Deer Park, New York

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Deer Park is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 28,316 at the 2000 census.

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History

Deer Park, a residential hamlet located in the pine barrens in the northwest corner of the Town of Babylon, population 28,840. It grew out of Jacob Conklin's 1610 settlement of the Half Way Hollow Hills, later Wheatley Heights. Charles Wilson started what is now Deer Park in 1853 about eleven years after the Long Island Railroad arrived in 1842-when he established a large and productive farm. A post office was opened in 1851, closed in 1872 and re-opened on July 1, 1873. Deer Park had an elementary school in 1874.Prior to 1923, the Deer Park School District took in Deer Park and Wyandanch

Source: Verne Dyson, The Deer Park Wyandanch History: 1957.

Farming was a staple of this small town for most of its history. Known as the "fruit basket" of New York State, the area is also famed for its dahlia cultivation. It was not until the effects of the post-World War II boom reached Deer Park that its economy ceased to be agricultural.

Deer Park had two industries before 1940: the Walker and Conklin firm baked red bricks in West Deer Park (now Wheatley Heights) and the Golden Pickle Works (1902) prepared pickles in Deer Park. Deer Park was the locale of the Edgewood State Psychatric Hospital (1938–1969)-originally a tuberculous sanatorium, and later an Army hospital during World War II.The Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation established a factory in Deer Park in 1956.[1]

There are many famous individuals who made Deer Park a part of their lives. The area has been visited by actor Alan Alda, Sen. Jacob Javits, Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer Ethel Merman, actor Donald O'Connor, and Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Comedian and nightclub owner Rodney Dangerfield was born and raised in Deer Park.

Deer Park is reputed to have been the favorite summer spot of President John Quincy Adams, his favorite vacation destination from 1835 until his death. However, this fact has never been verified.[1] The John Quincy Adams Elementary School, opened in 1964, is said to be located on the actual Adams estate.

On October 22, 2008 the controversial $300 million dollar[2] Tanger Outlets at the Arches opened. The 2009 recession has, for the time being, quelled the fears of excessive traffic on major Deer Park highways.

Geography

Deer Park is located at 40°45′39″N 73°19′48″W / 40.760698°N 73.330072°W / 40.760698; -73.330072Coordinates: 40°45′39″N 73°19′48″W / 40.760698°N 73.330072°W / 40.760698; -73.330072 (40.760698, −73.330072).[3]

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