The personal injury attorneys in Old Bethpage, NY, sponsor this article to present you with a detailed excerpt about the neighborhood.
Old Bethpage is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) on Long Island in Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York. The area of the neighborhood spans 4.1 square miles and hosts approximately 5,523 residents with a population density of 1,347.1 per square mile. Old Bethpage belongs to ZIP code 11804 and area code 516.
What is known today as Old Bethpage originally belonged to local Indian tribes including the Marsapeque, Matinecoc, and Sacatogue.
In 1695, Thomas Powell, a landowner in the middle section of Long Island in the Province of New York during the colonial period of American history, bought 10,000 acres of land from the native Indian tribes for 140 English pounds.
The land includes present-day Bethpage, East Farmingdale, Farmingdale, Old Bethpage, Plainedge, Plainview, South Farmingdale, and part of Melville.
Thomas Powell named his land Bethpage because it was situated between Jericho and Jerusalem, just as the biblical town of Bethphage was situated between Jericho and Jerusalem. The area previously called Jerusalem is known today as Wantagh and Island Trees.
In 1873, Bethpage became home to a completed railroad spur, known as the Bethpage Branch of the Central Railroad of Long Island. The railroad ran to a brickworks plant which had opened on what is now Battle Row and Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road in the 1860s.
For a number of years, the railway consisted of regularly scheduled passenger traffic, and the station was called Bethpage. The line was abandoned by 1942 but you can still find remnants of a locomotive turntable in the woods of Bethpage State Park on the east side of Round Swamp Road today.
In 1908, William Kissam Vanderbilt II began construction of the Long Island Motor Parkway, one of the country's first highways and a portion of the parkway ran through Old Bethpage.
By 1932, Bethpage State Park was opened to the public. The park spanned 1,400 acres and is almost entirely within the hamlet of Old Bethpage.
Old Bethpage was home to two grand estates, the Benjamin Franklin Yoakum Estate and the Taliaferro Estate.
Benjamin Franklin Takum was a railroad tycoon and his estate included land in both Old Bethpage and the Lenox Hills neighborhood of Farmingdale Village. It was this estate that was transformed into Bethpage State Park.
Today, The Taliaferro Estate is the site of Country Pointe Plainview, located between the split of Old Country Road and Round Swamp Road.
The complex of Georgian-style buildings that once occupied the estate was closed in the 1960s. Following its closure, the facility was given over to mixed-use, including the establishment of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in 1976, and a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. By 1999, Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates purchased the property from the county for $23 million.
Today, the land is now known as Country Pointe Plainview and is maintained by Jericho-based Beechwood Homes.
If you're looking to visit Old Bethpage, a must-see attraction is Bethpage State Park. The park is a neighborhood staple and features two tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a basketball court, playgrounds, and a community center.
One of the most exciting amenities the park has to offer for visitors is the Battle Row Campground, which provides accommodations for trailers and tent camping on its 44 acres.
Bethpage State Park also hosts five golf courses, the most famous of which is the Black Course, where the US Open was held in 2002 and again in 2009. The park has also hosted the 2019 PGA Championship.
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