HEWLETT BAY PARK by (Hewlett Bay Company)

(Residential sub-division)

HEWLETT BAY PARK Hewlett/ Long Island/Nassau County/ New York

A very handsome residential sub-division prospectus for an elegant and exclusive Long Island housing estate. Hewlett Bay Park, an incorporated village located within Hempstead, is famous for its privacy. An article about it in the New York Times, July 18, 1975 cautions: “ Let Fitzgerald cast his eyes across the water at East Egg. Let Cheever, Updike, O’Hara and Oates examine the gilded suburbs of America. Hewlett Bay Park does not care to be discovered.” The carefully planned rural aspect of the park situated on Macy Channel opening to the sea made it a desirable spot for luxurious suburban development as early as 1910, with the building of a home by architects Albro & Lindeberg for Carleton Macy who developed the site. Noting the proximity of golf and country clubs, bathing spots and beaches, as well as the presence of the Lawrence School, the booklet goes onto emphasize graceful landscaping and traditionally styled architecture through its illustrations. Most pages consist of a 14 x 17 cm brown toned illustration from a photograph of a substantial home with a smaller vignette of property detail below. These photos are accompanied by captions such as “ The eye is continually pleased by broad expanses of luxuriant lawn and aprked spaces which insure privacy without the ugly prohibitions of fenced enclosures. Definitely a period piece, with a map of the park showing both already occupied and available acreage. So far we have located only one other copy on OCLC at Queensborough Library. Stapled and cord bound pamphlet, 28.3 x 21.4 cm.; fold-out map at the rear of the text.

Original stiff paper covers, deckled edges, with embossed designed on upper cover; lower cover shows a very few minor spots; cord and staple bound; about a 4 cm separation of covers at the heel of the narrow spine, but still a very good copy.

ID#: 16764
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