The Bellmores, New York

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Bellmore
Hamlet and census-designated place
Bellmore is located in New York
Bellmore
Bellmore
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°39′40″N 73°32′16″W / 40.66111°N 73.53778°W / 40.66111; -73.53778Coordinates: 40°39′40″N 73°32′16″W / 40.66111°N 73.53778°W / 40.66111; -73.53778
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
Area
 • Total 3.0 sq mi (8 km2)
 • Land 2.5 sq mi (6 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 16,218
 • Density 5,400/sq mi (2,100/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Bedford Avenue by train station.
Bellmore Map from U.S. Census
North Bellmore Map from U.S. Census

Bellmore is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population according to the 2010 census was 16,218. Bellmore is located on the south shore of Long Island 5 miles from Jones Beach State Park, approximately 27 miles (43 km) east of Manhattan, and 10 miles (16 km) east of the Nassau-Queens (New York City) Line. North Bellmore is a census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 19,941 at the 2010 census.

Bellmore serves as a suburb of New York City on Long Island. Penn Station in Manhattan is typically a 45 minute direct ride from the station on the Long Island Rail Road's Babylon Branch. Also, John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport is located within 15 miles (24 km) of Bellmore, making it easy for travelers. Major thoroughfares that wind through the suburb include Sunrise Highway, Southern State Parkway, Merrick Road, Bellmore Avenue, Jerusalem Avenue, and Newbridge Road.

"The Bellmores" are subdivided into Bellmore (population 16,000) and N. Bellmore (population 20,000). The Bellmore area has an approximate population of 36,000 at this time. Also, some residents call the area south of Merrick Road (or sometimes Sunrise Highway) "South Bellmore".

Geography[edit]

Bellmore is located at 40°39′40″N 73°31′44″W / 40.66111°N 73.52889°W / 40.66111; -73.52889 (40.661188, −73.529005).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (17.67%) is water.

North Bellmore is located at 40°41′22″N, 73°32′16″W (40.689490, −73.537910)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.8 km² (2.6 mi²), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Bellmore[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, Bellmore has 16,218 people, 5,552 households, and 4,604 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,640.5 per square mile (2,559.6/km²). There were 5,807 housing units at an average density of 2,311.9/sq mi (891.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.4% White, 1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.

There were 5,552 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.3% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.7% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.39. Median value of owner-occupied housing units 2007-2011 was $486,000.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $108,589, and the median income for a family was $126,321. Males had a median income of $57,026 versus $33,743 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $44,643. About .6% of families and 1.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0% of those under age 18 and 2% of those age 65 or over.

North Bellmore[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, North Bellmore has 19,941 people, 6,365 households, and 5,407 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 7,696.6 per square mile (2,970.3/km²). There were 6,818 housing units at an average density of 2,542.9/sq mi (981.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.5% White, 2.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.72% of the population.

Mepham High School

There were 6,555 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.46. Median value of owner-occupied housing units 2007-2011 was $451,900.

The age of the population varies with 29.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $101,933, and the median income for a family was $113,521. Males had a median income of $60,832 versus $32,106 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $38,314. About 1.6% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

John F. Kennedy High School

North Bellmore is served by the North Bellmore Fire Department.

History[edit]

Bellmore was settled primarily by Englishmen who crossed Long Island Sound from Connecticut in the middle of the seventeenth century. Christian Sorto purchased a 214-acre (0.9 km2) farm in what is now North Bellmore in 1655. Further south, near the bay, John Smith deeded 100 acres (0.4 km2) to his son, Jeremiah in 1676. John Bedell married Sarah Southard and moved into their new home on Merrick Road in about 1689. Two communities grew out of these beginnings. Smithville (later Smithville South) was named for the many Smith families which joined the New Bridge, named for the peninsula on which it stood was along Merrick Road.

When the railroad was built through the area in 1867 they arbitrarily named their station Bellmore. Development followed as both communities grew towards the railroad and adopted the name Bellmore. By 1920, the Bellmores had a population of 3000 as well as stores along Bedford Avenue.[3]

In 1968, the Supreme Court ruled against Sam's Stationery and Luncheonette of Bellmore. In Ginsberg v. New York, the Court found that it was well within the state’s power to protect minors and that just because the material is not classified as obscene to adults it may still be regulated with minors.

Schools[edit]

The city is home to the annual Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools, a prestigious school math competition in the United States.

General[edit]

The school districts of Bellmore are the Bellmore School District, North Bellmore School District, and the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. The Bellmorites go to school for K-6 in their respective district (North Bellmore or Bellmore) and then go on to the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District for grades 7-12. This is one of the four central districts of New York. For two years, North Bellmore and Bellmore students are combined in Grand Avenue. After, Bellmore students go to Kennedy, and North Bellmore students to Mepham. However, this may vary depending on zoning.

Mepham HS Auditorium

The administrative offices for the Bellmore Public Schools are located in Winthrop Avenue, while the administrative offices for North Bellmore are in Martin Avenue. Brookside School, in North Merrick, is the home of the Bellmore-Merrick Central-High School District's offices, as well as the alternative school.

Education[edit]

The North Bellmore students go to the schools that they are zoned for. However, Bellmore students in the same grade all go to the same school, as each grade level is in one of the three schools and not all. All Bellmore and North Bellmore Students go to Grand Avenue along with a few North Merrick Students who attended Park Avenue Elementary School, and then they split and go to their zoned school in the Central High School District. However, students not zoned for Calhoun may go to that school if they have a special interest in the arts.

Below are the schools, their grade levels and the town or towns that go to them.

School Grades Town(s)That Go To School
Park Avenue School K–6 North Bellmore/ North Merrick
Martin Avenue School K–6 North Bellmore
Jacob Gunther School K–6 North Bellmore
Dinklemeyer School K–6 North Bellmore/North Merrick
Saw Mill Road School K–6 North Bellmore
Newbridge Road School K–6 North Bellmore
Reinhard Early Childhood Center K–2 Bellmore
Winthrop Avenue Primary Center 3–4 Bellmore
Shore Road Intermediate Center 5–6 Bellmore
Grand Avenue Middle School* 7–8 Bellmore/North Bellmore
John F. Kennedy High School* 9–12 Bellmore/Merrick
Wellington C. Mepham High School* 9–12 North Bellmore

An asterisk (*) means that the school is part of the Bellmore Merrick Central High School District. All other schools are in the district of town that attends them.

Notable Bellmore/North Bellmore natives[edit]

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