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The History of Bethpage, NY

The personal injury attorneys in Bethpage, NY, at Banville Law, would like to present the following article about the neighborhood's history.


The hamlet of Bethpage is located within the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island in Nassau County, New York. The hamlet, also a census-designated place or CDP, takes up 2,304 acres and has an elevation of 105 or 32 meters. Some of the closest communities include Hicksville, Old Bethpage, Plainedge, Levittown, and Farmingdale. The Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway travels along the eastern border. Other roadways within the neighborhood are Cherry Avenue, Stewart Avenue, Haypath Road, and South Broadway. 


The area was initially part of the Bethpage Purchase in 1695 and was named by Thomas Powell, a Quaker, after a Biblical town. However, early references show the northern region was referred to as Bedelltown. 

The LIRR established a stop within the community between 1851 and 1854 and named the station Jerusalem Station. It was renamed Central Park in 1867. Another name change took place in 1936 to its current name. 

The community was home to the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation from 1936 until 1994. This company is credited for the production of the following:

  • the F-14 Tomcat
  • the Navy version of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
  • the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) for moon landings

Just to the west of this company was the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant, also known as the Northrop Grumman Site Facility. The government-owned plant began operating in 1942. It produces aircraft for NASA and the US Navy within its 605-acre facility. 


A local gem is found on Hicksville Road in the southern region of the hamlet. The Sterling is a venue that has been serving the greater area for over 50 years. This stunning property includes onsite catering from internationally trained chefs. The venue can hold over 550 guests and offers rentals for the following occasions: 

  • weddings
  • Bar Mitzvahs
  • Sweet 16
  • and more

Photo opportunities are available in the many gardens and patios. The specially designed and decorated rooms to choose from include:

  • Champagne
  • Chapel
  • Conti
  • Holiday


The schools the residents can send their children to are all within the following school districts:

  • Bethpage Union Free School District
  • Island Trees Union Free School District
  • Plainedge Union Free School District
  • Hicksville Union Free School District


The hamlet was home to 16,429 people, 5,710 households, and 4,516 families in 2010. This was a decrease from the count of 16,543 residents in 2000. The breakdown of the ethnicities within the neighborhood was the following:

  • 90.8% white
  • 0.6% African American
  • 7.0% Hispanic
  • 0.1% Native American
  • 5.5% Asian
  • 1.5% other race
  • 1.4% two or more races

The community income per household was $70,173, while the income for a family was $78,573. Men averaged an annual income of $53,404 versus $36,708 for women. The most frequently represented professions held by the working population were the following:

  • 16.7% Administrative
  • 12.8% Sales and Related
  • 12.1% Management
  • 8.8% Education
  • 6.4% Business
  • 5.8% Healthcare

To learn more: Discovering the History of Old Westbury, NY

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: August 5, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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