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Interesting Attractions In the Nassau County Garden Cities

Updated on February 6, 2013

Neighbors North Hills and Old Westbury

These two villages are the final two listed in the 25 Wealthiest Towns in America, according to Bloomberg. They are both located within the larger Town of Hempstead, although part of Old Westbury is also in the Town of Oyster Bay. The villages are approximately 5 miles apart east to west, along highway I-495.

Each of these villages maintains a sizable public park, Christopher Morley in North Hills (#19 wealthiest town) and Old Westbury Gardens, which is rated among the Top Three Gardens open to the public internationally. In addition, Old Westbury (#10) is home to several of the best institutions for higher education in New York. Around the two villages, visitors and residents may enjoy golf, beaches on both the North Shore and South Shore of Long Island, horseback riding, polo, sailing, hike/bike trails, bird watching, wildlife photography, and a number of local festivals, concerts, and special events.

North Hills LI:
North Hills, NY, USA

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Old Westbury LI:
Old Westbury, NY, USA

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Christopher Morley's Knothole Studio:
Searingtown Rd, North Hills, NY 11576, USA

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Old Westbury Gardens:
Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568, USA

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Christopher Morley Park

Big shots are ony little shots who keep shooting - Christopher Marley

This is an appopriate quote for job seekers today, workers that seek career advancement, students that want to finish school, authors floundering in rejection notices, and inventors that want to see their designs help the world and make money.

The man quoted above lived into the middle of the 20th C. and I wonder what he would say in the 21st. Not only an author and editor, he was a great humorist andf writer of poetry and plays. During World War I, he worked at Doubleday on Long Island, earning him a garden in his honor today. Having studied in both USA and UK, he worked for several famous companies and helped to edit many respected reference materials as well as to write his own prolific material.

One of the favorite books in my collection is by Morley; it is an interesting anthology of essays concerning the Three Hours for Lunch Club that he founded. The essays are old, but many of the themes and humorous comments may be applied today. In tis, Morley resembles Mark Twain and Will Rogers. He also helped to start the Baker Street Irregulars club that still publishes a newsletter in the 21st C.

Long Island Pine Barrens Society

This organization is active in Nassau County in promoting clean drinking water and preserving natural habitats and it programs add to the activities of the public gardens in North Hills and Old Westbury. Heping to preserve the habitat of pines and oaks also protects wiidlife that includes a number of threatened species.

Teen Singing Idol Helps Nassau County

Justin Bieber made a public service announcement to boost the programming in Nassau County middle and high schools. Itadvocates against bullying and sexting. Although this recorded announcement was in answer to sanctions levied against his recording label for failing to meet county fire codes when an overflow crowd showed up at an autograph event, Mr. Beiber is using his fame and notoriety to help these fight two major problems that dog teens and pre-teens today.

The unsafe overflow crowd scene occured at Roosevelt Field Mall, about five miles south of Old Westbury and a popular venue for shopping and other activties.

Old Westbury Gardens


Old Westbury Gardens

This national attraction was landscaped on the former estate of a US Steel executive, John Phipps. The mansion itself is maintained as a state landmark and houses special events, dining, and a gift shop. "One visitor has called it Heaven so close to NYC." Some visitors return in every season of the year to enjoy the concerts, auto shows, teas, wellness programs, and the Christmas Tour. Educational programs are also offered and on Fridays in Spring and Summer, special workshops for children are presented about native wildlife and plants.

Some visitors have complained that the admittance fee is expensive, but children 6 and younger are admitted free of charge and the entrance is just $5.00 for ages 7-12, $10 for older. Seniors are discounted at age 62. The guided tours through the mansion and eight separate English Gardens are exquisite, at no additional cost. In addition, self-guided tour programs are printed in several languages. This attraction rivals that of Tennessee's Cheekwood of Nashville.

Old Westbury Gardens

Annual Dog Day at the Gardens - Halloween

Higher Education in Old Westbury

Old Westbury is in the center of a number of training facilities, from career institutes to Universities.

  • Culinary Academy of Long Island - Star Career Academy
  • Empire State
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
  • New York College of Health‎
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • SUNY College At Old Westbury

New York Institute of Technology - Alternatives

Of several schools, NYIT offers a School of Osteopathic Medicine as an alternative to allopathic medicine in America, along with a school of Allied Health Professions and Nursing.


Research and development is performed at NYIT in a number of fields that include health and sustainability. DNA and nutrition research are top priorities. Further, three particular Interdisciplinary Centers beyond the health related schools are tasked with some of this work and include the

  • Center for Metropolitan Sustainability,
  • Center for Global Health, and
  • Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Nassau and Suffolk Counties are particularly involved in the Long Island Carbon Footprint Project under the Center for Metropolitan Sustainability.

Sustainability in cities is going to increase in importance as metro centers and megaplexes grow larger in the 21st C. Urban centers will expand, as they have begun to do under Urban Revalization programs across the nation have gained momemtum, especially since the 1980s. Multiuse buildings that contain living spaces, retail, and services companies are becoming the norm. As this occurs, the need for more effective, inexpensive, fast mass transit increases. While the Long Island Railroad and buses are acceptable, many Long Island communities are at least two mies or more from stations and terminals and this might be addressed, particulary as some of the older population gives up driving and young career people want an end to traffic congestion.

Employment Trends, North Hills/Old Westbury


Local Job Market

Many of these Wealthiest Towns are located near the large job market available in NYC and areas of Connecticut and New Jersey. The wealth of these towns, though making housing inside their boundaries pricey, may draw new tourist trade to look at the architecture and enjoy the natural habitats, beaches, parks, golf courses, and the associated recreational activities. These area are often better maintained in infrastructure, roads, and landscaping than some other places a swell. Educational facilities K-12 tend to spend more per pupil annually.

Despite some declining numbers of job listings during 1st QTR 2011, over 201,000+ jobs were found within 25 miles of Old Westbury in May. Many positions are involved in Information Technology/Computers, Finance, Healthcare, and Retail (including increased seasonal Travel and Tourism). February 2013 saw an increase to over 240,000 job listings.


  1. Project Managers - IT
  2. Dantists and Assistants
  3. Engineers in several fields
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Shift Supervisors - Retail, Drug Stores, and Food Service
  6. Business Analysts
  7. Account Managers and Executives - Financial and other products and services.
  8. Administrative and Executive Assistants
  9. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  10. Salespeople, Sales Reps, and Merchandisers
  11. Pharmacy Technicians

Top Hiring Companies

  1. IBM
  2. Citi - Financial products
  3. Staffing Agencies
  4. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  5. JP Morgan Chase - Financial products
  6. CyberCoders Engineering
  7. Mount Sinai Medical Center
  8. CVS Pharmacy
  9. Ernst & Young
  10. Robert Half
  11. Execu-Search - Management and Executive Recruiters


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I always love the gardens in these towns and Cheekwood is probably still my favorite.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      The gardens must be more than wothwhile visiting according to those picture. Thank you for your lovely hub.

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      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      The gardens is beautiful! Job listings seem to be high in most states, it's getting the job that's a challenge. However, it's good to know there are still some wealthy places out there. v/r

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      Solar Awareness 

      7 years ago

      Great article. Well researched. I live in adjacent Suffolk county I can say that the renewable energy industry, specifically Solar Electric, has experienced slow growth in the last two years.

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      I just love this series. Reading it has made me miss Long Island for the first time in 16 years! What a feat! Thank you.


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