Old Westbury, New York
|Old Westbury, New York|
|— Village —|
|• Total||8.6 sq mi (22.2 km2)|
|• Land||8.6 sq mi (22.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||164 ft (50 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0959332|
Business Week dubbed Old Westbury as New York's most expensive suburb. Old Westbury Gardens has been recognized as one of the three best public gardens in the world by Four Seasons Hotels magazine.
Old Westbury is located at (40.782038, -73.597236).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,228 people, 1,063 households, and 967 families residing in the village. The population density was 493.9 people per square mile (190.7/km²). There were 1,109 housing units at an average density of 129.5 per square mile (50.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 68.19% White, 14.24% African American, 0.02% Native American, 11.52% Asian, 3.67% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.14% of the population.
There were 1,063 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.2% were |married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.0% were non-families. 5.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.37.
In the village the age distribution of the population shows 22.7% under the age of 18, 20.2% from 18 to 24, 19.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $163,046, and the median income in the village was $184,298 for a family. The median earnings of the 899 households (89.6% of total households) in the village that took in earnings supplemental to income was $230,721. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $45,200 for females. The per capita income for the village was $72,932. About 1.1% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.
According to Bloomberg/Businessweek, Old Westbury is the second "richest" town in the United States, trailing behind only Palm Beach, Florida. The magazine previously dubbed the town "New York's wealthiest suburb."
Forbes, having done a study of "America's Millionaire Capitals," found that the average net worth of Old Westbury households was $19.6M. The controlled study included only households with incomes greater than $200,000, which virtually excluded only residents that are living in college dormitories and the staff of homeowners.
The village is famous for being the seat of many of New York's (and America's) wealthiest families, including the Phipps, Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Webbs, Du Ponts, Winthrops, Mortimers, Belmonts and Huttons. While many of these older families—the founding members of the social elite and those that emerged during the gilded age—still count members as Old Westbury residents, the village has also maintained a substantial set of industrialists, businessmen, collectors, athletes and entertainers.
Westbury was founded by Edmond Titus, and was later joined by Henry Willis. Henry Willis, one of the first English settlers, named the area after a town in his home county of Wiltshire, England. Westbury had been a Quaker community of isolated farms until the railroad came in 1836; after the Civil War, the New York elite discovered that the rich, well wooded flat countryside of the Hempstead Plains was a place to raise horses, and to hunt foxes and play polo at the Meadow Brook Club. The Village of Old Westbury was incorporated in 1924, separating itself from Westbury, the adjacent area that housed many of the families of the construction and building staffs for the Old Westbury mansions.
Westbury House was the residence of Henry Phipps' eldest son, John Shaffer Phipps. Today, the property is operated as Old Westbury Gardens. Robert Low Bacon built 'Old Acres' in the style of an Italian villa. Other landowners were Thomas Hitchcock and his family, Harry Payne Whitney and his wife the former Gertrude Vanderbilt, founder of New York's Whitney Museum, at Apple Green (formerly a Mott house), Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, whose estate is now subdivided into the Old Westbury Country Club and New York Institute of Technology. The architect Thomas Hastings built a modest house for himself, 'Bagatelle', in 1908. A. Conger Goodyear, then president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City had a house built in 1938 by famed architect Edward Durell Stone, who also destined the building for Conger's museum. In 2003, the A. Conger Goodyear House was added to the National Register of Historic Places to protect the structure from being demolished to subdivide the expensive land surrounding it. The estate of Robert Winthrop, an investment bank and member of the Dudley–Winthrop family, for whom Winthrop-University Hospital was named, has been similarly preserved. Part of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's estate and her sculpture studio has been preserved and maintained by one of her grandchildren, Pamela Tower LeBoutillier.
When Robert Moses was planning the Northern State Parkway, the powers of Old Westbury forced him to re-site it five miles (8 km) to the south. Once the parkway was completed, many residents found it to not be the eyesore they had been anticipating and regretted making their commutes more inconvenient than necessary. The residents, however, did not have to wait very long: The state was able to buy land from Charles E. Wilson, a former president of General Motors who needed to sell off his Old Westbury estate to pull himself out of financial crisis and relocate to the nation's capital to serve in President Dwight D. Eisenhower's cabinet. The land, which runs along an edge of the village, was used for Moses' next project, the Long Island Expressway.
Notable sites 
- Meadowbrook Polo Club - the birthplace of American polo; longest running polo club in the United States
- Old Westbury Gardens - a public English style garden
- Holy Child Academy - A private catholic day school, grades K through 8.
- New York Institute of Technology - A private undergraduate and graduate university.
- SUNY Old Westbury - A public, four-year liberal arts college.
