Long Island: Island Park
Island Park is a village located in Nassau County, on the south shore of Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Hempstead and governed by a major and four trustees. Island Park is bordered on the west by a man-made canal running parallel to Suffolk Road. The LIRR station provides commuters with a direct link to New York City.
As of the 2010 census, there were 4,655 people, 1,603 households, and 1,133 families residing in the area. The median income for a household in the village was $62,454, and the median income for a family was $76,083. The latitude of Island Park is 40.604N. The longitude is -73.655W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 0 feet.
In 1889, Phineas T. Barnum purchased about five acres of land in the area and the neighborhood of Barnum Island to be the winter home for his traveling circus. Some historians say he chose the area because of its closeness to the city and because it was quiet. His associates included members of his family, performers, and different show animals. The community’s former and merged names were Barnum Island and Hog Island.
The area has several well-known residents which include Alfonse D’Amato, a U.S. senator. Island Park is considered having one of the smallest school districts in New York with a total of just 1,270 students. It has two schools, Francis X. Hegarty Elementary and Lincoln Orens Middle. Both offers good educational programs with eighty-three percent of the students in the district go on to higher education. The school district serves the village of Island Park as well as the two surrounding hamlets, Barnum Island and Harbor Isle.
The community has four places of worship; a synagogue and Greek Orthodox, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches. Island Park has its own public library, The Island Park Public Library. It provides all resources and necessary services to satisfy the ever-changing informational needs of the community including Internet services. Island Park is a great place to live for those fun-loving individuals as well as a great place to raise children.
Having an excellent climate is a primary reason people stay in the area where the wind keeps it cool in summer and warmer than inland in winter. The very popular Shell Creek Park is within the area offering all kinds of recreational facilities including a ballpark, basketball court and four tennis courts.
The community is also home to fine restaurants which serves delicious cuisine such as Jimmy Hays Steak House, the Coyote Grill, Paddy MCGees, and the Panda House. The Paddy MCGees Fish House and Bar Restaurant is the perfect place after a day spent on Lido Beach while enjoying its traditional meals of stone crabs, lobster, crunchy fried lemon sole, and a bowl of French fries. Houses in Island Park are very much affordable with a mix of split-levels, colonials, and contemporary cedar with average home price over $400,000.