Introduction to Valley Stream, New York
Valley Stream, New York, in Nassau county, is 5 miles SW of Hempstead, New York and 15 miles E of New York, New York. The village is located in the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area. Valley Stream has a population of 36,368.
Valley Stream History
The land that is currently occupied by Valley Stream was purchased by Dutch settlers from the local Rockaway Indians in 1640. However, the area did not witness any development over the next two hundred years. According to records, 20 families were living in this region in 1840. Most of these families owned large farms. Since the residents had to trek to Hempstead to pick up their mail, local general store owner Robert Pagan lobbied for a post office. The postal authorities approved his request and agreed to set up a local post office, provided it had a unique name. This led Mr. Pagan to select the name Valley Stream, based on the fact that the village had valleys on its northern side and streams towards the south.
Valley Stream and nearby Attractions
- Valley Stream State Park
- Hendrickson Park
- Rock Hall Museum
- Queens County Farm Museum
- Queens Botanical Garden
- Belmont Park Race Track
Things To Do In Valley Stream
Valley Stream State Park offers facilities like picnic areas, playground, biking trails and playing fields. The Hempstead State Park offers facilities like horseback riding, a boat launch, picnic areas, tennis courts and playing fields. One should also visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum, which has aircraft and aviation exhibits, as well as an IMAX theater.
Valley Stream Transportation
John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.
Valley Stream Higher Education
Nassau Community College, Adelphi University, CUNY Queensborough Community College and St John's University are in the neighborhood.