Valley Stream, New York
Valley Stream, New York
|Village of Valley Stream|
Valley Stream and the surrounding areas, as seen from the air.
|County||Nassau Village within Hempstead, New York|
|• Village Mayor||Edwin A. Fare|
|• Village Deputy Mayor||Sean Wright|
|• Total||3.50 sq mi (9.05 km2)|
|• Land||3.48 sq mi (9.01 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)|
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||10,759.13/sq mi (4,154.29/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||2391182|
The incorporated Village of Valley Stream is with the Town of Hempstead, New York, along the border with Queens. The village is served by the Long Island Rail Road at the Valley Stream station, located at Sunrise Highway and Franklin Avenue. It is also served by the Gibson station at Gibson and Munro boulevards, but only along the Far Rockaway Branch.
Valley Stream is located at (40.664780, −73.703327).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.86%, is water.
There are many different sections of Valley Stream:
- Valley Stream (Village)
- North Valley Stream
- North Woodmere
- South Valley Stream
- Mill Brook (formerly Green Acres)
- Winslow Estates
In the year 1640, 14 years after the arrival of Dutch colonists in Manhattan (New Amsterdam), the area that is now Valley Stream was purchased by the Dutch West India Company from Rockaway Native Americans (they were a Lenape, or Delaware, band, known by the place where they lived).
With populations concentrated to the west, this woodland area was not developed for the next two centuries. The census of 1840 list about 20 families, most of whom owned large farms. At that time, the northwest section was called "Fosters Meadow". What is now the business section on Rockaway Avenue was called "Rum Junction", because of its taverns. The racy northern section was known as "Cookie Hill", and the section of the northeast that housed the local fertilizer plant was called "Skunks Misery". Hungry Harbor, a section that has retained its name, was home to a squatters' community.
Robert Pagan was born in Scotland on December 3, 1796. In or about the late 1830s, Robert, his wife Ellen, and their children emigrated from Scotland. On the journey to the United States, one of their children died and was buried at sea. The 1840 U.S. Census for Queens County lists Pagan's occupation as a farmer. Two children were born to Robert and Ellen Pagan after they settled in the Town of Hempstead.
At this time, the community did not have a post office, so residents had to pick up their mail in the village of Hempstead. After Pagan petitioned authorities for a post office, he was appointed postmaster and it was based in his farmhouse, now known as the Pagan-Fletcher House. He was advised that the community needed a name. Pagan chose "Valley Stream" based on the topographical appearance of the area. In 1843, the U.S. Post Office formally accepted the name of Valley Stream. As a consequence, Pagan is credited with naming the community. Pagan died on March 25, 1870.
His wife Ellen Pagan also played a significant role in early village history. Tired of traveling to Lynbrook for religious services, she began holding services in her home. A Methodist minister was hired for periodic stops at the Pagan home, and the first congregation in Valley Stream was founded.
In 1853, Hempstead Turnpike was the only road that connected Valley Stream to Jamaica and New York City. The main streets in Valley Stream that connected the small village to the turnpike were Mill Road (which is Corona Avenue today) in the west, Sand Street (Central Avenue) in the south, and Dutch Broadway in the north. That year Merrick Road, a planked, one-lane road, was constructed through Valley Stream, connecting the village to Merrick in the east and Jamaica to the west. With the new thoroughfare in the area, Valley Stream residents and industry began to move southward.
In 1869, the South Side Railroad began stopping in Valley Stream and a branch of the railroad was constructed to connect the main line with the Rockaways. The new branch is now called the Far Rockaway Branch of the Long Island Railroad.
The new railroad, combined with the emergence of Merrick Road as a major artery, stimulated growth in Valley Stream, and it became a substantial community. Around the start of the 20th century, Hendrickson Park was a prime vacationing destination for people from Brooklyn and Queens. The Valley Stream Hotel opened at the beginning of the 20th century, overlooking the golf course. Many tourists who came to visit wound up moving to Valley Stream. The Village of Valley Stream was incorporated in 1925 as a result of its growth.
