Garden City NY
Garden City is a village in the town of Hempstead in Nassau County. This centralized village has parks, shops, and is situated along the Long Island Rail Road.
Residents enjoy a 30-minute commute to New York City on five train stations throughout the village. There are three local lines and two express stops. A wonderful downtown village area surrounds the stations making Garden City feel like a from city to oasis with metropolitan feel. The Garden City Welcoming Club and St. Anne’s Moms Group help residents connect with game nights, tennis leagues, and other social events.
Nassau County NY
With a population of more than 22,000 people living in almost 5 and a half square miles, this diverse community enjoys Garden City’s strategic location close to New York City and twenty minutes from beaches on the north and south shores. The community comes together in the summer for festivals on Seventh Street, with live music, food vendors, and activities for kids.
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For the Kids
The village boasts seven playgrounds: Community Playground, Edgemere Playground, Grove Playground, Hemlock Playground, Nassau Haven Playground, Tullamore Playground and the deluxe playground at St. Paul’s Recreation Complex. The Parks and Recreation department operates several programs for all ages. Little kids can sign up for Tot Tennis or a Pee Wee Sports Sampler, and older kids can take classes such as Crayola World of Design, Mad Science, or flag football. The Garden City library offers story-times and special events for kids. Little ones can take mommy-and-me tumbling classes or just let loose at the open gym time at Kidville or Gymboree.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
Garden City has several parks with playing fields, playgrounds, a senior center, and a village pool that offers yearly memberships to residents. The Garden City Pool Complex is open during the summer and contains an Olympic pool with two slides, a lap pool, a children’s pool, a picnic area, a snack bar and a game room. There are also three country clubs in the village: Garden City Country Club, Stewart Manor Country Club, the Cherry Valley Club, and the Garden City Golf Club.
Food & Drink
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Top 10 Restaurants
$ . Dominican
$$ . Tacos
$$ . Thai
$$ . Pizza
$$ . Afghan
$ . Desserts
$$ . Mexican
$$ . Burgers
$$ . Chicken Wings
$$ . Barbeque
Seventh Street is the heart of the downtown in the village and offers several local boutiques and restaurants. Grab a bite at Guac Shop, Perennial, Walk Street, The Burger Spot, The French Workshop, Food for Thought, Grimaldi’s Pizza. Or break a sweat at Pure Barre or Cycle Bar fitness. Stores include Envie Boutique, Coquette Boutique, The Island Boutique, and Chico’s.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Adelphi University Performing Arts Center puts on live performances and film screenings. Residents can buy individual tickets or become members and unlock access to operas, symphonies, plays, musicals, student and faculty recitals, chamber music, dance and many other live events. The Garden City Dance Studio operates in a state-of-the-art venue and hosts classes from ballet to hip-hip and jazz for kids of all ages. The annual Belmont Festival takes over Seventh Street every spring for inflatables, food, entertainment, pony rides, and more.
Garden City was born when Irish millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart bought land in Hempstead Plains with the intention of building a town. Stewart also worked to get the Hempstead Branch of the train to come through the village, and the Garden City train station opened in 1873. The village prospered due to its proximity to New York City, and in 1910 got a further economic boost when the publishing giant Doubleday opened its headquarters in town.
Charles Lindbergh departed on his famous solo transatlantic flight from Roosevelt Field airport in the east side of the village in 1927. Roosevelt Field was was used by the military in World War I as a National Guard training base. The field was called Hazelhurst Field, but the entire property was divided into Roosevelt Field and Mitchell Field. Air Service Units coming to and from Europe were assigned Roosevelt Field as their base. In 1920, the government sold the property and the Field becamse entirely civilian. Curtiss Field was a 300-acre airport on the western side of the property. In May of 1927, Charles Lindbergh took his aircraft, The Spirit of St. Louis, from its hangar at Curtiss Field and took off down the long runway at Roosevelt Field to his destination in Paris. Amelia Earhart also used Roosevelt Field on one of her flights. The airfield was closed in 1951 and in 1955 the site was turned into the Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall.