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Franklin Square

Franklin Square
Beginnings: Like much of what was to become central Nassau, Franklin Square was part of the vast, grassy Hempstead Plains. It remained undisturbed by humans for thousands of years, by virtue of its position far inland. Its earliest use was as communal sheep grazing land for Hempstead farmers. After the Revolution, crops were planted. Except for a few families, there was little in Franklin Square until 1852, when Louis Schroerer built a hotel. It attracted two things that established Franklin Square as a community - travelers on the Hempstead-Jamaica Turnpike, and many other German settlers.
Photo: View of Hempstead turnpike looking westbound at the intersection of Franklin Ave. (Newsday...
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Beginnings: Like much of what was to become central Nassau, Franklin Square was part of the vast, grassy Hempstead Plains. It remained undisturbed by humans for thousands of years, by virtue of its position far inland. Its earliest use was as communal sheep grazing land for Hempstead farmers. After the Revolution, crops were planted. Except for a few families, there was little in Franklin Square until 1852, when Louis Schroerer built a hotel. It attracted two things that established Franklin Square as a community - travelers on the Hempstead-Jamaica Turnpike, and many other German settlers.
Photo: View of Hempstead turnpike looking westbound at the intersection of Franklin Ave. (Newsday / K. Wiles Stabile)
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  • One killed, three injured in Baltimore shootings

    One killed, three injured in Baltimore shootings
    A man was killed in a restaurant, a teenage girl was injured in a drive-by shooting and two others were wounded in three separate shootings in Baltimore between Sunday evening and Monday morning. The fatal shooting occurred at 1:46 a.m. Monday in a New...
  • 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...
  • NYPD Cop Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot Against Ex-Wife

    NYPD Cop Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot Against Ex-Wife
    A New York City police officer - accused of hiring another man to kill his ex-wife - appeared in a Long Island courtroom Friday morning where he entered a plea of not guilty in connection with the crime. Officer Anthony Battisti, 42, a 17-year veteran of...
  • Cops Shut Down 3 Unlicensed Massage Parlors

    Vice squad detectives raided three unlicensed massage parlors and made six arrests Sunday after a weeklong investigation in Nassau County, police said. The investigation began Oct. 6, resulting in the arrests between 2:30 p.m. and 3:25 p.m. Sunday. It...