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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 County Police Charge Man With Fueling Hate Between Jews and Muslims

    Rockville Centre resident Gerald Aronowitz was just one of many Nassau County residents to find messages of hate left on his front lawn. Small pieces of paper with the words "KILL JEWS" hand written on them. "It was very upsetting." Aronowitz told PIX...
  • 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...
  • LIRR CUSTOMERS ADVISED TO EXPECT CANCELED TRAINS, DELAYS FOR THURSDAY'S AM & PM RUSH HOURS, AUG. 26

    MEDIA ADVISORY: LIRR CUSTOMERS ARE ADVISED TO EXPECT CANCELED TRAINS, DELAYS FOR THURSDAY'S AM & PM RUSH HOURS, AUGUST 26 MTA Long Island Rail Road is advising customers to expect significant schedule changes and delays during Thursday's morning and...
  • LIRR Reports Weekend Service Changes

    LIRR Reports Weekend Service Changes
    The following is a media update from the Long Island Railroad concerning services changes this weekend as workers continue to repair and improve the infrastructure: "The LIRR continues to make progress on repairing critical switching and signal equipment...
  • Drastic LIRR Service Cuts Take Effect Monday

    Drastic LIRR Service Cuts Take Effect Monday
    Long Island Railroad commuters, and especially those going to and from Brooklyn, can expect massive service cuts beginning Monday. LIRR passengers can expect changes to the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, Long Beach Branch, Far Rockaway Branch, Montauk...
  • 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...