This section is inspired by an e-mail from
Robert Murphy, a former resident of Elmont from the 40s. Elmont,
and particularly the Locustwood and Gotham areas has a rich and
vibrant history that deserves to be recognized.
We hope to continue to share memories from
current and past members in order to promote history, reunite old
ties, and to understand what our community really is about.
Feel free to contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org to share
memories with us.
My students have many times asked me why we
must study history when the things going on around them affect
them a great deal more. My answer, I hope, will have a great
deal more meaning now after they read the fruits of their labor.
My answer is that the study of history teaches one to cope with
the present and build for the future.
-Marc I. Greenberg, teacher, Sewanhaka CHSD.(1971)
Looking Back. . .
February 24, 1882 Foster's Meadow Renamed
A meeting to rename the northern
extremity of Foster's meadow took place.
Proposed by Mrs. Henrickson was the name Elmont.
Farmer's Valley and Belle Font were other
options. With twenty-nine votes casted, Elmont
Received 22 and Belle Font 7. The membership at
the meeting then petition the Post Master
General to establish a Post Office, with the
1900-1920 Belmont Train Terminal
Did you know, that at one point
Elmont had a Train Terminal South of Hempstead
Turnpike? Read more.
April 23, 1899: Elmont Became Part of
Nassau County Expansion
The bill signed in Mineola,
changed the boundary line between the borough of
Queens and the County of Nassau to include the
village of Elmont. 100 Students from Elmont and
Floral Park were attending school at Creedmore,
had to go to the Nassau County Schools.
November 26, 1902 Plan for New Race Track
was Approved at Belmont Park
April 20, 1903 Historic Posts for Belmont
August Belmont was presented the
posts from the South Carolina Jockey Club. The
posts have brass and bronze ornaments and will
have a tablet describing briefly the history of
the turn in South Carolina. Belmont with honor
accepted them, and placed them at the entrance
to Belmont park.
May 4, 1905 Belmont Park opened.
July 8, 1905 Belmont Park Fence
On July 7, 1905, the SK Carpenter
Company of New York built an ornamental iron
fence for the Westchester Racing Association.
The next night the fence was torn down by
unknown individuals. The constructor proceeded
to sue Nassau County due to their refusal of
1906-1907 District 16 School Budget
The total was $1,927.70, of this,
$525 went for the salary of teachers.
November 7, 1909: Aviation
Races for Belmont
Wright Brothers and Glenn
Curtiss to Defend Michelin Prize from Henry
Farman. MEETING IN DECEMBER Last Week of Year
Selected for Competition for International
Trophy Won by Orville Wright.
Via New York Times.
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1910: Community Development
Elzey Meacham, a Tennessee
builder started operations. His first two
avenues were Elzey and Meacham. Afterwards, he
is more well known as the "brainchild" of
Newspaper Row in Eastern Elmont.
January 26, 1913 Hempstead and Jamaica
Turnpike Company Abolished
By order of Queens County court,
the toll trolley line instrumental to Long
Island's development during the colonial area,
was ordered to be abolished and its shares
dissolved to its shareholders.
September 20, 1932: Handel's Duck Inn
Elmont's duck farm, and one of
the best known road houses of Long Island at the
time was completely destroyed by fire. Frank
Nozeki, the lessee of the inn was arrested on
Federal charges for the discovery of a complete
distilling apparatus and system of pipes leading
to other nearby buildings.
1920 Man o' War
December 27, 1925 Ludlam Farm Sold
The farm adjoins Belmont Park and
consisted of 104 acres and close to one half
mile of frontage on Hempstead Turnpike. The
property had been in possession of the Ludlam
family for over 150 years and was sold for
$750,000 to develop over 1,000 low-priced homes.
August 13, 1927: Locustwood Estates Houses
E.A. White Organization, Inc.
sold homes at Locustwood Estates, a development project
opposite Belmont Park. In the last quarter of
1927, the plots valued of $1 million were sold.
The Fulcher Construction Company and the
Silwynne Building Corporation have contracted to
build groups of homes to sell for $12,000 to
March 10, 1929: Locustwood Estates Formed.
