Levittown history in photos – New York News

Sid Track of North Bellmore rides a horse down Jerusalem Avenue in a parade celebrating the 20th anniversary of Levittown on July 23, 1967. (Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus)


In 1947, William Levitt of Levitt & Sons began building mass-produced, affordable housing for veterans returning from World War II. Island Trees, or Levittown as it later became known, is widely recognized as the first modern American suburb.

Families started moving into the new homes on Oct. 1, 1947. While the original homes sold for just $7,990 in 1949, the median price of a Levitt home…

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In 1947, William Levitt of Levitt & Sons began building mass-produced, affordable housing for veterans returning from World War II. Island Trees, or Levittown as it later became known, is widely recognized as the first modern American suburb.

Families started moving into the new homes on Oct. 1, 1947. While the original homes sold for just $7,990 in 1949, the median price of a Levitt home today is $400,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island.

While Levittown quickly became a microcosm of the new standard for suburban housing developments in the United States following the end of the war, some issues persisted.

A clause in the original town covenant prevented tenants from allowing anyone but Caucasians to use or occupy a Levitt home. The practice had become…

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