Flower Hill was incorporated on May 25, 1931, as a result of Port Washington's plans to incorporate itself as the "City of Greater Port Washington" with the same boundaries as the Port Washington Union Free School District. Carlos W. Munson, heir to a steamship fortune and Flower Hill's founding father, said so. As much of Flower Hill is located within the Port Washington UFSD, much of the area now within village limits would have been absorbed by the City of Port Washington, and would have been its major source of tax income, according to Munson (Sands Point was already incorporated when the proposals were made in 1930). The residents of Flower Hill were successful in establishing Flower Hill as a village, and stopping these plans; to this day, Port Washington remains an unincorporated hamlet governed by the Town of North Hempstead.
When incorporated, Flower Hill's population was 288, whereas in 2019 it was home to over 4,900 residents.
Flower Hill is one village anchored by three of the Town of North Hempstead's major communities; the western parts are anchored by the hamlet of Manhasset (which is also the Town Seat of North Hempstead), the northern parts are anchored by the hamlet of Port Washington, and the southern and eastern parts are anchored by the Incorporated Village of Roslyn.
As such, the "Manhasset portion", "Port Washington portion", and "Roslyn portion" of Flower Hill each have their own unique touches, values, and feels to them, but at the same time are also intertwined and united as one village; residents take pride not only in their portion of Flower Hill – but also the entirety of the village, and enjoy working and living together as one, unified village.
|“||You have the quaint feel of Roslyn, you have Main Street of Port Washington, and then you have downtown Manhasset.||”|
—Elaine R. Phillips, Mayor (2012 – 2016)
Areas & subdivisions
As stated above, Flower Hill consists of three main areas:
- The Manhasset portion
- The Port Washington portion
- The Roslyn portion
Generally, people residing in Flower Hill consider themselves to be from one of these three areas (i.e. the Roslyn portion) as opposed to from a smaller subdivision (i.e. Broadridge at Flower Hill) when asked what part of Flower Hill they live in.
Flower Hill consists of the following subdivisions:
- Chanticlare at Flower Hill
- Colonial Estates at Flower Hill
- Flower Hill Country Estates
- Flower Hill Estates
- Flower Hill–Manhasset (split between Flower Hill and Plandome)
- Harbor Village
- Harbour Oaks
- Heritage Hills at Flower Hill
- Hewlett Farm
- Manhasset Glen (split between Flower Hill and Plandome)
- Mashady Estates
- Pinewood at Flower Hill
- Real Estate Development of Flower Hill (this is the oldest subdivision in Flower Hill)
- Rolling Wood at Flower Hill
- Roslyn Hills
- Stratford Woods
- Sunset Hills
- Wildwood at Flower Hill
Many of these subdivisions were built at different times, and many of them have their own unique feels and styles to them as well as different types of street layouts. This is exaggerated by the varied geography and the size of Flower Hill. A visitor may find it very interesting seeing the wooded serenity of Bonnie Heights Road and Manhasset Woods Road, and then traveling slightly east to the top of Woodland Road and seeing the Long Island Sound and the hills of Westchester County.
Flower Hill has excellent road access. Two major state routes travel through it. Those routes are Northern Boulevard (NY 25A) and Port Washington Boulevard (NY 101). Additionally, it is served by the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway, via Searingtown Road (which becomes Port Washington Boulevard at its intersection with Northern Boulevard) or Mineola Avenue.
Flower Hill has great bus service, provided by Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE). Three NICE routes serve Flower Hill: the n20H (Great Neck LIRR – Hicksville LIRR), the n21 (Great Neck LIRR – Glen Cove), and the n23 (Mineola LIRR – Manorhaven).
While there are no train stations in the village, all of Flower Hill has good access to the Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch. The Roslyn portion of Flower Hill also has great access to the Oyster Bay Branch (although residents make more use of the Port Washington Branch). In fact, portions of Flower Hill's western border are formed by the Port Washington Branch.
The nearest stations to Flower Hill are Manhasset, Plandome, and Port Washington on the Port Washington Branch and the Roslyn station on the Oyster Bay Branch.
The easiest ways to travel around Flower Hill are by walking, riding a bicycle, or by driving.
