Valley Stream, NY, is a rare gem in the state. It is one of the only villages and is known for its small town atmosphere. It is on the border of Queens, New York. Valley Stream includes the North and South Valley Stream, North Woodmere, Mill Brook and Gibson neighborhoods. It is dotted with colonial, Cape Cod, ranch and Tudor homes along the idyllic streets lined with trees. There are even co-ops, like Gibson Gardens. It's a quite village that makes the big city seem far away.
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In this area of New York, Valley Stream is a nice break from the huge costs of city living. The homes in this area are affordable with a median cost of $344,400. However, getting to the city is simple because the village is located on the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Many families call this village home because of its easy commute to the city and affordable housing options. A couple other reasons why Valley Stream is a great place for families is that the schools in the area are excellent and the village is culturally diverse. Valley Stream is often described as having no majority race because it is such a melting pot. This is actually part of what makes this village such a great place to live.
People may consider Valley Stream because of the location, diversity and good schools, but people stay here and make it home because it has so much to offer. There are a number of beaches nearby and Valley Stream State Park, which allow for some great outdoor fun. There are many festivals and events sponsored by the community, such as the annual Fourth of July fireworks. Shopping is convenient with boutiques all over the village and the Green Acres Mall, one of the first malls in the areas opened in 1956. You don't have to leave Valley Stream to find something good to eat either with a plethora of restaurants available in the area. Since the village is incorporated, the local government is very involved in the community, which helps to keep the village looking nice and encourages a sense of pride among residents. The community also often hosts events, like the Halloween zombie infestation at the local park. Valley Stream may not be the big city, but it has many perks and is a great place to call home.