East Hills is a village in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. It is considered part of the Greater Roslyn area, which is anchored by the Village of Roslyn. As of the United States 2010 Census, the village population was 6,955.
The Village of East Hills is mostly in the Town of North Hempstead, with a small portion in the Town of Oyster Bay. It was incorporated on June 24, 1931, and held its first election on July 8th that same year. But even before it was incorporated, East Hills has been a part of the recorded history of the United States since 1643. In that year, the Rev. Robert Fordham and John Carman sailed across Long Island Sound from Stamford, Connecticut and purchased what we now know as the townships of Hempstead and North Hempstead from the Rockaway, Massapequa and Matinecock Indians. Settlers came the following year and named the area Hempstead, in honor of their home city, Hemel-Hempstead in Great Britain.
For many years, much of what now is East Hills was the home of a few wealthy families. The neighborhood now known as Fairfield Park was once a polo field. The Country Estates neighborhood was the home of the Clarence Mackay family for 30 years and known as Harbor Hill, starting in 1898. The Prince of Wales, who later abdicated the throne of England to marry Mrs. Simpson, was entertained at the Mackay estate in 1924. Charles A. Lindberg rested at the Mackay estate after his return to the United States following his historic solo flight to France in 1927. Three remaining buildings from the Harbor Hill estate were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991: Mackay Estate Dairyman's Cottage, Mackay Estate Gate Lodge, and Mackay Estate Water Tower.
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