East Williston, New York

Coordinates: 40°45′35″N 73°38′0″W / 40.75972°N 73.63333°W / 40.75972; -73.63333
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East Williston, New York
Incorporated Village of East Williston
The East Williston Village Hall and Fire Department, as seen in September 2021.
The East Williston Village Hall and Fire Department, as seen in September 2021.
Official logo of East Williston, New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
East Williston, New York is located in New York
East Williston, New York
East Williston, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°45′35″N 73°38′0″W / 40.75972°N 73.63333°W / 40.75972; -73.63333
Country United States
State New York
CountyNassau County
TownNorth Hempstead
Named forThe Willis family; its location being more easterly than Williston in Upstate New York
 • TypeVillage Board
 • MayorBonnie Parente
 • Trustee / Deputy MayorChristopher Siciliano
 • TrusteeJames Iannone
 • TrusteeJames Lark
 • TrusteeRaffaela Dunn
 • Total0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Land0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
118 ft (36 m)
 • Total2,645
 • Density4,648.51/sq mi (1,795.84/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code516
FIPS code36-23217
GNIS feature ID0949275

East Williston is an incorporated village in the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, on Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 2,556 at the 2010 census.


Most of the farmland was owned by the Willis family in the 1800s. To avoid being confused with the Willis areas of upstate New York, this area was known as East Williston. The original borders of the area known as East Williston stretched west towards Queens to Herricks Road, north to I.U. Willets Road, south to the Village of Mineola, and east to Bacon Road in Old Westbury.

The coming of the railroad in 1865 stimulated manufacturing in East Williston. The industries that grew as a result of the new train station included brick making, windmill making and carriage making. Henry M. Willis designed and built the popular East Williston Runabout Roadcart. This carriage had two wheels and two seats. Its soft suspension allowed comfortable travel over the rough roads of the time.[2] There was also a feature which allowed the body to be locked to the axle, allowing the carriage to be used on the racetrack. Over 1,000 East Williston Runabout Roadcarts were built by Oakley and Griffin (who purchased the business from Willis in 1889).[3]

The major east-west route, State Route 25B or Hillside Avenue, was formerly called East Williston Avenue, since it connected Queens with East Williston.The East Williston Union Free School District was founded in 1955. In 1985, the residential and commercial core of East Williston collectively known as the East Williston Village Historic District was designated a national historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

Although originally called Williston, the name of the area was changed to East Williston in 1879, when locals requested the United States Postal Service to open a local post office.[5] Since there was already a community with a post office in Upstate New York using the name, locals added the word "East" to their community's name; the name East Williston was in use for both this village and what is now the adjacent village of Williston Park.[5]

In 1926, this eastern half of East Williston incorporated as a village.[5] Its western half, Williston Park, incorporated separately that same year due to how both had very different characteristics.[5]


U.S. Census map of East Williston.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,503 people, 833 households, and 717 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,447.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,717.2/km2). There were 846 housing units at an average density of 1,503.2 per square mile (580.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.25% White, 0.36% African American, 0.04% Native American, 3.36% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population.

There were 833 households, out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.4% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.9% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $109,111, and the median income for a family was $118,611. Males had a median income of $90,952 versus $44,861 for females. The per capita income for the village was $50,484. About 1.4% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ Weidman, Bette S. and Linda B. Martin. Nassau County Long Island In Early Photographs: 1869-1940. Dover Publications Inc., 1981. ISBN 0-486-24136-X
  3. ^ Aronson, Harvey, ed. Home Town Long Island. (Newsday, 1999). ISBN 1-885134-21-5.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d Winsche, Richard (October 1, 1999). The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names. Interlaken, New York: Empire State Books. ISBN 978-1557871541.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
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  11. ^ Staff. "John Caemmerer, Chairman Of State Senate Transit Panel", The New York Times, February 8, 1982. Accessed November 29, 2017. "Mr. Caemmerer, who was born in Brooklyn, grew up in suburban East Williston. It was there, the burly Mr. Caemmerer once said, that he came to appreciate mass-transit needs as a student commuting to Xavier High School in Manhattan."
  12. ^ Kirby, Neal. "Growing up Kirby: The Marvel memories of Jack Kirby's son". LA Times. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  13. ^ "July 27: "I Wasn't Part of a Small Enough Minority"". Jewish Currents. Retrieved April 3, 2024.
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  15. ^ Office of the County Clerk[1] Archived 2010-05-28 at the Wayback Machine.

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