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East Meadow, New York
Nassau University Medical Center, one of the most prominent landmarks in East Meadow.
Nassau University Medical Center, one of the most prominent landmarks in East Meadow.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
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Country United States
StateTemplate:Country data New York
CountyTemplate:Country data Nassau County, New York
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Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
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Area code516
FIPS code36-22502
GNIS feature ID0973378

East Meadow is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, on Long Island, in New York. The population was 38,132 at the 2010 census.

Many residents commute to Manhattan, which is 30 miles (48 km) away.


In 1655, two surveyors for Hempstead reported that the "east meadow" would be suitable for grazing.[citation needed] The area quickly became a grazing area for cattle and later, in the 18th century, for sheep. The sheep of the East Meadow area provided the country with more than 50% of the United States' wool needs during that time.[citation needed]

During the American Revolutionary War, East Meadow was occupied by British forces when they discovered the vast amounts of livestock herded there, and remained under their control until the end of the war.[citation needed] Two large farms existed in what is now East Meadow: the Barnum farm (Barnum Woods), and the Carman farm. It is rumored that President George Washington spent a night on the Barnum estate during a trip across Long Island in 1790.[citation needed] A toll booth was operated near the Carman homestead on the Hempstead Turnpike.

Another early settlement was located near what is now the intersection of East Meadow Avenue (formerly called Newbridge Avenue; not to be confused with nearby Newbridge Road) and Prospect Avenue.[citation needed]

The community was home to many Gilded Era estates. The old Hoeffner homestead is now the site of Veterans Memorial park, and East Meadow's Post Office. The Barnum estate was rented by the Hoeffner family in 1914. Part of the old Barnum farm is now the site of Barnum Woods Elementary School, and the main road that passes by the school, Merrick Avenue, was originally called Barnum Avenue. The Oliver and Alva Belmont (formerly Alva Vanderbilt) estate of Brookholt once stretched across several hundred acres on both sides of Front Street to the west of Merrick Avenue,[2] and for a short while, included the Brookholt School of Agriculture for Women.

Carman Avenue is home to East Meadow High School, the Nassau County Correctional Facility, and the Nassau University Medical Center, the tallest building in Nassau County.

On March 11, 2004, President George W. Bush made a visit to East Meadow for the groundbreaking of a new memorial for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.[citation needed]

East Meadow's name is derived from being the meadow of Hempstead Plains east of the Meadow Brook (originally a brook, now replaced by a parkway of the same name).[3]


U.S. Census Map

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16 km2), of which 6.3 square miles (16 km2) is land and 6.3% is water.[4]

East Meadow is generally flat, and according to the United States Geological Survey and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the elevation ranges from 32 feet (9.8 m) near its southwestern edge, to 82 feet (25 m) along Hempstead Turnpike to the north.[5][6]

Almost no actual meadow remains in East Meadow or the Hempstead Plain, due to the boom of post-World War II development and later, unchecked suburban sprawl.


Template:US Census population [7]

As of the census of 2010, there were 38,132 people and 12,062 households residing in the CDP. (759.6/km2).[8]

The racial makeup of the CDP was according to the 2010 census, 77.3% White, 5.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 11.6% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, 1.9% from two or more races, 12.2% Hispanic or Latino. Non Hispanic whites were 69.8% of the population.[8] The ancestries of residents of East Meadow are Italian (28.5%), Irish (17.5%), German (11.8%), Polish (8.8%), Russian (5.8%), United States (5.0%).

Of the 12,186 households, 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no spouse present, and 20.8% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94, and the average family size was 3.34.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $67,185, and the median income for a family was $74,691 (these figures had risen to $86,582 and $97,057 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[9]). Males had a median income of $50,325, versus $35,422 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,076. About 2.3% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.


Getty Oil is based in East Meadow.

Snapple was previously headquartered in East Meadow,[10] prior to moving their corporate office. The office space is now currently occupied by the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island.[11]

Lufthansa United States had its headquarters in East Meadow beginning in the 1970s, after it moved from Park Avenue in Manhattan, in order to save money. In 2019, the office had 206 employees; that year the headquarters moved to Uniondale.[12]


East Meadow High School

East Meadow's nine public schools are operated by the East Meadow Union Free School District,[13] Town of Hempstead School District #3. The district was originally organized in 1812 and then formally organized as Town of Hempstead Common School District #3 in 1814 under the name "Brushy Plains", and at one time was the third largest school district in New York State. The first school building was on Front Street (where the East Meadow Public Library[14] building stands today). Four successive schoolhouses stood at the corner of Newbridge Avenue (now East Meadow Avenue) and Front Street between 1814 and 1950.

