Welcome to Garden City
A quaint village on Long Island that is one of the best places to live in the Greater New York City Area
Located approximately 18 miles from Manhattan, Garden City is a peaceful town offering a dense suburban feeling where most residents own their own homes. One of the nation’s first planned communities, this peaceful village is considered the safest place to live on Long Island.
Founded by multi-millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart in 1869, Garden City continued to grow into the 1920s before the stock market crash cooled construction. Development resumed to accommodate a population boom in the 1930s and again after World War II when large numbers of city dwellers moved to the suburbs.
Its proximity to Manhattan, tree-lined streets with stately old homes, great schools, and community-minded feel makes Garden City an attractive place to live. The median income is $70,255, and the median price of homes for sale is $999,000.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
Garden City is remarkably community-minded, which isn’t surprising considering that approximately 40 percent of residents are Irish American. Among the biggest employers are Nassau Community College and Adelphi University.
Garden City has a dense suburban feel and is the perfect place for families, young professionals, and retirees. It has been described as the beating heart of Nassau County.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The quaint downtown area on 7th Street, anchored by the Garden City Hotel and its restaurants, provides a relaxing place to shop, dine, and enjoy the finest in suburban living. Here, you’ll find plenty of dining options. Garden City Coffee Shop serves full breakfasts, The Burger Spot has a selection of all-natural burgers, Seventh Street Cafe offers classic Italian fare in an elegant setting that includes sidewalk tables, and Waterzooi is a Belgian bistro known for mussels and imported beers.
Three major malls are conveniently located off the Meadowbrook State Parkway. Roosevelt Field is the largest mall on Long Island. Designed by I. M. Pei, it has everything from large retail stores to boutiques to numerous dining options. Two other options are The Gallery at Westbury Plaza and Stewart Plaza
Pizza and Irish pubs are extremely popular in Garden City. Besides Grimaldi’s, grab a slice at Garden City Pizza & Catering, Enzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurante and Umberto’s. The top Irish pubs include Doc O’Grady’s, BK Sweeney’s Uptown Grille, and Jack Walsh’s Irish Pub.
Things to Do
The Cradle of Aviation has around 75 aircraft and spacecraft on display, as well as galleries, hands-on exhibits, and a planetarium. Charles Lindbergh took off on his transatlantic flight from Roosevelt Field, and the area was a hub of aircraft manufacturing during World War II. Visitors can also immerse themselves at the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center, and the Hofstra University Museum of Art in neighboring Hempstead.
There are summertime weekly promenades and holiday parades, including during Belmont. Summertime fun spots include the Garden City Swimming Pool and St. Paul’s Recreation Center.
Garden City is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Stewart School is one of the top elementary schools in the area, providing top-notch education in a safe environment
- Garden City High School is a public high school with an enrollment of about 1,200 that has been ranked in the top 200 schools in the nation by US News and World Report
- The Waldorf School of Garden City is a private school offering a full education from early childhood through high school