In 1869, Alexander Turney Stewart, a department store mogul, bought 10,000 acres on the Hempstead Plains. Stewart created his legacy — Garden City — on the western portion. While his master plan for a model suburb lacked a church, after his death in 1876, his wife, Cornelia Clinch Stewart, built the Gothic-style Cathedral of the Incarnation with a mausoleum for her beloved’s final resting place.
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The community park on Cherry Valley Avenue has baseball, softball and soccer fields, a hockey rink, indoor and platform tennis courts, miniature golf and a playground. The village pool complex, for residents only, has seasonal passes.
Youth leagues play on 30 acres of sports fields behind the village-owned former St. Paul’s School, an imposing 500-room building on Stewart Avenue that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Theater, music, film and dance are presented at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center. There is a multiplex cinema at Roosevelt Field mall, east of the village, and another nearby on Corporate Drive.
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The village has a total area of 5.3 square miles. As of the census 2010, 21,811 people lived in Garden City.
There are five Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train stations in the village. The stops on the LIRR Hempstead line are Stewart Manor, Nassau Boulevard, Garden City and Country Life Press. There are additional stops on the LIRR Main Line at Merillon Avenue and just over the Garden City border at New Hyde Park and Mineola. Travel time to Manhattan ranges from 30 to 54 minutes, depending on the branch used.
Garden City is served by its own school district. There are seven schools in the Garden City School District: three primary schools (Hemlock School, Homestead School and Locust School), two elementary schools (Stewart School and Stratford School), the Garden City Middle School (grades 6-8), and finally, the Garden City High School (grades 9-12). One independent school, the Waldorf School of Garden City (grades pre K-12), and two Roman Catholic elementary schools (K-8), St. Joseph School and St. Anne's School, are located in Garden City.
In 1929, Adelphi College, which later became a university, moved from Brooklyn to its present 76-acre (310,000 m2) campus in Garden City, becoming the first four-year college in Nassau or Suffolk counties.
This info is from the New York Times Article from , on Page RE16 of the New York edition with the headline: Affluent, With a Welcome Mat Out. and , on Page RE16 of the New York edition with the headline: Affluent, With a Welcome Mat Out.
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