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The village of Kensington is part of the Great Neck Peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York. Kensington spans just one-third square mile with a population of approximately 1,200 people. Initially established in 1921, Kensington was a location exclusive to the homes of famous celebrities. Its gates are modeled after those of London's Kensington Gardens, where the village got its name. Public transportation options to and from Kensington include The Nassau Inter-County Express bus line and The Long Island Railroad. The commute to Manhattan is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes using public transportation and forty-five minutes by personal vehicle. Kensington is located at the southernmost tip of Manhasset Bay off the Long Island Sound. The bay forms boundaries with northern Great Neck and Southwestern Cow Neck. An ideal location for boating and recreation, the bay is home to a number of marinas and yacht clubs including The Manhasset Bay Marina and The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. The Manhasset Bay Marina offers full-service amenities including boat slips, entry and haul-out service for boats up to 110', and complete engine and hull repairs. The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club is an exclusive club catering to those interested in enhancing their involvement in the competitive as well as social aspects of the sport. The Great Neck Public School District and the Great Neck Library serve the community of Kensington. The district is comprised of three high schools (Great Neck North High School, Great Neck South High School, Village School), two middle schools (Great Neck North Middle School, Great Neck South Middle School), four elementary schools (E.M. Baker Elementary School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Lakeville Elementary School, Saddle Rock Elementary School), as well as a nursery school (Parkville School). As of the 2005-2006 school year, the district's portfolio had a total enrollment of approximately 6,500 students and a student-teacher ratio of 10.7 to 1. Allenwood Park is partially located within Kensington and its facilities include softball diamonds, five all-weather tennis courts, a basketball court, an aqua park and children's play areas. Park staff cares to the native rabbits, pheasants, and a duck pond. Allenwood is one of five parks in the Great Neck Park District. Membership includes Steppingstone Park, Steppingstone Waterside Theatre, Memorial Field, Kings Point Park, and the Village Green & Rose Gardens. A small neighborhood park, Grace Avenue Park, is also nearby. The district organizes programs and events throughout the year including summer camps, athletic programs for all ages, movies in the park, and much more.

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