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Long Island NY: Rich Cities With Historic Sites

Long Island, New York seems the place to choose to examine America's wealthiest cities, early activity of Native American Nations, the American Revolution, and early US History.

A large part of Long Island's wealthy Village of Roslyn Estates in a National Historic District with homes and buildings attended for preservation. Roslyn Estates is a community in an area that also encompasses Roslyn and Roslyn Heights, all a short distance northwest of New York City in Nassau County.

The first of this trio of small cities is listed as the Number 6 Richest City among Bloomberg BusinessWeek's 25 Wealthiest Cities in America. Roslyn Estates joins several other cities and towns on various "richest" and "best places to live" lists reported by business, financial, and economic magazines from at least 2005 to the present.

BusinessWeek and the US Census report that for 2009 and with only 359 households, Roslyn Estates showed:

  • Average Income: $298,935
  • Median Household Income 2009: $176,871; in 2010: $192,675
  • Average Net Worth: $1,664,191
  • Median Home Value: $969,815

From Zillow and Trulia real estate sites, we find the range of housing sale prices in March - April 2011 to be: $495,000 to $1,575,000. Median: 1,080,000.

Population figures for Roslyn Estates stood at only 1,205 people in 2010, showing a few people leaving the area in the previous decade. Sperling's Best Places reported an unemployment rate of 7.00%, perhaps hard to imagine for a wealthy community, yet below the national average. Located approximately 30 minutes east of Manhattan, the community is near a huge job market.

Relationship to Other New York Wealthy Cities

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National Historic Districts

A 1900 drawing of "Cedarmere", one three houses owned by poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant. This is in Roslyn Estates.
A 1900 drawing of "Cedarmere", one three houses owned by poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant. This is in Roslyn Estates.

Manhasset Bay

A baker's dozen of Native American Nations filled the land that is now New York State before Europeans came to the Western Hemisphere across the Atlantic Ocean from Northern Europe and later from Spain, Portugal and other countries.

Six of these Indigenous nations joined to become the Iroquois Confederation, with the eastern-most being the Mohawk Nation and called Keepers of the Eastern Gate. They saw the sun rise first every morning on the portion of North American continent that became eastern Canada and northeastern USA, including northeast sections of New York. Many more Mohawk members live in Canada today than in the USA, particularly located on the northern, Canadian side of their reserve, located in New York State.

Looking at the Manhasset Bay Area near what is today Roslyn Estates and located on the north or northwest shore of Long Island, we find a nunber of other nations to make up the 13 originally met by Europeans near whatis now the Roslyn area.

These 13 separate nations include the Canarsie, Corchaug, Manhasset, Matinecock, Merrick, Montauk, Marsapeague, Nesaquakem, Patchogue, Rockaway, Secatogue, Setalcott, and Shinnecock.

They are credited to be of the Algonquin language group, which is also found in western and northwestern portions of Ohio. In fact, The United Remnant Band of this language group is slowly purchasing back some of their Indigenous lands in that area and providing historical tours and re-enactments.

Initial Indigenous Migration Was West to East

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Migration changed direction after the United States became a nation.

Community Commitments

The official Village of Roslyn Estates advertises itself as a country setting with wildlife, trees, and ponds. It had been farmland before becoming an upscale residential area in the first part of the 20th Century. Strict rules are in place for noise, garbage/recycling, and tree removal, with an eye toward sustainability.

Autism research and treatment is a project this village promotes yearly with an event called Alley Oop for Autism.This wealthy community also advocates for children with special needs, homeless families in Nassau County, and adults that can benefit from Adult Education services, as well as others.

Jewish and Christian houses of worship are prominent around this village and many interact in special events related to women's health, at-home caregivers, and various lecture series. At least half a dozen advertised bridge games meet social every week in and around the village.

The community is especially concerned with education K-12 and ongoing education (including non-credit), with over 80% of its adults holding a 4-year or graduate degree, and a K-12 teacher:student ratio of 1:13 -- This is 1/2 or 1/3 that of many American classrooms. Education is of prime importance here.

Scenic Landscapes

Much of Long Island is known for its scenic landscapes and beaches on both north and south shores. Just 12 miles to the northwest, we find the New York Botanical Garden beside the Bronx Zoo, both scenic landscapes on their own and dedicated to sustainability and preservation of native plants and wildlife.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden

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Top 10 Hot Jobs

Over 200,000 jobs are consistently listed for the area around Roslyn Estates. All associated early salaries started ar $40,000 and above.

The most-frequently needing workers are:

  1. Project Managers - IT
  2. Business Analysts
  3. Administrative and Executive Assistants
  4. Registered Nurse - RNs
  5. Salespeople
  6. Java Developers
  7. Occupational and Physical Therapists
  8. Medical Clerks
  9. Account Executives - Finance, investments
  10. Financial Advisors


Top Employers

  1. Fashion Industry Companies
  2. Deloitte
  3. Kforce Technology Staffing
  4. JPMorgan Chase - Banking, Finance, Investments
  5. Planned Parenthood
  6. Citi Group - Finance
  7. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  8. Mount Sinai Medical Center
  9. Ernst & Young
  10. Morgan Stanley
  11. IBM USA
  12. Robert Half
  13. CyberCoders
  14. Bank Of America

Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

William Rodina and Giovanni Foroni LoFaro Gallery of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden.
William Rodina and Giovanni Foroni LoFaro Gallery of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden. | Source

Local Higher Education

  • Adelphi University - 5 miles away in Garden City
  • Clark Botanic Garden - about 1.5 miles from Roslyn Estates, Master Gardener programs and others. Ongoing lectures and education. Located beside a local train station.
  • Museum of Italian Culture - near or at Long Island University, Garden City. The university hosues an art museum and several others.
  • Nassau Academy of Medicine¬†
  • Nassau Community College
  • Town of Hampstead - Garden City; National Historic Places

© 2011 Patty Inglish

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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Great Hub, my family all lives in Long Island I love it there. Very interesting to think of job located their, I always thought every drove or took the train to NY for work. Rate up, fantastic love & peace dars


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Thanks Darlene!


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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

Interesting to ready what a commercial place this is. I always picture it as a bedroom community of New York?


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

The population has filled in to make a more densely packed area. Close by are several recreatonal shoreline venues as well that draw travel comsumers along with shoppers.

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