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The hamlet of Carle Place is located in the town of North Hempstead in Nassau County. Centrally located in the middle of the center of the town, it is bordered by Westbury, Old Westbury, Garden City, East Garden City, and Mineola. Although less than one square mile, it is a populous town, and a relatively wealthy one, with few living below the poverty line. Carle Place draws its name from a mansion built by Silas Carle that is located in the area. The (possibly apocryphal) explanation for the name is that train conductors, when stopping in the area, would ask if riders were getting off at Carle's Place. At some point the designation lost the possessive and became the official name of the hamlet. The area was formerly known as Frog Hollow; this remains a nickname for the area today. In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Carle Place was an early test site of the planned community model that would later be used in Levittown. After developer William J. Levitt built 600 low-cost houses on a 19-acre plot close to the Carle Place train station in 1946, population in the area ballooned by 500 percent. Carle Place remains a populous suburb to this day because of this early development. Carle Place has its own school district, called the Carle Place Union Free School District, although it also includes parts of Westbury and Mineola. Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade attend Cherry Lane Primary School, and continue on to Rushmore Avenue Elementary School for grades three through six. Carle Place Middle School and Carle Place High School are located on the same campus, and serves children in seventh grade through graduation. Their mascot is a frog, in homage to the hamlet's original name of Frog Hollow. Carle Place is a convenient home for commuters, as its titular train station is serviced by both the Montauk Branch and the Main Line of the Long Island Railroad. Drivers can also reach Manhattan via the Northern State Parkway, which runs through the area. For those who prefer to work closer to home, the headquarters of 1-800-Flowers is located in the hamlet, and there are many more major companies located within greater North Hempstead. Residents of Carle Place can enjoy Carle Place Memorial Park, centrally located in town. Additional recreational services are offered through the greater city of North Hempstead, including camps, fitness and dance classes, sports and watersports, aquatics, and more. Additionally, bargain hunters can find some deals at the Plaza 200 Outlet mall in Carle Place.

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