Welcome to Syosset, Oyster Bay Cove, Muttontown, and Woodbury

About Syosset


    About Syosset                              

In 1648, Robert Williams purchased a tract of land for a couple of dollars worth of cloth from the Matinecock Indians. Called "East Woods" by its early Dutch Settlers, the area we now know as Syosset ("A Place in the Pines") soon gained importance as a farming district. Development was gradual however, and the handfull of families who settled in the area remained isolated until the Long Island Railroad arrived in 1854.

In the early 1900's Syosset soil grew corn, potatoes, strawberries, cabbage and cucumbers.The first industry in Syosset was the Syosset Pickle Factory, located just north of the railroad.The factory increased opportunity for employment, bringing more people to town. The growth in population soon called for more local coordination. Syosset's Ralph Kaiser, the unofficial "mayor" and railroad stationmaster, created the first Chamber of Commerce. Soon after lights, water, gas and garbage services became "conveniences" for the local residents.

Today, Syosset has about 8,000 homes.They are very diverse in size, amenities, and pricing, ranging from 3 bedroom 1 bath ranches, to 4,000 square foot colonials on acre properties. The convenience of the LIRR, parkways, golf courses, yacht clubs, as well as the renowned school district are some of the reasons families settle here.

Recently, the Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with Nassau County, improved Syosset's main downtown street. Jackson Ave. received a "makeover", which includes turn lanes, sidewalks and decorative lamp posts.

The current Chamber of Commerce is also committed to improving the athestics of the downtown area. They give back to the community by hosting an Annual Fall Street Fair, and Holiday Lighting Extravaganza in early December. Residents also look enjoy "Chef's Night", a fun event where local restaurants give us a sample of their best fare. Movie Night is held each summer in a downtown parking lot. Bring your own chairs and picnic dinner. Enjoy the show!








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