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Malverne is located on what was once the tribal grounds of the Rockaway Indians, whose lands stretched over a good part of present-day Queens and Nassau New York. The Rockaways were known for their skill in making wampum from shells found on the Long Island Sound. Wampum was used as a form of barter for jewelry and other essential goods. Older residents of Malverne have found arrow heads, pottery and other Native American antiques and valuables, which are still remains of our first settlers. Historical evidence suggests that Malverne's first settlers began to arrive in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Many of Malverne's older homes were built during this period and some of the familiar streets of Malverne derived their names from early families like the Cornwells, the Riders, the Wicks, the Nostrands, and others. While many original settlers of Long Island were attracted to fishing, Malverne's great location attracted farmers as well. With lots of brooks, streams, and reservoirs, the land is fertile and offers easy irrigation, where farmers can grow all sorts of vegetables and produce. As did the Rockaway Indians did. The name, Malvern, comes from the Old English and means "green mall" or "green park." Today Malverne is a village in the town of Hempstead in Nassau County, which is in the middle of Long Island, it is North of Lynbrook and South of Franklin Square. It's right off exit 17S on the State Parkway. Many of the residents that live in Malverne commute to Midtown Manhattan. It's roughly 20 miles from New York City which can be around a 30 minute drive, if there's no traffic. For those that can't drive, people use the Long Island Rail Road which is on the West Hempstead Line. Traveling by rail would take around 45 minutes without any delays. Besides the great commute the Malverne Union Free School District which also covers some parts of Lynbrook and Lakeview Long Island. Students start off going to Maurice W Downing School from the time they start Kindergarten all the way through Second grade. After students head to Davison Avenue School for Grades 3 and 4. Then onto Howard T. Herber Middle school and lastly Malverne High School. So on the weekends when students aren't in school and when most parents aren't working, families head downtown where they can enjoy lovely shopping, dining, music, bowling, cocktails and more. The homes in Malverne are above average in price compared to the rest of Long Island. Residents may pay a bit extra in taxes than the majority of Long Island communities due to the lack of commercial enterprises. Which is a great thing for young growing families that are looking to settle down in an upbeat but quiet neighborhood.

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  • Howard T. Herber Ms
  • Malverne Shs
  • Maurice W Downing School

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