Located along Nassau County's western border, the Great Neck area consists of a number of villages and hamlets spread out over a peninsula that extends into the Long Island Sound. A stone's throw from midtown Manhattan, Great Neck is popular among those looking for a short commute to New York City for work or play.
Great Neck Union Free School District, which serves most parts of Great Neck, is consistenty ranked among the best in the country.
Because of its proximity to Queens, the commute to Manhattan by train is a mere 25-35 minutes from Great Neck's station on the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Rail Road, depending on wether you catch an express. Commuters can also take the Northern State Parkway or Long Island Expressway to destinations east or west.
Great Neck is one of the more historically significant "Gold Coast" communities of Long Island's north shore. Home to F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s, Great Neck served as the basis for the town of "West Egg" in Fitzgerald's famous classic, "The Great Gatsby."
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Great Neck was also temporarily the home of the United Nations, while its current Manhattan headquarters were being constructed.
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