Long Island: Lawrence
Lawrence is a village located in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. It is in the southwest corner of the Town of Hempstead. The village is one of the “Five Towns” which consists of the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, the hamlets (unincorporated areas) of Woodmere and Inwood, and “The Hewletts”, which is made up of the hamlet of Hewlett together with the villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, and Hewlett Neck. It is governed by an elected Mayor and Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees consists of five members including the Mayor.
As of the 2010 census, there were 6,483 people, 2,045 households, and 1,594 families residing in the area. The median income for a household in the village was $142,212, and the median income for a family was $190,205. The latitude of Lawrence is 40.615N. The longitude is -73.73W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.
The village has experienced many transformation through the years. One tradition says the village was named after brothers Alfred and Newbold Lawrence, landholders; another says it was named for naval hero James Lawrence. In the 1850′s, the Lawrence brothers started acquiring land to put up from New York City. Many establishments were constructed and large homes built as summer residences still stand in what is referred to as “Back Lawrence/Old Lawrence”. The Village of Lawrence was incorporated on September 13, 1897. During the Centennial Year, the village published a widespread history, copies of which are available in the Lawrence Village Hall.
Most of the Lawrence ancestries were Polish, Russian, Hungarian, and German. Notable residents include Edward H. Harriman (railroad baron), Milton Berle (comedian), and Leslie West (of the hard rock group Mountain). Aside from the village itself, the Lawrence Public Schools are also serving the communities of Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Inwood, and sections of Woodmere and North Woodmere. It is known for its high academic standards. About 64% of Lawrence residents age 25 and older have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.
The village has its own recreational facilities such as village club house, yacht basin, golf course, and tennis court. The Rock Hall Museum is one of the historic sites in the area. The Museum has a collection of thousands of artifacts with items on loan from artists and collectors from around the world. It also exhibits utilize film, video, interactive kiosks, and music. The Central Avenue has been a shopping area for the residents with many fine restaurants to dine in. In recent time, different house styles can be found in the area such as ranches, split levels, colonials, and contemporary. The normal price ranges from $700,000 to $1,500,000.