About Us

Beginnings

A small kettle pond fed by a freshwater spring at the edge of the Hempstead Plains was the basis of Plainview’s origins. It was an indentation in the ground left behind by retreating glaciers. The pond – just northeast of the modern-day intersection of Old Country and Manetto Hill Roads – became a holy site for Native Americans across Long Island, who valued rare sources of fresh water. They named the pond Moscopas, meaning “hole of dirt and water”, and the Manetto, a word for “god”.  Indians hunted in the area, often after praying at the foot of Manetto Hill. Hempstead settler Robert Williams, originally of Wales, purchased land west of Moscopas from the Matinecocks in 1648. The major European land purchase, however, was in 1695 when Thomas Powell’s Bethpage Purchase extended north to Moscopas. A tiny farming community formed near the pond, taking the name Manetto Hill.  It remained isolated and insignificant for more than a century.

Turning Point

The railroad’s arrival at nearby Hicksville in 1837 opened the vast markets of Brooklyn, western Queens and New York City to Manetto Hill farmers. The opening of the brickworks in nearby Old Bethpage in the 1860’s attracted more people to the area. In 1885, Manetto Hill asked for a post office but was turned down because another community upstate had a similar name. The following year residents decided to call their community Plainview because of the prairie vistas from the top of the hill. The early 20th Century saw blights attack the two major crops of cucumbers and potatoes. By the time the post-World War II housing boom arrived, farmers were ready to sell. Plainview’s population exploded from 1,155 in 1950 to more than 35,000 a decade later.

Claim to fame

Before blight wiped out Plainview’s lucrative cucumber crop in the early 1900’s, it was a major source of America’s pickles, supplying works in Farmingdale and the big Heinz plant in Hicksville.

The Community Today

A great community to live, work and play in. The population is approximately 33,000. Plainview-Old Bethpage is centrally located on Long Island covering an area of 8.3 sq. miles with access to all major highways.

The community has one of the best libraries in Nassau County, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, which is open 76 hours each week. Other agencies located in Plainview-Old Bethpage are the Plainview Water District, Plainview Volunteer Fire Department, two Post Offices, North Shore University Hospital, Central Island Nursing Home, Mid-Island Y, the Plainview Health Center and the Cooperative Extension of Nassau County and other County offices located in the Nassau Office Complex off Old Country Road. The Old Bethpage Restoration Village and the Battleground Campgrounds are located in Old Bethpage.

At present, there are four elementary schools, two junior high schools and one high school. We have many strip malls with major supermarkets, drug stores, restaurants and a variety of other stores. There are also several medical and office buildings. It is a community where the houses are well kept and the people enjoy the best of suburbia.

Where to Find More

“Our Town: Life in Plainview-Old Bethpage 1600 Through Tomorrow”, by Richard Koubek, published in 1987, and other material at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.

Our Mission

Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce is an Association of local Business, Professional and Industrial Community Leaders, both men and women, who earnestly strive to make YOUR PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE a better place in which to live, work and carry on your business.
  1. It promotes the Commercial, Industrial, Professional, and Civic interests of Plainview-Old Bethpage.
  2. It represents all the basic branches of business within this community.
  3. Its policies are determined by an elected Board of Directors who serve without compensation.
  4. Its work is developed and carried out through committees whose personnel include men and women of mature experience and judgment.
  5. Its accomplishments, since its inception in 1954 have been for the welfare of Plainview-Old Bethpage.
  6. Its records are an open book to members and a challenge to the interest and support of every wide-awake citizen who has the welfare of the community at heart and who believes in the American free-enterprise system.

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