North Babylon, New York

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North Babylon, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
North Babylon is located in New York
North Babylon
North Babylon
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°43′50″N 73°19′17″W / 40.73056°N 73.32139°W / 40.73056; -73.32139Coordinates: 40°43′50″N 73°19′17″W / 40.73056°N 73.32139°W / 40.73056; -73.32139
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Area
 • Total 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 17,509
 • Density 5,100/sq mi (2,000/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11703
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-51440
GNIS feature ID 0958667

North Babylon is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 17,509 at the 2010 census.[1]

North Babylon is a community in the Town of Babylon.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land, and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.46%) is water.

Demographics of the CDP[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,877 people, 6,146 households, and 4,707 families residing in the hamlet. The population density was 5,309.8 per square mile (2,048.2/km²). There were 6,271 housing units at an average density of 1,862.6 per square mile (719.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the hamlet was 84.9% White, 6.2% African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.34% of the population.

There were 6,146 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the hamlet the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the hamlet was $88,027. The per capita income for the hamlet was $34,590. About 2.5% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

North Babylon has had three persons in recent years who have gained some short-term fame. Erik Chopin, manager of Emma's Deli and Catering, was the winner of season 3 of NBC's series The Biggest Loser.[3] One of Chopin's employees, Valerie Wilson,[4] gained fame in 2006 when for the second time in four years she won a million-dollar annuity prize in the lottery.[5][6][7] Most recently, Danny Green, a basketball guard for the University of North Carolina who hails from North Babylon, achieved success that led him to the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Green was signed to the San Antonio Spurs in March 2011.[8] Danny Green won a NBA Championship is 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs, beating the Miami Heat in 5 games, 4-1. Bria Hartley is a basketball player who played point guard for the UConn women's basketball team, and won back to back national championships in 2013 and 2014. She was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the 7th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft and immediately traded to the Washington Mystics. Socialite, Paris Hilton gal-pal and reality TV star Allison Melnick grew up in North Babylon, attending Peter J. Brennan JHS and North Babylon HS graduating in 1989.

Other notable residents include: RuPaul's Drag Race Season Six contestant Darienne Lake, aka Gregory Meyer, who grew up in the Poet Section of North Babylon, attending Parliament Place Elementary School, until the early 1980s before moving to Rochester, NY; the Sopranos actress Edie Falco who lived at the end of Gracie Drive next to Parliament Place School for several years in the late 1960s and early 1970s; Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, who exchanged marriage vows in a Celtic pagan handfasting ceremony in June 1970 with The Doors singer Jim Morrison, and who is the author of twelve books. In Oliver Stone's film The Doors, Kennealy-Morrison appears in a brief cameo as the Wiccan Priestess. Kennealy-Morrison's character is portrayed by Kathleen Quinlan. Billy Hayes wrote the autobiographical Midnight Express, which was made into a film by Oliver Stone. Derek Brower played for the Syracuse Orangemen NCAA Div. 1 men's basketball team. Brower became a central figure in the NCAA implementing the "intentional foul" rule for basketball. In the NCAA tournament his junior season, Western Kentucky decided their best chance of overcoming a large Syracuse lead was to deliberately foul Brower before Syracuse would inbound the basketball. This resulted in the comical sight of Brower running around the court (without the ball) trying to avoid being intentionally fouled by Western Kentucky players. Olympiads Joseph and Thomas Fitzgerald (1996 Olympics - Team Handball) also hail from North Babylon - growing up and graduating from North Babylon High School.

August Belmont, the noted 19th-century financier, raised racing horses at his estate which is now Belmont Lake State Park. There is still a flat circular plot of ground just south of the Southern State Parkway on the western side of Belmont Avenue where his trainers worked the horses when they were in New York for the racing season. The former driveway of Belmont's estate was lined with tall pine trees that are still visible in the median of the Southern State Parkway just west of Belmont Avenue. Austin Corbin, who developed Coney Island in the 1870s before he became the manager of the Long Island Railroad, built his summer residence along the shores of Deer Lake. Col. M. Robert Guggenheim, an industrialist and brother-in-law to the founder of Newsday, also resided in the area of Parkdale Estates on the shores of what now known as Deer Lake.

Steve Cuozzo is a New York Post writer/editor from North Babylon.

9/11 Victims from North Babylon[edit]

William Johnston, 31 - FDNY Engine 6 [9]
Andre G. Fletcher, 37
Richard M. Caproni, 34
Richard Mangiano, Fireman
Kenneth A. George, 50, D.O.T (108 Forsythia lane)
Philip Ognibene, 39 North Babylon Senior High School, Class of 1980

Vietnam War Casualties from North Babylon[edit]

SGT Peter Nelson Baldwin, US Army
SP4 Vincent Anthony Datena, US Army
WO Bernardino Francis Genchi, US Army
PVT George Richard Green Jr, US Army
SP4 Luis Rola Mercado-Collado, US Army
PFC Wayne Lee Middleton, US Army
SP5 Phillip Rogers, US Army
SP4 Gary John Winkler, US Army
CPL Henry York, US Marines
[10]

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