Introduction to West Hempstead, New York
West Hempstead, New York, in Nassau county, is 1 miles W of Hempstead, New York and 17 miles E of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area with. West Hempstead contains a population of approximately 18,713.
West Hempstead History
West Hempstead is a suburban community in the Town of Hempstead. The region was first settled in by Europeans in 1644, after the Indian inhabitants and English colonists had established a treaty the preceding year. There are various theories behind the naming of the area. It may have been named after Hemel Hemsptead in UK, or Heemstede, a Dutch city. Some say that the name of the area might have been a reference to a colonial law which required farmers of the town to grow cash crop and hemp in alternate years to replenish the soil.
West Hempstead and nearby Attractions
- Jones Beach State Park
- Valley Stream State Park
- Fine Arts Museum of Long Island
- African American Museum
- Hofstra Museum
- Garden City Golf Club
Things To Do In West Hempstead
The Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead is one of the three state parks that can be found in Hempstead. It has three ponds that are stocked with many varieties of fish and offer a pleasurable fishing experience. The park also has wooded picnic areas, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, tennis courts and sports fields. Recreational programs are regularly organized at the park, which also has facilities for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and ice skating.
West Hempstead Transportation
John F. Kennedy International Airport is only 10 miles away.
West Hempstead Higher Education
Nassau Community College, Adelphi University and Hofstra University provide facilities for higher studies.