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East Hills, New York
Incorporated Village of East Hills
The entrance to the Park at East Hills on August 25, 2021.
The entrance to the Park at East Hills on August 25, 2021.
Official logo of East Hills, New York
Official Seal of East Hills
"Like No Other!"
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
East Hills, New York is located in New York
East Hills, New York
East Hills, New York
Location in New York
Country  United States
State  New York
County  Nassau County, New York
Towns North Hempstead
Oyster Bay
Incorporated June 24, 1931
Named for Its hilly location immediately east of Roslyn
 • Total 2.28 sq mi (5.90 km2)
 • Land 2.28 sq mi (5.90 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
187 ft (57 m)
 • Total 6,955
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,173.76/sq mi (1,225.34/km2)
Demonym(s) East Hillsian
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11548, 11576, 11577
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-22260
GNIS feature ID 0949124

East Hills is a village in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. It is considered part of the Greater Roslyn area, which is anchored by the Incorporated Village of Roslyn. The population was 6,955 at the 2010 census.

The Incorporated Village of East Hills is located primarily within the Town of North Hempstead, excepting a small section of the village's northeastern corner located within the Town of Oyster Bay.


The land purchase

The village of East Hills, New York, was incorporated on June 24, 1931, and held its first election on July 8 that same year. But even before it was incorporated, East Hills has been a part of the recorded history of the United States since 1643. In that year, the Rev. Robert Fordham and John Carman sailed across Long Island Sound from Stamford, Connecticut and purchased what we now know as the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead from the Rockoway, Mericock, Marsappeaque and Matinecock Indians.

Settlers came the following year and named the area Hempstead, in honor of their home city, Hemel Hempstead in England. The area fell in relative obscurity for about a century after that.


East Hills cannot boast that George Washington ever slept here, but his diary does refer to an Oyster Bay visit, and of his breakfast at what we now know as the George Washington Manor on Old Northern Boulevard in Roslyn. We also know that President Washington inspected the paper mill in Roslyn park, and it certainly doesn't take much imagination to have the Father of Our Country riding, or walking, the 100 yards to what was to become East Hills.

Perhaps the one thing in East Hills which has been in existence longer than any other man-made object is Harbor Hill Road in East Hills. "A path alongside Harboure Hill" is mentioned in records dating back to 1661.

For many years, much of what now is East Hills was the home of a few wealthy families. The neighborhood now known as Fairfield Park was once a polo field. The Country Estates neighborhood was the home of the Clarence Mackay family for 30 years and known as Harbor Hill, starting in 1898. The Prince of Wales, who later abdicated the throne of the England to marry Mrs. Simpson, was entertained at the Mackay estate in 1924. And Charles A. Lindberg rested at the Mackay estate after his return to the United States following his historic solo flight to France in 1927. Three remaining buildings from the Harbor Hill estate were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991: Mackay Estate Dairyman's Cottage, Mackay Estate Gate Lodge, and Mackay Estate Water Tower.


On June 24, 1931, representatives of the 269 people living in the village-to-be met in the home of Robert H. Willets, whose family lived in the area for eight generations. The Willets family then lived in the house where Stephen Taber, one of the great names in Roslyn's early history, resided in 1839. The house still stands at 50 Andover Road, off the Long Island Expressway's South Service Road near the entrance to the Norgate neighborhood. The name "East Hills" was adopted at the suggestion of H. Stewart McKnight, who was then the Nassau County Attorney.

Two weeks after the incorporation, an election was held in barns on the Mackay estate, and Mr. Willets was elected Mayor. John Mackay, Ellen A. Hennessy, Stephen Willets and Catherine Hechler were elected Trustees. Charles Hechler, Mrs. Heckler's husband, was designated Village Clerk.

Robert Willets served as Mayor until he retired in 1945. William W. Murray, Jr. succeeded him, until his resignation (due to ill health) in 1952. Raymond E. Dolar subsequently served as Mayor until 1966, when he relocated to Florida. William R. Fleischer succeeded him and became East Hills' fourth Mayor in 1967.

The village then and now

When East Hills was incorporated in 1931, the land area of East Hills was 98% farm and estate holdings, with 65 homes occupying the remaining 2%. Today, the percentage is reversed; with 98% of the land area occupied by homes, and less than 2% remains undeveloped. There are about 2,300 homes today in East Hills, and the population is approaching 7,200 people.

That, in brief, is the story of East Hills—beginning with holdings by Indian tribes, to vast acreages for the wealthy few, to gracious living for many today.


U.S. Census Map

East Hills is located at 40°47′39″N 73°37′37″W / 40.79417°N 73.62694°W / 40.79417; -73.62694 (40.794052, -73.627051).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all of it land.

The portions of the village on Harbor Hill, in Clarence Mackay's former estate, are among the highest areas in Nassau County.