In 1922, developer William R. Gibson came to Valley Stream after building more than 2,500 houses in Queens. He bought 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land on Roosevelt Avenue and built homes on Avondale, Berkeley, Cambridge, Derby, and Elmwood streets. Many descendants of immigrants moved into the area. Five years later he expanded his development to Cochran Place and Dartmouth Street. Realizing that his development was perfectly designed for white-collar commuters, he petitioned the Long Island Railroad for a stop. The LIRR agreed to stop in the area if Gibson built the station himself. On May 29, 1929, the Gibson station was opened. Gibson station, as it became known, retains the name of its founder. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan addressed Temple Hillel in Valley Stream at the invitation of Rabbi Morris Friedman father of Ambassador David Friedman which was the first time since President George Washington a sitting American President addressed a Jewish congregation at their House of Worship.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 37,511 people, 12,484 households, and 9,600 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,569.5 people per square mile (4,081.9/km2). There were 12,688 housing units at an average density of 3,687.5 per square mile (1,424.1/km2). The racial make up of the village was 57.25% White, 18.57% African American, 0.3% Native American, 11.38% Asian, 8.97% from other races and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino were 22.24% of the population. The median household income was $62,243 and the family income was $72,585. Median household income for the village was $77,905, and the median income for a family was $84,273.
Males had a median income of $80,094 versus $56,260 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $66,334. About 1.0% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 0.4% of those age 65 or over.
There were 12,484 households, of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.37.
In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.
The village is home to significant Italian American, Irish American and German American populations, with 31.8% of the population identifying themselves as being of Italian ancestry in the 2000 Census.
- n1: Elmont & East Rockaway
- n4: Jamaica & Freeport
- n2 & n8: New Hyde Park & Green Acres Mall
- n25: Great Neck Plaza & Lynbrook
- Q5: Jamaica & Green Acres Mall
- Q85: Locust Manor & Green Acres Mall
- Q111: Jamaica & South Valley Stream
- LIRR Far Rockaway Branch: Valley Stream, Gibson.
- LIRR Long Beach Branch: Valley Stream
- LIRR West Hempstead Branch: Valley Stream, Westwood.
Valley Stream has many separate elementary school districts that share the same central high school district. In addition, children living in the northern section of the Village, a CDP known as North Valley Stream, attend Alden Terrace Elementary School (Elmont UFSD), followed by Elmont Memorial High School (grades 7–12; Sewanhaka CHSD).
Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District
- Ogden Elementary School
- Hewlett Elementary School
- Woodmere Middle School
- George W. Hewlett High School
Valley Stream School Union Free School District #13
- Howell Road Elementary School
- James A. Dever Elementary School (Originally Corona Ave Elementary School)
- Wheeler Avenue Elementary School
- Willow Road Elementary School
Valley Stream Union Free School District #24
- Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School
- Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School
- William L. Buck Elementary School
Valley Stream Union Free School District #30
- Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School
- Forest Road Elementary School
- Shaw Avenue Elementary School
Valley Stream Central High School District
- Valley Stream Central High School
- Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School
- Valley Stream North High School
- Valley Stream South High School
- Green Acres Mall is located in Valley Stream.
- National Amusements Movie Theater chain started in Valley Stream.
- Ninety-Nines were started in Valley Stream.
- Snapple Beverage Co., and the drink itself, started in Valley Stream.
Portions of the films Married to the Mob, Goodfellas, Trees Lounge, The Brothers McMullen, and Desperate Endeavors were filmed in Valley Stream. Also, Valley Stream is the setting for a section of The Honeymoon Killers.
