North Woodmere, New York
North Woodmere is a hamlet section of South Valley Stream, New York, located in far western Nassau County on the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Hempstead and is represented by Councilman Bruce Blakeman. North Woodmere is directly north of Woodmere, but separated from it by Motts Creek. 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. In 1984, Ronald Reagan addressed Temple Hillel in North Woodmere.
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/Cross Island Parkway junction.
A small shopping mall is located on Rosedale Road. Another former shopping center on Hungry Harbor Road is now an assisted living center.
The community is home to North Woodmere Park, a Nassau County park. The park includes a large pool complex and a nine-hole golf course. Just south of the park is a fishing area on the west end of the inter-Woodmere creek.
North Woodmere has a very large Jewish population and is home to several synagogues, including Congregation Ohr Torah,Young Israel of North Woodmere Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere, Temple Hillel, Kehillas Bnei Hayeshivos, and Khal Lev Avos.
This relatively small physical area, less than three square miles, is served by two distinct school districts: 15 (Lawrence Public Schools) in the west, 14 (Hewlett-Woodmere School District) in the center.
Current and former residents of North Woodmere include:
- Bruce Blakeman, first presiding officer of Nassau County.
- David M. Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel
- Jeffrey M. Friedman, discoverer of Leptin
- Martin Heit, inventor of the whiteboard
- Erica Hil, media personality
- Esther Jungreis (d. 2016) - founder of Hineni
- Wendy Kaufman, spokesperson for Snapple and TV personality
- Nina L. Paul, author 
- Seth Rudetsky, composer, musical director and talk show host.
- Jeremy Epstein, student who asked the first question at 2012 Town hall Presidential debate and has since appeared on various news outlets such as ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN.
- Steve Spinner, founder of Sports Potential, adviser to Obama campaign, Department of Energy official.
- Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools - District 14
- Hewlett High School Alumni
- Lawrence School District - District 15
- 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."