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Daily living in Mineola, a Long Island suburban community situated right in the heart of Nassau County, jibes nicely with the origin of its name: the word Mineola was actually taken from a Native American phrase meaning "a pleasant place." And pleasant Mineola life certainly is. The village of Mineola is located in Nassau County, New York, spanning approximately 2.2 square miles and home to just under twenty thousand New Yorkers. Most of Mineola is located within the Town of North Hempstead with a small southern portion extending into the Town of Hempstead. Located just to the north of Garden City but with housing that's both more available and more affordable, Mineola is striving to become the Long Island community of the future, with a good mix of pretty, single-family homes on leafy, well-tended streets as well as some residential development downtown to ensure that there's enough people and energy--a "critical mass"--for a local commercial district to thrive. Having a bustling downtown area also helps ease the individual tax burden in Mineola. By spreading around the responsibility, residents living in Mineola can continue to enjoy the first-rate public services and amenities with which they've become accustomed. Take Wilson Park, for example, which features soccer, baseball, and softball fields, tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard courts, two playgrounds, a shower and a spray pool, a roller-hockey rink, and the very popular, residents-only swimming pool proper. All the fields, by the way, can be illuminated at night. In addition to local shopping in downtown Mineola, there are plenty of big box stores and national chains in nearby Roosevelt Field. Public transportation options available to the community include the Nassau Inter-County Express and the Long Island Rail Road with available connections to MTA New York City Transit system. The Nassau Inter-County Express is a local bus service serving all of Nassau County. Travel to Manhattan takes approximately one hour and ten minutes by public transport. The same trip takes approximately 45 minutes travelling by car via I-495E, I-95N, and Grand Central Parkway. Historically, Mineola is known in reference to some of the most famous pilots in history. The Aero Club of America was formed in Mineola to promote aviation in America. Chosen for its level plains and favorable winds, the area attracted The Wright Brothers, Igor Sikorsky, Captain Rene Fock, and the duo Clarence Chamberlain and Bert Acosta. Mineola Union Free School District serves the students of Mineola as well as the communities of Garden City Park, Williston Park, Albertson, and Roslyn Heights. The district is comprised of five schools: Mineola High School (grades 8-12), Mineola Middle School (grades 5-7), Jackson Avenue School (grades 3 & 4), Hampton Street School (Pre-kindergarten - 2), and Meadow Drive School (Pre-kindergarten - 2). Some areas of Mineola are part of the East Williston, Carle Place, and Garden City School Districts. Chaminade High School is a Roman Catholic high school for young men located in Mineola. The Mineola Memorial Library serves the community and its students with an extensive catalog of both physical and digital content. Wilson Park and The Garden City Golf Club provide a number of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Wilson Park, located in Western Mineola, provides a lighted hockey rink, lighted baseball field, little league and soccer fields. Free equipment and games are also available to park pass holders. During the summer a number of events are held at the rink for the community to participate. The Garden City Golf Club is located just outside of Mineola, at the southwestern corner bordering Garden City. The club is home to an eighteen-hole course with a length of over 6,000 yards, making it the longest course in the United States. In 2013 Golf Magazine ranked it number 25 of the top 100 courses in the U.S.

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