Plainview, New York

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Plainview, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
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Plainview, New York is located in New York
Plainview, New York
Plainview, New York
Coordinates: 40°46′48″N 73°28′46″W / 40.78000°N 73.47944°W / 40.78000; -73.47944Coordinates: 40°46′48″N 73°28′46″W / 40.78000°N 73.47944°W / 40.78000; -73.47944
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
Area
 • Total 5.733 sq mi (14.85 km2)
 • Land 5.733 sq mi (14.85 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 151 ft (46 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 26,217
 • Density 4,600/sq mi (1,800/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11803
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-58442
GNIS feature ID 0960664

Plainview is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) located near the North Shore of Long Island in the town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York, USA. The population of the CDP as of 2010 was 26,217.[1] The Plainview post office has the ZIP code 11803.[2]

Plainview and its neighboring hamlet, Old Bethpage, share a school system, library, fire department, and water district. Law enforcement for the communities is provided by the Nassau County Police Department, with the Second Precinct serving areas north of Old Country Road[3] and Eighth Precinct serving areas south of Old Country Road.[4] Plainview is split between the 2nd congressional district of New York and the 3rd congressional district of New York.

Geography[edit]

Plainview is located at 40°46′48″N 73°28′46″W / 40.78000°N 73.47944°W / 40.78000; -73.47944 (40.779911, -73.479483).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2). Plainview is on the Nassau County side of the border with Suffolk County. On the Nassau side it borders the hamlets of Hicksville, Old Bethpage, Syosset, and Woodbury. On the Suffolk side, its primary border is with Melville, but also touches West Hills.

The Long Island Expressway (I-495) and Northern State Parkway pass across the northern part of Plainview. The exits for Plainview from the Long Island Expressway are 45, 46, and 48. The exits for Plainview from the Northern State Parkway are 36S, 36A and B, 37, and 38. New York State Route 135 (Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway) is a north-south route that has two exits within Plainview, numbered 10 and 11.

History[edit]

Plainview's history dates to 1648, when Robert Williams, a settler from Wales, bought land in the area. The land was considered desirable for farming because of a small pond named the Moscopas by local native Americans, meaning "hole of dirt and water".[6] The remainder of the land in the area was purchased by Thomas Powell in 1695 as part of the Bethpage Purchase. The name "Mannatto Hill" had already appeared on the 1695 deed of the Bethpage Purchase, and the settlement came to be called "Manetto Hill". Manitou was the Native American word either for "god" or for "spirit".[7]

The 1837 arrival of the Long Island Rail Road to nearby Hicksville brought a boom to local farming.[8] In 1885, residents of Manetto Hill petitioned the United States Postal Service for a local post office, but were turned down because, according to several accounts, a similar name was already in use upstate.[9] The hamlet was then named "Plainview", for the view of the Hempstead Plains from the top of the Manetto Hills.[6]

Plainview remained a farming community, famous for growing cucumbers for the huge Heinz pickle factories located in nearby Farmingdale and Hicksville. In the early 1900s blight destroyed the cucumber crop and many farmers switched to potatoes. After World War II, a potato blight combined with the desire of many returning GIs to leave New York City for the more rural Long Island, convinced many farmers to sell their property, leading to massive development in the area, giving rise to so-called suburban sprawl.[8][dead link] Between 1950 and 1960, the hamlet grew from a population of 1,155 to more than 35,000.[6] Most of the available land was developed during this period or otherwise designated as parkland. While overall development declined it did continue sporadically as smaller remaining parcels of land were also developed. In recent years, some of few large remaining parcels have given way to gated communities, which are in contrast to most housing in the area. Some of these developments include "The Hamlet on Olde Oyster Bay" [10] and "The Seasons at Plainview", a residential community focused on over age 55 residents and first time home buyers.[11]

Demographics[edit]

As of a 2010 census, there were 26,217 people; 8,963 households; and 7,396 families residing in the CDP.[citation needed] The population density was 4,573.0/sq mi (1,765.64/km2). There were 9,281 housing units.

The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.8% White, 8.5% Asian, and .07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 8,963 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.0% were married couples living together. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $121,808, and the median income for a family was $138,014. Males had a median income of $68,255 versus $44,229 for females.The per capita income for the CDP was $52,637.About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


Economy[edit]

Aeroflex has its headquarters in Plainview.[12]

Houses of Worship[edit]

There are numerous houses of worship located in Plainview.

