Plainview is a small hamlet in located on Long Island in the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York. Plainview and its neighboring town, Old Bethpage, share their school system, library, fire department, and water district.
Plainview's history dates back to 1648, when land was purchased because it was considered desirable farming land. The remaining land was purchased in 1695 in a deal called the Bethpage Purchase. When the Long Island Railroad was built, Plainview had an increase in the farming market.
After World War II, many people were trying to leave New York for a more rural area. People moving out of the city 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 population jumped in size, making Plainview change from farmland to a functioning town.
Climate Plainview has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Fall and spring are the most comfortable seasons, with weather averaging in the 50s and 60s F (about 10-20°C). Winters can be harsh and temperatures usually drop down to the teens and sometimes even single digits. Plainview also gets a lot of snow, mostly in January and February. The summers are relatively warm, with weather in the 70s to low 90s°F (21-35°C).
The nearest airport is John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), about half an hour from Plainview. JFK Airport has flights coming into New York from all over the country and the world. Another airport, only about an extra 5-10 minutes further than JFK, is Laguardia Airport. Like JFK, LaGuardia has many incoming and outgoing flights for those interested in visiting Plainview.
Depending on where your point of origin is, the Long Island Expressway (LIE), is one of the most useful ways to get in and around Long Island. It stretches across the entirety of Long Island. The LIE can be accessed through taking I-95/New Jersey Turnpike in you are coming from either north or south of New York.
The easiest way to travel to Long Island, especially Plainview, is to take the train from New York City. Amtrak provides a number of services from all over the country ending in New York's Pennsylvania Station. From Penn Station, the Long Island Rail Road can be taken to Hicksville to end your journey just 5-10 minutes outside of Plainview.
Since Plainview is not very large, there is little public transportation available. The easiest way to get from one place to another would be to rent a car from any of these places:
- Avis Rent-A-Car - 195 N Broadway, Hicksville - +1 516 942-8216
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car - 549 S. Brdway, Hicksville - +1 516 931-1818
- Budget Car Rental - 14 East Old Country Road, Hicksville - +1 516 433-0294
- Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park. Plainview has numerous community parks. The main park is the Bethpage Community Park, which is 19-acres and located on Washington Avenue. The main features of this park include an olympic-sized pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground. Those who are feeling adventurous can also hike through the woods, where there are many trails of many different lengths that can be followed.
- Abandoned Mansion (Manetto Hill Preserve off of Washington Avenue). For the adventurous, the Abandoned Mansion is the ruins of a once wealthy home in Plainview. As with any other abandoned mansion, there are mysteries involved. There are rumors of ghosts that haunt the mansion. There are no clear signs indicating where this house is, so search at your own risk.
- Island Rock Climbing, 60 Skyline Drive, Plainview NY 11803, ☏ . M-F noon-10PM; Sa-Su noon-6PM. Island Rock Climbing is an indoor rock climbing facility. It offers climbing for all ages and abilities. Island Rock has staff on hand to assist any level of climber and will teach you what you need to know if it is your first time climbing.
- Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage NY 11804, ☏ . W-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 11AM-5PM. The Old Bethpage Village Restoration gives visitors an opportunity to step back in time to a 19-century American village. There are many preserved building to visit with staff playing the roles of the people who would have lived in the village. It is a very interesting historical experience. Admission: $10, adults; $7, children 5-12 (under 5 are free); and $7, seniors, volunteer firefighters.
- Cultural Arts Playhouse (CAP) Center, 625 Old Country Rd, ☏ . The CAP Center puts on a variety of shows throughout the year. For those interested in the performing arts.
Plainview has many different shopping centers where one can find almost anything they need or desire:
- Plainview Shopping Center. This shopping center has a variety of retail stores such as Victoria's Secret, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Bath and Body Works, Annie Sez, and New York and Company. It also has many places to eat, such as Asia Grill, Red Mango (frozen yogurt), and Robek's (smoothies).
- Morton Village Shopping Center. This shopping center has a pharmacy (CVS), a grocery store, and many different places to eat.
New York pizza
As any New York location should, Plainview is packed with pizza places serving delicious New York pizza. There are places only minutes away where you can have this amazing meal:
- La Piazza, 1137 Old Country Rd, ☏ .
- Marios Pizzeria, 635 Old Country Rd, ☏ .
- Cuigini Pizzeria, 1048 Old Country Rd, ☏ .
- Phil & Sons Pizza, 377 S Oyster Bay Rd #8, ☏ .
- Caruso's Pizza, 64 Manetto Hill Mall, ☏ .
New York bagels
In Plainview, there are many places where one can experience this New York treat:
- Town Bagel, 133 Old Country Rd, ☏ .
- Family Bagels, 40 Manetto Hill Rd, ☏ .
- Gold & Meyer's Deli, 036 Old Country Rd, ☏ .
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