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Malverne, New York
Incorporated Village of Malverne
Malverne's main Long Island Rail Road station near the Village Hall.
Malverne's main Long Island Rail Road station near the Village Hall.
Official seal of Malverne, New York
"The Mayberry of Long Island"
"Oaks From Acorns"
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Malverne, New York is located in Long Island
Malverne, New York
Malverne, New York
Location in Long Island
Malverne, New York is located in New York
Malverne, New York
Malverne, New York
Location in New York
Malverne, New York is located in the United States
Malverne, New York
Malverne, New York
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New York
County  Nassau County, New York
Town Hempstead
Incorporated April 20, 1921
Named for Malvern, England
 • Total 1.06 sq mi (2.74 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.74 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
36 ft (11 m)
 • Total 8,514
 • Estimate 
 • Density 8,019.85/sq mi (3,096.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-44787
GNIS feature ID 0956328

Malverne is a village in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, on Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 8,514 at the 2010 census.


U.S. Census Map

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.


Malverne was originally settled by the Rockaway Indians at an unknown point in history with the current Ocean Avenue serving as an Indian path. Western settlements can be dated back to the 1700's when the Abrams, Bedell and Pearsall families first settled and began farming the area.

Norwood, as it was originally known, formed a movement to become an incorporated village in the early 1920s. This area originally consisted of the communities of North Lynbrook and Malverne Park. It is widely believed that residents of the now Malverne Park area did not wish to become part of the new village and therefore requested not to be included. North Lynbrook was believed to be removed from the borders by then New York Lieutenant Governor Jeremiah Wood, who lived in that area at that time and did not wish to be in an incorporated village.

A vote was taken and voters decided to form an incorporated village by an overwhelming majority.

The spelling of the name was originally Malvern, minus the "e" as in the English connection. When the Long Island Rail Road started service to Malvern they spelled the name Malverne, with the "e". Although Malvern attempted to fix the error, the village changed the name to Malverne as so many people thought the name was spelled with the "e". This is a further indication how important rail service was to villages across the country and how powerful their effects were felt upon them.

The name was changed from Norwood to Malverne because a Village of Norwood already existed in upstate New York. The name Malverne originates from Malvern, England. Alfred Wagg, the main developers from the Amsterdam Development and Land Corporation, had visited Malvern and liked the name. The extra "e" was added to make it fancier.

Malverne's incorporation was finalized on April 13, 1921, however it had been acting as a village since October 1920. The village has celebrated the 1921 anniversary at the 25-year, 50-year, and 75-year.

Malverne was originally made up of many different communities (under one incorporated village). The communities were mostly made up of the original farmer of that area and those he sold his land to. While it is no longer viewed the same way, some of the neighborhood names can be found in the street names.

The village's growth has been credited to two major events – the selling of farm land for development and the Long Island Rail Road. The Amsterdam Development Corporation is responsible for the building of many of the homes in the village. Today, there are over 3000 homes in the village.

Today, many of its residents commute to New York City via the two Long Island Rail Road stations in the village – Malverne and Westwood, both located on the West Hempstead Branch. After a three-year hiatus, weekend train service was restored to the branch in November 2014.


Malverne was home to the original Brown Derby restaurant, which was a popular hang-out to many vaudevillians. This restaurant spawned the opening of the more famous Brown Derby in Los Angeles following the demise of Vaudeville.

The Lighting of Malverne, a holiday celebration and parade along Hempstead Avenue, is held annually on the first Saturday of December. It attracts thousands of people from Malverne and surrounding communities. The entire business district remains dark until the Mayor and the board flip a switch and all the holiday decorative lights are turned on. This kicks the start to a parade and many after


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,256
1940 5,153 128.4%
1950 8,086 56.9%
1960 9,988 23.5%
1970 10,036 0.5%
1980 9,262 −7.7%
1990 9,054 −2.2%
2000 8,934 −1.3%
2010 8,514 −4.7%
2015 (est.) 8,571 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census the makeup of the village population was 88.4% White 83% Non-Hispanic White, 3.3% African American, 0.16% Native American, 4.2% Asian, 1.77% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.6% of the population.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,934 people, 3,106 households, and 2,534 families residing in the village. The population density was 8,499.1 people per square mile (3,285.2/km²). There were 3,152 housing units at an average density of 2,998.5 per square mile (1,159.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.04% White, 1.72% African American, 0.16% Native American, 3.10% Asian, 1.77% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.01% of the population.

There were 3,106 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the village, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $81,784, and the median income for a family was $87,197. Males had a median income of $53,077 versus $37,743 for females. The per capita income for the village was $31,418. About 1.0% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Jason Michael Brescia – writer and director
  • Gil Clancy – legendary boxing trainer, commentator and International Boxing Hall of Famer
  • Tony Danza – actor
  • Francis T. Purcell – former Nassau County Executive
  • Ralph Flanagan – big-band leader
  • Woody Gelman – publisher
  • Jeffrey Goldberg – author and staff writer for The Atlantic Monthly
  • Ray Heatherton - stage and TV personality (The Merry Mailman), father of Joey Heatherton
  • Max Holden – magician
  • Dan Ingram – radio DJ
  • Stan MacGovern – comic strip cartoonist (Silly Milly)
  • Ole Olsen – Olsen and Johnson comedy team
  • Ralph Penza – television journalist
  • Atoosa Rubenstein – magazine editor
  • Rudy Rufer – New York Giants baseball shortstop
  • Frank Scoblete – author
  • Rick Shutter – drummer
  • Frank Springer – cartoonist
  • Charley Steiner – former ESPN sportscaster, current play-by-play voice for Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Anthony Tommasini (born 1948) – music critic and author
  • George R. Wodicka – biomedical engineering educator, researcher, entrepreneur, and academic administrator
  • Anthony Pecorella - punter for the University of Maryland football team, Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
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