Celebrating the partnered legacy between America’s largest township and the New York Islanders, Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin joined with Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky and UBS Arena President Kim Stone to officially rename Red Road—a heavily traversed road next to the Silver and Diamond parking lots of UBS Arena—to NY ISLANDERS WAY. The official renaming marked more than 50 years of the New York Islanders calling the Town of Hempstead home. The trio was joined by Councilman Thomas Muscarella, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“I have hundreds of fond memories cheering on the Islanders at the old barn, and now I’m thrilled to help commemorate their new home,” Clavin said. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to be home to a beautiful arena, a first-class hockey team and an unrivaled passionate fan base.”
NY ISLANDERS WAY, formerly known as Red Road, runs adjacent along the Silver and Diamond parking lots at UBS Arena. The name is immortalized upon two official street signs that sport the classic blue and orange colors of the New York Islanders. The newly renamed street is symbolic of a lasting partnership between the Town of Hempstead and the New York Islanders.
“The naming of NY Islanders Way celebrating the Islanders 50th Anniversary season reflects the great partnership between the New York Islanders, UBS Arena, our community and all of our elected officials,” Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky said.
The New York Islanders have a historical legacy in the Town of Hempstead. Established as a team in 1972, the Islanders’ original home was the treasured Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. Lovingly nicknamed the “old barn,” the New York Islanders would go on to win four consecutive Stanley Cup championships between 1980 and 1983, where they were recognized as a dynasty team. Their new home in Elmont, UBS Arena, recaptures the exciting, passionate atmosphere that was prevalent in the old barn and sets the stage for many more legendary seasons.
“UBS Arena is proud to partner with the New York Islanders and the Town of Hempstead to unveil NY Islanders Way,” UBS Arena President Kim Stone said. “It will be seen with pride by generations of Islander fans and New Yorkers who are the fabric of our community.”
“From the Josh Bailey chants to the ‘yes yes yes’ goal celebrations, there is nothing better than New York Islanders hockey,” Clavin concluded. “Thank you to Jon Ledecky and UBS President Kim Stone for hosting us today, I look forward to many more partnerships with our home team in the near future.”
—Submitted by the Town of Hempstead