East Hills, New York

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East Hills, New York
Village of East Hills
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
East Hills, New York is located in New York
East Hills, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°47′39″N 73°37′37″W / 40.79417°N 73.62694°W / 40.79417; -73.62694Coordinates: 40°47′39″N 73°37′37″W / 40.79417°N 73.62694°W / 40.79417; -73.62694
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • MayorMichael R. Koblenz
 • Total2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
187 ft (57 m)
 • Total6,955
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,000/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11548, 11576, 11577
Area code(s)516
FIPS code36-22260
GNIS feature ID0949124

East Hills is a village in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. It is considered part of the Greater Roslyn area, which is anchored by the Village of Roslyn. As of the United States 2010 Census, the village population was 6,955.

The Village of East Hills is mostly in the Town of North Hempstead, with a small portion in the Town of Oyster Bay.


The land purchase[edit]

The village of East Hills, New York, was incorporated on June 24, 1931. The first election was held on July 8, 1931. Long before East Hills was incorporated, the village had been a part of the history of the United States since 1643. In 1643, Robert Fordham and John Carman sailed across Long Island Sound from Stamford, Connecticut and purchased the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead from the Rockoway, Mericock, Marsappeaque and Matinecock Indians.[2]


George Washington's diary refers to an Oyster Bay visit, and of his breakfast at what was previously the George Washington Manor, but is now closed and has been replaced by new restaurant - Hendricks. The paper mill in Roslyn park was inspected by George Washington.

The one thing in East Hills which has been in existence longer than any other man-made object is Harbor Hill Road in East Hills. The road is mentioned in records dating back to 1661.

For many years, much of what now is East Hills was the home of a few wealthy families. The neighborhood now known as Fairfield Park was once a polo field. The Country Estates neighborhood was the home of the Clarence Mackay family for 30 years and known as Harbor Hill, starting in 1898. The Prince of Wales, who later abdicated the throne of the England to marry Mrs. Simpson, was entertained at the Mackay estate in 1924. And Charles A. Lindbergh rested at the Mackay estate after his return to the United States following his historic solo flight to France in 1927. Three remaining buildings from the Harbor Hill estate were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991:[3] Mackay Estate Dairyman's Cottage, Mackay Estate Gate Lodge, and Mackay Estate Water Tower.


On June 24, 1931, representatives of the 269 people living in the village, met in the home of Robert H. Willets. Willets family had lived in the area for eight generations. The Willets family then lived in the house where Stephen Taber, resided in 1839. The house still stands at 50 Andover Road, off the Long Island Expressway's South Service Road near the entrance to the Norgate neighborhood. The name "East Hills" was adopted at the suggestion of H. Stewart McKnight, who was then the Nassau County Attorney.

Two weeks after the incorporation, an election was held in barns on the Mackay estate, and Mr. Willets was elected Mayor. John Mackay, Ellen A. Hennessy, Stephen Willets and Catherine Hechler were elected Trustees. Charles Hechler, Mrs. Heckler's husband, was designated Village Clerk.

Robert Willets served as Mayor until he retired in 1945. William W. Murray, Jr. succeeded him, until his resignation (due to ill health) in 1952. Raymond E. Dolar subsequently served as Mayor until 1966, when he relocated to Florida. William R. Fleischer succeeded him and became East Hills' fourth Mayor in 1967.


U.S. Census Map

East Hills is located at 40°47′39″N 73°37′37″W / 40.79417°N 73.62694°W / 40.79417; -73.62694 (40.794052, -73.627051).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all of it land.

The portions of the village on Harbor Hill, in Clarence Mackay's former estate, are among the highest areas in Nassau County.


On Labor Day 2006, The Park at East Hills opened. It has a pool, nature walks, senior facilities, and tennis and basketball courts. The construction of the park was financed through the sale of bonds; carrying and operating costs are paid through taxes.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20167,173[1]3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 6,842 people, 2,245 households, and 2,029 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,991.5 people per square mile (1,153.6/km²). There were 2,275 housing units at an average density of 994.7 per square mile (383.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.94% White, 0.8% African American, 0.01% Native American, 4.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 2,245 households out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 84.4% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.6% were non-families. 8.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.2.

In the village, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $149,726, and the median income for a family was $159,316. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $52,115 for females. The per capita income for the village was $59,297. About 1.5% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.


In the 2008 presidential election Democrat Barack Obama won East Hills over Republican John McCain 54%-46%.

East Hills, a part of the Town of North Hempstead, is represented on the Town Board by one of its former trustees, resident Peter J. Zuckerman. Zuckerman was sworn into office by East Hills Mayor, Michael Koblenz.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Village of East Hills History". villageofeasthills.org. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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