Manhasset is a Native American term that translates to “the island neighborhood”. In 2005, a Wall Street Journal article ranked Manhasset as the best town for raising a family in the New York metropolitan area. The Manhasset area, settled by 1680, grew quickly after it began being served by the Long Island Rail Road in 1898. The LIRR provides access to New York City via the Manhasset station with an approximately 40 minute commute to Penn Station. Express trains, which run during rush hour, make the trip in less than 30 minutes. The hamlet of Manhasset is located 19.5 miles away from midtown Manhattan.
The hamlet of Manhasset, about 20 miles from Manhattan, covers an irregularly shaped 2.4 square miles north and south of Northern Boulevard. Part of its northwest corner borders Manhasset Bay. It is surrounded by the villages of Plandome Heights, Plandome, Munsey Park, Flower Hill, Roslyn Estates, North Hills, Lake Success, Russell Gardens and Thomaston — all of which, along with other communities, are in the Town of North Hempstead.
The upscale Americana Manhasset shopping mall and stores to its west constitute the Miracle Mile, a stretch memorialized by Billy Joel in “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” as a place where you need “a whole lotta money” .