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Manhasset, New York
Plandome Road in Manhasset's downtown area
Plandome Road in Manhasset's downtown area
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Manhasset, New York is located in Long Island
Manhasset, New York
Manhasset, New York
Location in Long Island
Manhasset, New York is located in New York
Manhasset, New York
Manhasset, New York
Location in New York
Manhasset, New York is located in the United States
Manhasset, New York
Manhasset, New York
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New York
County Nassau County
Town North Hempstead
First settled 1680
Named for "Manhanset", roughly meaning "the Island Neighborhood"; the Manhanset Tribe.
 • Total 2.42 sq mi (6.27 km2)
 • Land 2.38 sq mi (6.18 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
95 ft (29 m)
 • Total 8,176
 • Density 3,428.09/sq mi (1,323.55/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes 516, 363
FIPS code 36-44897
GNIS feature ID 0956342

Manhasset is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. It is considered the anchor community of the Greater Manhasset area. The population was 8,176 at the 2020 census.

As with other unincorporated communities in New York, its local affairs are administered by the town in which it is located, the Town of North Hempstead, whose town hall is in Manhasset, making the hamlet the town seat.


The name Manhasset was adopted in 1840. It is most likely the anglicized rendition of the name of a local Native American tribe whose name translates to "the island neighborhood".


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Manhasset Valley Park, formerly a minor harbor

The Matinecock had a village on Manhasset Bay. These Native Americans called the area Sint Sink, meaning "place of small stones". They made wampum from oyster shells. In 1623, the area was claimed by the Dutch West India Company and they began forcing English settlers to leave in 1640. A 1643 land purchase made it possible for English settlers to return to Cow Neck (the peninsula where present-day Port Washington, Manhasset, and surrounding villages are located.).

Manhasset Bay was previously known as Schout's Bay (a schout being roughly the Dutch equivalent of a sheriff), Martin Garretson's Bay (Martin Garretson was the Schout at one point), and later Cow Bay or Cow Harbor. Cow Neck was so called because it offered good grazing land. By 1659, there were over 300 cows and 5 mi (8 km) fence separating Cow Neck from the areas to the south. The settlers came to an agreement that each of them could have one cow on the neck for each section of fence the individual had constructed. The area was more formally divided among the settlers when the fence was removed in 1677. Manhasset took on the name Little Cow Neck, Port Washington was known as Upper Cow Neck.

During the American Revolution, Little Cow Neck suffered at the hands of the British. Many structures and properties, such as the 1719 Quaker Meeting House were burned, seized or damaged. The Town of North Hempstead separated from the Town of Hempstead in 1784 because the South, inhabited mainly by Church of England people, was loyal to the king. The Northern communities and villages, dominated by Yankee Congregationalists supported independence.

In 1801, it cost two cents to travel between Roslyn and Spinney Hill on the North Hempstead Turnpike, the newly opened toll road (now Northern Boulevard).

The Manhasset name was adopted in 1840 and comes from the native word "Manhanset", roughly meaning "the island neighborhood." Dairy farming was still a major endeavor, but the oyster industry was also on the rise. In 1898, the Long Island Railroad arrived, bringing with it wealthy New Yorkers looking for country homes with easy transportation to more urban areas of New York City. Manhasset Valley and Spinney Hill attracted a number of skilled workers and immigrant families.

The North Hempstead Town Hall opened in Manhasset on Plandome Road in 1907. Town councilmen had previously been meeting in Roslyn taverns after North Hempstead split away from Hempstead in 1775.

The Manhasset Valley School, originally built to serve the children of the help on the local Gold Coast Estates, eventually came to serve Manhasset's African American community, and was closed in the 1960s by a desegregation lawsuit. It is still standing and is currently used as a community center. The centrally located but antiquated Plandome Road School was demolished in the early 1970s, having been replaced by the new Shelter Rock Elementary School in North Hills by 1969. Currently, Mary Jane Davies Green sits on the site of the old school.

