Valley Stream, New York provides its residents and visitors with a bridge between the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and the quiet splendor of Long Island. With a population of 37,511, Valley Stream is a nice getaway from the city while still having amenities close by. With these and other benefits to offer, Money Magazine thought Valley Stream ranked as the best place to live in New York in 2017.
For a village close to 40,000 people, Valley Stream is represented well by many elementary schools, three high schools, and one junior high. Four numbered elementary districts can be found in Valley Stream, including three with the village name in it. The other is Hewlett-Woodmere. Each district consists of three or four elementary schools. The Valley Stream Central High School District consists of Central, North, and South high schools and Valley Stream Memorial Junior High. If you live on the north end of the city, your children may attend Elmont Memorial High School. There will be plenty of chances to get a good education at all levels.
Valley Stream in Recreation & Parks
Because the Parks and Recreation office is by one of the swimming pools, the Valley Stream workers are right on top of the job. There are many opportunities for relaxation and fun activities throughout the village. Arthur J. Hendrickson Park (123 W. Merrick Rd.) offers such activities as miniature golf and bocce ball courts, as well as a kiddie playground and a memorial to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The pool, open during the summer months, offers a kiddie water park, an Olympic pool and a diving pool, among others.
Fireman’s Field Memorial Sports Complex (120 Albermarle Ave.) has baseball, softball, and lacrosse fields as well as a children’s playground. Arlington Park (W. Merrick and Arlington) has the playground and a soccer field. Barrett Park (Jadwin St. and Cochran Place) gives opportunities for baseball, basketball, handball, and tennis. There is also a community center where yoga classes are offered as well as tae kwan do and arts and crafts.
Valley Stream Weather
Valley Stream has warm and humid conditions through the summer, with the average high topping out at 83 degrees in July. The average temperature then slides to 39 on Jan. 30 before rising once again. If you think Valley Stream is snowy and cold, think again. The average snowfall is around 23 inches and rainfall is double that amount. This suggests a wetter climate with less snow, with the exception of the nor’easters that may go through.
Valley Stream Local Amenities
With numerous parks, swimming facilities and sports programs such as Valley Stream Little League, a running club and a swim team, there are plenty of chances to walk around and enjoy the village. There are opportunities to read books and watch movies at the Henry Waldinger Library or catch a concert at the Village Green.
There are numerous areas in Valley Stream that are hot on the real estate market, with the Hungry Harbor and Golf intersection and South Valley Stream among the top neighborhoods in which to settle down. Salespeople, office workers and other office workers who either live in the city or commute to other areas tend to settle in Valley Stream. The majority of homes for sale in Valley Stream tend to be two-story properties in the $300,000 to $500,000 range, which is within buying range for a family of four with an annual income of $140,000.