Rockville Centre, New York
|Rockville Centre, New York|
|• Mayor||Francis X. Murray|
|• Total||3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)|
|• Land||3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||30 ft (9 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||2391098|
Rockville Centre is a village located in Nassau County, New York, in the United States. At the time of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 24,023. Rockville Centre is in the southwestern section of the Town of Hempstead.
At the time of the census of 2010, there were 24,111 people residing in the village, 9,201 households and 6,468 families. The population density is 7,496.5 people per square mile (2,892.0/km2). There are 9,419 housing units at an average density of 2,874.0 per square mile (1,108.7/km2); as of 2010[update],. The racial makeup of the village is 78.3% White, 8.6% Black or African American, 9.7% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.0% Asian alone, 0.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 0.1% Some Other Race, and 1.2% Two or More Races.
There are 10,002 households, of which 32.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% are married couples living together, 9.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% are non-families. 27.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 32.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.28. The population is spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 women there are 87.9 men. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there are 81.9 men.
At the time of the census of 2000, there were 24,568 people residing in the village, 9,201 households and 6,468 families. The population density is 7,496.5 people per square mile (2,892.0/km2). There are 9,419 housing units at an average density of 2,874.0 per square mile (1,108.7/km2); as of 2004[update],. The racial makeup of the village is 84.3% White, 9.8% African American, 7.8% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 1.5% Asian, 0.08% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.0% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races.
There are 9,201 households, of which 33.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% are non-families. 26.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.25. The population is spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 women there are 87.9 men. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there are 81.9 men.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the village is $99,299, and the median income for a family is $128,579. Males have a median income of $70,149 versus $43,800 for females. The per capita income for the village is $40,739. 5.0% of the population and 2.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.0% of those under the age of 18 and 5.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Rockville Centre is located at 40°39'48" North, 73°38'13" West (40.663390, −73.636831). The village has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it is water. The total area is 2.38% water.
Rockville Centre has five public elementary schools: The Watson School, The Covert School, The Wilson School, The Hewitt School, and The Riverside School. In addition to the elementary schools, Rockville Centre also consists of South Side Middle School and South Side High School. The district extends beyond Rockville Centre's borders, including part of South Hempstead, and Hempstead. Covert Elementary School is located in South Hempstead.
In 2012, South Side High School was ranked #22 by U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools, and #2 in the state of NY. It has also consistently rated in Newsweek's The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. Schools, #42 in 2008, #44 in 2007, #32 in 2006, #45 in 2005 and #65 in 2003.
Rockville Centre has one private K-8 Catholic day school; The Saint Agnes Cathedral School. The Saint Agnes Cathedral School occupies a single campus. The Saint Agnes Cathedral School provides a day school education for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade for families across Nassau County. The Saint Agnes Cathedral School's upper school (9-12), though now defunct, shared the complex at one time. The school is widely regarded for their consistently high-rated academic program among Long Island private schools, as well as their diverse secondary school placement.
Village Board of Trustees
- Mayor – Francis X. Murray (RVC United) (2011–)
- Deputy Mayor – Nancy Howard (RVC United) (2011–)
- Trustee – Kevin R. Glynn (Common Sense) (2009–)
- Trustee – Edward J. Oppenheimer (Concerned Citizens) (2009–)
- Trustee – Michael Sepe (RVC United) (2011–)
Notable current and former residents of Rockville Centre include:
- Dave Attell (1965–), comedian.
- Pete Axthelm (1943–91), sportswriter, columnist, journalist, and TV sports commentator.
- Tommy Bianco, MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers.
- John Byner (1938–), impersonator, comedian, actor.
- Kevin Connors, ESPNNEWS sports anchor.
- Ted Demme (1963–2002), film director and producer.
- Billy Donovan (1965–), University of Florida men's basketball coach; NCAA champion 2006, 2007.
- Joseph Fins (1959–), physician and medical ethicist.
- Doris Kearns Goodwin, award winning author, historian, TV news analyst, and 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner for history.
- Seth Grahame-Smith, writer and film producer.
- Mel Gussow (1933–2005), theater critic for The New York Times.
- Jimmy Hayes, all-time Boston University basketball scoring average leader.
- Joey Heatherton (1944–), actor.
- Ray Heatherton (1909–97), actor.
- Art Heyman, All-American at Duke University.
- Henry Hill (1943–2012), mob informant.
- Billy Idol, rock singer.
- Joan Jett (1958–), rock musician.
- Dean Kamen (1951–), Segway Human Transporter inventor.
- Kerry Keating, Head Coach, Santa Clara University Broncos and former UCLA Bruins' assistant coach.
- Kevin Kelton (1956–), TV writer-producer, wrote for Saturday Night Live.
