The Town of Hempstead is one of three towns in Nassau County on Long Island in New York. Located on the western half of Long Island, it is located in the southwestern part of the county. Twenty-two incorporated villages are completely or partially within the town. The town has a total area of 191.3 square miles, of which 120.0 square miles is land and 71.4 square miles is water.
The western town line is the border of Queens County in New York City. Its northern border, with the town of North Hempstead and the town of Oyster Bay, is along the mainline of the Long Island Rail Road and along Old Country Road in Garden City heading east towards the Wantagh Parkway. Its eastern border, also with the town of Oyster Bay, runs parallel to Route 107. To the south is the Atlantic Ocean, off of Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout, and Jones Beach, as well as the city of Long Beach.
The main thoroughfares of the town are Atlantic Avenue, Main Street, Washington Street, Clinton Street, Westbury Boulevard, Front Street, Jerusalem Avenue, Peninsula Boulevard, and W Graham Avenue, all coming from every direction which merges are crosses path in the center of the town.
Hofstra University’s main campus is located in Hempstead. Other schools within the town are ABGS Middle School, Hempstead High School, Evergreen Charter School, Joseph A. Mcneil Elementary School, Lawrence Middle School, Jackson Annex School, Jackson Main School and Rhodes Academy.
Hempstead also has plenty of houses of worship serving various sects and doctrines situated within the town such as St. Paul Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Our Lady of Loretto Church, South Hempstead Baptist Church, Saint George’s Church, United Methodist Church, Judea United Baptist Church, Hempstead Seventh-day Adventist Church, Masjidu At Asfiyah, and Antioch Baptist Church.
The African American Museum of Nassau County sits right in the center of the town at 110 N Franklin St and another attraction namely Hofstra University Museum of Art is located just 1.4 miles east. Jones Beach State Park, the most popular beach on the east coast of the United States, is located in Hempstead.
Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line runs from Bellerose through Garden City’s Merillon Avenue stations in the northwestern section of the town. Hempstead Branch splits off from the Main Line in Floral Park, and it has stations from Bellerose all the way to Hempstead. The West Hempstead Branch runs from Valley Stream northeast to West Hempstead.
Hempstead Coordinates: 40°42′17″N 73°37′02″W