March 11, 1929: Locustwood Estates to be
built by Fieldmere Realty
The sale of Locustwood Estates,
has been taken over by the Fieldmere Realty
Corporation of which Major Frederick A. Crooks
is president. The property consisting of about
146 acres bordering Hempstead Turnpike had been
held by the Westchester Racing Association for
possible use in conjunction with its activities
at Belmont park. In order that the development
might be under their own supervision, a
subsidiary corporation known as Locustwood
Estates, with Thomas J. Regan president, Joseph
E Widner, vice president and John J. Coakley
secretary and treasurer was formed.
November 21, 1939 Vanderbilt Succeeds
Widener as Belmont Park President
Locustwood Estates' own
Widener, resigning after illness was succeeded
by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt who was also the
President of the Maryland Jockey Club.
July 8, 1940: Locustwood Estates Taxpayers
and Civic Association incorporated.
December 19, 1940: Elmont To Buy Five
At a special election in the
Belmont Boulevard School, a vote of 259 to 216,
with a small majority of 43 votes approved the
passage to purchase using $150,000 of funds 5
school sites. Locations would be to purchase
property in Alden Terrace, Locustwood Estates,
Ste2wart Manor and sites on Hempstead Turnpike
and Covert Avenue. This was done to lay the
foundation for a long range planning system to
provide the district with sufficient schools.
May 17, 1946: 450 GI homes to be Built in
Tract of 850 lots near Belmont
Park, owned by the Westchester Racing
Association was sold to build to build homes for
veterans. Property about two blocks south of the
Belmont Race Track takes in all the land on
Huntley, Wellington, Heathcote, Locustwood,
Sussex, Sterling, Warwick, Essex, Fieldmere and
August 9, 1951 Sewanhaka Secession
Despite the Elmont School Board
favoring secession of Floral Park - Bellerose
District 22 from Central High School District,
ballots tallying 8,788 against and 4,760 in
favor were casted. members of the Locustwood
Estates were instrumental to Elmont's 4,804
against to 153 in favor outcome. Locustwood
Estates later continued ahead with the
impeachment of the Elmont School Board.
October 5, 1955 Belmont Park Under New
The Greater New York Association
Inc. took over the operation of the thoroughbred
racing in the state of New York that also
included Belmont Park. Previously the
Westchester Racing Association operated the
sport at Belmont since 1905.
October 27, 1962 Racing was Stopped at
For the first time in its
history, there was no racing of any kind at
Belmont Park, since it opened in 1905. Original
Belmont Park was demolished by the NYRA to
create a larger and new Belmont grandstand.
Conversations with Robert Murphy
E-mail conversations, from a
former resident shares memories, and hopes to
reunite old ties, which leads us to understand,
what a community really is.
Click here to read.
May 20, 1946: Builders Buy Land From
839 lots held since 1907 by the
Belmont Racing interests has been sold by
Locustwood Estates, to the Warwick Manor Realty
Corporation. The property is in Elmont, LI, and
is bounded by the Cross Bay Boulevard, Fieldmere
Street, 109th Avenue and the Hathaway Boulevard.
400 brick bungalow homes each on a plot 40 by
100 feet, and a total investment of $4 million.
October 20, 1974: Belmont Seen as a
Plans by Nassau County and New
York City foresaw using the race track's parking
area as a collection point of automobiles and as
a versatile distribution hub for a wide variety
of mass transit services, bus, subway, train and
NOVEMBER 19, 1974: Locustwood Civic formally
August 12, 1984: If You're
Thinking of Living in Elmont
Since Elmont's boundaries were
established at the turn of the century, two
aspects of life in this bedroom community just
across the New York City line in Nassau County
have remained constant.
Via New York Times.
AUGUST 09, 1989: Locustwood / Gotham Civic
Locustwood Civic and Gotham Civic
formally merged together.
January 24, 1990: Home Depot Came to
TSS-Seedman's Department Stores,
Inc., which is liquidating under Chapter 11, has
gotten bankruptcy court approval to sell the
lease for its Elmont, NY, store to Home Depot,
Inc., a home improvement company, for $10
July 12, 1998: Diverse
Community, Moderate Prices
WITH an award-winning high
school where 30 percent of its students are
foreign-born, the Queens-border hamlet of Elmont
is among the most diverse communities on Long
Via New York Times.
April 2, 1999:
Property Tax Assessment
On April 2, 1999, a reflection
statement on the proposal of reassessment was
printed in the Three Village Times.
Click here to read.
April 21, 2001:
Locustwood Boulevard Beautification
On April 21, 2001, a
reflection statement was printed in the Three
Click here to read.