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Valley Stream, New York
Village of Valley Stream
Valley Stream and the surrounding areas, as seen from the air.
Valley Stream and the surrounding areas, as seen from the air.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Valley Stream, New York is located in Long Island
Valley Stream, New York
Valley Stream, New York
Location in Long Island
Valley Stream, New York is located in New York
Valley Stream, New York
Valley Stream, New York
Location in New York
Valley Stream, New York is located in the United States
Valley Stream, New York
Valley Stream, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau Village within Hempstead, New York
 • Total 3.50 sq mi (9.05 km2)
 • Land 3.48 sq mi (9.01 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total 37,511
 • Estimate 
 • Density 10,759.13/sq mi (4,154.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-76705
GNIS feature ID 2391182
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Valley Stream is a village in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population in the Village of Valley Stream was 37,511 at the 2010 census. The incorporated Village of Valley Stream is within the Town of Hempstead, New York, along the border with Queens. The village is served by the Long Island Rail Road at the Valley Stream, Gibson, and Westwood stations. Money Magazine ranked Valley Stream as "the best place to live in New York" for 2017.


U.S. Census Map

Valley Stream is located at 40°39′53″N 73°42′12″W / 40.664780°N 73.703327°W / 40.664780; -73.703327 (40.664780, -73.703327).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.86%, is water.

Communities bordering Valley Stream are Elmont (Home of Belmont Park Racetrack), Lynbrook, Malverne, Franklin Square, Hewlett, Woodmere, and Rosedale (a neighborhood in Queens in New York City).

There are many different sections of Valley Stream:


George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Gate House, Valley Stream, Long Island, ca. 1872-1887
George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Gate House, Valley Stream, Long Island, ca. 1872-1887. Collodion silver glass wet plate negative. Brooklyn Museum

In the year 1640, 14 years after the arrival of the Dutch settlers in Manhattan, the area that is now Valley Stream was purchased by the Dutch West India Company from Rockaway Native Americans. There was no development of the woodland area for the next two centuries. The census of 1840 list about 20 families, most of whom owned large farms. At that time, the northwest section was called “Fosters Meadow”. The business section on Rockaway Avenue was called “Rum Junction” because of its lively nightlife. The racy northern section was known as “Cookie Hill”, and the section of the northeast that housed the local fertilizer plant was called “Skunks Misery”. Hungry Harbor, a section that has retained its name, was home to a squatter’s community.

Robert Pagan was born in Scotland on December 3, 1796. In or about the late 1830s, Robert, his wife Ellen, and their children emigrated from Scotland. On the journey to America, one of their children died and was buried at sea. The 1840 U.S. Census for Queens County lists Pagan's occupation as a farmer. Two children were born to Robert and Ellen Pagan after they settled in the town of Hempstead.

At this time, the community did not have a post office, so mail had to be picked up in Hempstead. Pagan petitioned the appropriate authorities for a post office and it was housed in his home, the Pagan-Fletcher House. He was advised that the community needed a name. Pagan chose "Valley Stream" based on the topographical appearance of the area. In 1843, the U.S. Post Office formally accepted the name of Valley Stream. As a consequence, Pagan is credited with naming the community. Pagan died on March 25, 1870.

Mr. Pagan’s wife, Ellen, also played a significant role in village history. Tired of traveling to Lynbrook for religious services, she began holding the services in her home. A Methodist minister was hired for periodic stops in the Pagan home, and the first congregation in Valley Stream was founded. She also pushed for her husband to change the family to Payan, seen now in Payan Avenue.

In 1853, Hempstead Turnpike was the only route that connected Valley Stream to Jamaica and New York City. The main streets in Valley Stream that connected the small village to the turnpike were Mill Road (which is Corona Avenue today) in the west, Sand Street (Central Avenue) in the south, and Dutch Broadway in the north. That year Merrick Road, a planked, one lane road came through Valley Stream, connecting the village to Merrick in the east, and Jamaica to the west. With the new thoroughfare in the area, Valley Stream residents and industry began to move southward.

In 1869, the South Side Railroad began stopping in Valley Stream and a branch of the railroad was constructed that connected the main line with the Rockaways. The new branch is now called the Far Rockaway Branch of the Long Island Railroad.

The new railroad, combined with the emergence of Merrick Road as a major artery, caused Valley Stream to grow into a substantial community. Around the start of the 20th century, Hendrickson Park became a prime vacationing spot for people from Brooklyn and Queens. The Valley Stream Hotel opened at the beginning of the 20th Century, overlooking the golf course. Many tourists who came to visit wound up moving to Valley Stream. The Village of Valley Stream was incorporated in 1925 as a result of its growth.

In 1922, developer William R. Gibson came to Valley Stream after building more than 2,500 homes in Queens. He bought 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land on Roosevelt Avenue and built homes on Avondale, Berkeley, Cambridge, Derby, and Elmwood Streets. Five years later he expanded his development to Cochran Place and Dartmouth Street.

