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Walter Greenspan <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 21 Jul 2005 14:10:14 EDT
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According to today's (Thursday, July 21) NEWSDAY, "In an unusual ruling, the 
North Hempstead Town Board unanimously passed a resolution allowing a piece of 
Roslyn Heights property, not the structure on it, to be included in a 
historic district."

NEWSDAY adds, "Joan Kent, the town historian and a member of the landmarks 
commission, said although the ruling sets a precedent in North Hempstead, "It's 
within the parameters of landmark law." 

Fro the complete NEWSDAY article, "Parcel, but not structure, gets historic 
status", please go to (you'll need to copy and paste the entire URL, beginning 
with "http" and ending with "-print"):


Roslyn Heights is one of those communities on Long Island where many of the 
places (about 1 out of every 2 places) with a Roslyn Heights mailing address 
are not in Roslyn Heights.

The pertinent geography:

Roslyn Heights is a hamlet (unincorporated area) in the center part of the 
Town of North Hempstead, in the west-central part of Nassau County.  There are 
30 villages (municipal corporations) and 18 hamlets all or partly in the Town 
of North Hempstead.  There are 2 cities and 3 towns in Nassau County.  (I'm 
including after my name a NYS Geographic Glossary with the NYS definitions of 
county, city, town, village, hamlet and postal zone.)

Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Hamlet of 
Roslyn Heights in the Town of North Hempstead is bordered on the north by the 
Villages of Roslyn Estates, Roslyn and East Hills; on the east by the Villages of 
East Hills and Old Westbury; on the south by the Villages of Mineola and East 
Williston; and, on the west by the Village of East Williston, the Hamlets of 
Albertson and Searingtown and the Village of North Hills.

And, as occurs in all but one of Nassau County's 136 communities (2 cities, 
64 villages and 70 hamlets), the Hamlet of Roslyn Heights has a different 
border than does the "Roslyn Heights, NY 11577" postal zone (i.e., a place can have 
a Roslyn Heights mailing address and not be in Roslyn Heights and, at the 
same time, there are places in Roslyn Heights with other than a Roslyn Heights 
mailing address).

.....Hamlet of Roslyn Heights.........944
.....Roslyn Heights, NY 11577.....1,704

Thus, about 1 out of every 2 places with a "Roslyn Heights, NY" mailing 
address are NOT in the Hamlet of Roslyn Heights.  Those places with a "Roslyn 
Heights, NY" mailing address that are not in Roslyn Heights are in the Village of 
North Hills and the Village of East Hills; and, at the same time, there are 
places in Roslyn Heights that have a "Williston Park, NY 11596" mailing address.

For those who have their copy of the 2004 or earlier edition of the LI 
Population Survey or have already downloaded the report from the Long Island Power 
Authority web site (eMail me directly if you need instructions on how to access 
and download the report), you'll find the Hamlet of Roslyn Heights in the 
Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County on pages 5 & 6 (map) and 7 (population 

I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting.


Walter Greenspan

.   Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Postal Zones in New York State

New York State is divided into counties.

A county is a municipal corporation, a subdivision of the state, created to 
perform state functions; a "regional" government.  All counties are divided 
into cities, towns and Indian reservations.

A city is a unique governmental entity with its own special charter.  Cities 
are not sub-divided, except into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic 

A town is a municipal corporation and encompasses all territory within the 
state except that within cities or Indian reservations.  Towns can be 
sub-divided into villages and hamlets.

A village is a general purpose municipal corporation formed voluntarily by 
the residents of an area in one or more towns to provide themselves with 
municipal services.  The pattern of village organization is similar to those of a 
city.  A village is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic 

A hamlet is an unincorporated area in one or more towns that is governed 
at-large by the town(s) it is in.  A hamlet is divided into neighborhoods, which 
are informal geographic areas.

Postal Zone "City" and "Town"
A postal zone "City" and "Town" is an administrative district established by 
the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the mail.  Postal zone "City" and "Town" 
may not (but are encouraged to) conform to municipal or community borders.  
Thus, postal zone location does not always determine city, village or hamlet 

Please be aware:  In many areas of New York State, the problem of 
non-conforming postal zones leads to a situation where the majority of places have a 
different community name in their mailing address than the community where that 
place is actually located.