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Old Bethpage is a small beautiful hamlet in the greater town of Oyster Bay, located in Nassau County on Long Island, New York. Old Bethpage and its neighboring hamlet, Plainview, share a school system, library, fire department and water district and are often described as the same town. Old Bethpage is a popular choice of residence for many families living in and/or looking to move to Long Island. It is a picturesque suburb, with many fields of greens, abundant natural trees and many homes maintaining original architecture designs. Combined with great schools, a 40-minute commute to New York City via the Long Island Rail Road, low crime rate and affordable housing, Old Bethpage is an ideal location for many families to live comfortably and raise their families. The hamlet of Old Bethpage is relatively affordable compared to many other areas of Nassau County and greater Long Island in general. It is not known to be particularly partial towards one social class, but rather has a healthy mix of many. A large portion of the population are families with young children, which is a draw for many younger couples looking to migrate out of the city and into the suburbs. Like most of Long Island and Nassau County, the school system in Old Bethpage is a big reason why many families with school-aged children. It is rated very highly and has a reputation for its students scoring above average on national standardized tests. The area is served by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. The district contains one high school, two middle schools, four elementary schools and one kindergarten center. Of these schools, the only one physically located in Old Bethpage is the Old Bethpage Elementary School. Despite its small physical area, Old Bethpage has a number of community parks open to the public tucked in-between its homes. The largest, Old Bethpage Park, has public tennis and basketball courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields, playgrounds and a community center. The Bethpage State Park has five golf course the most famous of which is the Black Course, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009. One of Long Island's most well-known tourist attractions, the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, is located in Old Bethpage. It provides visitors with the opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated 1800s typical American village. The 209-acre village in Old Bethpage included an array of homes, farms and business all reminiscent and realistic of that time. Although Old Bethpage was not a prominent village during the 1800s, it represents a typical rural Long Island farm village from that period, one of many that existed during the Dutch and English settlement of Long Island. Every year during the fall months, the Old Bethpage Village Restoration hosts the Long Island Fair a traditional Nassau county agricultural fair that draws tens of thousands of visitors to the small town. During the rest of the year, the village hosts many family-friendly events, activities and educational seminars. One of the more popular events is the old-time baseball tournament!

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