New Hyde Park, New York

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New Hyde Park is a village in Nassau County, New York, United States, on Long Island.

The population of the Village of New Hyde Park was 9,523 at the 2000 census. Like its neighboring communities, it is primarily a commuter town with over 75% of the land used for single family residential, but also has warehouses and light manufacturing near the Long Island Rail Road station and a retail district along New York State Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike).

The Incorporated Village of New Hyde Park is located in both the Town of Hempstead and the Town of North Hempstead.

The place name New Hyde Park is also commonly used to refer to areas outside of the village of New Hyde Park, located within the larger New Hyde Park 11040 postal zone, as set forth below.

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History

Thomas Dongan, the fourth royal governor of New York, was granted an 800-acre (3.2 km2) parcel of land in 1683 that included New Hyde Park. It was known as "Dongan's Farm." Dongan built a mansion on what is now Lakeville Road. There were slaves on the estate. In 1691 Dongan fled to New England and then Ireland, as King James II and his Catholic forces failed to regain power in England and Ireland.[1][2][3]

In 1715, Dongan's estate was sold to George Clark (who was Secretary of the Provence of New York). He named it Hyde Park in honor of his wife, Ann Hyde. Clark sold the property in 1783 and in the early 19th century is was parceled up and sold as farm land. Raising cattle was a chief agricultural enterprise from Dongan's time until the mid-19th century, when cattle farming in the expanding American West forced the farmers into other pursuits.[1][2]

When a post office opened in 1871, the name was changed from Hyde Park to New Hyde Park to avoid confusion with the upstate Hyde Park.[1]

The village was incorporated in 1927.

The Cornell-Van Nostrand House located in Clinton G. Martin Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[4]

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