Oceanside, New York

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Oceanside, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Oceanside, New York is located in New York
Oceanside, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°38′11″N 73°38′15″W / 40.63639°N 73.63750°W / 40.63639; -73.63750Coordinates: 40°38′11″N 73°38′15″W / 40.63639°N 73.63750°W / 40.63639; -73.63750
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
Area
 • Total 5.4 sq mi (14.0 km2)
 • Land 5.0 sq mi (13.0 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 32,109
 • Density 5,900/sq mi (2,300/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11572
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-54441
GNIS feature ID 0959214

Oceanside is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) located in the south part of the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The population was 32,109 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

Originally known as South Bay, the English government established a township here in 1674 called Christian Hook, basing the name on the predominant religious affiliation of residents in the area. Land development came rapidly, and oyster sales took their place as a dominant force, with the local business "Mott's Landing" becoming a favorite place to buy oysters. In terms of appeal to oyster customers, it was decided that "Oceanville" sounded better than "Christian Hook": it was "Oceanville Oysters" that sold, and in 1864, the new name became official. However, there was already an Oceanville in New York, so "Ocean Side," as two words, was adopted as the town's name in 1890. The name was condensed to "Oceanside" in 1918.

The Oceanside Fire Department was established in 1902. Columbia Engine Co. #1, an old firehouse, still exists, and is located at the southwest corner of the triangle where Lincoln Avenue meets Long Beach Road.

The last farm in the community was demolished in 1997.

Nathan's Famous opened its second restaurant on June 4, 1959, on Long Beach Road in Oceanside. There was a large Nathan's building with play areas and a big open dining room that had a stage. Shows were family events. The building was razed, and a strip mall was built in its place. A modern Nathan's franchise has since opened on the corner of Long Beach Road and Windsor Parkway.

Former dump

Geography[edit]

Oceanside is located at 40°38′11″N 73°38′15″W / 40.63639°N 73.63750°W / 40.63639; -73.63750 (40.636286, -73.637404).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14 km2), of which 5.0 square miles (13 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), or 7.38%, is water.

Transportation[edit]

Long Beach Road, Oceanside Road, Lawson Boulevard, Waukena Avenue, and Merrick Road are some of the main roads in Oceanside. Other roads such as Brower Avenue and Atlantic Avenue also serve as important traffic arteries.

The Long Beach Branch of the Long Island Railroad passes through the west side of Oceanside, with the Oceanside station being at Weidner Avenue and Lawson Boulevard. In the northern part of Oceanside, many commuters use either the nearby Rockville Centre Station or the Baldwin Station on the Babylon Branch.

Demographics[edit]

2010 Census[edit]

As of the 2010 census[3] the population was 92.2% White, 85.9% Non-Hispanic White 1.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population.

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 32,733 people, 11,224 households, and 9,125 families residing in the area. The population density was 6,523.6 per square mile (2,517.6/km2). There were 11,396 housing units at an average density of 2,271.2/sq mi (876.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.95% White, 0.56% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population.

There were 11,224 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% 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 3.25.

In the community the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate,[5] the median income for a household in the community was $100,167, and the median income for a family was $109,937. Males had a median income of $55,652 versus $40,163 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $30,245. About 2.8% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Oceanside's first school was built around 1838 on the northwest corner of Oceanside and Foxhurst Roads. It only had one room and an attic. The structure still stood as of 1960, but was moved and is now a private dwelling. The land where the school once stood is now known as the Schoolhouse Green, where many school events are held. Oceanside schools have adopted numerical names, 1 through 9. School #1 was razed in 1981. Today, Schools #2-5, 8 and 9E are elementary schools, School #6 is a kindergarten center, School #7 is a high school, and #9M serves as the middle school. School #9 bears the name of Walter Boardman.

Presently, Phyllis Harrington is the superintendent of the school district who recently replaced Dr. Herb Brown who retired at the end of 2012-2013 school. Before Dr Brown, the position was held by Elliot Garfunkel, Walter S. Boardman and S. Taylor Johns.[6]

Nearby colleges include Adelphi University, Nassau Community College, Molloy College, Hofstra University, New York Institute of Technology, and C.W. Post College.

Notable residents[edit]

Politics[edit]

Much of Oceanside is in New York's 4th congressional district, which is represented by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. Other parts of Oceanside are located in New York's 3rd congressional district, which is represented by Congressman Peter T. King.

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