A hamlet, located in the southern section of the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, Oceanside was originally a small port called Christian Hook in the late 1600’s and soon became a favorite place to buy fresh oysters. The name was officially changed to Ocean Side about 200 years later and again to Oceanside in 1918 after the town began to rapidly expand. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,109.
In 1959 Nathan’s Famous opened its second restaurant on Long Beach Road in Oceanside and quickly became a neighborhood staple, offering live entertainment and dancing, franks and seafood.
Some of the main roads in Oceanside are Long Beach Road, Oceanside Road, Lawson Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue, Brower Avenue and Waukena Avenue. To the north, bordering Oceanside, is Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road, both running east/west. South Nassau Communities Hospital, now a part of NYC’s Mount Sinai Hospital, and an award-winning acute-care facility, is located in Oceanside. The community is served by the Long Island Rail Road with a commute into Manhattan of about 40 minutes.
Oceanside’s neighboring communities include Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Island Park and East Rockaway