|My Town - And Information About It
Let's look at my "town" Massapequa Park (MP), New York (NY).
If I am talking to an out-of-towner (or
if an out-of-tower was looking for info about this area) I
say MP, Long Island (LI), NY, so they know my town is
located in south-east NY (well, it's really south of New
England and east of New Jersey and only has a little
physical connection to the bulk of NY state, but that's
another discussion for another day).
But if I know about this area and want to
search for something nearby, how else might I search?
MP is an incorporated village - one of
the 18 that make up the 3-plus dozen "towns" that make up my
Town - The Town of Oyster Bay ("TOBAY") (of Billy Joel
fame). The non-incorporated villages that comprise TOBAY are
really hamlets - but they call themselves "towns," anyway -
My Town, TOBAY, is part of my county,
Nassau. Nassau is comprised of three Towns (not to be
confused with "towns" which are (mostly) hamlets) and two
incorporated Cities (sort of like incorporated villages, but
with a capital "C").
My County, Nassau, is one of four
counties that comprise LI - going west to east they are:
Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk (by the way Suffolk makes
up about half of Long Island's 110 miles).
Now, things start getting confusing...
You see, New York City (NYC) is comprised
of five boroughs (really counties) two of which are Kings
and Queens and are on LI. But, when referred to as a borough
of NYC, Kings is more commonly known as Brooklyn and Queens
is also referred to by its "towns" (hamlets) such as Forrest
Hills (of tennis fame).
And if we are talking about the NY (or
NYC) Metro area, we include Nassau County, and, parts of New
Jersey and Connecticut, and some other southern NYS
counties. But, we do not include Suffolk!
So, to "fully" identify my home of MP, I would be correct
The Incorporated Village of Massapequa
Park, Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, Long Island, New
York, and part of the greater (don't ask) New York
(City) Metro Area.
At this point while I hesitate to mention
local election districts (which include one legislative, two
assembly, two senate, and at least four others), I do feel I
should mention our school district, as that is another way
to search for things in this area (and especially real
MP is in the Massapequa School District
("MSD"). In addition to MP, MSD includes (the hamlets of)
North Massapequa, Massapequa, East Massapequa, and a few
Estates ("M... et al"). All of which have the zip code of
11758, except for MP (remember, we are an incorporated
village) which has its very own zip code - 11762.
There is just one more thing about my
school district (which I mention because of the apparent
"importance" of buying a home in a good school district).
Not all of M... et al are in MSD.
To include all of M... et al, in addition
to MSD, you would need to "talk about" Amityville,
Farmingdale and Plainedge School Districts.
And, should you want to look up a phone
number, you can use the Massapequa phone book, which
includes: East Massapequa, Massapequa, Nassau Shores, North
Massapequa, West Amityville (?!?) and Massapequa Park.
I am told - with some other states - it can be even more