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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 37,838
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 18,174
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34%
Median Earnings25+ $48,750
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,071
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,131

Wealth

Median Family Income $102,488
% Above Poverty Level 92.5%
% Below Poverty Level 7.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 21.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,581
Median House Value $371,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 8.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valley Stream Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Hempstead, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles E of New York, New York
County Nassau
Standard Zip Codes 11580, 11581
P.O. Box Zip Codes 11582
Phone Area Codes 516
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.664
Longitude -73.708

Valley Stream Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NEW YORK JFK INTL AP
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 67 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Station WANTAGH CEDAR CREEK
Distance 11 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 67 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Station NEW YORK AVE V BROOKLYN
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Valley Stream, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Woodmere (11581)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hewlett 6,032 $107,298
Hewlett Bay Park 354 $250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valley Stream Public Libraries

Library
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library
60 VERONA PLACE
Valley Stream, New York
(516) 825-6422

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Valley Stream Hospitals

FRANKLIN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
900 FRANKLIN AVENUE
(516) 256-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Valley Stream High Schools

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VALLEY STREAM SOUTH HS
150 JEDWOOD PL
516-791-0310
Serves 1,321 students.

VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL HS
135 FLETCHER AVE
516-561-4410
Serves 1,010 students.

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