Off the Beaten Aisle: More Accent in Manhasset?

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Manhasset, N.Y., was once a quaint village of fishermen, milkmen and men fishing for lobster. It’s now a no-nonsense suburb as far removed from the small town stereotypes of gritty town America as you can get. And it is drawing new residents from around the world, including America’s largest Turkish immigrant community. For a long time, Manhasset was known as “Main Street USA,” a place that drew in a natural influx of lawyers, doctors and bankers from around the country. But according to a recent survey, Manhasset is beginning to attract new residents from around the world.

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In a recent survey, nearly 7 percent of the respondents thought Manhasset is an international village or a small international city — and much of that, the survey suggested, was made up of Turks. The Turkish immigrants, according to news reports, have been on the move since the late 1970s. “Manhasset has always been a very established community, not a new community,” said Thierry Eyakker, a human resources and immigration consultant for Mobilink C.O.O.

One of the biggest demographic shifts in the past four decades is families from Turkey who are pursuing educational opportunities here. After years of family members sending their children to private schools in Turkey, some 2,000 students came to the United States to be educated at Gristede’s Independent School District — not far from Manhasset — in the mid-1980s. As noted in a story by the Newsday reporter Randy Delmar, Turkey passed on education to younger generations and now educational institutions close their doors to members of the same family.

NEW RESIDENTS FROM TURKEY MAY ADD TO THE POPULATION BUMP IN MANHASSET

Paul Chambers talks to a man who works as a language translator for immigrants to New York. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment with his wife and three children.

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