- The Wheatley School - A public high school
Notable residents: past and present 
- Carol Alt, supermodel, television personality
- Frank X. Altimari, judge
- Artful, champion thoroughbred horse
- Ashanti, musician
- Jerome Ash, owner of Sam Ash music stores
- Doe Avedon, fashion model and actress, wife of Richard Avedon, the inspiration for Audrey Hepburn's character in Funny Face (Avedon was legally adopted by the wealthy employer of her biological father who served as a butler until his untimely passing) 
- Robert Low Bacon, banker and congressman
- Florence Bellows Baker, philanthropist and horticulturist
- Charles T. Barney, president of Wells Fargo & Company, president of the Knickerbocker Trust Company
- Alva Belmont, socialite, woman's suffragist
- Oliver Belmont, son of August Belmont
- Vira Boarman Whitehouse, woman suffragist, birth control proponent
- Bold Reason, champion thoroughbred horse
- Albert C. Bostwick, Jr., steeplechase jockey, Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder/trainer, heir to the Standard Oil Trust
- Dunbar Bostwick, horseman, pilot, sportsman, heir to the Standard Oil Trust
- George Herbert Bostwick, US Tennis player, jockey, trainer
- Pete Bostwick, Standard Oil heir, tennis champion
- David H. Brooks, founder of DHB Industries (largest military armor supplier)
- Buckpasser. champion thoroughbred horse
- Carl Andrew Capasso, NYC contractor involved in bribery and tax evasion scandal
- Michael Cimino, film writer and director
- F. Ambrose Clark, equestrian, heir to Singer Sewing Machine Co.
- Eliot Cross, architect and owner of Cross and Cross
- Herman Duryea, thoroughbred race horse owner and breeder
- Herman Edwards, Kansas City Chiefs coach
- Robert Entenmann, Entenmann's heir, thoroughbred horse owner
- William Entenmann, founder of Entenmann's bakery products
- Floyd H. Flake, member of U.S. House of Representatives
- Max Fortunoff, founder/owner of Fortunoff department stores
- Bethenny Frankel, SkinnyGirl cocktail founder, television personality (Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Ever After), author of multiple titles making The New York Times Best Seller list
- Robert L. Gerry, Jr., polo champion, real estate investor
- Anson Goodyear, philanthropist, chairman of Gaylord Container Corporation, director of Paramount Pictures, director of the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad, first president of the Museum of Modern Art
- Victoria Gotti, daughter of John Gotti, reality television star, author
- Michael P. Grace, chairman of W. R. Grace and Company (NYC) and Grace Brothers & Co. Ltd. (London, England)
- C. Z. Guest, socialite, Truman Capote swan, celebrity gardener, author
- Cornelia Guest, socialite, crowned "Deb of the Decade" by Andy Warhol (1980s), author
- Frederick Guest, polo player, philanthropist, British politician and peer
- Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, Anglo-American polo champion, Phipps family heir
- Thomas Hastings, architect, partner of Carrère and Hastings
- Leila Hadley, socialite, author
- Gustave Maurice Heckscher, pioneer seaplane aviator
- Frederick Hicks, congressman, diplomat
- James N. Hill, Great Northern Railway heir, son of "the empire builder" James J. Hill
- Thomas Hitchcock, polo champion
- Adam C. Hochfelder, real estate magnate
- Edward Francis Hutton, financier and co-founder of E. F. Hutton & Co.
- Matthew Ianniello, restaurateur
- Reza Jarrahy, plastic surgeon, current husband of actress Geena Davis
- Foxhall Keene, champion automobile racer, polo player, thoroughbred breeder, purported original namesake for "Chicken à la King"
- Ed Kranepool, New York Mets first baseman
- Nicole Krauss, author, wife of Jonathan Safran Foer
- James Lanier, entrepreneur, banker, founder of Winslow, Lanier & Co., owner of Lanier Mansion
- John LeBoutillier, U.S. congressman
- William Goadby Loew, financer and stockbroker
- James Brown Lord, architect
- Peter Madoff, brother of Bernie Madoff
- Marvin Middlemark, inventor of/patent-holder for the "rabbit ears" television antenna
- Devereux Milburn, champion polo player, attorney at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, son of John G. Milburn
- E.D. Morgan III, Morgan family heir, Pioneer Fund director, grandson/namesake of the NY governor and U.S. Senator
- Bess Myerson, Miss America (1945)
- Nas, rapper
- Angel Penna, Sr., thoroughbred horse trainer
- Murray Pergament, founder of Pergament Home Centers
- Henry Phipps, Jr., Carnegie Steel Company partner, philanthropist
- Henry Carnegie Phipps, Carnegie Steel Company heir, Phipps family heir, sportsman, Wheatley Stable owner
- Hubert Beaumont Phipps, Phipps family and Grace family heir, publisher, thoroughbred breeder
- John Shaffer Phipps, director of U.S. Steel and W. R. Grace & Co.