Realizing that his development was perfectly designed for the new class of white-collar commuters, he petitioned the Long Island Railroad for a stop. The LIRR agreed to stop in the area if Gibson would build the station himself. On May 29, 1929, the Gibson station was opened. Gibson station, as it became known, still retains the name of its founder.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 605
1930 11,790
1940 16,679 41.5%
1950 26,854 61.0%
1960 38,629 43.8%
1970 40,413 4.6%
1980 35,769 −11.5%
1990 33,946 −5.1%
2000 36,368 7.1%
2010 37,511 3.1%
Est. 2019 37,431 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 37,511 people, 12,484 households, and 9,600 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,569.5 people per square mile (4,081.9/km2). There were 12,688 housing units at an average density of 3,687.5 per square mile (1,424.1/km2). The racial make up of the village was 57.25% White, 18.57% African American, 0.3% Native American, 11.38% Asian, 8.97% from other races and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino were 22.24% of the population. The median household income was $62,243 and the family income was $72,585. Median household income for the village was $77,905, and the median income for a family was $84,273.

Males had a median income of $80,094 versus $56,260 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $66,334. About 1.0% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 0.4% of those age 65 or over.

There were 12,484 households, of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The village is home to significant Italian American, Irish American and German American populations, with 31.8% of the population identifying themselves as being of Italian ancestry in the 2000 Census.



  • NY 27
  • Peninsula Boulevard (CR 2)
  • Mill Road/Central Avenue
  • Merrick Road
  • Southern State Parkway



Valley Stream LIRR station from tracks
The Valley Stream station on the LIRR.
  • LIRR Far Rockaway Branch: Valley Stream, Gibson.
  • LIRR Long Beach Branch: Valley Stream
  • LIRR West Hempstead Branch: Valley Stream, Westwood.


  • Green Acres Mall is located in Valley Stream.
  • National Amusements Movie Theater chain started in Valley Stream.
  • Ninety-Nines were started in Valley Stream.
  • Snapple Beverage Co., and the drink itself, started in Valley Stream.


Valley Stream has many separate elementary school districts that share the same central high school district. In addition, children living in the northern section of the Village, a CDP known as North Valley Stream, attend Alden Terrace Elementary School (Elmont UFSD), followed by Elmont Memorial High School (grades 7–12; Sewanhaka CHSD).

Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District

  • Ogden Elementary School
  • Hewlett Elementary School
  • Woodmere Middle School
  • George W. Hewlett High School

Valley Stream School Union Free School District #13

  • Howell Road Elementary School
  • James A. Dever Elementary School (Originally Corona Ave Elementary School)
  • Wheeler Avenue Elementary School
  • Willow Road Elementary School

Valley Stream Union Free School District #24

  • Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School
  • Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School
  • William L. Buck Elementary School

Valley Stream Union Free School District #30

  • Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School
  • Forest Road Elementary School
  • Shaw Avenue Elementary School

Valley Stream Central High School District

The front of Valley Stream Central High School.
  • Valley Stream Central High School
  • Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School
  • Valley Stream North High School
  • Valley Stream South High School

Notable people

  • Fred Armisen, actor/comedian, raised in Valley Stream
  • Lon Babby, president of the Phoenix Suns, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Andy Dolich, sports executive, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Peter Barton, actor, raised in Valley Stream
  • Bruce Blakeman, politician, lawyer raised in Valley Stream
  • Stephen Boyd, professional football player, raised in Valley Stream
  • Michael Brandon, actor, raised in Valley Stream
  • Jason Michael Brescia, director, raised in Valley Stream
  • Brian Burns, actor, raised in Gibson (brother of Edward Burns)
  • Jim Breuer, actor/comedian, raised in Valley Stream
  • Steve Buscemi, actor/director, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Eileen Charbonneau, novelist, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Patricia Charbonneau, actress, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Everlast, singer and rapper, born in Valley Stream
  • Fern Fitzgerald, actress. born in Valley Stream
  • Jeffrey M. Friedman, scientist, discoverer of Leptin, raised in Valley Stream
  • Mary Gordon, author, lived as a youth and attended elementary school in Valley Stream
  • Tom Gorman, baseball player. Resident of Valley Stream at time of his death.
  • Steve Hytner, actor, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Al Iaquinta, fighter on The Ultimate Fighter, grew up in Valley Stream
  • George E. Killian, president of FISU, born and raised in Valley Stream
  • Esther Jungreis, founder of Hineni, lived in Valley Stream
  • Wendy Kaufman aka The Snapple Lady, spokesperson for Snapple, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Cyndi Lauper lived on the west side of Valley Stream before becoming famous.
  • Larry Miller, comedian and actor, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Leslie Moonves, Former president of CBS, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Deborah Oppenheimer Academy Award-winning film and television producer, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Rita Moreno lived in North Valley Stream.
  • Steve Orich, Tony-nominated orchestrator, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Orio Palmer, fireman who died while rescuing World Trade Center occupants on 9/11
  • Naomi Osaka, professional tennis player, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Ralph Penza, TV news correspondent, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Edward Renehan, writer, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Owen Roizman, Oscar-winning cinematographer, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Matt Rubano, bassist for Taking Back Sunday, born in Valley Stream
  • Adam Schefter, NFL reporter for ESPN, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Shaggy, reggae singer, lives in Valley Stream
  • Greg Smith, bassist/vocalist for Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, and Rainbow, grew up in Valley Stream
  • Robin Wilson, lead singer for the Gin Blossoms, lives in Valley Stream

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