Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00
Westbury, ranked #18, made the list for the second time in three years, with its first distinction coming in 2009, said a “proud” Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
“Many communities on Long Island are vying to be places that attract young people, and Westbury has worked hard for many years to develop the kinds of housing options, services, recreational activities and overall environment that attracts younger residents.
“We are now starting to see the results of that hard work, and Westbury is starting to be recognized as being a place where young people want to live,” said Cavallaro.
The mayor said Westbury made the cut because its proximity to New York City (approximately 40-minute commute), variety of restaurants, recreational and cultural activities or attractions as well as the availability to colleges and higher education institutes.
“Westbury is in a prime location for any young professional who wants to come to live and raise a family,” the mayor added.
According to CNNMoney.com, Westbury boasts a population of 15,178, a little over one-third of which are single. The median family income listed is $103,272.
The site described Westbury as a “leafy Long Island suburb” with a degree of tranquility. CNNMoney.com also cited the closeness of Old Westbury Gardens as well as the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor as another cultural destination and one of the “best-regarded suburban museums in the nation.”
Mayor Cavallaro also noted that the village is a diverse community that is welcoming to people and families of any age.
“One of Westbury’s great strengths is the overall diversity of our community; people of all religious faiths and cultures, young and old, feel comfortable here,” he explained.
Village Justice Thomas Liotti, who, like Cavallaro is a Westbury resident, offered his take on Westbury’s offerings and agreed that it’s a community for all ages.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our Village. While it is wonderful that it is the home for affluent professionals, it is also the home of other white- and blue-collar workers and some laborers. This all adds to the richness of our community. Everyone is welcome as long as they are honest and hardworking,” said Liotti.
CNNMoney.com ranked Manhattan Beach, CA as the number one destination in the country for the young and single. Westbury will soon be home to another destination for singles and couples alike as the original theater in the village is being renovated and slated to open later in the year.
“I have said before, and I believe, that Westbury is ranked so high as a place for young professionals to live because they are busy people building careers, some starting families.
“They want to put some space between where they work and where they live, and they want to have access to the kinds of cultural, educational, sports and recreational activities that they enjoy in their time away from work. Westbury fits that bill perfectly,” said Cavallaro.
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