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Franklin Square

Franklin Square
Beginnings: Like much of what was to become central Nassau, Franklin Square was part of the vast, grassy Hempstead Plains. It remained undisturbed by humans for thousands of years, by virtue of its position far inland. Its earliest use was as communal sheep grazing land for Hempstead farmers. After the Revolution, crops were planted. Except for a few families, there was little in Franklin Square until 1852, when Louis Schroerer built a hotel. It attracted two things that established Franklin Square as a community - travelers on the Hempstead-Jamaica Turnpike, and many other German settlers.
Photo: View of Hempstead turnpike looking westbound at the intersection of Franklin Ave. (Newsday...
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Beginnings: Like much of what was to become central Nassau, Franklin Square was part of the vast, grassy Hempstead Plains. It remained undisturbed by humans for thousands of years, by virtue of its position far inland. Its earliest use was as communal sheep grazing land for Hempstead farmers. After the Revolution, crops were planted. Except for a few families, there was little in Franklin Square until 1852, when Louis Schroerer built a hotel. It attracted two things that established Franklin Square as a community - travelers on the Hempstead-Jamaica Turnpike, and many other German settlers.
Photo: View of Hempstead turnpike looking westbound at the intersection of Franklin Ave. (Newsday / K. Wiles Stabile)
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  • Hopkins Hospital bumped from top spot to No. 3 on U.S. News ranking

    Hopkins Hospital bumped from top spot to No. 3 on U.S. News ranking
    Johns Hopkins, for decades ranked the best hospital in the country, has been through this before. Two years ago, it fell to No. 2 in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings, regaining the top spot last year.
  • One killed, three injured in Baltimore shootings

    One killed, three injured in Baltimore shootings
    A man was killed in a restaurant, a teenage girl was injured in a drive-by shooting and two others were wounded in three separate shootings in Baltimore between Sunday evening and Monday morning. The fatal shooting occurred at 1:46 a.m. Monday in a New...