In the mid-19th century, what is now Syosset was a farming community called East Woods. Today, it is a thriving community with great schools, delicious restaurants, wooded areas, and relatively easy access to New York City.
Situated 32 miles east of midtown Manhattan and encompassing five square miles,
Syosset has a median household income of $152,162, with home prices starting at $600,000 and going all way up to $5 million. While property taxes can be high, ranging from $11,000 to $50,000 depending on the value of one’s house, these taxes fund some of the best schools in New York State. The residents of the neighboring hamlets of Muttontown, Laurel Hollow and Oyster Bay Cove share the same ZIP Code as Syosset, 11791, which results in a Syosset mailing address.
Syosset has seven elementary schools (A.P. Willits Elementary, Berry Hill Elementary, J. Irving Baylis Elementary, Robbins Lane Elementary, South Grove Elementary, Village Elementary, and Walt Whitman Elementary), two middle schools (H.B. Thompson Middle School and South Woods Middle School) and Syosset High School. The high school also serves some of the surrounding communities. A strong music program and access to world language instruction are hallmarks of the school district. According to the Syosset Central School District, “Children begin the study of world languages in kindergarten at all Syosset elementary schools. They study Russian in kindergarten, Mandarin Chinese in first grade, and Spanish, French, and Italian in second, third and fourth grades. In fifth grade they learn Latin. In high school, in addition to Spanish, French, and Italian, students may also choose to study Russian, Japanese, Latin, and American Sign Language.”
Syosset is accessible to NYC via the Long Island Rail Road. The trip from Syosset Station to Penn Station is about an hour. Residents of South Syosset also avail themselves of the trains passing through Hicksville Station for even more options.
According to 2016 records, 9,161 people work in Syosset. Major industries include healthcare, scientific and tech services, and finance and insurance. Cirrus Data Solutions was named the 12th best small employer in the state.
Syosset is known for its beautiful wooded areas. There are many ways for residents to get out and enjoy the outdoors. One standout is Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, which includes a playground, a picnic area with barbeque grills, and nature trails. Residents can enjoy basketball, bocce, handball, and shuffleboard on various courts. In the summer, residents can enjoy a swimming pool with a diving board, and in winter there is an outdoor skating rink. This park really is a gem to be enjoyed in all seasons. If you’d like to venture slightly further afield, the nearby town of Oyster Bay is home to the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. It hosts a dog show in the summer, and is a lovely destination for a stroll. Also in nearby Oyster Bay, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is a 23-room Victorian mansion that was once known as the “Summer White House,” where President Theodore Roosevelt often stayed from 1902 to 1906.
If you’re planning a wedding or other special occasion, Syosset has special venues, including:
- North Ritz Club: This venue features a koi pond, gazebo, grand ballroom, and cocktail room. Guests are sure to get individual attention because the venue hosts only one wedding at a time.
- The Mansion at Woodside Acres: Designed by renowned architects Delano & Aldridge in 1916, this venue combines the Georgian and Federal styles. It can accommodate up to 300 guests.
If you’re looking for tasty and diverse dining options, Syosset has many restaurants and cafés to suit all taste buds. Italian cuisine is particularly popular, but there are also opportunities to sample Vietnamese, Japanese, and Cajun, among others.
Residents and visitors alike should check out the following dining establishments:
- Chris & Tony’s: refined yet comfy restaurant serving Italian favorites
- Café Testarossa: elegant and lively restaurant for Italian entrees
- Rachel’s Café: cozy Italian spot known for its great desserts
- Arata Sushi: snug, dimly-lit sushi spot
- Mara’s Homemaderestaurant serving Cajun food (including crawfish boils) and BBQ
- The Rolling Spring Roll: colorful Vietnamese restaurant serving banh mi and noodle soups
- Surasang Korean Restaurant: cozy Korean restaurant