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Basic Information
Type of PlaceOther
Metro Area?Long Island
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Possible
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Surely Not

Census Information
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Method of Exclusion
Threat of Violence;Private Bad Behavior

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
From Michael Winerip, "Steering Blacks Around an Island of White Homes," NY Times, 12/15/1987: Realtors are not always the bad guys. In Valley Stream, NY, some realtors did try to show blacks homes, in the mid-1980s. White residents and other realtors threatened them. "'They have threatened to throw a bomb in the window,' Harold Klarnet, owner of Town House Realty, testified. 'This is Valley Stream.'" Elliot Klarnet, a broker and the owner's son, called VS "'Probably one of the most biased communities in the nation.'" The Klarnets had sold real estate in Queens, had black salespeople, "and that this was why they were resented when they moved. Harold Klarnet described taking blacks to see a home here. 'The neighbors were all out, sunning themselves and making remarks,' he said. 'Very, very forward.'" The state's lawyer asked, "'Do you feel it is your duty to inform prospective black purchasers to be aware of Valley Stream?' 'If there is a potential situation, yes,' Mr. Klarnet said. 'I had a door slammed in my face some times.'" "Q. Have you ever sold a house in Valley Stream to a black? A: I tried." 1990: 33,946 total pop.; 149 blacks. Shows that even with a few blacks, suburbs still maintain pretty sundown policies. 2000: 36,368 total pop.; 2714 blacks.
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