Massapequa Park, New York

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The Village of Massapequa Park is located within the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York, USA. The population was 17,499 at the 2000 census.

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History

The incorporated village located on the southshore of Long Island shares the early Native American history of Massapequa. Then, in the 19th Century, families of German descent relocated from Brooklyn to what is now Massapequa Park, and the resulting community was known as Wurtenberg or Stadtwurtemburg. The main attraction and center of activity was the Woodcastle Hotel, a rooming house built in 1868 on Front Street next to the fire department as a summer resort. It was destroyed by fire in 1952 and replaced by houses.

In 1928, readers of The New York Times saw ads for Massapequa Park, a development built by a real estate firm owned by Michael J. Brady, Frank Cryan and Peter Colleran. The three Irish-Americans described their project as having a bit of Old Erin and the area still has its mostly Irish street names. In 1931, Massapequa Park was incorporated as a village to ensure control of land use and other issues.

The village once had its own airport, the Fitzmaurice Flying Field, named in 1929 for James Fitzmaurice, the first man to fly a plane from Europe to the United States. It is said that more than 100,000 people came to the dedication of the field on Roosevelt Avenue. The field was used by private planes. The field was eventually closed and became the home for the athletic fields of the 4M Club, a popular youth athletic program founded by Larry Neusse, and supported by a wide range of local residents. Today the site is home to McKenna Elementary School (which used to be a Jr. High school) and the Nassau County Police Academy (which used to be Hawthorne Elementary School).

Geography

The village is in the southern part of Long Island.

Massapequa Park is located at 40°41′04″N 73°26′58″W / 40.684512°N 73.449493°W / 40.684512; -73.449493.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (2.27%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,499 people, 5,762 households, and 4,932 families residing in the village. The population density was 8,104.4 people per square mile (3,128.0/km2). There were 5,809 housing units at an average density of 2,690.4/sq mi (1,038.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.37% White, 0.22% African American, 0.02% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.00% of the population.

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