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Cedarhurst is a village in Nassau Countymarker, on the South Shore of Long Islandmarker, New Yorkmarker in the USAmarker. The population was 6,164 at the United States Census, 2000. The village is named after a grove of trees that once stood at the post office.

The Village of Cedarhurst is in the Town of Hempsteadmarker.


The village was incorporated in 1910. It is part of the "Five Towns", together with the village of Lawrencemarker and the hamlets of Woodmeremarker and Inwoodmarker, and "The Hewletts", which consist of the villages of Hewlett Bay Parkmarker, Hewlett Harbormarker and Hewlett Neckmarker and the hamlet of Hewlettmarker, along with Woodsburghmarker.

Cedarhurst's early name was Ocean Point. Rail service arrived in 1869 which lead people to the area, especially to the Rockaway Hunting Club, built in Cedarhurst in 1878. A post office was established in 1884, and Ocean Point was renamed Cedarhurst, partly at the request of the Hunt Club.

For many years, Central Avenue, the area's main business district, was considered the Rodeo Drivemarker of Long Island, offering upscale shops and boutiques to discriminating shoppers from around the area. With the growth of the local Orthodox Jewish community, many stores and restaurants now cater to the needs of this community. As observant Jews do not shop on the Jewish Sabbath, many of the street's businesses are closed on Saturday, reducing the foot traffic for those stores that remain open on Saturdays.


Cedarhurst is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land.


Cedarhurst is part of School District 15 and is served by the Lawrence Public Schools. Lawrence High Schoolmarker as well as the #5 Elementary School, which serve students from a number of surrounding communities, are located in Cedarhurst.

Cedarhurst is also home to the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School, located on Central Avenue in a building that formerly housed one of the district's elementary schools.

Cedarhurst is home to a number of shuls, including The Chofetz Chaim Torah Center, Congregation Tifereth Zvi, The Red Shul, Agudath Israel of The Five Towns, Chabad of the Five Towns, and the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst.

The town is also home to St. Joachim Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, also on Central Avenue. The church's parish elementary school was closed down in June 2005 due to declining enrollment in the school's area over the previous decade.


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,164 people, 2,289 households, and 1,636 families residing in the village. The population density was 9,042.0 people per square mile (3,499.9/km2). There were 2,366 housing units at an average density of 3,470.7/sq mi (1,343.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.74% White, 1.28% African American, 0.11% Native American, 3.08% Asian, 2.94% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.35% of the population.

There were 2,289 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $56,441, and the median income for a family was $71,406. Males had a median income of $52,460 versus $37,292 for females. The per capita income for the village was $29,591. About 4.3% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Over the past twenty years significant numbers of Orthodox Jewish families have moved into Cedarhurst supporting synagogues and other Jewish organizations. Italian-Americans (15.3%), Russian Americans (10.5%), Polish-Americans (9.7%) and Irish-Americans (6.9%) also make up a large percentage of the Five Towns community.

Local Government

  • Mayor Andrew J. Parise (1995-Present)
  • Deputy Mayor Benjamin Weinstock
  • Village Justice Hon. Martin Zuckerbrod (2000-present)
  • Village Trustee Ronald Lanzilotta Sr. (2001-present)
  • Village Trustee Ari Brown (2001-present)
  • Village Trustee Myrna Zisman


The Cedarhurstmarker station provides Long Island Rail Road service on the Far Rockaway Branch to Penn Stationmarker in Midtown Manhattan and the Flatbush Avenuemarker terminal in Brooklynmarker.

Emergency services

The Nassau County Police Department provides police services in Cedarhurst and most of Nassau County. Cedarhurst is part of the force's Fourth Preceinct.

Cedarhurst is served by the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. The LCFD consists of close to 80 volunteer firefighters and provides fire protection to the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, as well as the North Lawrence Fire District and East Lawrence Fire District. The LCFD also responds to alarms such as car accidents and aided cases on the Atlantic Beach Bridge. The Chief of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department is Michael P. Sasso.


  • Parts of the movie Married to the Mob, most notably the opening scene at the train station, were filmed in Cedarhurst.

  • The town is referenced incorrectly in the 2002 movie City by the Sea, when Long Beach is said to have defeated Cedarhurst in a football game (instead of the actual high school, Lawrence).

  • On May 11, 2009 and May 12, 2009, Jerry Seinfeld filmed a commercial for Australia's "Greater" bank in Cedarhurst.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Cedarhurst include:

See also


  1. Barron, James. "IF YOU'RE THINKING OF LIVING IN: FIVE TOWNS", The New York Times, July 10, 1983. Accessed May 20, 2008. "The basic five are Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett and Inwood. But the area also includes some unincorporated communities and two tiny villages, Hewlett Bay Park and Woodsburgh, that are not added to the final total."
  2. LIVING IN / Cedarhurst's Changing `Rodeo Drive'
  3. St. Joachim Parish Elementary School in Cedarhurst To Close, press release dated April 12, 2005
  4. City-data for Cedarhurst, New York, accessed November 9, 2006
  5. 4th Precinct, Nassau County Police Department. Accessed August 20, 2007.
  6. Not the size of the dog in the fight,, accessed December 10, 2006
  7. Jake Burton Biography, accessed January 4, 2007. "Born in New York City on April 29, 1954, Jake spent his childhood in Cedarhurst, New York."
  8. Berkow, Ira. "Red Holzman, Hall of Fame Coach, Dies at 78", The New York Times, November 15, 1998. Accessed September 15, 2008. "He and his wife bought a house in Cedarhurst, N.Y., in the Five Towns section of Long Island in the 1950's, and stayed there all their lives, raising Gail, their only child in a 55-year marriage."
  9. Coaching the supercoach: Woodmere agent Joe Glass helped close deal for new Knicks coach Larry Brown, Nassau Herald, August 4, 2005. "Thanks in part to Glass, Brown will become the 22nd head coach in Knicks history, following in the footsteps of the late Red Holzman of Cedarhurst, who coached the Knicks to two NBA championships in the early 1970s, the last time the team won titles. Brown has mentioned that one of the things he remembers most about the area is playing basketball with Holzman at the Number Five School playground in Cedarhurst."
  10. Late Show with David Letterman Cast bio: Alan Kalter, accessed December 10, 2006

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