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Cedarhurst a polite, affordable community where people still say ‘please’

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An article by Newsday

If you’re a stickler for social graces, Cedarhurst is your place. Tucked into southwest Nassau County, it is a community with a hometown feel “where people still say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’,” says real estate agent Lorraine Rachimi Chanin, of Five Town Homes Realty.

The community — which is in the Five Towns area that includes Lawrence, Woodmere, Inwood and Hewlett — was originally called Ocean Point and was part of Queens. The name changed to Cedarhurst in 1884, and 15 years later the community became part of Nassau County. Cedarhurst eventually incorporated as a village in 1910 — after complaints about road conditions, according to Newsday archives.

The village offers a wealth of shopping outlets. “Central Avenue has a lovely mix of stores,” says Chanin. “It’s a nice little shopping mecca, especially on Sundays. There are so many people out and about.”

The village has managed to keep taxes low, Mayor Ben Weinstock says. “Taxes are low principally because we manage our expenditures frugally, and we have a significant amount of parking spots that generate money over the year,” Weinstock says. There are about 2,000 parking spots for almost 240 retail outlets.

Completed municipal projects in and around Cedarhurst include road resurfacing and the beautification of a triangular lot on West Broadway, Weinstock says. “But the crown jewel of the Five Towns is Andrew J. Parise Park,” with its playgrounds, one of which is handicapped-accessible, the mayor says. It also has water spray parks, basketballs courts and baseball fields, and an extensive program of weekly summer concerts funded by sponsors.

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