Elementary schools

  • Barnum Woods[15]
  • Bowling Green[16]
  • George H. McVey (previously Meadowlawn)[17]
  • Meadowbrook[18]
  • Parkway[19]

Middle schools

High schools

Closed schools

  • Front Street School, once located at the corner of Front Street & East Meadow Avenue, burned down and replaced by the East Meadow Public Library.
  • Prospect Avenue School, once located on the corner of Coakley Street & Prospect Avenue; students now go to Barnum Woods.
  • Newbridge Road Elementary School, once located on Newbridge Road, between 7th Avenue & Lawn Drive, has been converted to condominiums. The concrete engraving reading "District No. 3 Public School" remains intact on the front of the building, now the Heritage Square apartments.
  • McCleary Junior High School, previously Meadowbrook Junior High School, was located on Newbridge Road, in the lot adjacent to East Meadow's Wal-Mart. Has been replaced by a housing development.
  • Salisbury School, building now serves as the district offices and alternative school

Houses of worship

  • Christ Alive Church, 493 East Meadow Avenue[22]
  • East Meadow Beth-El Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Avenue, Conservative synagogue[23][24]
  • East Meadow United Methodist Church, 470 East Meadow Avenue[25]
  • Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 369 Green Avenue[26]
  • Long Island Muslim Society, 475 East Meadow Avenue[27]
  • St. Raphael Parish, 600 Newbridge Road, Roman Catholic Church [28]


  • Nassau County's Eisenhower Park (formerly Salisbury Park), seen here in 2007, is located within East Meadow.
    East Meadow water tower
  • Nassau University Medical Center, which dominates the "skyline."
  • Nassau County Jail
  • East Meadow Public Library[14]
  • Mitchel Manor military housing complex
  • Eisenhower Park, which holds many events such as cultural nights, free concerts, the Carltun, and the attraction Safety Town

Movies filmed in East Meadow

Notable people


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  2. MacKay, Robert B.; Anthony K. Baker; Carol A. Traynor (1997). Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860–1940. New York: Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities in association with W.W. Norton & Co. pp. 226–227, 359, 485. ISBN 978-0-393-03856-9.
  3. Winsche, Richard (October 1, 1999). The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names. Interlaken, New York: Empire State Books. ISBN 978-1557871541.
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  9. "East Meadow CDP, New York – Fact Sheet – American FactFinder". Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  10. "[1]." Snapple Beverage Corporation History. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  11. "Epilepsy Foundation to revamp former Snapple HQ". Long Island Business News. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  12. Madore, James T. (March 5, 2019). "Lufthansa moves Americas headquarters, seeks tax breaks". Newsday. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  13. "East Meadow School District". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 System, Nassau Library. "East Meadow Public Library -". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  15. "Index". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  16. "Main Page". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  17. "East Meadow School District". Archived from the original on February 16, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  18. "Home — Meadowbrook Elementary School — East Meadow School District". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  19. "East Meadow School District". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  20. "Woodland Middle School". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  21. "East Meadow School District". Archived from the original on February 12, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  22. "Christ Alive Church, East Meadow, NY". 2011. Archived from the original on August 13, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  23. Rosen, Oded (September 17, 2008). The Encyclopedia of Jewish ... Mosadot Publications. ISBN 9780913185001. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  24. "East Meadow Jewish Center – Conservative Synagogue, East Meadow, NY 11554". December 31, 2006. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  25. Rosenberg, Joe. "East Meadow United Methodist Church". Google Maps. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  26. "Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, East Meadow, NY". November 19, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  27. "LIMS :: Long Island Muslim Society". Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  28. "St. Raphael Parish Home Page". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  29. "Wednesday's Lot List: Filming Locations in NYC, L.A., Chicago & more including 'Cheaters' & 'Something Borrowed'". On Location Vacations. June 2, 2010. Archived from the original on June 6, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
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  • East Meadow, Its Past and Present, published in 1976 by the East Meadow Public Library
  • East Meadow, Yesterday & Today, by Mary Louise Clarke, available at the East Meadow Public Library

External links

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