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West Hempstead

West Hempstead
Beginnings: West Hempstead, a 4-square-mile unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead, was once a central meeting place for Long Island Indians. Later it was a flourishing farm community when President George Washington, a knowledgeable planter, passed through the area in 1790 and commented on the agricultural techniques. Farmer Joseph Gildersleeve built a house on Hempstead Turnpike in 1794. His farm was later purchased by Hiram K. Bedell, who built a larger house about 1835. The Bedell house has been moved to Nassau County's Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
Photo: Swimmers cool off in Hall's Pond, West Hempstead, around 1930. (Nassau County Museum Collection, Long Island Studies I...
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Beginnings: West Hempstead, a 4-square-mile unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead, was once a central meeting place for Long Island Indians. Later it was a flourishing farm community when President George Washington, a knowledgeable planter, passed through the area in 1790 and commented on the agricultural techniques. Farmer Joseph Gildersleeve built a house on Hempstead Turnpike in 1794. His farm was later purchased by Hiram K. Bedell, who built a larger house about 1835. The Bedell house has been moved to Nassau County's Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
Photo: Swimmers cool off in Hall's Pond, West Hempstead, around 1930. (Nassau County Museum Collection, Long Island Studies Institute)
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  • Paraplegic isn't bound by his wheelchair: first to roll across U.S.

    Paraplegic isn't bound by his wheelchair: first to roll across U.S.
    Gabriel Cordell had been on the road for about three months. The 42-year-old paraplegic was drenched in sweat, rolling his wheelchair through one of the most grueling stretches of his 3,100-mile, 99-day journey across the United States: the winding...
  • Friday's local college roundup: Longtime soccer coach Albert heads W&M Hall of Fame class

    Longtime soccer coach Al Albert and four other Tribe legends will be inducted into the William and Mary Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on April 13. Joining Albert at the event, which will take place at the Williamsburg Hospitality House, will be...
  • Parts Of Long Island Already Under Water As Sandy Approaches

    Parts Of Long Island Already Under Water As Sandy Approaches
    When PIX 11 cameraman, Keith Lopez, and I entered Bayville, Long Island about 10:30 am Monday, we were amazed at the waves kicking up from Long Island Sound, an hour before high tide in this North Shore town. Thirty minutes later, the Nassau County...
  • TRANSIT UPDATE: Most Commuter Rails Restored, More Subway Service, Holland Tunnel Opened For Buses

    TRANSIT UPDATE: Most Commuter Rails Restored, More Subway Service, Holland Tunnel Opened For Buses
    ***Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday night that MTA fares for rail, subway and buses will be waived both Thursday and Friday.*** Metro North **October monthly passes are valid through Monday, November 5** Limited commuter rail service has been...
  • TIPS AND RESOURCES: Coping with Sandy's Aftermath

    TIPS AND RESOURCES: Coping with Sandy's Aftermath
    Hurricane Sandy may have left the area, but her effects are still being felt in the tri-state area. Here are some helpful resources and tips to keep in mind: NEED TO KNOW Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday that, starting Friday, New Yorkers whose homes or...
  • Nassau Crime Lab Woes Call High Profile Cases Into Question

    Nassau Crime Lab Woes Call High Profile Cases Into Question
    One drunk driving conviction has already been thrown out because evidence could have been tainted in the Nassau County Police Crime Lab. The lab was shut down last month after revelations supervisors may have failed to disclose inaccurate testing. It...
  • All NYC Schools Open; Hundreds Other Schools, Colleges Closed

    All NYC Schools Open; Hundreds Other Schools, Colleges Closed
    All New York City public schools are open Wednesday, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's declaration of a weather emergency for New York City due to the overnight snow storm. New NYC School Chancellor Cathie Black made the announcement at 5 a.m. and stated...
  • NYC Public Schools Closed; Hundreds Other Schools, Universities Delayed or Closed

    NYC Public Schools Closed; Hundreds Other Schools, Universities Delayed or Closed
    All New York City public schools are closed Thursday, as well hundreds of other schools and universities have a delayed opening or are closed. NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black announced the city-wide school closure just before 5 a.m., as 10- to 12-...
  • Most MTA Subway, LIRR Service Restored Monday

    Most MTA Subway, LIRR Service Restored Monday
    While an exact time for complete MTA service to be restored is unknown, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman Jay Walder announced that restoration will begin at 6 a.m. Monday. The restoration plan will have some lines on the subways, buses and...
  • Family key to Nawab's success

    Family key to Nawab's success
    Wearing a colorful sari and a warm smile, Mamta Kumar is a welcoming sight at Nawab's restaurant in Newport News. While she clears tables, checks the lunch buffet and oversees the dining room, Kumar always finds time to interact with customers, which is...
  • Financial Planner Accused Of Molesting Boy, 13, Met On Craigslist, Cops

    Financial Planner Accused Of Molesting Boy, 13, Met On Craigslist, Cops
    Parents in West Hempstead are a little unnerved after learning police arrested a 42-year-old man, accused of molesting a little boy, barely in his teens, who he picked up on Craigslist. This was on Friday. David Boutin was arraigned Saturday in First...