East Meadow, New York
|East Meadow, New York|
|Hamlet and census-designated place|
|• Total||6.3 sq mi (16.3 km2)|
|• Land||6.3 sq mi (16.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||72 ft (22 m)|
|• Density||6,100/sq mi (2,300/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0973378|
Its 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). Many residents commute to Manhattan, which is 30 miles (48 km) away.
In 1655, two surveyors for Hempstead Town reported that the "east meadow" would be suitable for grazing. The area quickly became a grazing area for cattle and later, in the 18th century, for sheep. The sheep of the East Meadow, NY area provided the country with more than 50% of the United States' wool needs during that time.
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. 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. 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.
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 east of Merrick Avenue.
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) of it is land and 0.16% is water.
East Meadow is generally flat, and the elevation ranges from 32 feet (9.8 m) near its southwestern edge, to 82 feet (25 m) along Hempstead Turnpike to the north.
As of the census of 2010, there were 38,132 people and 12,062 households residing in the CDP. (759.6/km2).
The racial makeup of the CDP was according to the 2010 census, 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. 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% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband 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). 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.
East Meadow's nine public schools are operated by the East Meadow Union Free School District. The district was organized 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 building stands today).
- 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
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School (St. Raphael's Parish)
The most prominent features are the town's water tower and hospital, the Nassau University Medical Center which dominates the "skyline." The Nassau County Jail, East Meadow Public Library, Mitchel Manor military housing complex, and Eisenhower Park, which includes the attraction Safety Town, are also located in East Meadow.
Movies filmed in East Meadow
- Let the Good Times Roll, footage filmed in Modell's.
- The Hot Rock (1972), aka "How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons", footage filmed at the prison, showing the high school in the background.
- Married to the Mob (1988)
- Pieces of April (2003), scene in car with Krispy Kreme and Wal-Mart in background on Hempstead Turnpike.
- Enjoy the Show (2005)
- September 12 (2005)
- Knight of the Peeper (2006)
- Scum (2009)
- The Smurfs (2010)
- Criss Angel, magician/illusionist, stunt performer
- Arjun Atwal, PGA Tour golfer (high school)
- Adam Busch, actor/singer
- Matt Doherty, head basketball coach at Southern Methodist University, University of North Carolina, and Notre Dame
- Julius Erving, basketball player, though other sources indicate he was born in Roosevelt, New York
- William Fichtner, actor
- Richard Greenberg, Broadway playwright (Take Me Out, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, The American Plan)
- Ron Heller, NFL football coach and former offensive tackle
- Arthur Kurzweil, author, educator, editor, writer, publisher, and illusionist
- Joy Mangano, entrepreneur, and inventor of "Miracle Mop"
- Mark Staniszewski, martial artist
- Brandon Moore, NFL linebacker
- Rob Moore, NFL wide receiver
- Sterling Morrison, guitarist & back-up singer with The Velvet Underground
- Rich Ohrnberger, NFL football offensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals
- Denis Peterson, Hyperrealist painter 
- Jan Rabson, Voice Over Actor, "Finding Nemo", "Monter's University", "Toy Story III", "Leisure Suit Larry", et al.
- Fred Reinfeld, chess player/author (resident of; died in)
- Joel Rifkin, serial killer
- Darren Romeo, illusionist and magician; sole protégé of Siegfried and Roy
- Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (childhood resident)
- Louis Sachar, author
- Matt Serra, mixed martial artist, and former UFC Welterweight Champion
- Jenna Ushkowitz, actress, Glee (TV series)
- Frank Viola, Major League Baseball pitcher, winner of 1988 Cy Young Award.
- Leslie West, of hard rock group Mountain
- Lee Zeldin, Republican member of New York State Senate
- 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.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "East Meadow CDP, New York – Fact Sheet – American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
- "Contact us." SWISS USA. Retrieved on January 29, 2011. "1640 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow, NY"
- "Ticket copy request." Lufthansa. Retrieved on January 29, 2011. "1640 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow, NY 11554."
- "East Meadow CDP, New York." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 29, 2011.
- "." Snapple Beverage Corporation History. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
- "." Epilepsy Foundation to revamp former Snapple HQ. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
- "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 February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- Robert L. Harris, Jr., Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- Historical dictionary of the 1970s. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- Jack Salzman (September 17, 2008). Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- "Dr. J operated above the rest". ESPN. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- "Julius Erving Summary". NBA.com. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- Thompson, Graham: American Culture in the 1980s (Twentieth Century American Culture) Edinburgh University Press, 2007 ISBN 978-0748619108
- Stephen Farthing: From Cave Painting to Street Art- 40,000 Years of Creativity, Rizzoli Publishing 2010 ISBN 978-0-7893-1833-6
- Art: The Whole Story, 2010 Thames & Hudson Publishing ISBN 9780500288955
- Fischler,Marcelle S. "Nascent Hall of Fame to Welcome First Honorees"., The New York Times, October 15, 2006. Accessed November 26, 2007. "Dee Snider of Stony Brook, the shock-rocker from the 1980s heavy metal band Twisted Sister, known for his defiant metal anthem We're Not Gonna Take It, and Leslie West of the band Mountain, who grew up in East Meadow, Lawrence and Forest Hills, are also being inducted..."
- 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