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The history of Great Neck

The Great Neck peninsula makes up nine villages including Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Saddle Rock, Kings Point, Kensington, Thomaston, Russell Gardens, Lake Success and Great Neck Village. It began in the 1700s when pilgrims landed in Saddle Rock, which they called “Mad Nan’s Neck,” to take the northern part of the peninsula away from the Mattinecock Native Americans.