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The Incorporated Village of Bellerose is located in the town of Hempstead on Long Island, NY. With a total area of 0.1 square miles, it is a tiny village, comprising only a few blocks. However, due to its location bordering Queens County, it is a fairly densely-populated one. The village was founded in 1907. Intended to be a model community, the town's founder, Helen Marsh, purchased 77 acres of Flora Park gladiola fields to create the village. The village's name comes from the Long Island Railroad station placed in the village. It is unclear from whence the name derived: while some thought it was a portmanteau created from Rose Farm (which was south of the railroad) and Helen Marsh's daughter Belle, Helen Marsh claimed there was no special significance to the name she simply thought it sounded good. The name of the station was ratified as the village's name in 1917. Bellerose, true to its past as a model village, remains an attractive neighborhood in which to live. Known for its tree-lined streets and handsome residences, it is a pleasant suburban community with easy access to New York. The titular Long Island Railroad station provides service into Queens and then Manhattan for those commuting into the city. There is also quite a bit of industry in Hempstead, the town in which the village of Bellerose resides. The town itself is one of the largest employers in Long Island; in addition, the headquarters of Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines are located in the nearby East Meadow. Because of its convenient yet suburban location, Bellerose is a relatively wealthy neighborhood that is attractive to families. Bellerose offers plenty of recreational activities for residents. The village's recreation department offers a variety of fitness classes for residents, including Pilates and a 50+ fitness class for older residents. They also sponsor a variety of community festivals, including Bellerose Village Day and an annual tree lighting. Bellerose is also a prime spot for architecture sightseers: it's home to the Bellerose Village Municipal Complex, a stunning Tudor Revival/Colonial Revival building that has served a variety of public functions (including a women's club building, fire hall, and police booth) in the community. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. In the summer, residents have only a short distance to travel to reach Jones Beach, the most popular beach on the East Coast.

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