Black or African American ancestry and 20% report West Indian. The latitude of Elmont is 40.700N. The longitude is -73.713W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 39 feet.
In 1650, Christopher and Thomas Foster bought a large plot of land controlled by Dutch settlers with the intention of raising cattle and sheep. They named it “Foster Meadow” which the name would remain for the next 200 years of the village’s history. Few years later, the control of the Dutch colony was shifted to England marking the first regular cultural shift in Foster’s Meadow with the establishment of a community of predominantly English, Protestant farmers and their families. When Long Island was divided into three regions, Kings, Queens and Suffolk Counties; the area was considered a part of Queens County. In the mid-19th century, Foster Meadow experienced its second cultural shift, with the influx of farmers that were largely of German descent and practiced Catholicism. After World-War II, the real estate of the area started to boom with wide-spread development of attractive suburban tract homes. Many of these homes were constructed with a brick-veneer ground story over basement in fluctuations of the cape style to the south and east of Hempstead Turnpike, while older and smaller shingled homes bunch near the racetrack.
Elmont is served by the Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence with the Elmont Memorial High School recently was recognized as having the largest percentage of African-American high school students receive a “3″ or higher on Advanced Placement tests nationally. The primary school of education is provided by The Elmont Union Free School District. The area is much known for its outstanding education which makes it a great place to raise a family. Elmont is also home of the famous Belmont Race Track, a major thoroughbred racecourse where wealthy horse owners and their friends from the neighborhood cross all lines. There are also tree-lined streets, parks, old churches and temples, cultural festivals, and fine restaurants to make a lively atmosphere that gives life of the entire area.