Heavily-populated Hempstead is one of the three towns in Nassau County. This town includes 22 villages, including a village named Hempstead. If Hempstead were a city, it would be the second largest in New York, behind New York City.
Hempstead is located on Long Island, just east of Queens. It is just 25 miles from downtown Manhattan and 20 miles east of Brooklyn. With only nine miles to world-famous beaches, 11 miles to John F. Kennedy International Airport, and just 16 miles to LaGuardia Airport, Hempstead is perfectly situated to everything a New Yorker could want. Rent a Hempstead apartment and you’ll be swimming and enjoying the surf at Long Beach and the world-famous Fire Island, attending Broadway shows, exploring Central Park, visiting museums, and appreciating the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife of the New York area.
Hofstra University is located in Hempstead. This private, prestigious university is famous for its Presidential conferences and the university has hosted Presidential debates twice, in 2008 and again in 2012. Hofstra was established in 1935 and contains 10 schools, including a School of Law and a School of Medicine.
Hempstead was settled by colonists in 1644 and has more than 20 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including St. George’s Church, which was built in 1822. The church was founded in 1702 and was rebuilt twice, once in 1734 and again in 1822. The post office, built in 1932, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lobby contains several murals that were painted in 1936, and the building is a beautiful example of Art Deco architecture.
Hempstead Lake State Park is an ideal location for weekend getaways. The park includes 20 tennis courts, basketball courts, horseback riding trails, hiking and biking trails, a historic carousel, picnic areas, and three fishing ponds. Hempstead Lake is the largest lake in Nassau County and is a popular fishing and boating destination. The other lakes, McDonald Pond and South Pond, are stocked with trout. Other fish include perch, carp, sunfish, large-mouth bass, and black crappie.