In the eyes of the federal government and the town of Hempstead, a 3 square mile stretch of Uniondale known as East Garden City does not exist.

Even after the boundaries merged with Uniondale in the last census, residents say developers continue to mislabel their community as part of an “implicit bias” to make it more attractive to new residents while forgetting about its heritage. diversified.

In the past, Uniondale civic associations have come together with the school district, churches, and fire department to re-emphasize Uniondale’s boundaries. At a rally on Saturday, the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition and residents renewed their efforts to clear the East Garden City designation, highlighting landmarks such as Museum Row, Mitchel Field and the birthplace of aviation .

“The community is fighting against this. Community coalitions have said enough. It is discriminatory to take away the identity of the community,” said Pearl Jacobs, president of the Uniondale Nostrand Gardens Civic Association. “East Garden City does not exist. This is a fictional location that the developers used the backdoor policy to create East Garden City a more desirable name than Uniondale for economic development.

Hempstead Town officials passed a resolution in 2015 rejecting East Garden City and reaffirming the community as part of Uniondale.

“As far as the city is concerned, it’s definitely Uniondale and not East Garden City,” said senior councilor Dorothy Goosby, who represents The area.

East Garden City was created in North Uniondale, and goes from Hempstead Turnpike to Old Country Road. The area between the village of Hempstead and Merrick Avenue and includes NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum, Hofstra University, Museum Row and Nassau Community College. It was known as East Garden City in census records dating back to the 1970s, with further references dating to World War II.

The city and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) took the name from Google Maps and the U.S. Census Bureau, which in its 2020 census completed last year removed East Garden City from official maps and l merged with Uniondale.

“Uniondale has a diverse community with the largest business district in Nassau County,” Rice said in a statement last week. “Efforts to divide Uniondale must cease and Nassau County must recognize the entirety of this vibrant community within its current borders, as made official by the U.S. Census Bureau.”

The boundaries of the former East Garden City and now Uniondale include places like the Nassau County Police Training Center and the Roosevelt Field Mall, even though they are listed under a Garden City address.

Activists say the separate designations confuse schools and first responders. Uniondale has nine ZIP codes, but less than half support the Uniondale name, said coalition co-facilitator Jeannine Maynard.

Jacobs said some developers have tried to rebrand certain boundaries as Garden City or other more affluent communities to build high-end condos.

“It’s definitely an implicit bias. They call it East Garden City to make it look like a more attractive area to get people to move to the area,” Jacobs said. We want our boundaries to be respected No other community in Nassau County has to fight for its identity.