Massapequa Park, Long Island, New York
Massapequa Park is a village located within the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, Long Island, New York.
Stretching from South Oyster Bay to just south of the Southern State Parkway, the village of Massapequa Park is a family-friendly community made up of parks - five of them - as well as tree-lined neighborhoods and commercial areas, including the pedestrian-friendly district along Park Boulevard.
The incorporated village located on the southshore of Long Island shares the early Native American history of Massapequa. Then, in the 19th Century, families of German descent relocated from Brooklyn to what is now Massapequa Park, and the resulting community was known as Wurtenberg or Stadtwurtemburg. The main attraction and center of activity was the Woodcastle Hotel, a rooming house built in 1868 on Front Street next to the fire department as a summer resort. It was destroyed by fire in 1952 and replaced by houses.
In 1928, readers of The New York Times saw ads for Massapequa Park, a development built by a real estate firm owned by Michael J. Brady, Frank Cryan and Peter Colleran. The three Irish-Americans described their project as having a bit of Old Erin and the area still has its mostly Irish street names. In 1931, Massapequa Park was incorporated as a village to ensure control of land use and other issues.
The Massapequas, (Massapequa Park, Massapequa, and North Massapequa) are noted for having the highest population and percentage of Italians on Long Island. Massapequa Park is, as the rest of the Massapequas (with the exception of East Massapequa) predominantly Italian American, with near 50% of its citizens claiming Italian ancestry.
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