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Beginnings: Elmont's vast fields were largely uninhabited until 1647. That's when brothers Christopher and Thomas Foster were granted a large tract of land in western Hempstead, stretching from modern-day Elmont all the way to the South Shore. They called it Foster's Meadow and used it to raise sheep and cattle. Before long, they sold off much of their holdings to other farmers. Unlike most citizens of Hempstead Town, a majority of Foster's Meadow residents supported the Revolution - a stance that prompted the British to rip down the community's church. After the war, the area developed slowly, with farmers moving out from Brooklyn and western Queens in search of more land.
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Beginnings: Elmont's vast fields were largely uninhabited until 1647. That's when brothers Christopher and Thomas Foster were granted a large tract of land in western Hempstead, stretching from modern-day Elmont all the way to the South Shore. They called it Foster's Meadow and used it to raise sheep and cattle. Before long, they sold off much of their holdings to other farmers. Unlike most citizens of Hempstead Town, a majority of Foster's Meadow residents supported the Revolution - a stance that prompted the British to rip down the community's church. After the war, the area developed slowly, with farmers moving out from Brooklyn and western Queens in search of more land.
Photo: Entrance to Belmont Park from Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont (Newsday / Julia Gaines )
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  • Love Triangle W/Reggae Musician 'Captain Barkey,' Girlfriend Ends In Double Murder, Cops [UPDATE]

    Love Triangle W/Reggae Musician 'Captain Barkey,' Girlfriend Ends In Double Murder, Cops [UPDATE]
    Police were still on the hunt Sunday for the triggerman in that double-murder outside a motel in Eastchester that claimed the life of a reggae musician and his girlfriend, putting an end to an explosive love triangle, according to investigators.
  • Favorite To Win 'I'll Have Another' Pulled From Belmont Stakes

    Favorite To Win 'I'll Have Another' Pulled From Belmont Stakes
    I'll Have Another, the winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is out of Saturday's Belmont Stakes, a spokesman for the horse's trainer said Friday. Trainer Doug O'Neill announced on "The Dan Patrick Show," a sports talk program,...

    I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont; Will be Retired

    I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont; Will be Retired
    BELMONT, New York -- I'll Have Another, the winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is out of Saturday's Belmont Stakes because of a leg injury and has been retired from racing, his team said. Trainer Doug O'Neill said the 3-year-old...

    Massive Explosion Levels Elmont Home, 1 Firefighter Injured

    Massive Explosion Levels Elmont Home, 1 Firefighter Injured
    A Long Island residential neighborhood was rudely awakened by a house explosion early Tuesday morning. The blast happened just after 1:30 a.m. at a home located at 150 Lincoln Street in the Hempstead. The home was leveled to a pile of rubble; the roof...

    Hempstead Turnpike Tops 'Dangerous Road' List For Third Straight Year

    Hempstead Turnpike Tops 'Dangerous Road' List For Third Straight Year
    A 16-mile stretch of Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County has topped the list of the region's most dangerous roads for pedestrians for the third straight year. Twelve people were run down by vehicles and killed on the road between 2007 and 2009, according...