Manhasset is served by the Nassau County Police Department, with the Sixth Precinct station house located on Community Drive, just south of Northern Boulevard. RMPs 608 and 616 are the cars assigned to patrol duties in Manhasset. In 2005, a Wall Street Journal article ranked Manhasset as the best town for raising a family in the New York metropolitan area. The Manhasset area, settled by 1680, grew quickly after it began being served by the Long Island Rail Road in 1898. The LIRR provides access to New York City via the Manhasset station with an approximately 40 minute commute to Penn Station. Express trains, which run during rush hour, make the trip in less than 30 minutes. The hamlet of Manhasset is located 19.5 miles (29.2 km) away from midtown Manhattan.

In the 2010s and 2020s, talks have been restarted to connect the businesses on Plandome Road to sanitary sewers operated by the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. These proposals have been discussed for decades but historically had been met with opposition.

Failed incorporation attempts

There have been several unsuccessful attempts over the years – especially throughout the 1940s – for some or all of the unincorporated areas of Manhasset to incorporate as villages. The most recent proposal to incorporate the hamlet took place in 2016.


U.S. Census map of Manhasset

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 1.24%, is water.

Greater Manhasset area

In addition to the unincorporated areas of Manhasset proper (Bayview, the Strathmores (North and South Strathmore, Strathmore Village, and Strathmore–Vanderbilt), Shorehaven, Terrace Manor, Manhasset Park, Manhasset Gardens, and Norgate), the Greater Manhasset area also includes three incorporated villages: Munsey Park, Plandome, and Plandome Heights; and parts of three others: Flower Hill, Plandome Manor, and North Hills.


Americana Manhasset shopping center
The Louis Vuitton store at Americana Manhasset

The Americana Manhasset mall opened in 1956, and is located on Manhasset's Miracle Mile.

The commercial center of Manhasset is situated around the railroad station on Plandome Road, where the LIRR connects directly into Manhattan for a 37-minute commute. The area has bakeries, pizzerias, delis, bars, coffee shops, and a movie theater. Centralized in town is a small park and a gazebo. The public library is located 1 block east of Plandome Road on the corner of Onderdonk Avenue and Northern Boulevard, adjacent to the historic Quaker Meeting House.

Prior to the Long Island Rail Road's arrival, the commercial center of Manhasset was located in the Manhasset Valley (near the present-day Manhasset Valley Park), along Manhasset Bay.

The North American headquarters of Sabena was located in a 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2) office building in Manhasset. In April 2002, Knightsbridge Properties Corp. bought the building for $4.9 million. Due to the bankruptcies of Sabena and Swissair, the real estate deal took over a year to finish. During that month the building was 30% occupied. Sabena was scheduled to move out of the building on May 10, 2002. The buyer planned to spend an additional $2 million to convert the building into a multi-tenant, Class A office and medical facility.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 8,080
2020 8,176 1.2%

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,080 people and 2,744 households residing in the census-designated place (CDP) which covers 2.38 square miles. The population density was 3,392.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,309.7/km2). According to the 2018 American Community Survey, the racial makeup of the CDP is estimated to be 72.5% white (65.1 non-Hispanic white), 13.8% Asian, 8.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.9% of the population.

There were 2,744 households, out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.28. The population was spread out, with 23.9% under the age of 18 and 19.2% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $133,456, and the median income for a family was $180,086. The per capita income in the CDP was $72,973. 5.5% of the population and 4.0% of families were below the poverty line. 6.3% of people under 18 years of age and 4.6% of people 65 and older had incomes below the poverty line.


Town Council

Manhasset is located in the Town of North Hempstead's 4th council district, which as of January 2023 is represented by Veronica Lurvey (DGreat Neck).

As of 2024, the entire hamlet will be located within the Town of North Hempstead's 5th council district, due to redistricting.

Furthermore, as Manhasset is the town seat of North Hempstead, the Town's government is seated in the hamlet, and North Hempstead Town Hall is located on Plandome Road in the hamlet's downtown area.

North Hempstead Town Hall, Dec 28 2022
North Hempstead Town Hall in December 2022

Nassau County Legislature

Manhasset is split between Nassau County's 9th and 10th Legislative districts, which as of January 2023 are represented in the Nassau County Legislature by Richard Nicoello (R–New Hyde Park) and Mazi Melesa Pilip (R–Great Neck), respectively.