Plainview is home to several Jewish congregations. Plainview Synagogue and Young Israel of Plainview are Orthodox. Plainview Jewish Center and Manetto Hill Jewish Center are Conservative. Temple Chaverim is a Reform synagogue.

Churches include Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, Plainview United Methodist Church (also known as the Korean United Methodist Church), Plainview Reformed Church, St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and Episcopal Church of St. Margaret, which includes a cemetery in its backwoods.

In addition, there is also the Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Center, Inc., a Sikh temple. This temple's building formerly housed the Bethel United Pentecostal Church.[13] In addition, Plainview is home to Beth Yeshua/Olive Tree Congregation, a Messianic temple.

School and library system[edit]

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District operates one high school, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, two middle schools, Howard B. Mattlin [14] (named after a former president of the school board) [15] and Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, and four elementary schools Parkway (due to its proximity to the Northern State Parkway), Pasadena, Old Bethpage, and Stratford Road. There is also one Kindergarten Center, a school just for kindergarteners, connected to Stratford Road Elementary School.

History of the schools[edit]

The Plainview-Old Bethpage School District was referred to as Central School District #4 until the 1970s.

Two schools in Plainview have had the name Manetto Hill School. The original building was a one room school house, built in 1899. This building, which still stands, is adjacent to the much larger school of the same name, which was built in the 1950s. Today, both buildings are owned by the Mid-Island Y-JCC. The original building is immediately north of the JCC. The entrance to the building is on the front left side, but if you look closely on the right side opposite the entrance, you'll see the outline of what had been another door. When originally built, the building had separate entrances for boys and girls. The right door, now sealed off, was the girls entrance. The building now serves as an office for the Nassau-Suffolk Region B'nai B'rith Youth Organization.

Plainview once had two high schools, Plainview-Old Bethpage High School (opened February 23, 1960)[16] and John F. Kennedy High School (built 1966);[17] the schools were merged for the 1991-1992 school year. Plainview-Old Bethpage High School is now Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School; the building which formerly housed the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School (formerly known as Plainview Junior High), now houses both Stratford Road Elementary School and the Kindergarten Center.

Old Bethpage also had its own two room school house, named the Little Red Schoolhouse. This building, which stood until the 1970s, was located, appropriately enough, on Schoolhouse Road, just off of Round Swamp Road. The building was torn down and the property developed into several houses.

Closed schools[edit]

After a period of significant increases in classroom space in the 1950s and '60s[18] declining enrollment led to school closures in the 1970s. As a part of these school closings, the district also reorganized its schools from K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12, to K-4, 5-8 and 9-12, in process renaming its junior high schools as "middle" schools.[19]

  • Central Park Road (July 1, 1976)[19] (demolished, present site of the Residence Inn Marriott)
  • Fern Place (July 1, 1974)[19] (currently leased to the Association for Children with Down Syndrome)
  • Jamaica Avenue (now houses 2 day care/preschool centers, a senior center, and a [Gymboree] center.)
  • Joyce Road (July 1, 1978)[19] (now the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County)
  • The Little Red School House (demolished)
  • Manetto Hill Road I (now the offices of the Mid-Island Y JCC of Plainview}
  • Manetto Hill Road II (now the Mid-Island Y JCC of Plainview- Main Building)
  • Oak Drive (July 1, 1976)[19] (demolished)

Other districts[edit]

Although located within Plainview geographically, some parts of the CDP are served by the Bethpage Union Free School District or the Syosset Central School District.

Library[edit]

The Plainview Library was first established in 1956, in rented space in the Morton Village Shopping Center. Significant increases in population caused the library to outgrow this space. In March 1962, voters approved a $711,000 bond issue to pay for the purchase of a nearly three acre parcel of land and development of a new library building directly across the street from Morton Village.[20][21] Two years later, the library moved into its new facilities.[22] Since its construction, the building has had two major expansions to better serve the community's needs, including increased audio/visual and internet demands.[23][24] In 2008, the library was made eligible to receive financing from the New York State Dormitory Authority, furthering its ability to develop and modernize its facilities in the future.[25]

Parks[edit]

Plainview has numerous community parks tucked in between homes. Its primary park is the 19-acre (77,000 m2) Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, located on Washington Avenue.[26] Opened in 1960, this park features an Olympic size pool, a children's pool, baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, racquetball/handball courts, basketball courts, a newly built children's recreation playground, and trails through its woods.[27][28] During the summer the park runs a concession stand. Parks in Plainview are administered by either the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums or the Town of Oyster Bay. In addition, the town is home to a nature preserve called the Manetto Hills Park. This undeveloped parkland was the formerly known as the Shattuck Estate.