- Gilbert King (1962-), author, Pulitzer prize winner
- Sandy Koufax (1935–), former major league Hall of Fame pitcher
- Frank Layden, former Niagara University coach, Atlanta Hawks assistant coach, and president and head coach of the Utah Jazz.
- Brian Mahoney, Haggerty award winner; N.Y. Net player [ABA]; and head basketball coach at Manhattan College and St. John's University.
- Brendan Malone, assistant coach for the Orlando Magic [NBA], and former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Terry McDermott, LA Dodgers, TV sports reporter/director.
- Anne Meara (1929–), actress and comedienne.
- John Nolan and Michelle Nolan of the band Straylight Run were born there.
- Mark O'Connell, drummer of the band Taking Back Sunday, grew up in Rockville Centre and attended South Side High School.
- Daryl Palumbo (1979–), of the bands GlassJaw and Head Automatica.
- Floyd Patterson (1935–2006), Heavyweight Champion of the World.
- Frank Pellegrino, actor and restaurateur.
- Tommy Rainone, welterweight boxer.
- Joan Roberts, created the role of Laurey in the original production of Oklahoma! on Broadway.
- Ted Robinson, Emmy Award winning and veteran radio and TV sports announcer for NBC, USA, and other networks.
- Amy Schumer, comedienne.
- Robert B. Silvers (1929–), editor of The New York Review of Books
- Dean Skelos, State Senator, New York State Senate's Republican Majority Leader.
- Howard Stern (1954–), radio personality.
- Paulette Tavormina, photographer.
- Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio, author, theologian, and religious leader.
- Marc Turnesa, golfer on the PGA Tour.
- Jay Wright (1961–), head coach of the Villanova Wildcats basketball team.
- AJ Wynder, member of the 1990–91 NBA Boston Celtics.
- Bethenny Frankel, Entrepreneur and Real Housewife of New York City.
- Kenny Laguna, Producer, songwriter and musician.
- June Diane Raphael, Actress, comedienne, writer.
- Joe Gannascoli, Actor, NY Giants Fan, Sopranos Vito Spatafore.
- Eddie Arcaro (1916-1997), Jockey, He is tied with Bill Hartack for most Derby wins with five, and has the most wins in the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes with six. He won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1941 on Whirlaway and again in 1948 on Citation. His other Kentucky Derby wins were Hoop Jr. (1945) and Hill Gail(1952).
- Marcus Blechman (1922-2010), Photographer, mainly of theater stars.
In popular culture
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Rockville Centre is mentioned as the home-destination of both Joel Barish (Carrey) and Clementine Kruczynski (Winslet) when the two play hooky from work to visit Montauk, Long Island.
- WinWin (2011) starring Burt Young and Paul Giamatti featured a few scenes filmed in Rockville Centre.
- Edward Burns has filmed scenes of several of his films in Rockville Centre.
- The third season Long Island episode of Dave Attell's television show Insomniac featured several locales in Rockville Centre, including Stinger's Irish Pub, the LIRR station, and the comedian's home.
- In Dors Kearns Goodwin's memoir Wait Till Next Year, she describes growing up in a home in Rockville Centre in the 1950s.
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- "The Cast Of Characters In The Bc Caper". CNN. February 16, 1981.
- Ketcham, Diane. "LONG ISLANDERS", The New York Times, March 29, 1987. Accessed November 17, 2007. "Ms. Jett, who has a home in Rockville Centre, will perform the concert possibly in May, he said."
- Marshall, Angela. "Inventor wins national honor: Villager recognized for contributions to science", Rockville Centre Herald, April 10, 2003. "It is hardly a stretch of the imagination to believe that one day there will be a sign at the entrances to Rockville Centre saying 'Birthplace of Dean Kamen.'"
- Kerry Keating, CSTV. Accessed November 17, 2007. "Keating was born on July 15, 1971 in Stoughton, Mass., and was raised in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He attended high school at Archbishop Molloy and graduated from Seton Hall Prep."
- Nichols, Joseph C. "30,000 EXPECTED AT POLO GROUNDS; Johansson's First Defense Likely to Bring Receipts of $750,000 at Gate", The New York Times, June 19, 1960. Accessed December 8, 2007. "Ingemar Johansson, a 27-year-old native of Goteborg Sweden, will make the first defense of his world heavyweight championship tomorrow night. He will oppose the previous title-holder, Floyd Patterson of Rockville Centre, L.I., in a fight scheduled for fifteen rounds at the Polo Grounds."
- Howard Stern, Newsday. Accessed December 4, 2007. "That was the last straw. In June, 1969, when Howard was 15, the Sterns made their move – to predominantly white, middle-class Rockville Centre."
- ""Insomniac with Dave Attell" Long Island (2003)" at the Internet Movie Database
- Rockville Centre Union-Free School District
- Rockville Centre Public Library
- Official website of the village's Chamber of Commerce
- Rockville Centre Herald
- Rockville Centre Little League
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