Additionally, it is possible to move about Flower Hill by bus. The n20H and n21 runs west–east near the southern boundary of the village with Roslyn Estates via Northern Boulevard and Old Northern Boulevard. The n23 runs north–south through the heart of Flower Hill via Port Washington Boulevard.
See & do
- Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, 336 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington, ☏ . The main historical society for the entirety of the Cow Neck Peninsula. It is located within Flower Hill, at the historic Sands-Willets House, which the organization operates as a museum and as their headquarters.
- Elderfields Preserve, 200 Port Washington Blvd, Manhasset, ☏ . A historic preserve, museum, and art gallery. The Elderfields Preserve consists of the historic Hewlett-Munson-Williams House. This was the home of Carlos W. Munson, the founding father of Flower Hill, and was named "Elderfields" by him.
- Flower Hill Village Park. A park owned by the Village of Flower Hill. It consists of walking paths, a stage, a field, a playground and sports facilities, and an exceptionally-planned and maintained garden. The park was purchased by Flower Hill from Nassau County in the 2000s, and was redesigned and beautified after the purchase by arborist and former Village Trustee Ann Frankel.
- North Hempstead Country Club, 291 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington, ☏ . A private country club, featuring a large golf course designed by the late, famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast.
Eat & drink
- Bryant & Cooper, 2 Middle Neck Rd, Roslyn, ☏ .
- Dunkin', 1063 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, ☏ .
- Joanne's Gourmet Pizza, 1067 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, ☏ .
- Landmark Diner, 1027 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, ☏ .
- Limani, 1043 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, ☏ .
- Subway, 1087 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, ☏ .
- Wild Fig, 1085 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, ☏ .
- Holiday Inn Express Roslyn – Long Island, 1053 Northern Boulevard , Roslyn, ☏ .
Flower Hill is an extremely safe and friendly place to visit – both during the day and at night. On the rare occasion something does happen, it is usually due to someone leaving valuables exposed in their vehicle and neglecting to lock their car's doors overnight, leading to their car being broken into.
You can call the Nassau County Police Department by dialing 911.
Speeding is usually the biggest safety issue in Flower Hill, especially along roads like Woodland Road and Ridge Drive East in the Roslyn portion of Flower Hill. A solution to mitigate the issue is in the works as of 2021. The speed limit on Flower Hill's residential streets is 30 mph (48 km/h). And as many children tend to be outside to walk, bike, or play when it is nice out, speeding is a big concern of locals. Please be mindful of pedestrians.
Walking on streets
Except for much of Northern Boulevard, small portions of Middle Neck and Port Washington Boulevards, and the bicycle/pedestrian pathway along Stonytown Road, sidewalks and designated foot/pedestrian paths along roads seldom exist. Along portions of Port Washington Boulevard lacking sidewalks, the shoulders are generous in size, and are safe to walk or bike along (in fact the n23 has numerous stops along the wide shoulder). However, more caution should be used along Middle Neck Road, and following detours along side streets might be a smart move if walking with dogs or small children, or riding a bicycle.
At night, be sure to wear light, reflective colors.
Flower Hill is home to St. Francis Hospital, which is the only specialty-designated cardiac center in New York, and is recognized nationally as being one of America's top heart care centers.
There is a GoHealth/Northwell Health walk-in urgent care center is on Northern Boulevard in the Roslyn portion of Flower Hill.
Parking on streets overnight without a permit provided by Flower Hill is prohibited between the hours of 2AM and 6AM. Doing so will likely result in a parking ticket being placed on your windshield by the Nassau County Police Department when doing their overnight patrols.
Parking on streets during snowstorms is also prohibited in Flower Hill when the snow accumulates to at least 2 inches; this is to ensure the safety of motorists and to allow for the streets to be plowed safely and efficiently.
If you become lost and need directions, ask a local for help. You will find that many residents will be more than happy to assist in getting you where you are trying to go.
Flower Hill is a very friendly place to visit and live in. The average neighbors care about their fellow neighbors, treat each other with respect, and care about their community and their fellow residents. Residents take pride in keeping a clean, safe, and welcoming community.
If you are walking with dogs, please be mindful of neighbors and pick up after it. Neglecting to clean up after your dog is considered to be disrespectful, is illegal and punishable by a fine, and can pollute the groundwater and water supply. The village provides free dog clean-up bag dispensers and receptacles at locations throughout the park.