ABOUT GARDEN CITY, NY
Living In Garden City
An incorporated village, Garden City is a unique, historical community founded to express the vision of Alexander Turney Stewart, an Irish-born multi-millionaire who acquired 10,000 acres of land in 1869 with a specific purpose in mind.
The 70-year-old business mogul sought to create what he viewed as a lasting legacy: a “garden spot” characterized by trees, greenery and wide avenues, with 60 homes sites on large lots. In addition, he funded a rail line to serve his new community, known at the time as A.T. Stewart’s Central Railroad of Long Island. Stewart also placed a landmark hotel on 30 acres of prime Long Island real estate.
Today more than 22,500 residents still enjoy the ambience created by the founder. In addition, the 11530 zip code now includes Stewart Manor, another incorporated village, and two additional unincorporated communities, East Garden City and Garden City South, all situated within the town of Hempstead. The location on Long Island is approximately 18 miles east of midtown Manhattan, or just under a one-hour commute by rail. Garden City is served by the Long Island Rail Road, with four stations in the Village alone, and several more in other parts of Hempstead.
Since it was incorporated almost a century ago, Garden City has honored its founder’s original vision. It remains a sought-after Long Island address, with a somewhat quaint atmosphere, stable growth and well-ordered development. There are downtown shopping districts and local businesses as well as parks and playing fields. Local government provides village services, led by a mayor and board of trustees; residents play an active volunteer role in community affairs.
Education In Garden City
The Village boasts its own school district, with three primary schools, two grade 2-5 elementaries, one middle school and one high school. In addition, the village is home to Adelphi University, the Waldorf School, an independent K-12 institution, and two Roman Catholic private schools. The Nassau Community College campus, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is in neighboring East Garden City.