Estates[edit]

Plainview was home to several grand Gold Coast estates.

  • The Schwarzenbach Estate. Robert Schwarzenbach was a very successful textile manufacturer, who purchased an estate on Manetto Hill. The house was demolished long ago to make way for homes, however, one outbuilding still exists. It is located in the Manetto Hills Shopping Center. This building, originally the home provided to the estate's gardener, operated for many years as Malarkey's Tavern. The building presently houses a veterinarian's office. In addition, until the 1990s, a second building was still standing. This building, which had been the estate's chicken coop, was converted into a residence, where the gardener mentioned above eventually moved with his wife. It was located on Manetto Hill Road, just across from Nick Place.
  • The Shattuck Estate. The Shattuck Estate was purchased by successful New York City attorney, Edwin Paul Shattuck, who lived there until he died in the 1960s. He was a member of the Shattuck family which owned the Frank G. Shattuck Company. The company operated, among other things, a restaurant chain known as Schrafft Foods.[29] Mr. Shattuck was personal attorney for President Herbert Hoover. They were best friends and died within three days of each other. The property, which totals approximately 138 acres (0.56 km2), was almost developed in the 1970s until community activists forced the county to purchase the property and leave it as a nature preserve.[30] It is located on Washington Avenue and has no signage to indicate its presence. The property's main house was demolished in September 2013. A portion of the property now houses the AHRC's Helen Kaplan Project. A program for developmentally disabled adults.
  • The property known as the Nassau County Office Complex, located between the split of Old Country Road and Round Swamp Road, was once home to the Nassau County Sanitarium, a tuberculosis ward. Built on the Taliaferro Estate, primarily in Old Bethpage, the sanitarium was authorized by the Nassau County Board of Supervisors in 1930, and was completed in the early part of the same decade.[31][32] As tuberculosis was brought under control, the complex of Georgian style buildings was closed in the 1960s.[33] Following its closure, the facility was given over to mixed use, including the establishment of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in 1976 and a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.[33][34] In 1999, Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates purchased the 144-acre (0.58 km2) property from the county for $23 million.[35] Included in the purchase was 1535 Old Country Road, which now houses the corporate offices of the New York Islanders and New York Dragons, both of which are owned by Wang. In addition, the building is home to the Plainview Chinese Cultural Center, an organization founded by Wang.[36]

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television station, WLIW, channel 21, broadcasts from Plainview on Channel 21 Drive.

Movies[edit]

Until the 1980s, there were several movie theaters in the community. The mutliplexes built in Hicksville and Commack drew patrons away from the local theaters which were subsequently converted, primarily, to office or retail use.

  • Century's Morton Village, Morton Village Shopping Center. This theater, located at the western end of the shopping center, was converted to retail space with office space above.
    • Beginning in 1978, the theater began pinning their ticket price to the year and lowered their ticket price to 78 cents. The price was raised a penny a year until their 1984 closure. It was widely referred to as "the 78 cent movie theater" until it closed.
    • During his 1984 Presidential run, Walter Mondale made a campaign stop in the parking lot of the Morton Village Shopping Center immediately adjacent to the theater.
  • Old Country Theater. Located west of the intersection of Old Country and Plainview Roads, immediately west of the Shell gas station. Initially a single screen theater, it was converted into a twin. After its closure, the building was converted to an office building, housing mostly medical offices.
  • RKO Plainview Twin. This movie theater was located behind the Plainview Centre on South Oyster Bay Road. This building was converted (and expanded) into today's Shoprite.
  • The Plainview, A Century Theater. This theater was located on the west side of South Oyster Bay Road (facing what is now the Plainview Centre, noted above) next to Mister Donut and, therefore actually in Hicksville as South Oyster Bay Road is the boundary line between two hamlets. It was converted into an office building, housing mostly medical offices.

