East Meadow is a hamlet in Nassau County (Long Island), New York, United States. East Meadow is an unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead. Its name is derived from being the meadow of Hempstead Plains east of the Meadow Brook. Located just 30 miles (48 km) from downtown Manhattan and with approximately 86% of residents commuting to work, East Meadow is a suburb of New York City.
The most prominent features are the town's water tower and hospital, the Nassau University Medical Center which dominates the "skyline." The Nassau County Jail, East Meadow Public Library, Mitchel Manor military housing complex, and Eisenhower Park, which includes the attraction Safety Town, are also located in East Meadow.