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Franklin Square, New York
The Franklin National Bank (now a Chase bank), a famous landmark in Franklin Square, in 2016.
The Franklin National Bank (now a Chase bank), a famous landmark in Franklin Square, in 2016.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Country  United States
State  New York
County  Nassau County, New York
Town Hempstead
Area
 • Total 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 • Land 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
66 ft (20 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 29,320
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
11010
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-27309
GNIS feature ID 0950629

Franklin Square is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The hamlet is an unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead. The population was 29,320 at the 2010 census.

The area was originally known as Trimming Square and then as Washington Square.

Geography

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U.S. Census Map

Franklin Square is located at 40°42′6″N 73°40′36″W / 40.70167°N 73.67667°W / 40.70167; -73.67667 (40.701722, -73.676549).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), all land.

Demographics

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census the population was 29,320. The makeup of the population was 75.1% Non-Hispanic White, 3.2% African American, 0.11% Native American, 7.2% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.75% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.3% of the population.

History

What is now Franklin Square was near the center of the Hempstead Plains, and used as grazing land, and later farmland, by the first white settlers. The southern portion included oak and dogwood forests.

In late 1643, Robert Fordham and John Carman made a treaty with members of the Massapequak, Mericoke, Matinecock and Rockaway tribes to buy roughly 100 square miles upon which they intended to start a new settlement. They purchased this tract, including much of what are now the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead. The source of the name "Franklin Square" is unclear. It has been speculated that the name honors Benjamin Franklin, but he had no historical connection to the area. It has been suggested that it was named for some now-forgotten local settler or notable.

In 1790, George Washington passed through the town while touring Long Island. He wrote in his diary that the area was "entirely treeless except for a few scraggly fruit trees." Walt Whitman spent three months in the spring of 1840 as the schoolmaster of the Trimming Square school district, in the area where Franklin Square, Garden City South and West Hempstead intersect.

In 1852, one Louis Schroerer built a hotel near a tollgate (by what is now Arden Boulevard) of the Hempstead-Jamaica Turnpike (toll road). The hotel attracted an increasing number of visitors and immigrants (the latter often German) from New York City to the formerly rural hamlet. Population grew steadily until the sudden intensified surge of suburbanization into post-World War II Long Island reached the village. By 1952, the farms were all gone, replaced by newly built houses full of emigrants from nearby New York City. Franklin Square is part of the Town of Hempstead and is represented by 3rd District Council Member, Councilman Bruce Blakeman.

Franklin National Bank

Franklin Square was the home of the Franklin National Bank, once the nation's 20th largest bank. Under the leadership of Arthur T. Roth, the Franklin National Bank introduced many banking innovations, such as the bank credit card, the drive up teller window (1950), junior savings accounts (1947), and a no-smoking policy on banking floors (1958).

On October 8, 1974, the Franklin National Bank was declared insolvent due to mismanagement and fraud, involving losses in foreign currency speculation and poor loan policies. This caused massive losses for its stockholders, resulted in jail and disgrace for its management; Italian financier and CEO Michele Sindona was poisoned in his cell in 1986, while serving a life-sentence for his part in this affair. It was at the time the largest bank failure in the history of the country, and forced US banking policymakers to reexamine and reassess regulation of international banking.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

Town infrastructure

Franklin Square has a volunteer fire department and is served by the Nassau County Police Department's Fifth Precinct.

Franklin Square residents are served by two public libraries, The Elmont Public Library and the The Franklin Square Public Library. Sanitation and recycling services are provided by Town of Hempstead District 6.

Groups

There is an active Chamber of Commerce and a historical society. Franklin Square has the Franklin Square Warriors youth football program, Franklin Square Raiders youth soccer program, the Franklin Square Little League, and Franklin Square Seminoles II baseball and softball club.

The Plattdeutsche Volksfest Vereen was established in Franklin Square in the early 1900s. One was designated for an "old folks' home" and the other for a building and beer garden for the society. These are currently the Plattdeutsche Home and Renken Apartments, operated independently by the Plattdeutsche Home Society. The Vereen holds an annual fundraising festival called the Volksfest each July and the Plattdeutsche has many clubs, sports leagues and a brass band, the Foehrer Musik Freunde.

Education

Franklin Square is served by two elementary school districts (the Valley Stream 13 Union Free School District and the Franklin Square Union Free School District) and two central high school districts (the Valley Stream Central High School District and the Sewanhaka Central High School District). The Valley Stream Union Free School District 13 covers the four public elementary schools in Franklin Square (Willow Road School is located in Franklin Square under Valley Stream District) and two public high schools (North Valley Stream H.S. is located in Franklin Square under Valley Stream District). The Franklin Square Union Free District 17 covers Washington Street School, John Street Elementary School, H. Frank Carey High School, and Polk Street School. District 16 (Elmont School district), covers the western part, with most students attending Covert Ave School and Sewanhaka High School.

The private St. Catherine of Sienna elementary school closed in June 2012.

Below are the schools in Franklin Square, and their respective grade levels and districts.

School Grades District Funding
Polk Street School K–6 Franklin Square Union Free School District Public
Willow Road School K–6 Valley Stream 13 Union Free School District Public
John Street School K–6 Franklin Square Union Free School District Public
Washington Street School K–6 Franklin Square Union Free School District Public
Valley Stream North High School 7–12 Valley Stream Central High School District Public
H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School 7–12 Sewanhaka Central High School District Public

Notable people

  • Bruce Arena, United States men's national soccer team coach.
  • Nikki Blonsky, an American actress, singer, and dancer, best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray and as Maggie Baker in the 2008 film Queen Sized.
  • Rich Davis, radio personality of the Covino and Rich show on Sirius XM Radio and a graduate of the H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School.
  • Joseph Duszak (born July 22, 1997), American professional ice hockey player
  • Jenni "JWoww" Farley (born Feb. 27, 1986), actress, producer, writer, MTV's Jersey Shore cast member.
  • Randy Gordon (March 11, 1949 in Brooklyn,N.Y), New York State Boxing Commissioner, ESPN Boxing Commentator, New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee, Sirius XM radio Host.
  • Sean Hannity, an American radio and television host, author and political commentator.
  • Ray Heatherton (of The Merry Mailman television show) and daughter Joey Heatherton lived on James Street.
  • Alice Hoffman (born March 16, 1952), novelist and young-adult and children's writer, best known for her 1996 novel Practical Magic, which was adapted for a 1998 film of the same name.
  • Michael J. Massimino, NASA Astronaut, a graduate of H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Lisa Matassa, country singer.
  • Shane Pinto, NHL player of the Ottawa Senators
  • Barbara Rosenthal, the New York avant-garde artist who wrote a weekly column ("A Crack in the Sidewalk") for The Franklin Square Bulletin in 1959–1961, when she was only eleven.
  • Jeff Tamarkin, a music journalist and award-winning author of the Jefferson Airplane biography Got a Revolution.
  • Michael Tucci (born April 15, 1946), an American film, TV and stage actor, played Sonny in the 1978 version of "Grease" with John Travolta.
  • Al Weis, former Major League Baseball player with the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets.
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