This vibrant Long Island community boasts several parks with first-rate amenities, recreation centers and a thriving business district overflowing with shops, art galleries and restaurants. In fact, there are over 150 acres of parks, ball fields and playgrounds, and a municipal government which provides the most comprehensive range of services found anywhere on Long Island.
Located on the southwest shore of Long Island in the town of Hempstead, Rockville Centre is a scant 25 miles east of midtown Manhattan and a short 15 minute drive to JFK.
Residents enjoy a multitude of annual events ranging from a 10-kilometer race and street fair to a springtime arts festival, summer concerts, and holiday events and programs for all age groups. The village is also home to 11 churches, two synagogues and the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. The family-oriented villagers pride themselves on a keen desire to preserve the good life.
Rock musician Joan Jett, radio personality Howard Stern, former major league baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, college basketball coaches Jay Wright and Billy Donovan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, among other celebrities, were either born or have resided in the affluent village during their careers.
In 1655, New York governor Richard Nicolls wrote the magistrates of the newly-established town of Hempstead in 1655 and insisted Sachem Tackapousha, a chief for the Reckouackie Indians, who formerly occupied the area, to be further compensated because he thought the payment for the land was purchased at such a cheap price. In addition to the original payment, the governor arranged for Tackapousha and six other chiefs to be given “some great cattle, and some small cattle, and some wampum, and some hatchets, some knives, some trading cloth and some powder and lead.” According to Nicholls, the Indians went away “very well satisfied.”