- Lillian Bostwick Phipps, socialite, thoroughbred horse stable owner
- Michael Grace Phipps, polo champion, Phipps family and Grace family heir, board member of Bessemer Trust and W.R. Grace & Co.
- Ogden Phipps, Carnegie Steel heir, tennis champion, philanthropist
- Leonard Pines, owner of Hebrew National
- Lilly Pulitzer, designer, socialite
- Christopher Randolph, President of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
- Steven Schonfeld, American billionaire, ranked 371 on Forbes 400
- John Shalam, founder and CEO of Audiovox
- Igor Sikorsky, airplane developer and first major producer of helicopters
- David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group
- Howard Stern, entertainer
- Beatrice Straight, member of Whitney family, actress
- Willard Dickerman Straight, banker, diplomat, co-founder of The New Republic magazine
- Seabury Tredwell, future owner of what is now the Merchant's House Museum in Manhattan
- Consuelo Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt family heiress, wife of, firstly, Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough and, secondly, record-breaking pilot Jacques Balsan
- Gloria Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt family heiress, clothing and perfume designer
- Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt family heir, prominent railroad industrialist, philanthropist and yachtsman
- William Kissam Vanderbilt II, Vanderbilt family heir, prominent motor racer and yachtsman
- Francis Skiddy von Stade, Sr., polo champion, Saratoga Race Course president
- Electra Havemeyer Webb, collector, philanthropist, founder of the Shelburne Museum
- James Watson Webb, owner of New York Courier and Enquirer newspaper, politician
- J. Watson Webb, Jr., film editor, heir to both the Havemeyer and Vanderbilt families
- Ira Waldbaum, built up the Waldbaum's supermarket chain from a six store operation into one of the largest in the Northeast
- William Collins Whitney, founder of the Whitney family, financier, U.S. Cabinet member, thoroughbred stable owner
- Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Vanderbilt family and Whitney family heir, financier, philanthropist
- Dorothy Payne Whitney, Whitney family heiress, co-founder of The New Republic magazine and the Dartington School
- Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Vanderbilt family heiress, founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art
- Harry Payne Whitney, member of Whitney family, thoroughbred horse breeder
- Marylou Whitney, socialite, philanthropist, thoroughbred stable owner
- Isaac Underhill Willets, prominent Quaker landowner
- Charles E. Wilson, president of General Motors, U.S. Cabinet member
- Robert Winthrop, member of the Dudley–Winthrop family, banker, philanthropist, namesake of Winthrop University hospital
- Louis Wolfson, financier, thoroughbred horse owner
- Raphael Yakoby, creator of Hpnotiq
- Alexei Yashin, professional hockey player, New York Islanders
- 8mm (1999), starring Nicolas Cage: the home of the wealthy widow, Mrs. Carter
- Admission (2013'), starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd is filming at HorseAbility at SUNY Old Westbury 
- The Age of Innocence (1993), starring Daniel Day-Lewis: the scenes depicting May Welland (Winona Ryder)'s Floridian mansion were actually shot in Old Westbury
- American Gangster (2007), starring Denzel Washington: Dominic Cattano's house
- Arthur (1981): the mansion that Arthur (Dudley Moore) lives in
- The Associate (1996): Whoopi Goldberg's character Ayers attends an Old Westbury house party dressed as Cutty (a man) for the first time
- Bernard and Doris (2008): the Phipps' estate used for the Doris Duke (played by Susan Sarandon) mansion in Newport, Rhode Island
- The Bourne Legacy (2012), starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton: residences on the village's famous tree-lined street were shot for the film
- Captain Valedor (2006): filmed in an Old Westbury home and backyard
- Cruel Intentions (1999): the home of Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian's (Ryan Phillippe's) Aunt Helen on Long Island, where Annette (Reese Witherspoon) is living
- The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) by Woody Allen: scenes shot at Old Westbury gardens and mansion
- Dark Horse (2012), starring Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow: Old Westbury homes were shot to serve as Abe's (Gelber's) home and the "fantasy" home
- From the Terrace (1960), starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
- The Great Gatsby (2013), starring Leonardo DiCaprio: Baz Luhrmann's staging of the Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and Tom (Joel Edgerton) Buchanan estate was directly inspired by the Thompson and Phipps estates in Old Westbury estate
- He Got Game (1998) by Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington: scenes filmed in an Old Westbury home's indoor basketball court
- Hitch (2005), starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes: Allegra Cole's
- Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) by Sidney Lumet
- Love Story (1970), starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal: the home of Oliver's wealthy father
- Lovesick (1983), starring Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern, and Alec Guinness
