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Interesting Attractions In the Nassau County Garden Cities
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.
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.
By Christopher Morley
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.
- The American Guitar Museum
Showroom of american guitars located in New Hyde Park, NY.
- The Christopher Morley Knothole Association
Members reading and writing through the enjoyment of Christopher Morley - Writer, Poet, and Literary Genius.
- Old Westbury Gardens Photo Gallery by James Robertson
- Old Westbury Golf Club and Country Club
- Pine Barrens Society
- Roosevelt Field Mall
- Spring Rock Golf Center
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
- Video above from LI Dog Boarding - The Doggie Nanny- Suffolk County
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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 starcareeracademy.com
- Empire State Collegeesc.edu
- Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
- New York College of Health nycollege.edu
- New York Institute of Technology nyit.edu
- SUNY College At Old Westbury oldwestbury.edu
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
Relocation and Employment Resources
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.
- Project Managers - IT
- Dantists and Assistants
- Engineers in several fields
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Shift Supervisors - Retail, Drug Stores, and Food Service
- Business Analysts
- Account Managers and Executives - Financial and other products and services.
- Administrative and Executive Assistants
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Salespeople, Sales Reps, and Merchandisers
- Pharmacy Technicians
Top Hiring Companies
- Citi - Financial products
- Staffing Agencies
- JP Morgan Chase - Financial products
- CyberCoders Engineering
- Mount Sinai Medical Center
- CVS Pharmacy
- Ernst & Young
- Robert Half
- Execu-Search - Management and Executive Recruiters
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