Living In: Manhasset

Manhasset

Manhasset is among the crown jewels of Long Island’s North Shore, boasting a small-town feel, close proximity to Manhattan, renowned public schools, highly regarded restaurants and prime shopping destinations.

The hamlet caters to both first-time Long Islanders looking to escape the “Big City” and residents with deep roots within the community.

Bordering Manhasset Bay to its north, Manhasset rests on the edge of Long Island’s opulent “Gold Coast,” of legendary novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby fame. Unlike its more insulated neighbors, residents from across the Island gravitate to the hamlet’s famed “Miracle Mile” for lavish shopping excursions and meals at high-end restaurants when the sun goes down. For a community of less than 10,000, Manhasset always seems to be bustling, as people bask in its subtle charm and bountiful opportunities for fun.

Schools

District: Manhasset Union Free School District

Superintendent: Charlie Cardillo. Cardillo has spent more than a decade as Superintendent of Manhasset Union Free School District. The district is considered one of the top-rated on the Island. The University of Notre Dame alum is a former social studies teacher at Sachem High School, where he got his start in the public school system. Cardillo has held the position since 2005.

Shelter Rock Elementary School
27A Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset.

Munsey Park Elementary School
1 Hunt Ln., Manhasset.

Manhasset Secondary School
200 Memorial Pl., Manhasset.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Manhasset Secondary School in the top 30 in New York State and the top 150 in the entire country. The school covers grades 9-12 and has a 13:1 student-teacher ratio. The school boasts a 94-percent graduation rate. The student body is 78-percent white, 15-percent Asian, 5-percent Hispanic and 2-percent black. U.S. News & World Report rates the school’s college readiness at 77.2-percent.

A photo of Manhasset Bay at sunset. (Credit: Fred Hsu/Creative Commons)

Travel

Manhasset’s Long Island Rail Road station is located on Plandome Road and Maple Place, off Park Avenue. It runs on the Port Washington line. The ride from Manhasset to Penn Station in Manhattan (15.4 miles) is typically around 40 minutes, which makes it attractive to New York City professionals. By comparison, a car ride to the Big Apple is about 20 miles, but travel depends on unpredictable traffic conditions. A car ride to the region’s most popular sport venues are as follows: Yankee Stadium (18 miles), Citi Field (15 miles), and MetLife Stadium (27 miles).

Parks

Plandome Pond Park
Known for its walking paths and pond.

Waldman Memorial Park
An enjoyable passive park.

Plandome Road Park
Features playgrounds and water spray pads.

Manhasset Valley Park
Ball fields that welcome lacrosse, soccer, and baseball. Also features playgrounds and a walking trail.

Whitney Pond Park
Features ball fields and a basketball court, plus picnic areas, playgrounds, pools, tennis courts, walking trails, child-friendly pools and more.

Golf Courses

Deepdale Golf Club
The Deepdale Golf Club as it’s currently constituted was opened in 1955, having moved from William K. Vanderbilt’s II summer estate years earlier. The original course hosted such luminaries as President Dwight Eisenhower and was considered one of the top private courses in the country.

North Hills Country Club
North Hills Country Club is a 72-par course that runs more than 6,000 yards. It is known for its lush surroundings, exquisite greens and tantalizing fairways.

Plandome Country Club
This English-style golf club was built on a portion of the former Leeds estate. The course opened in 1931 and remains one of the most scenic courses in the region.

Restaurants

If you want to enjoy dinner at some of the most highly touted restaurants in Manhasset or the surrounding area, you’re likely going to spend liberally. Among the favorites are Toku Modern Asian, Villa Milano, and Peter Luger Steak House. Other notable eateries are Morton’s Steakhouse and Lola. For breakfast buffs, Best Bagels in nearby Great Neck is considered a must.

Americana Manhasset
(Credit: Americana Manhasset/Facebook)

Attractions

Miracle Mile

Known as the Americana Manhasset, and informally, the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast,” the Miracle Mile is a stretch of luxury stores and restaurants renowned as a magnet for shoppers and food lovers alike, boasting more than 60 international boutiques and a shopping experience unlike any other.

Science Museum of Long Island

This nonprofit museum is a place where the imagination mingles with scientific research to create a small universe of learning and fun for children and adults alike. The museum offers workshops for school trips and families in the community. It also hosts sleepovers and runs a summer camp, which operates from the beginning of July to the end of August.

Sands Point Preserve
While not in Manhasset, 216-acre Sands Point Preserve provides sweeping views of the Long Island Sound and a taste of the opulent Gold Coast lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties. The Nassau County-run park is on the site of the Guggenheim Estate and boasts four mansions: Hempstead House, Castle Gould, Falaise and Mille Fleur.

Explore

Hop in a car and explore coastal communities like Port Washington, Sea Cliff, Bayville, and Oyster Bay, all of which offer tantalizing views of local waterways, beach activities, great food and drinks. These communities take pride in not only their welcoming atmosphere, but a shared history that traces back to the American Revolution.

(Credit: Sands Point Preserve Conservancy/Facebook)

Town Jurisdiction: Town of North Hempstead

The Town of North Hempstead is flanked between Queens to the west and the Town of Oyster Bay to the east. The town is situated near two bodies of water—Manhasset Bay and Hempstead Bay—that both spill into the Long Island Sound. North Hempstead Town has a population of more than 221,000. There are three incorporated villages inside Manhasset: Plandome, Plandome Heights and Munsey Park.

Notable People From/Live in Manhasset

Jim Brown, the NFL Hall of Famer, is considered by many as the greatest athlete in American history.

Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News host who was raised in Levittown, now lives in Manhasset.

Boomer Esiason, the former Jets quaterback, lives in Manhasset.

Mike Francesa, host of afternoon drive on WFAN, resides here.

Actress Melissa Errico and her husband Patrick McEnroe, former tennis player and brother of John McEnroe, calls Manhasset home.

Important Resources

Manhasset Library

Manhasset Union Free School District

Manhasset LIRR

Manhasset Chamber of Commerce

Town of North Hempstead

(Featured photo credit: Jim Henderson/Creative Commons)