Lake Success, New York

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Lake Success is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 2,797 at the 2000 census.

It is in the Town of North Hempstead on northwest Long Island. Lake Success was the temporary home of the United Nations from 1946–1951, with the functions housed at the headquarters of the Sperry Gyroscope Company on Marcus Avenue. It is also the home of Canon U.S.A., Inc.[1]



Lake Success derives its name from a kettle lake of the same name which according to village lore had a Native American name of "Sucut." William K. Vanderbilt II bought land around the lake in the early 19th Century for a home. The village was incorporated in 1926.[2]

In 1939 the United States government bought a large tract between Marcus Avenue, Lakeville Road and Union Turnpike, to be the home to the Sperry Gyroscope Company which built a variety of maritime, military, aerospace and navigation products. During World War II the plant had 22,000 employees. After the war, part of the plant became the temporary headquarters of the United Nations while its headquarters building in New York City was being built.[3] It borders the New York City borough of Queens.

Successors Unisys and Loral Corporation and Lockheed Martin continued manufacturing in the aerospace and marine industries at a 1,500,000-square-foot (139,000 m2) facility until Lockheed closed the plant in 1998.

In 2000 National RE/sources acquired the 94-acre (380,000 m2) campus from Lockheed and converted it to a multi-tenant office park called i.park.[4]

Most of the village is part of the Great Neck School District, and Great Neck South High School is located within the village limits. Lake Success is the city of license for popular regional dance/Hot Adult Contemporary radio station WKTU, although the station is based in Manhattan along with other Clear Channel stations.

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