Valley Stream is known for being a big village with a small town feel. With a population of nearly 38,000, Valley Stream is one of the largest villages in the state of New York. The incorporated village is located inside the southwest part of the town of Hempstead, along the border of Queens
The Long Island community offers an abundance of annual activities, with the summer months especially festive. The village sponsors a well-attended summer day-camp program, and the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Firemen's Memorial Field draws about 30,000 people.
Valley Stream's 160 acres of parkland include picturesque Hendrickson Park, with amenities such as a mile track around a lake, three pools, tennis and basketball courts; there's also a 9/11 memorial and an off-the leash dog park.
Plenty of shops, eateries and a wealth of services can be found along major thoroughfares, including Rockaway Avenue, the area's original business district. Green Acres Mall, one of the Island's first malls, opened in 1956.
Cape-styled homes dominate the area's neighborhoods, but Colonials, ranches and Tudors also can be found on tightly packed, neat lots, as well as two-family homes, numerous condos and housing for seniors.