Long Island's Prominent Families in the Town of Hempstead: Their Estates and Their Country Homes

Author: Raymond and Judith Spinzia

ISBN 978-1-60264-680-3 (softcover)

548 pages

The estate areas in the Town of Hempstead have, for the most part, faded into history. In many instances, the mansions that have survived in the Five Towns area are situated on smaller pieces of property and have had their architectural integrity compromised by subsequent owners. What remains virtually untouched in what Garden City residents refer to as the original estate area, located in the central section of their village. Unfortunately, the estate areas in the villages of Hempstead, East Meadow, Uniondale, and Salisbury are forever gone.

This fifth volume in the Long Island's Prominent Families series follows the same modified "Who's Who" biographical format and incorporates extensive appendices as found in other volumes in this series. Like its Southampton counterpart, it includes cross-referencing to family members in all other volumes. Documented are 758 Town of Hempstead families, with 355 photographs of their homes.


Judith and Raymond Spinzia are former Long Island residents, now residing in central Pennsylvania. Their first book, Long Island: A Guide to New York's Suffolk and Nassau Counties (New York: Hippocrene Books, 1988; 1991 revised; 2009 revised) is a standard reference book which has been used as a textbook for teaching Long Island history and can be found in almost all public libraries and schools on Long Island.

The Spinzias write and speak, jointly and separately, on a variety of Long Island-related subjects, including the North and South Shore estates, Tiffany stained-glass windows, and the Vanderbilts of Long Island. On several occasions their lectures were chosen by the former radio station of The New York Times, WQXR, as the cultural event of the day in the New York Metropolitan area. Additionally, they have been featured on local television and radio programs and in articles published by The New York Times, Newsday, and other regional newspapers.

The Spinzias served as Long Island history consultants for a local cable television channel that, in an effort to encourage local interest, aired material from their guidebook twice daily. They were also consultants for a Japanese television network for a documentary on Louis Comfort Tiffany and contributed material to the Arts and Entertainment Network's "Biography" series for its presentation on the Vanderbilt and Tiffany families.

In addition to their two-volume work on the North Shore estates published in 2006 and a companion volume on the South Shore estates published in 2007, Long Island's Prominent Families in the Town of Southampton: Their Estates and Their Country Homes has also been released this year. Ordering information and sample pages for the five volumes in the Spinzias' Long Island Prominent Families series can be found by visiting their website spinzialongislandestates.com.

Category: Non-Fiction

Type: books

Vendor: Judith and Raymond Spinzia

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