New York State Assembly

Manhasset is located in the New York State Assembly's 16th Assembly district, which as of January 2023 is represented by Gina Sillitti (D–Manorhaven).

New York State Senate

Manhasset is located in the New York State Senate's 7th State Senate district, which as of January 2023 is represented by Jack M. Martins (R–Old Westbury).

United States House of Representatives

Manhasset is located in New York's 3rd congressional district, which as of January 2023 is represented by George A. Santos (R).

United States Senate

Along with the rest of New York, Manhasset is represented in the United States Senate by Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D).

Recent electoral history

Recent election results in Manhasset (CDP), New York
Year Democratic Republican
2020 49.9% 2,239 48.6% 2,183
2016 47.2% 1,845 48.6% 1,901
U.S. Senate
2018 52.3% 1,596 47.5% 1,447
2016 54.1% 2,053 44.5% 1,691
2018 50.3% 1,523 48.0% 1,452
State Attorney General
2018 49.0% 1,481 49.8% 1,506

Parks and recreation

Manhasset Gazebo, Aug 09 2022
Mary Jane Davies Green, formerly the site of the Plandome Road School

The Town of North Hempstead owns and operates several parks within the hamlet. These parks include Manhasset Valley Park, Mary Jane Davies Green, and Whitney Pond Park.

Park districts

In addition to having several parks which are owned and maintained by the Town of North Hempstead, two park districts serve the majority of the hamlet: the Great Neck Park District and the Manhasset Park District.

The portion of Manhasset zoned for the Manhasset Union Free School District is located, in its entirety, within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Manhasset Park District. This special district owns and operates numerous parks and parking facilities throughout the Greater Manhasset area. Meanwhile, the portion of the Spinney Hill section of Manhasset zoned for the Great Neck Union Free School District is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Park District, which owns and operates numerous parks and parking facilities throughout the Greater Great Neck area.

The only portion of the hamlet not located within either of the two park districts is the southernmost, sparsely-populated tip of the hamlet.



Manhasset is primarily located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Manhasset Union Free School District, while some of the hamlet's southernmost portions and a portion of its western panhandle are located within the boundaries of (and are thus served by) the Great Neck Union Free School District. As such, children who reside in Manhasset and attend public schools go to school in one of these two districts, depending on where they reside within the hamlet.

Several private schools, including St. Mary's High School, are also located within the hamlet.


Manhasset Public Library, Aug 13 2022
The Manhasset Public Library in 2022

Manhasset is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Library District and the Manhasset Library District. The boundaries of these two library districts within the hamlet are coterminous with those of the school districts.




One state road, Northern Boulevard (NY 25A), travels through (and thus directly serves) Manhasset.

Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, facing east from Brinkerhoff Lane, Aug 10 2022
Northern Boulevard (NY 25A) in Manhasset on August 10, 2022

Other major roads which travel through the hamlet include Bayview Avenue, Community Drive, East Shore Road, Maple Street, Onderdonk Avenue, Park Avenue, Plandome Road, Searingtown Road, and Shelter Rock Road.


Manhasset LIRR station, western section, as viewed from overpass
The Manhasset LIRR station in 2022

The Manhasset station on the Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch is located in Manhasset's downtown area.


Manhasset is served by the n20H, n21, n25 and n26 bus routes, which are operated by Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE). The n20H and n21 run east–west through Manhasset on Northern Boulevard while the n25 and n26 pass through the western part of Manhasset en route between Great Neck and Lynbrook and Jamaica respectively.


Natural gas

National Grid USA provides natural gas to homes and businesses that are hooked up to natural gas lines in Manhasset.


PSEG Long Island provides power to all homes and businesses within the hamlet.


Manhasset is partially sewered. The sewered areas are connected to the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District's sanitary sewer network, which handles and treats the hamlet's sanitary waste.

The remainder of the hamlet instead relies on cesspools and septic systems.

As of 2022, plans are underway to connect the hamlet's downtown area along Plandome Road to the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District's sanitary sewers.


Manhasset, in its entirety, is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Manhasset–Lakeville Water District.

Healthcare and emergency services


North Shore University Hospital 2021a
North Shore University Hospital in 2021

Manhasset is home to North Shore University Hospital, located on Community Drive. The hospital is operated by Northwell Health.


