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The town of New Cassel is located in Nassau County in Long Island, New York. Compared to its neighboring towns, New Cassel is a low-income area that allows subsidized housing and has higher reported crime rates. New Cassel is one of the few hamlets in Long Island, especially in Nassau County, where whites are the minority. Black and Hispanic people make up roughly 90% of the population. Due to this diversity, Spanish is the predominant language spoke in almost 60% of New Cassel households. Although the Long Island Railroad passes through New Cassel, there is no stop in the town that would allow for an easier commute into New York City and throughout the rest of the Island. Those who do commute into the city often drive the roughly 30 miles / 45-minutes or take the LIR from a neighboring stop in either Wantagh, Meadowbrook or Northern State. The train ride from all of these stations in Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan is roughly 45-minutes. In recent decades, the town has made an effort to revitalize the town and make it more appealing for more people to make the move there. The vision included building low-income apartment complexes to help alleviate the illegal-housing problem and the creation of a new downtown area with businesses such as banks, drug stores, restaurants, supermarkets and retail shops. Despite getting off to a slow start, new subsidized housing complexes have brought back more people into the neighborhood. The downtown area isn't quite what community developers imagined it to be after years of planning, but it is home to several medical offices and drug stores. Drugs have become a big problem for the area, and leads to higher crime rates. Many families are reluctant to move into the area because of this problem. Community involvement is a major player in the reconstruction and revitalization of New Cassel. Many pastors from local churches have made a commitment to help the growth of the town. In the less than two square mile area of the town, there are forty-seven churches. For newcomers looking to move to the area, housing costs are very cheap compared to the rest of greater Nassau County and Long Island. Prices for 4-bedroom homes are almost always below $400 thousand. Prices tend to be only slightly higher in the area of the town known as Poet's Corner, where streets are named after famous poets such as Emerson and Tennyson. New Cassel is part of the Westbury Union Free School District. Students attend the Dryden Street School and Pre-Kindergarten Annex for the first two years and then go to the Park Avenue School for first and second grade. For grades three through five, students attend either the Drexel Avenue School or the Powells Lane School then continue onto the Westbury Middle School for grades six through eight. The Westbury High School has a graduation rate of 87% and its students score lower than the state average on standardized tests.

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