East Islip, New York

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East Islip is a hamlet and CDP in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, (USA). At the time of the 2000 census, the CDP had 4,578 households and a population of 14,078.


History and overview

Originally referred to as "East of Islip," the name was acquired in 1890 from the estate of William Nicoll, an English aristocrat who purchased surrounding land on the 29th of November, 1683, to erect a family residence. Nicoll's purchase comprised 51,000 acres (210 km²) from the Secatogue Indians, reaching as far as Bayport, to the East, Babylon to the West and Ronkonkoma, to the North. His mansion, Islip Grange, named after his family's ancestral estate at Northampshire, England, stood near the shoreline of what is now Heckscher State Park. East Islip, as well as many hamlets along Long Island's south shore, was once an enclave for some of the nations wealthiest families.

Today the hamlet is no longer a haven to New York and the social elite. What remains are much smaller, yet affluent communities and few estates. Many of these newer communities were built on the land that was once part of former estates that were sold off; most notably the estate of Percy G. Williams. The Moorings, an opulent waterfront guard-gated private community is one of the hamlet's premier neighborhoods. Other neighborhoods within the hamlet include Deer Run and Percy Williams Cove.


East Islip is located at 40°43′55″N 73°11′6″W / 40.73194°N 73.185°W / 40.73194; -73.185 (40.731938, -73.185135)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (5.73%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,578 households, and 3,731 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,428.5 per square mile (1,322.5/km²). There were 4,661 housing units, at an average density of 1,135.1/sq mi (437.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.20% White, 3.89% Hispanic, 0.57% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races.

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