Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
"Gardens of Eden: Long Island's Early Twentieth-Century Planned Communities"
Robert B. MacKay
Bethpage Public Library
Long Island's first wave of suburbanization was in the early 20th century when ambitious real estate developers created "residential parks." Robert B. MacKay, Director Emeritus of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), will discuss how the ideals of the Garden City Movement were used to attract a growing middle class in search of country living. Dr. MacKay edited SPLIA's new book, Gardens of Eden, and wrote 5 of its 21 chapters. Among the Nassau County communities featured in this book are Garden City, the Plandomes, Munsey Park, Beacon Hill, and several on the Great Neck peninsula, as well as other planned communities in Queens and Suffolk County.
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