Plainview is a hamlet in New York.
Plainview is a small hamlet in located on Long Island in the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York. Plainview and it's neighboring town, Old Bethpage, share their school system, library, fire department, and water district.
Plainview's history dates back to 1648, when land was purchased because it was considered desirable farming land. The remaining land was purchased in 1695 in a deal called the Bethpage Purchase. When the Long Island Railroad was built, Plainview had an increase in the farming market. The primary crops grown in this area were cucumbers and potatoes. There was a pickle manufacturer that was located in nearby Farmingdale which closed up in the 70's.
After World War II, many people were trying to leave New York for a more rural area. People moving out of the city resulted in many of the farmers in Plainview to sell their land. Massive development in the area began to take place and turned Plainview into the suburban town that it is now. The population jumped in size, making Plainview change from farmland to a functioning town.
Plainview has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Fall and Spring are the most comfortable seasons, with weather averaging in the 50s and 60. Winters can be harsh and temperatures usually drop down to the teens and sometimes even single digits. Plainview also gets a lot of snow, mostly in January and February. The summers are relatively warm, with weather in the 70s to low 90s.
The nearest airport in John F. Kennedy Airport, about half an hour from Plainview. JFK Airport has flights coming into New York from all over the country and even all over the world. Another airport, only about an extra 5-10 minutes further than JFK, is Laguardia Airport. Like JFK, Laguardia has many incoming and outgoing flights for those interested in visiting Plainview.
Depending on where your point of origin is, the Long Island Expressway is one of the most useful ways to get in and around Long Island. It stretches across the entirety of Long Island. The LIE can be accessed through taking I-95/New Jersey Turnpike in you are coming from either north or south of New York.
The easiest way to travel to Long Island, especially Plainview, is to take the train from New York City. Amtrak provides a number of services from all over the country ending in New York's Pennsylvania Station. From Penn Station, the Long Island Rail Road can be taken to Hicksville to end your journey just 5-10 minutes outside of Plainview.
Since Plainview is not very large, there is little public transportation available. The easiest way to get from one place to another would be to rent a car from any of these places:
Avis Rent-A-Car - 195 N Broadway, Hicksville - (516) 942-8216
Enterprise Rent-A-Car - 549 S. Brdway, Hicksville - (516) 931-1818
Budget Car Rental - 14 East Old Country Road, Hicksville - (516) 433-0294
Plainview has numerous community parks. The main park is the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, which is 19-acres and located on Washington Avenue. The main features of this park include an olympic-sized pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground. Those who are feeling adventurous can also hike through the woods, where there are many trails of many different lengths that can be followed.
Nearby is Bethpage State Park which has a dedicated picnic area, world class golf courses, of which the black course has hosted USGA tournaments with many professional players attending. The park also has a polo field, a paved bicycle path that extends as far north as Syosset and as far south as Massapequa. A short ride on the streets of Massapequa will bring you to another paved dedicated bike path that extends to Jones beach state park. Bethpage also offers hiking and bicycle trails within its woods.
Located just outside of the park is a horse stable which offers horse rides through neighboring woodlands, as well as lessons.
While there is not much to see directly in Plainview, there are some places to visit not too far outside of it:
- Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site 240 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746. (631)427-5240 This is the only New York historical site open to the public on Long Island. By visiting this attraction, you can walk through the restored house in which Walt Whitman lived.
- Additionally, there is Sagamore Hill historic site, the home to Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United states, At this site you can tour his home. Explore the grounds, and see his private beach, dogs allowed outside on leash.
- A short drive from Sagamore hill is Raynam Hall, Home of George Washington’s intelligence operative Robert Townsend, Raynham Hall is a time capsule of Long Island life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Purchased by Robert’s father Samuel around 1740 and expanded from a two-over-two farmhouse into a four-over-four town house whose land extended down to the bay and for acres all around, the Townsend family homestead was named Raynham Hall by Samuel’s grandson, Solomon, when he renovated it according to the Victorian taste of his own time, in the mid-19th century,rumored to be haunted.
- Old Bethpage Village Restoration is home to many historic buildings from Long islands past. Also on this site is the Museum of American armor which has many vehicles from our military past.
