Island Park is a small island in Nassau County, New York, with approximately 4,800 residents. It’s located between the Island of Long Beach and the mainland, and in years past has been known as Barnum Island, Jekyll Island, and Hog Island. Island Park became an incorporated village in 1926 and is found in the 11558 zip code. Native Americans, specifically the Rockaway Indians, once inhabited the island raising pigs and cattle. They also fished and clammed local waters and marshes. Europeans came to the area, raising hogs as well, and it was known as Hog Island until 1874. The island, which is composed of 1.5 square miles, was used heavily during the American Revolution but it wasn’t until 1870 that the Long Island Railroad laid track through Island Park to Long Beach. The island was briefly named Barnum Island for Sara Ann Barnum who purchased Hog Island and sold it to Queen’s County for $13,000. In 1921 it was renamed Island Park when purchased by Island Park-Long Beach Corporation, and a building boom occurred between 1922 and 1926.
In the last few years, the village completed a downtown revitalization project under the Operation Downtown grants from Nassau County. New brick sidewalks were installed, along with new shrubbery and lighting, and other improvements. Many residents represent multi-generational “Island Parkers” which creates a close sense of community. The annual San Gennaro Feast, hosted by the local Catholic Church and the city, is a big community event complete with rides, games, and amazing Italian cuisine. Street fairs with vendors are commonplace in June. Beach season begins with a 5 kilometer race. The local beach is central to island activity, with Masone Beach being the “crown jewel” of city parks. Movie night, summer concerts and fireworks shows at the beach are summer standards. Multiple civic clubs allow residents to be engaged in community activities, and the Island Park Union Free School District serves the children of Island Park. In addition to all of these great features and amenities, New York City is a one hour drive from Island Park, and the Long Island Railroad Station also provides transportation to New York City.
Homes on the beautiful island of Island Park typically range in price from around $135,000 for a
3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home to approximately $1.5 million for a luxurious 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom multi-level, waterfront home with expansive views. The average listing price of single family homes in the Island Park area is around $382,500. Many lovingly restored cottages are available here, as are lots on which to build your custom dream home.
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