East Meadow is a hamlet of Hempstead, a dynamic community located in Nassau County on Long Island, New York. East Meadow is one of Hempstead’s 22 villages and 37 hamlets. Today the population of East Meadow is just under 40,000 residents and it’s a thriving suburb of New York City.
Early in its history, East Meadow was an agricultural area used largely for grazing, and was home to numerous livestock during the Revolutionary War which were seized by the British. The area was first settled in 1644 and remained sparsely populated until after World War II. At that point the population of Hempstead and East Meadow experienced a boom, creating the diverse community you see today.
Today major employers in the area include Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines, which have their United States headquarters in East Meadow. East Meadow's nine public schools are operated by the East Meadow Union Free School District, which was organized in 1814 under the name "Brushy Plains," and at one time was the third largest school district in New York State.
The community of East Meadow has been used in the filming of a number of movies, including Let the Good Times Roll, The Hot Rock, Married to the Mob, Pieces of April, Enjoy the Show and more. Eisenhower Park, which is larger than Central Park, is also located in East Meadow. Much of the area devoted to three 18-hole golf courses, including the Red Course, host to the annual Commerce Bank Championship. The park is also home to the September 11th Memorial for residents of Nassau County.
East Meadow is a popular place to live among commuters and those who like the proximity of the city and all its excitement. It’s a mere 30 miles to New York City, and with the extensive public transit system East Meadow residents and visitors can easily get in and out of the metro area for both work and play.