On Labor Day 2006, The Park at East Hills opened. It has a pool, nature walks, senior facilities, and tennis and basketball courts. The construction of the park was financed through the sale of bonds; carrying and operating costs are paid through taxes.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 343
1950 2,547 642.6%
1960 7,184 182.1%
1970 8,624 20.0%
1980 7,160 −17.0%
1990 6,746 −5.8%
2000 6,842 1.4%
2010 6,955 1.7%
Est. 2019 7,233 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,955 people residing in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 89.85% White, 0.95% African American, 7.40% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.24% of the population.

Census 2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,842 people, 2,245 households, and 2,029 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,991.5 people per square mile (1,153.6/km2). There were 2,275 housing units at an average density of 994.7 per square mile (383.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.94% White, 0.8% African American, 0.01% Native American, 4.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 2,245 households, out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 84.4% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.6% were non-families. 8.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.2.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 29.9% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $149,726, and the median income for a family was $159,316. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $52,115 for females. The per capita income for the village was $59,297. About 1.5% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.


School districts

East Hills Elementary School, Roslyn Heights, NY
The Roslyn Union Free School District's East Hills Elementary School, which is located within the village.

East Hills is primarily within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Roslyn Union Free School District. However, some of the southeastern portions of the village are served by the East Williston Union Free School District and the small portion within the Town of Oyster Bay is served by the Jericho Union Free School District. As such, children who live in East Hills and attend public schools will go to school in one of these three districts depending on where they live within the village.

Library districts

East Hills is primarily within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) Roslyn's library district. However, some of the southeastern portions of the village are served by the Shelter Rock Library District and the Westbury Library District, and the small portion within the Town of Oyster Bay is served by the Jericho Library District.




Federal roads
  • I-495.svgLong Island Expressway (Interstate 495) – Travels through the southern portion of the village, between Glen Cove Road and Roslyn Road.
    Long Island Expressway at Exit 38, East Hills, Long Island, New York October 11, 2021 B
    The Long Island Expressway in East Hills at Exit 38, looking towards the west in October 2021.
State roads

Two state-owned roads pass through and serve the village:

  • NY-25A.svg Northern Boulevard (NY 25A) – Forms portions of the northern border of the village, with Greenvale and Old Brookville.
  • Northern Pkwy Shield Updated.png Northern State Parkway – Forms the southern boundary of the village, with Roslyn Heights.
Other roads

Other major roads which are located within (or pass through) the Village of East Hills include Chestnut Drive, Glen Cove Road, Harbor Hill Road, Locust Lane, Old Powerhouse Road, Old Westbury Road, Roslyn Road, and Round Hill Road.


While there are no Long Island Rail Road stations located within the village limits, the Oyster Bay Branch does form portions of the Roslyn-East Hills border.

The nearest station to the village is the Roslyn station on the Oyster Bay Branch.


A Bus Stop, East Hills, Long Island, New York October 13, 2021 A
A bus stop for the n27 on Harbor Hill Road in October 2021. The bus shelter pictured was donated by residents Adam and Reneé Haber.

East Hills is served by the n20H and n27 bus routes, which are operated by Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE). The n20H travels along the village's northern border via Northern Boulevard. The n27 travels through the heart of the village along Harbor Hill Road, as well as along Glen Cove Road.

Utility services

Natural gas

National Grid provides natural gas to homes and businesses that are hooked up to natural gas lines in the Village of East Hills.


PSEG Long Island provides power to all homes and businesses within the Village of East Hills.


Most places in East Hills are not connected to a sanitary sewer system – although there were failed plans in the 1970s to create a sewer district for much of northwestern Nassau County, which would have included East Hills in the second phase of the $122 million (1972 USD) project. As such, the majority of homes and businesses in East Hills rely on cesspools and septic systems.

The few properties in East Hills which are connected to sanitary sewers are connected to the Nassau County Sewage District's sanitary sewage network, via its East Hills Interceptor line.

Trash collection

Trash collection services in East Hills are provided and operated by the village.


The Village of East Hills is served by four water districts:

  • The Roslyn Water District – Serves the portions of East Hills in the Town of North Hempstead, excluding the Northern State Parkway and the New York State Department of Transportation's maintenance yard on Glen Cove Road.
  • The Jericho Water District – Serves the portions of East Hills in the Town of Oyster Bay.
  • The Village of Old Westbury Water System – Serves the New York State Department of Transportation's maintenance yard on Glen Cove Road.

Additionally, some portions of the Northern State Parkway within the village are within the northern extremes of the Albertson Water District.

Notable people

  • James V. Forrestal – First United States Secretary of Defense, serving between 1947 and 1949. Forrestal lived in his East Hills Home, "Old Brick" until his sudden death in 1949.
  • Wendy Liebman – Comedian.
  • Clarence H. Mackay – Financier. Mackay Lived in Harbor Hill.
  • Katherine Duer Mackay – Suffragist and socialite; Clarence's ex-wife.

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