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Plainview history goes to early America when towns were just being settled along the eastern coast. It all began in the mid-1600's when Robert Williams from Wales settled in the area and bought a great deal of land for his farms. The land that he bought was what would one day be Nassau County, encompassing Plainview and Old Bethpage. The area was for many years, the location for most commercial cucumber farming, including the production of cucumbers for the Heinz Company. As more people came to the area, the town of Plainview was established. It was named after the fact that the town had an unspoiled view of an area called the Hampstead Plains. For several centuries, the area of Plainview remained a small farming town. Since then the continuing growth of New York City has left its mark on the town. After World War II, numerous amounts of people were trying to leave New York City for a more rural area. People moving out of Manhattan resulted in many of the farmers in Plainview to sell their land. Massive development in the area began to take place and turned Plainview into the suburban town that it is now. The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has one high school, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, two middle schools, Howard B. Mattlin and Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, and four elementary schools. There is also one Kindergarten Center, a school just for kindergarteners, connected to Stratford Road Elementary School. This school district is top notch in Long Island today. Besides it great education it brings to its students, Plainview is actually a very religious town, believe it or not. There are several religious sanctuaries in town, the community has numerous amounts of Jewish congregations both Reform and Orthodox. As for Churches there are plenty and all different types. Additionally, there is the Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Center and the Beth Yeshua/Olive Tree Congregation, a Messianic temple. Plainview is one of the more popular places to live in today for families in Long Island. With its great location, right in the middle of Long Island you can go out Far East to the Hamptons or Montauk and close enough to Manhattan where residents can commute easily to work. Roughly by car it will take you over an hour and by train which would be the next best mode of transportation would be by rail. People from Plainview would take the Port Jefferson Line which is the closest train station. Families move out to Plainview because of the privacy they get with their home. Most properties have a nice front or backyard where children can go out on the streets and run around while being in a safe neighborhood.

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  • Kramer Lane Es
  • Parkway School
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  • Plainview-Old Bethpage Ms
  • Stratford Road School

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