Manhasset, Long Island
Manhasset is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Nassau County that lies on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It was once called “Snit Sink” meaning the place of various stones. As of 2000 census, there were 8,362 people, 2,831 households, and 2,185 families residing in the hamlet. The median income for a household in the town was $88,472, and the median income for a family was $104,601. Males had a median income of $65,294 and only $41,997 for females. The latitude of Manhasset is 40.797N. The longitude is -73.7W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 95 feet.
During the 19th century, the hamlet was used to be a farming community on valley road from Hyde Park and Success Pond to Manhasset Bay. It was an inlet of Long Island Sound between the Great Neck and Cow Neck (former Manhasset name) peninsulas. It was established by 40 English families and a few Dutch settlers who bought the land from the indigenous Matinecock people. It was mainly occupied by British soldiers for seven years during the Revolution. In 1898, the construction of Long Island Rail Road was a big factor for the residents in Manhasset that really gave them comfort in terms of their transportation that carry a single track extension of the Great Neck line over the southern tip of Manhasset Bay and through the high land of Cow Neck to Port Washington. By the 20th century, Manhasset started to boom their economy for it had become the home of families who bred horses and played polo that involved a lot of money and spent the winter somewhere else. As the time goes by, several establishments were developed including a Post Office, a Town Hall for North Hempstead, and a beautifully made red brick elementary. Today, there are many modern-styled houses and condominium units have been constructed in Manhasset.
Many well-known residents living in the area; few to mention are Bill O'Reilly (conservative TV personality), Billy Crudup (actor), and Jim Brown, a famous football player. One of the historic sites can be found in Manhasset is the Science Museum of Long Island. The museum offers a workshop that is something to deal with science alone; a best choice for your child’s learning development. Manhasset schools also offering good educational system for students. As a matter of fact, more than 75 percent of the graduates of Manhasset High School go on to college. The area is also known for its exclusive ‘Miracle Mile’ shopping with smaller shops along Plandome Road. Even if there were bad elements before that trying to ruin the reputation of the area, the lawmakers were still able to manage and provide safety for the residents and tourists planning to explore the natural riches of the community. Manhasset has its own public library that has complete equipments for a research with more than 72,000 books including 18,000 children's titles, and a building on Onderdonk Avenue just north of Northern Boulevard. The area is a heavily Catholic community which composes of three churches at Northern Boulevard and Plandome Road; The Christ Episcopal, built in 1932 on the site of earlier sanctuaries, the Community Reformed Church of Manhasset, and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church which is the largest that occupies 2,500 families in its parish.