Levittown NY

Levittown New York

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The area was initially named Island Trees and dates back to the early settlers in the 17th century. The name was changed to Levittown named after the Levitt family. It is a hamlet in the Town of Hempstead. In 1946, the Levitt company acquired 4,000 acres of potato fields in Hempstead just 25 miles east of Manhattan. They began to build the affordable planned community for veterans returning from World War II. The GI Bill and Housing & Rent Act assisted builders Abraham Levitt and his two sons, William and Alfred. The Levitts' mass-produced houses by dividing the construction process into 27 different steps from start to finish. At their peak, 30 four-bedroom Cape Cod one-story homes with expandable attics a day were built. Levittown's success as the first mass-produced suburb became a prototype of postwar suburbs across the country.

Levittown became known as "Fertility Valley" and "The Rabbit Hutch" because the returning servicemen were starting their family and having children in their new homes. This generation of new babies became known as the "Baby Boom." Sadly, they also were identified as a symbol of racial segregation. Sales agents were told that applications from black families would not be accepted. Even though the Levitts were Jewish, they did not wish to sell homes to Jewish families either.

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The Levittown Historical Society and Museum maintains an open-to-the-public museum at the Levittown Memorial Education Center located at 150 Abbey Lane.

The majority of houses in Levittown have been renovated, expanded, and modified. The original Levitt architecture is difficult to see driving through today.

There are many beautiful parks to enjoy in Levittown. Levittown Firefighters Memorial Park invites residents to use its full soccer field, football field, and playground, with plenty of open space for your activities or to sit and peacefully observe the happenings. MacLaren Stadium has similar offerings for residents from its location on Loring Road. The Thurman Munson Memorial Field, Jerusalem Avenue Field, and Polaris Field are baseball fields, while Redwing Field has baseball plus a basketball court and playground.

The Original Governor's Comedy Club is perfect for a night out to laugh. There is two-drink minimum and guests must be 18 and older. Their show menu features delicious appetizers, wings, sandwiches, salads, etc. The venue hosts fundraisers, dinner show combination packages and other events. The Comedy College teaches students the art of stand-up comedy. Graduation includes two shows on their legendary stage while entertaining family and friends.

Long Islander Billy Joel used an aerial picture of Levittown in the inner sleeve of his 1982 album "The Nylon Curtain." His song Leningrad also references the town. Cartoonist Bill Hoest created a single-panel cartoon called The Lockhorns of Levittown that was later shortened to The Lockhorns. It has been running since 1968 and is syndicated to 500 newspapers in 23 countries.

American Idol finalist Kevin Covais is proud to be born and raised in Levittown. He was a junior at Island Trees High School during his time on the show. He has continued his singing and acting career.

Community events enhance the experience in Levittown, with several opportunities throughout the year. The annual Levittown Street Fair allows residents to interact with and purchase directly from local artisans and vendors at a discount. The family-friendly Fall Community Festival on Hempstead Turnpike features a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, crafts and exhibits.

The Levittown Library Foundation was organized for the charitable purposes of providing financial support for the advancement of the development of innovative library-based programs that focus on the philanthropic needs of the Levittown Community; to help enhance and ensure the Library's ability to meet the needs and desires of the community.

Levittown's residents have easy access to the Wantagh State Parkway, Southern State Parkway, and Hempstead-Bethpage Turnpike. Levittown does not have its own Long Island Rail Road station. Residents can ride the Main Line from Hicksville or Bethpage or the Babylon Branch from Bellmore or Wantagh.

Shopping in Levittown along the Hempstead-Bethpage Turnpike has both big-box and mom and pop stores. Foodies will be delighted with the many restaurant options with cuisines from around the globe.

Levittown has a rich history and is still a great place to live.

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