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004): the Phipps' estate used for the home of Eleanor Shaw (played by Meryl Streep)
- North by Northwest (1959) by Alfred Hitchcock: Townsend’s home, where Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is taken after being kidnapped
- Oliver's Story (1978), sequel to Love Story, starring Ryan O'Neal and Candice Bergen
- Reversal of Fortune (1990), starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons: the Knole estate used for interiors of the Sunny von Bülow mansion
- The Swimmer (1968), starring Burt Lancaster
- To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), starring Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze: film's final scene
- Wolf (1994): the country home of Laura (Michelle Pfeiffer) where Jack Nicholson's character first becomes a wolf, which appears on the DVD cover
- Gossip Girl: Season two's nineteenth episode, "The Grandfather," originally airing March 23, 2009, featured an Old Westbury estate as the "van der Bilt" mansion
- Paper Dolls: 1984 primetime drama starring Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan, Lauren Hutton and Mimi Rogers
- Royal Pains: Season one's third episode, "Strategic Planning," originally airing June 18, 2009, features the Phipps estate as the home of a wealthy senator and used the lawn as a University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish practice field
- Sex and the City: Season five's finale episode, "I Love a Charade," originally airing September 8, 2002, featured an Old Westbury home in place of an estate in the Hamptons
Reality television 
- America's Castles: A&E Network documentary series on gilded age homes featured Peggy Phipps Boegner touring one of the Phipps family's estates on the episode airing August 8, 1995 entitled The Gold Coast
- Growing Up Gotti: A&E Network reality series about life in Victoria Gotti's Old Westbury home in 2004 and 2005.
- Selling New York: In season five's first episode, "A Prince Looks for a Property..., " originally airing January 19, 2012, Prince Lorenzo Borghese views an Old Westbury estate, along with two other North Shore properties, but ultimately does not purchase any of the properties because he found that they each were too large
- Business Week, "The Most Expensive Suburbs of the Biggest U.S. Cities, New York City: Old Westbury"
- Four Seasons' Magazine, "Where is the World's Best Public Garden?" Old Westbury Gardens, Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley and Singapore's National Orchard Garden are named as the three best public gardens in the world
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- "Millionaire Capitals: Old Westbury". America's Millionaire Capitals. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- Fischler, Marcelle S. (4 August 2011). "Developers Building for ‘Today's Gatsby' - In the Region/Long Island". The New York Times.
- Titus Family in America-Page 3
- Hartford Courant
- "Village History". Village of Old Westbury. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Fox, Margalit (23 December 2011). "Doe Avedon, Fashion Model and Actress, Dies at 86". The New York Times.
- Hudson, Edward (26 July 1987). "Max Fortunoff, 89, Is Dead; Headed Specialty Store Chain". New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- Frankel, Bethenny (2009). Naturally Thin. Touchstone. pp. "Introduction".
- Hirschberg, Lynn (19 August 2001). "To The Manor Born". The New York Times.
- Roberts, Fiona (2 June 2012). "Bernie's brother forced to sell his $6.5m Long Island home as he faces lawsuit from investors". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- Bryan, Carmen, It's No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from seduction to scandal, a hip-hop Helen of Troy tells all. New York: VH1 Books, 2006. p 208.
- Chitwood, Adam. "Production Begins on ADMISSION Starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey; Lily Tomlin Joins Cast". Collider.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Wednesday, June 6 Filming Location information". On Location Vacations. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Friday, Sept. 16 & Weekend Filming Locations in NYC, Boston, Portland, L.A., Chicago & more". On Location Vacations. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- Guzman, Rafer (19 June 2012). "New Jersey-based 'Dark Horse' shot on LI". Newsday. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- See Goldfarb, Brad (2013). "The Sets of the Great Gatsby". Architectural Digest.. Baz Luhrmann confirmed Old Westbury's influence on the official Facebook page for the film, which includes shots of Old Westbury as Buchanan Mansion References, including a picture of film crew members' 2011 "research trip" to Old Westbury. "Bazmark Official Great Gatsby Facebook Page". Official Bazmark Great Gatsby Page. Facebook. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- NYT: Developers Building for Today's Gatsby
- NYT: Not Just Another Subdivision for Developable Estates
- Pictures of Old Westbury's Historic Estates
- Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation
- Newsday: Westbury Children's Library[dead link]
- Newsday: Even They Couldn't Stop the LIE[dead link]
- NYT: LIVING IN/Old Westbury, L.I.; Preserving Open Space, Evoking an Opulent Past
- NYT: A House That's a Bargain for $16 Million?
- The High End: Indoor Pools, and Racquetball Courts