Welcome to the official website of the Village of Roslyn Harbor. Many people seek out refuge in Roslyn Harbor with its lush greenery, rolling hills, views of Hempstead Harbor, and large 1-2 acre size properties. Many houses have views of the water, or back onto a golf course or a former Gold Coast estate that is now the Nassau County Museum of Art.
The Village of Roslyn Harbor was incorporated at the same time that the adjacent Village of Roslyn was incorporated. The owners of the estates in Roslyn Harbor established a separate village as they felt their needs were different from those of the inhabitants of the more densely populated Village of Roslyn.
Beginning in the 1830s Roslyn Harbor's picturesque shoreline was recognized as a rural retreat for wealthy New Yorkers. From that time until c. 1930, the community's farmhouses and farmland were transformed into large country estates by New Yorkers seeking weekend and summer retreats from the city.
The era of "estate" incorporation came to an end in 1936, when a new Nassau County charter preserved the rights of villages already incorporated to legislate local zoning laws but denied it to newly incorporated villages. Accordingly, there has not been any incorporation of villages in the town of North Hempstead since 1936.