- Fred Armisen, actor/comedian, raised in Valley Stream
- Lon Babby, president of the Phoenix Suns, grew up in Valley Stream
- Andy Dolich, sports executive, grew up in Valley Stream
- Peter Barton, actor, raised in Valley Stream
- Bruce Blakeman, politician, lawyer raised in Valley Stream
- Stephen Boyd, professional football player, raised in Valley Stream
- Michael Brandon, actor, raised in Valley Stream
- Jason Michael Brescia, director, raised in Valley Stream
- Brian Burns, actor, raised in Gibson (brother of Edward Burns)
- Edward Burns, actor, raised in Gibson
- Jim Breuer, actor/comedian, raised in Valley Stream
- Steve Buscemi, actor/director, grew up in Valley Stream
- Eileen Charbonneau, novelist, grew up in Valley Stream
- Patricia Charbonneau, actress, grew up in Valley Stream
- Everlast, singer and rapper, born in Valley Stream
- Fern Fitzgerald, actress. born in Valley Stream
- Jeffrey M. Friedman, scientist, discoverer of Leptin, raised in Valley Stream
- Mary Gordon, author, lived as a youth and attended elementary school in Valley Stream
- Tom Gorman, baseball player. Resident of Valley Stream at time of his death.
- Steve Hytner, actor, grew up in Valley Stream
- Al Iaquinta, fighter on The Ultimate Fighter, grew up in Valley Stream
- George E. Killian, president of FISU, born and raised in Valley Stream
- Esther Jungreis, founder of Hineni, lived in Valley Stream
- Wendy Kaufman aka The Snapple Lady, spokesperson for Snapple, grew up in Valley Stream
- Cyndi Lauper lived on the west side of Valley Stream before becoming famous.
- Larry Miller, comedian and actor, grew up in Valley Stream
- Leslie Moonves, Former president of CBS, grew up in Valley Stream
- Deborah Oppenheimer Academy Award-winning film and television producer, grew up in Valley Stream
- Rita Moreno lived in North Valley Stream. 
- Steve Orich, Tony-nominated orchestrator, grew up in Valley Stream
- Orio Palmer, fireman who died while rescuing World Trade Center occupants on 9/11
- Naomi Osaka, professional tennis player, grew up in Valley Stream
- Ralph Penza, TV news correspondent, grew up in Valley Stream
- Edward Renehan, writer, grew up in Valley Stream
- Owen Roizman, Oscar-winning cinematographer, grew up in Valley Stream
- Matt Rubano, bassist for Taking Back Sunday, born in Valley Stream
- Adam Schefter, NFL reporter for ESPN, grew up in Valley Stream
- Shaggy, reggae singer, lives in Valley Stream
- Greg Smith, bassist/vocalist for Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, and Rainbow, grew up in Valley Stream
- Robin Wilson, lead singer for the Gin Blossoms, lives in Valley Stream
- Gene Gotti, mobster and brother of former Gambino Crime Family Boss John Gotti, lived in Valley Stream.
- Henry Hill, former mob associate with the Lucchese crime family, whose life in the mob was documented in the book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi, which was later adopted into the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, lived in Valley Stream.
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- Itzkoff, Dave. " Eccentric on 'S.N.L.' Is 'Jus' Keeeeding!'", The New York Times, September 30, 2005. Accessed October 2, 2007. "'When I was growing up, records meant everything to me,' said Mr. Armisen, who was born in Manhattan and spent part of his childhood in Rio de Janeiro before his family settled in Valley Stream, N.Y."
- Danney, Micahel. "V.S Native's Movie Airs On Showtime". LI Herald.
- Weinraub, Bernard. "A Sort of Cinderella Prevails at Sundance", The New York Times, January 30, 1995. Accessed October 10, 2007. "Mr. Burns's parents encouraged him to write years ago; his mother, a film buff, watches Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" twice a month."
- Keller, Joel. "IN PERSON; Mr. Breuer's Neighborhood", The New York Times, October 16, 2005. Accessed October 28, 2007. "Mr. Breuer's stand-up comedy often revolves around stories about his childhood in Valley Stream, N.Y., on Long Island, his marriage and his neighbors."
- Delatiner, Barbara. "Cinema Arts Film Festival Stresses the Independents", The New York Times, June 1, 1997. Accessed November 1, 2007. "Mr. Buscemi, who was born in Valley Stream, will screen Trees Lounge, about an unemployed mechanic, the first film that he has written, directed and starred in."
- Klein, Alvin. "Comedian's Forte: Scenes, Not Jokes", The New York Times, January 5, 1989. Accessed October 21, 2007. "All three still live in the house in Valley Stream (Norman Rockwell Estates, as the comedian puts it), where they moved when he was 3?"
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