Radio[edit]

Plainview houses WPOB 88.5 FM, the local radio station inside of the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. The school shares the same frequency as Syosset High School's WKWZ station.

Notable people[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Plainview CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  2. ^ http://zipcode.org/city/NY/PLAINVIEW
  3. ^ "Patrol Division Nassau County Police Department". Police.co.nassau.ny.us. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Patrol Division Nassau County Police Department". Police.co.nassau.ny.us. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ a b c "Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce History". 
  7. ^ Maximilian Schele De Vere (1872). Americanisms: The English of the New World. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  8. ^ a b "Newsday - History of Plainview". [dead link]
  9. ^ There is a small community in Putnam County, New York that is named Manitou, in the 10524 ZIP code and presently served by the Garrison Post Office. There is also a town and a hamlet in Oswego County, NY, named Minetto, with its own post office and 11315 ZIP code.
  10. ^ Hamlet on Olde Oyster Bay
  11. ^ hso-Seasons at Plainview
  12. ^ "Contact Aeroflex." Aeroflex. Retrieved 2012-01-11. "35 South Service Road P.O. Box 6022 Plainview , NY 11803-0622"
  13. ^ BethelUPC/History
  14. ^ Unknown (1960-11-29). "Four-Part School is Planned on Long Island". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  15. ^ SCHOOL PLAN REJECTED; $4,975,000 Building Program Fails in Plainview, L. I.
  16. ^ Unknown (1960-05-02). "Plainview Dedicates School". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  17. ^ Terte, Robert H. (1964-12-08). "Plainview School To Fit New Plan". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  18. ^ [>Unknown (1958-08-03). "3 New L. I. Schools Approved". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  19. ^ a b c d e Silver, Roy R. (1974-03-17). "Plainview Will Close 4 Schools by 1978-1979". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  20. ^ Plainview Library Voted
  21. ^ L.I. Library Seeks $190,000 to Buy Site
  22. ^ Plainview Library to Be Closed
  23. ^ Expansion Planned at POB Library
  24. ^ Update for Residents on Plainview Old Bethpage Public Library Expansion
  25. ^ Key Support Obtained for Plainview-Old Bethpage Library
  26. ^ Town of Oyster Bay- Parks Division
  27. ^ ",000,000 Park Dedicated". The New York Times. 1962-05-21. 
  28. ^ "L.I. Park Will Open New Pool In August". The New York Times. 1961-03-12. 
  29. ^ Unknown (1937-03-15). "FRANK G. SHATTUCK OF SCHRAFFT'S DIES". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  30. ^ Save Americas Forests: Carl Ross
  31. ^ Encyclopedia of the Unincorporated Village of Bethpage
  32. ^ Unknown (1932-04-14). "$5,000,000 Bonds For Nassau County". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  33. ^ a b McMorrow, Fred (1976-11-07). "Beyond the Drunk Tank". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  34. ^ NY Camping Review
  35. ^ "The Long Island and New York City News Source". Newsday. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  36. ^ Charles Wang Foundation Donates Plainview Chinese School to Enrich Asian Cultural Offerings For Long Islanders
  37. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1144472/
  38. ^ The Broadway League. "The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  39. ^ composer biography at Naxos Records website.
  40. ^ NYTimes:Richard Gelfond of Imax on Risk
  41. ^ Balk, Brenda and Mitchell, Jeff (March 11, 2002). "Kupfer maintains connections". Iowa State Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  42. ^ "Suburban Mom Introduces "Long Island Country Rock"". American Homes. January 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  43. ^ http://www.suny.edu/sunynews/News.cfm?filname=Maritime%20College%20Student%20Kevin%20Rea%20Sworn%20In%20as%20SUNY%20Trustee%205.29.12.htm
  44. ^ http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/student-from-li-to-serve-as-a-suny-trustee-1.3751572
  45. ^ Newsday LI History: Charles W. Shea
  46. ^ World War II History: Charles W.Shea
  47. ^ foxnews.com:Former Acting IRS Administrator Werfel Leaves Government

Anthony A. LaBarbera minor league football hall of fame inducted 2005 5 year career 71 QB sacks over 300 tackles def/end 1978 grad JFK

Sources[edit]

  • Our Town: Life in Plainview-Old Bethpage 1600 Through Tomorrow, by Richard Koubek, published in 1987

External links[edit]