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Old 08-29-2008, 07:11 AM
 
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Old Westbury was incorporated in 1924. The entire area was called Westbury Station in the late 19th century and consisted of mostly Quaker farmers until the wealthy bluebloods moved in. Polo and fox hunts were a staple around the turn of the century. The Westbury Friends Meeting House, or Westbury chapter of the Quakers was located on Post road in the town of Westbury. Westbury grew much larger as the staff of many of the estates set up their homes there. Old Westbury has only one commercial business, other than that it is entirely residential. Westbury has a main street and numerous stores. The town got its name from Westbury in the U.K., as one of the first Quaker settlers to the area was from there.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:17 AM
 
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Some notables residents of Old Westbury over the past 100 years are:
Pretty much the entire Phipps family
William C. Whitney and his son Harry Payne Whitney with wife Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
Edwin D. Morgan III
Robert Winthrop
The Guest family
The Hitchcock family (Tommy Hitchcock was one of the best Polo players ever)
William Russell Grace Jr. and family
A. Conger Goodyear
Howard Stern
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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Default For those who may not be familiar with Westbury

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Westbury grew much larger as the staff of many of the estates set up their homes there. Old Westbury has only one commercial business, other than that it is entirely residential. Westbury has a main street and numerous stores.

Bear in mind that the majority of places that have a "Westbury, NY 11590" mailing address are NOT in the Village of Westsbury.


For those who may not be familiar with Westbury:

Westbury is a village (incorporated in 1932) in the southeast part of the Town of North Hempstead, in the central part of Nassau County, along the North Hempstead/Oyster Bay and the North Hempstead/Hempstead town line.

Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Village of Westbury in the Town of North Hempstead is bordered on the north by the Village of Old Westbury; on the east by the Hamlet of Jericho in the Town Oyster Bay (the North Hempstead/Oyster Bay town line) and the Hamlet of New Cassel; on the south by the Hamlet of East Meadow and the Hamlet of East Garden City in the Town of Hempstead (the North Hempstead/Hempstead town line); and on the west by the Hamlet of Carle Place and the Village of Mineola.





Westbury is one of those many villages and hamlets on Long Island where most of the places that have the community name as part of their mailing address are not in the village: places that have a "Westbury, NY 11590" mailing address that are not in the Village of Westbury are in the Hamlet of Jericho and the Hamlet of Hicksville, Town of Oyster Bay; the Hamlet of New Cassel and the Hamlet of Carle Place, Town of North Hempstead; and, the Hamlet of Salisbury, the Hamlet of East Meadow and the Hamlet of East Garden City, Town of Hempstead.


For a good set of town-by-town maps showing all the villages and hamlets in each of LI's 13 towns (3 in Nassau County and 10 in Suffolk County): Excellent Long Island Geographic Resource
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:16 PM
 
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and that 11.5 million dollar home was Ogden Phipps house, designed by Delano & Aldrich. I have pictures on the blog. It is an amazing home, absolutely beautiful, its only downfall is it is right up against Glen Cove Road which is rather noisy.
I know where that is, opposite the intersection of Glen Cove rd and Harbor Hill rd. It looks like a piece of "Old Long Island" there indeed from your site. The way things used to be...nice to see all those woods in there. There's also a road (private road) heading east off of Glen Cove rd by a water station, my map calls it "Whitney-Phipps Garavan road".
I have never gone in there, since it's Private Property but I would love a tour!
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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That's the same article I read, but I can't find it anymore. A lot of the preserve was hacked up by the construction of the Southern State and Wantagh Parkways. Everything left over was sold in 1949 and became the Forest City neighborhood in North Wantagh. That article has some good history on the property going back to the Phipps era. I grew up a few hundred feet from there and spent many days fishing in that same lake and wandering through the woods. Never knew about the history of it until pretty recently!
I think there's a small piece of it remaining its called Forest City Park, there's a lake and some paths. Its in the SW corner of the Southern State/Wantagh interchange. Too bad most of the preserve is gone...an example of needless wilderness destruction for subdivisions.
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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I think there's a small piece of it remaining its called Forest City Park, there's a lake and some paths. Its in the SW corner of the Southern State/Wantagh interchange. Too bad most of the preserve is gone...an example of needless wilderness destruction for subdivisions.
Haha John, "Forest City Park" = the same exact thing I'm talking about There's a pool in there too. Don't forget that most of us would never have lived here if it wasn't for needless wilderness destruction!
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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I know where that is, opposite the intersection of Glen Cove rd and Harbor Hill rd. It looks like a piece of "Old Long Island" there indeed from your site. The way things used to be...nice to see all those woods in there. There's also a road (private road) heading east off of Glen Cove rd by a water station, my map calls it "Whitney-Phipps Garavan road".
I have never gone in there, since it's Private Property but I would love a tour!

Yes Whitney Phipps Garvan road used to be the main entrance for not only Ogden Phipps house but also his father's house, Stanley Mortimer's 'Roslyn House' and W.C. Whitney's 'The Manse'. It has been closed off for some years though, so you can only go in so far. Supposedly Nassau County might buy the two parcels of Spring Hill that are next to GC Road to preserve the open space.
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