Located on the North Shore in Nassau County, Manhasset is ideally situated just 20 miles from Manhattan, and 50 miles from Long Island’s famous world-class Hamptons beaches. Home to just over 8,000 people, Manhasset takes its name from a Native American term meaning “island neighborhood.”
19th century Manhasset was a farming community, but in the 1920s, a few pioneering commuters from the New York City began transforming the lowland rural community into a highland commuter town. Slowly, a commercial district developed along Plandome Road, and eventually, around Northern Boulevard, the current location for high-end stores at the open-air mall, the Americana Manhasset. By the mid-20th century, Manhasset was a growing community, with ample commerce, ideal access to Manhattan by car or by rail on the Long Island Railroad, and close to Long Island’s North Shore.
Today, Manhasset is well-known for its concentration of distinct local merchants and high-end premium shops. As friendly local shopkeepers beckon visitors with unique products and personalized service along Plandome Road, shoppers enjoy strolling through the town. A short drive away, Northern Boulevard’s Americana Manhasset offers open-air, world-class shopping.
The Americana is home to such luxurious boutiques such as Ralph Lauren, Williams-Sonoma, Brooks Brothers, Oilily, Prada, Giorgio Armani , Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Burberry, among others.
Locals know that few towns can compare to the cuisine available in Manhasset. With dozens of restaurants, bistros and cafes sprinkled throughout the town, Manhasset offers fare to please every palate. From delicious New York pizza to five-star restaurants, visitors can sample some of the world’s best food right in Manhasset.
Located in the Town of North Hempstead, Manhasset offers easy access to some of the area’s most notable parks, pools, tennis courts, walking trails and beaches. Golfers may choose to play a round at Harbor Links, a challenging course just minutes away, in the town of Roslyn. Visitors may also stop by the Clark Botanical Garden, a short drive away in Albertson. Theater-goers can enjoy productions performed by the Herricks Community Theater Group.
With convenient access to New York City, Manhasset visitors and locals are just a hop, skip and a jump from enjoying Manhattan’s bevy of attractions, including museums, zoos, parks, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and of course, world-renowned theater.
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Whatever your interest, Manhasset is sure to provide an activity to engage you and keep you coming back for more. With friendly residents and merchants, our town invites you to come spend some time with us.