Introduction to Long Beach, New York
Long Beach, New York, in Nassau county, is 8 miles S of Hempstead, New York and 19 miles SE of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area with.
Long Beach History
Long Beach was originally inhabited by Rockaway Indians. It was first settled in by Europeans in 1643, when baymen and farmers who used the land for fishing and harvesting arrived. A lifesaving station was established in the city in 1849. A builder from Brooklyn, Austin Corbin, tried to develop the island as a resort. He also formed a partnership with the Long Island Railroad in 1880 and financed the New York and Long Beach Railroad Co. to lay track from Lynbrook to Long Beach. Long Beach was incorporated as a village in 1918. It became a city in 1922.
Long Beach and nearby Attractions
- Hempstead Lake State Park
- Rock Hall Museum
- New York Aquarium
- Brooklyn Children's Museum
- Prospect Park Zoo
- Queens Zoo
Things To Do In Long Beach
While staying in Long Beach, you can spend your leisure hours at Beach Park. You can also visit Jones Beach State Park, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park and Riverbank State Park. The Long Island Children's Museum, Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, African American Museum, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island and the Rock Hall Museum are all popular spots as well. The city is also close to the Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. The City of Long Beach organizes several recreational events and annual festivals as well, such as the Colors of Long Beach and the Family Festival by the Sea.
Long Beach Transportation
John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.
Long Beach Higher Education
Rabbinical College of Long Island lies within the city. Nassau Community College, Hofstra University and Adelphi University are also close by.