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In 1640 The Dutch West India Company purchased the area now called Valley Stream from the Rockaway Inidans. There was no development was done nearly two centuries. The census of 1840 lists about 20 families.

In 1840, Robert Pagan's general store at the corner of Henry Street and Hendrickson Avenue was the center of the town. Postal authorities approved a new post office, provided it had a name that did not duplicate other places. Mr. Pagan looked at the valleys of the north and the streams in tthe south and coined the name that stands today. Vally Stream still is the only community in the United States with that name.

Hempstead Turnpike was the only route connected Valley Stream to Jamaica and New York City. The main streets in Valley Stream which connected the community to the turnpike were Mill Road(Corona Avenue today), Sand Street (Central Avenue) and Dutch Broadway. In 1853 Merrick Roadcame through Valley Stream, connecting the village to Merrick in the east and Jamaica in the west.

In 1869, the South Side Railroad began stopping in Valley Stream and a branch of the railroad was constructed that connected the main line with the Rockaways.

The new railroad and the major roads caused Valley Stream to grow into a substantial community by the turn of the century.

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