Manhasset, in its entirety, is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Manhasset–Lakeville Fire District.


Manhasset, in its entirety, is served by the Nassau County Police Department's 6th Precinct, which is headquartered on Community Drive within the hamlet.

Notable people

  • Danny Barnes (born 1989), Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher.
  • Bruce R. Bent, co-creator of the money market fund
  • Bernie Bernthal (born 1960), retired professional soccer player.
  • Ted Bessell (1935-96), television actor and director, That Girl.
  • Billy Bitter (born 1988), professional lacrosse player for the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse.
  • Mike Breen (born 1961), NBA play-by-play commentator
  • Jim Brown (born 1936), Hall of Fame football player and actor
  • Craig Cohn (born 1983), professional wrestler better known as Craig Classic.
  • Billy Crudup (born 1968), actor, in movies such as Big Fish and Almost Famous
  • Carson Daly (born 1973), TV personality, host of The Voice, Last Call with Carson Daly and New Year's Eve with Carson Daly.
  • R. A. Dickey (born 1974), former MLB pitcher for numerous teams, including Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.
  • Mike Dunlap (born 1957), former head coach of Charlotte Bobcats NBA team.
  • Don Dunphy (1908–98), television and radio sports announcer specializing in boxing.
  • Melissa Errico, former ingenue in Broadway musicals/performer; married to Patrick McEnroe.
  • Boomer Esiason (born 1961), former professional football player, sports radio talk show host of WFAN's Boomer and Carton, television commentator.
  • Manoug Exerjian (1888–1974), Armenian-American architect in New York
  • Jinx Falkenburg (1919–2003), model and radio personality with husband Tex McCrary.
  • Peter T. Farrell (c. 1901–1992), judge who presided over the trial of bank robber Willie Sutton.
  • Jason Foley (born 1995), professional baseball player
  • Mike Francesa (born 1954), sports radio talk show host of WFAN's Mike's On: Francesa on the FAN.
  • John A. Gambling (1930-2004), radio personality
  • Ray Goulding (1922–90), radio personality, comedian, partner of Bob Elliott of "Bob and Ray" fame.
  • J. Peter Grace (1913–95), former CEO of W.R. Grace and Company.
  • Al Groh (born 1944), former head coach of New York Jets and the University of Virginia.
  • Leroy Grumman (1895–1982), founder of Grumman Aircraft.
  • Ken Howard (1944–2016), actor, best known for the TV series The White Shadow.
  • Chris Jericho (born 1970), AEW and WWE professional wrestler, lead vocalist of Fozzy.
  • Alex Katz (born 1994), baseball pitcher
  • Stephen A. Lesser (born 1944), architect, designer of Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.
  • Jackie MacMullan (born 1960), sportswriter.
  • Jason Marquis (born 1978), major league baseball All Star pitcher.
  • Leonard Marsh, co-founder of Snapple.
  • Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-Flowers.
  • Patrick McEnroe (born 1966), tennis player, US Davis Cup captain, TV sportscaster
  • J. R. Moehringer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Chris Mullin (born 1963), Retired professional American basketball player
  • George Nozuka, R&B/pop singer
  • Bill O'Reilly (born 1949), television commentator and author
  • Joan Whitney Payson (1903–75), heiress, businesswoman, philanthropist, patron of the arts and art collector, member of the prominent Whitney family; owner of the New York Mets.
  • Norman F. Penny – Banker, insurance broker, and politician who had served in the New York State Assembly from 1938 to 1942; Penny was a major Republican figure in Nassau County. Lived in North Strathmore.
  • Beulah Poynter (1883-1960), actress and writer, Manhasset resident
  • Summer Rae (born 1983), professional wrestler, actress and former American football player
  • José Reyes (born 1983), professional baseball player for the New York Mets
  • Anthony Scaramucci (born 1964), 10-day White House Communications Director and founder of SkyBridge Capital
  • Elie Siegmeister (1909-91), composer, educator and author
  • Arthur Treacher (1894–1975), actor
  • John Hay "Jock" Whitney (1904–82), Venture Capitalist, Publisher, Ambassador
  • Payne Whitney (1876–1927), Industrialist, Philanthropist

See also

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