Lake Success is in the Town of North Hempstead in northwest Long Island. It is a village within the town of Great Neck. Lake Success borders the Little Neck neighborhood in the borough of Queens. William K. Vanderbilt II bought land around the lake in the early 20th Century for a home. The village was incorporated in 1926. Lake Success was the temporary home of the United Nations from 1946 to 1951, occupying the headquarters of the Sperry Gyroscope Company on Marcus Avenue. It was the home of Canon U.S.A. Canon U.S.A. has since moved its corporate headquarters to Melville, New York (in neighboring Suffolk County).
In 1939, the United States government bought a large tract between Marcus Avenue, Lakeville Road and Union Turnpike, to be the home to the Sperry Gyroscope Company which built a variety of maritime, military, aerospace and navigation products. After the war, part of the plant became the temporary headquarters of the United Nations from 1947 to 1952, while its headquarters building in New York City was being built. The 1,500,000-square-foot facility continued to be used by various companies to build defense products over ensuing decades. It was purchased by Lockheed Martin in 1996. The company closed the plant in 1998 and began an environmental clean-up of the site overseen by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Today, Lake Success is a major office center and a hub for the medical field, with NYU Langone, North Shore University Hospital and Northwell LIJ occupying much of the area. There remains a large inventory of commercial space there today and it continues to expand.