Gordon Heights, New York

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Gordon Heights is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 3,094 at the 2000 census.

Gordon Heights is in the Town of Brookhaven.

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Geography

Gordon Heights is located at 40°51′27″N 72°57′59″W / 40.8575°N 72.96639°W / 40.8575; -72.96639 (40.857498, -72.966437)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.

History

Gordon Heights had its beginnings in the early 1920s, when developer Louis Fife went to Black neighborhoods in New York City (Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx) with the offer of land and a better life on Long Island.[2][3] Land was offered as low as $10 down and $10 monthly or $10 weekly.

Promoted as a place that would be a solid, close-knit community of small farms, the pilgrimage to Long Island began in 1927.[4] Gordon Heights was named after "Pop" Gordon, a man who had previously owned most of the land that became part of the new community.[3]

A Civic Association was formed to address the need of area residents. It would later become known as the Gordon Heights Progressive Association, which was founded in 1945.[5] This group was the parent body of the Gordon Heights Fire Department.[3]

Fire Department

Prior to the creation of the Gordon Heights Fire Department (GHFD) in 1947, there had been no fire services in the community, dating back to its founding in 1927.[6][7] Neighboring departments had no obligation to protect Gordon Heights. Following a fire that destroyed a local church, the Civic Association worked toward forming a community fire department, which was incorporated soon after.[7]

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