The hamlet of Hewlett, part of the Nassau County region of “Five Towns,” is a small, largely Jewish community that is often grouped with nearby neighborhoods of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor and Hewlett Neck — together known as “the Hewletts.” Locals describe the area as residential, with the library, schools and temples hosting most town events.
Like its neighbors, many homes in the Hewletts are large, historic structures situated near waterways. In 2009, City-Data.com estimated the median house or condo value in Hewlett at $477,052.
“For the most part, this is a quiet town,” says Keith Murray, 23, who works at a bike shop in nearby Woodmere. “Last year, there were a lot of bikes stolen in the Five Towns,” he says. “But crime has been diminishing.” Murray says bike theft has greatly gone down this year mostly through word-of-mouth alerts in the local cycling community.
Jeff Lewis, 50, owner of the Time Warp Comics and Collectibles shop (1164 Broadway) says that years ago, the area had its own movie theater and bowling alley that drew a young crowd. “Those are gone now,” he says. “Now we’ve got some small shops and stores [that mainly draw shoppers].”
About the area
» Five Towns, in southwest Nassau County near the Queens border, actually includes more towns than the name implies. It refers to Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Inwood, Woodsburgh and “the Hewletts.”
» Visit the past at Trinity Cemetery, behind Trinity-St. John’s Episcopal Church (1142 Broadway). Both the church and graveyard are historical landmarks, with the cemetery dating back to 1846 and the semi-Gothic-style church structure dating back to 1877. For details, visit www.trinitystjohns.org.