Port Jefferson, New York
|Port Jefferson, New York|
|Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson|
A sculpture in Port Jefferson that commemorates the village's maritime history
|Nickname(s): Port Jeff|
U.S. Census Map
|• Mayor||Margot Garant|
|• Total||3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)|
|• Land||3.0 sq mi (7.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||12 ft (4 m)|
|• Density||2,500/sq mi (980/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0960968|
Port Jefferson (informally known as Port Jeff) is an incorporated village in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. Officially known as the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson, the population was 7,750 as of the 2010 United States Census. The village is home to several unique restaurants and shops, and has a growing tourism industry.
The original settlers bought a tract of land from the Setauket Indians in the mid-17th century. The traditional name is referred to as Sowassett or Souwassett in Long Island histories, meaning "at the place of small pines". However, there is evidence to suggest this and the neighboring Poquott were a corruption of Poquossett, meaning "where it (water) opens out or widens, i.e., drowns the land", seemingly confirmed by the later name of the area, "Drowned Meadow".
Suwassett was renamed in 1682 to "Drowned Meadow" after being settled by an Irish shoemaker from Queens named John Roe. It remained a small community of five homes through the 18th century but developed into a small shipbuilding community by the 19th century. The community leaders, realizing this was a poor name for the shipbuilding business, eventually changed its name to Port Jefferson in 1836 after President Thomas Jefferson. The village was named after Jefferson because he was the major source of funding for a project to prevent the flooding of the lower village from whence the original name originated—Drowned Meadow. The village was once a major whaling port, especially in the 1880s.
P. T. Barnum, the famous circus owner, owned a tract of land which ran through the village. His intention was to make Port Jefferson the home base for his circus. The residents put a stop to his plans, and he eventually sold his land. Barnum Avenue now runs though the area that was once his land, and one of the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry boats is named the P.T. Barnum. A house he had constructed also still exists but is privately owned.
The village of Port Jefferson was incorporated in 1963. A number of historic buildings were included in the Port Jefferson Village Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Separately listed are the Bayles Shipyard and First National Bank of Port Jefferson building.
"Port Jeff" lies astride New York State Route 25A, locally long-known as North Country Road.
The areas of Uptown Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Station have become increasingly popular areas for immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and El Salvador since the early 1990s.
Port Jefferson is located at  on the North Shore of Long Island. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.98%, is water.,
Port Jefferson Harbor is a natural deepwater harbor on the North Shore of Long Island. Setauket Harbor branches off to the west from the harbor. One notable geographic feature is Pirate's Cove, a small cove dredged in the early 20th century by the Seaboard Dredging Company. The original name was Seaboard Hole, but it was changed for the sake of appealing to tourists. Several large sand dunes (artificially created by the dredging) are found here.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,837 people, 2,985 households, and 1,982 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,587.2 people per square mile (998.6/km2). There were 3,074 housing units at an average density of 1,014.8 per square mile (391.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 56.97% White, 18.67% African American, 0.04% Native American, 3.33% Asian, 1.70% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32.21% of the population.
There were 2,985 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the village the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $65,119, and the median income for a family was $83,981. Males had a median income of $57,125 versus $41,936 for females. The per capita income for the village was $33,852. About 3.9% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
The latest population was reported at 7,750 as of the 2010 United States Census
Arts and culture
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Annual cultural events
Port Jefferson is home to an annual Charles Dickens Festival, since the early 1990s, early in December. This typically includes many events and occurrences, such as the regular sighting of people who dress in 19th century clothing, house tours, the reading of winter-related poetry, caroling, and booths set up by local businesses. Students from the Port Jefferson Middle School and High School submit poetry and art that are used in the festival. Free concerts of seasonal music by various ensembles are presented at the Methodist church.
Many small festivals are held during the summer, showcasing music and crafts. Each Fourth of July sees a substantial parade on Main Street.
In keeping with its seafaring heritage, Port Jefferson boasts two recent America's Cup winners. Scott Vogel won of the 1987 race, and Wally Henry won the race in 1992.
The Port Jefferson Union Free School District covers Belle Terre and most of Port Jefferson. In 2008, the district had 1375 students. Considered to be one of the least dense districts in the neighbourhood.
There are three schools:
- Edna Louise Spear Elementary School (Pre-K to 5th), also known as Port Jefferson Elementary School or Scraggy Hill School. This is the only elementary school on Long Island that has a swimming pool, and students swim once a week.
- Port Jefferson Middle School (6th to 8th)
- Earl L. Vandermeulen High School (9th to 12th), also known as Port Jefferson High School
Port Jefferson Middle School and High School share the same building.
The Port Jefferson "Royals" compete in Section XI athletics.
In 2007, the district was named one of America's "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM foundation.
The Port Jefferson School District also has an agreement with Comsewogue School District to send its upper port students to Comsewogue Schools.
- Newsday (daily)
- The Port Times Record (weekly)
- The Statesman (Stony Brook University)
- The Stony Brook Press (Stony Brook University)
In Popular Culture
- In Season Two of Netflix's House of Cards there are ongoing negotiations regarding the financing of a bridge from Port Jefferson to Milford, Connecticut. It is referred to in the series as the "Port Jefferson Bridge." The idea is similar to many proposals that have been made over the years, collectively referred to as the The Long Island Sound Link, including one project proposed from Port Jefferson to Bridgeport, Connecticut.
- Port Jefferson's Main Street and East Main Street were featured as part of National Public Radio's "Mapping Main Street" project in spring 2010.
- Walter Berndt, cartoonist
- John Buscema, comic book artist
- Vic Carapazza, Major League Baseball umpire; born in Port Jefferson
- Vivien Cardone, actress; born in Port Jefferson
- Ted Chiang, speculative fiction writer; born in Port Jefferson
- Chris Colmer, American football offensive lineman; born in Port Jefferson
- Tony DePhillips, Major League Baseball catcher with the Cincinnati Reds; resident of Port Jefferson
- Cathy Downs, actress; born in Port Jefferson
- Louis Edmonds, actor; resident of Port Jefferson
- Peter Ferraro, former NHL hockey player; born in Port Jefferson
- Les Goodman, former running back in the National Football League
- Dan Gurney, American race car driver
- Adam Klein, opera singer; born in Port Jefferson
- Toby Knight, former NBA player; attended high school in Port Jefferson
- Nick Mamatas, author
- Alan North, actor; resident of Port Jefferson
- R.A. the Rugged Man, rapper, filmmaker
A ferry passes a local power plant on its way to Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1897 Bayles Chandlery, part of the historic Bayles Shipyard
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to:|
- Village of Port Jefferson official website
- Port Jefferson School District
- Port Jefferson Community Board
- Port Jefferson Free Library
- The original Port Jeff Web
- The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson
- Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company
- Port Jefferson Info
- Me4PortJeff.com, community site