- Old Westbury gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer, George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence.
- Jones Beach Bay Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793 The beaches of Long Island are a great place to visit if you are in the area during the summer. There are many different fields that include actual waves, bays, beaches more directed for kids, and more secluded beaches. There is a place for everyone.
- Abandoned MansionManetto Hill Preserve off of Washington Avenue For the adventurous, the Abandoned Mansion is the ruins of a once wealthy home in Plainview. As with any other abandoned mansion, there are mysteries involved. There are rumors of ghosts that haunt the mansion. There are no clear signs indicating where this house is, so search at your own risk.
60 Skyline Drive, Plainview NY 11803. (516) 822-7625
Monday - Friday: 12:00 Noon to 10:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Island Rock Climbing is an indoor rock climbing facility. It offers climbing for all ages and abilities. Island Rock has staff on hand to assist any level of climber and will teach you what you need to know if it is your first time climbing.
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage NY 11804. (516) 572-8400
Wednesday - Saturday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Admission: $10, adults; $7, children 5 - 12 (under 5 are free); and $7, seniors, volunteer firefighters.
The Old Bethpage Village Restoration gives visitors an opportunity to step back in time to a 19-century American village. There are many preserved building to visit with staff playing the roles of the people who would have lived in the village. It is a very interesting historical experience.
- Cultural Arts Playhouse (CAP) Center
625 Old Country Rd, Plainview, NY 11803. (516) 694-3330
The CAP Center puts on a variety of shows throughout the year. For those interested in the performing arts, check their homepage to see what shows they are performing.
For more to do, see the "Get Out" section.
Plainview has many different shopping centers where one can find almost anything they need or desire:
Plainview Shopping Center
This shopping center has a variety of retail stores such as Victoria's Secret, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Bath and Body Works, Annie Sez, and New York and Company. It also has many places to eat, such as Asia Grill, Red Mango (frozen yogurt), and Robek's (smoothies).
Morton Village Shopping Center
This shopping center has a pharmacy (CVS), a grocery store, and many different places to eat.
The following malls are both about 15 minutes away, but are great to go to if you have a car while you are visiting:
Broadway Mall 358 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, NY (516) 939-0679
Walt Whitman Mall 160 Walt Whitman Rd, South Huntington, New York (631) 423-5497
New York Pizza
As any New York location should, Plainview is packed with pizza places serving delicious New York pizza. There are a number of places only minutes away where you can have this amazing meal:
- La Piazzetta 542 Woodbury Road - (516) 681-1971
- La Piazza 1137 Old Country Rd # A - (516) 938-0800
- Marios Pizzeria 635 Old Country Road - (516) 935-8800
- Cuigini Pizzeria 1048 Old Country Road - (516) 931-3910
- Phil & Sons Pizza 377 S Oyster Bay Rd # 8 - (516) 931-4441
- Caruso's Pizza 64 Manetto Hill Mall - (516) 433-4999
New York Bagel
In Plainview, there are numerous places where one can experience this New York treat:
- Town Bagel 133 Old Country Road - (516) 931-7698
- Family Bagels 40 Manetto Hill Road - (516) 681-4949
- Gold & Meyer's Deli 036 Old Country Road - (516) 681-1354
- Holiday Inn, 215 Sunnyside Blvd, +1 516 349-7400, .
- Residence Inn Plainview Long Island, 9 Gerhard Road, +1 516 433-6200, Fax: +1 516 433-2569, .
While your time in Plainview can be enjoyable, there is much to do outside of this hamlet:
2245 Broad Hollow Road (RT. 110), Farmingdale NY 11735. (631) 694-6868
For hours and prices, visit their homepage
Adventureland is a great place for the entire family. There are rides and attractions for all ages. Adventureland is a full-day commitment if you want to experience the entire park.
8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville NY 11709. (516) 624-RIDE
Friday: 6 PM to 10 PM
Saturday: 12 Noon to 10 PM
Sunday: 12 Noon to 9 PM
For prices, visit their homepage
Bayville Adventure Park features a miniature golf course, rock climbing, a bumper boat safari, a ropes course, a maze, and a funhouse. There are many restaurants nearby. Bayville Adventure Park is a good place to go for a family excursion.
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