North Woodmere, New York

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North Woodmere, New York
Rosedale Road in North Woodmere on August 8, 2022.
Rosedale Road in North Woodmere on August 8, 2022.
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau County, New York
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code516

North Woodmere is an unincorporated hamlet in the Town of Hempstead, New York,[1] located in far western Nassau County on the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Hempstead.


Prior to its development in the late 1950s, the land stretching from Lawrence to South Valley Stream was owned by attorney Franklin B. Lord (President of the Long Island Water Company in the late nineteenth century). The Water Company pumping station also occupied some of this property and is there to this day. His estate, known as "The Lord's Woods"  went through Cedarhurst and Lawrence, all the way to Far Rockaway. At Mill Road, the woods thinned out and there was farmland. The last vestige of these beautiful woods remains today at the Long Island Water Property.[2]

In 1956, as the housing boom transformed Nassau County's landscape, this last remaining area of natural woodland in southwest Nassau was the subject of a dispute between conservation groups, residents, and developers. Woodmere Woods, over 100 acres of woodland bordered by Peninsula Boulevard and Mill Road, was originally part of the Long Island Water Corporation's property.  The Peninsula Shopping Center is now situated where Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts had camping weekends.[3]

By the late 1950s, technology had developed to dig deeper wells, and despite conservationists protesting, the Long Island Water Corp. opted to sell off a vast swath of their property for development. By the end of 1958, The woods were completely gone, and the newly developed area christened "North Woodmere Knolls."[2]

In 1962, voters approved the County of Nassau purchasing approximately 27 acres (11 ha) of land and approximately 45 acres (18 ha) of water for the development of North Woodmere County Park.[4]

While officially South Valley Stream (North Woodmere is served by the Valley Stream Post Office), the developers came up with a marketing ploy to associate their tract homes with the more upscale Five Towns. North Woodmere became part of Hewlett-Woodmere School District 14, and is unofficially considered part of The Five Towns due to their cultural and social relationships.


North Woodmere is directly north of Woodmere, but separated from it by Motts Creek.[5] Access to Woodmere is available via Branch Boulevard, Brookfield Road, and a footbridge over the creek. Unlike Woodmere, North Woodmere is not part of the Five Towns, which consists of the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, the hamlets of Hewlett, Inwood and Woodmere.[5]

Hungry Harbor Road is the main east–west route through North Woodmere, connecting with Branch Boulevard (to Cedarhurst) and Brookfield-Rosedale Road (to Valley Stream). Park Lane provides access to upper Rosedale Road, and from there to Francis Lewis Boulevard, Sunrise Highway, and the Belt Parkway and Cross Island Parkway junction.[5]


A shopping mall is located on Rosedale Road. A former shopping center on Hungry Harbor Road became an assisted living center.

The community is home to North Woodmere Park, a Nassau County park. The park includes a pool complex, a playground, a nine-hole golf course, a lighted driving range, and a fishing area.[6]


North Woodmere houses many residents with advanced degrees and higher educational attainment. Many residents attend four year colleges and professional schools thereafter. There is an educational culture throughout the town.[7]


North Woodmere is represented by Councilman Bruce Blakeman.[8]


North Woodmere is home to several synagogues, including Congregation Ohr Torah, Young Israel of North Woodmere, Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere, Temple Hillel, Kodesh, Kehillas Bnei Hayeshivos, and Khal Lev Avos. In 1984, Ronald Reagan addressed Temple Hillel.[9]


This area is served by two school districts: 15 (Lawrence Public Schools) in the west, 14 (Hewlett-Woodmere School District) in the center.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

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Coordinates: 40°39′00″N 73°43′26″W / 40.65000°N 73.72389°W / 40.65000; -73.72389


  1. ^ "Vital Records > Towns & Cities in Nassau County > Unincorporated Communities in the Town of Hempstead". Nassau County, New York official website. Archived from the original on April 9, 2020. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "The Lord's Woods". Retrieved 2022-08-09.
  3. ^ "BUILDERS DISPLAY L.I. MODEL HOMES: Ranch-Style Dwelling With One Split-Level Feature Offered in Woodmere Centereach Cold Spring Harbor East Northport Hicksville Islip North Woodmere Plainview Roslyn Harbor Setauket Smithtown West Islip Woodmere". The New York Times. June 9, 1957. p. 256 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ "North Woodmere Park OKd". Newsday. March 14, 1962. p. 24 – via ProQuest.
  5. ^ a b c d "Long Island Index: Interactive Map". Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  6. ^ "North Woodmere Park". Nassau County, New York official website. Archived from the original on June 14, 2020. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Bruce Blakeman". Nassau County Government. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Kaminetsky, Irving (March 29, 2017). "David Friedman heads to the Mideast". LI Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  10. ^ Katz, Debra M. (February 5, 1995). "Long Island Q&A;: Jeffrey M. Friedman; Finding the Gene That Makes Mice, and Maybe Others, Fat". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  11. ^ Bessen, Jeff (August 31, 2016). "Being strong in the face of adversity". Nassau Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  12. ^ Grant, Nakeem (January 10, 2019). "Former 'Snapple Lady' shared her story with the Long Island Breakfast Club". LI Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  13. ^ Kent, Norm. "OpEd: November 22, 1963 — A Day I Will Never Forget (Reprinted From 11/20/2013)", South Florida Gay News, January 29, 2015. Accessed August 8, 2022. "My home was on the south shore of Long Island, New York, in the small town of North Woodmere. Our family had one large 19-inch television set in the den to share."
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Rhapsody in Seth's Rudetsky Fights Back With Santorum Fund" Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, Playbill, May 7, 2003. Accessed September 17, 2008. "In his self-penned, one-man show directed by Peter Flynn — Rhapsody in Seth — Seth Rudetsky recalls growing up in North Woodmere, Long Island, where he was praised for his musical gifts but ridiculed for being gay."