Woodmere, New York
|Woodmere, New York|
|CDP & hamlet|
|• Total||2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)|
|• Land||2.6 sq mi (6.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||23 ft (7 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0971684|
Woodmere is one of the Long Island communities known as the Five Towns, which is usually said to comprise the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, the hamlets of Woodmere and Inwood, and "The Hewletts", which consist of the villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor and Hewlett Neck and the hamlet of Hewlett, along with Woodsburgh. The "towns" most commonly included as constituents of the Five Towns are all within the Town of Hempstead.
The Woodmere Volunteer Fire Department has served Woodmere since 1889. It provides Fire, Rescue, and Advanced Life Support to Woodmere. It has approximately 75 volunteer members. The Fire Department has 2 ambulances, 3 fire engines, a rescue truck, a ladder truck and 3 water rescue boats. The Fire department chiefs are: Chief of Department Leonard J. Cherson, First Deputy Chief Benjamin J. Horowitz & Second Deputy Chief Benjamin J. Nelson.
Woodmere is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (5.19%) is water.
|This article is outdated. (April 2013)|
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,447 people, 5,349 households, and 4,525 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,436.6 per square mile (2,480.6/km2). There were 5,462 housing units at an average density of 2,137.6/sq mi (823.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.48% White, 1.67% African American, 0.02% Native American, 3.73% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.57% of the population.
Woodmere has become home to many Modern Orthodox Jewish families who have established a number of synagogues in Woodmere and throughout much of the Five Towns.
There were 5,349 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.4% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $93,212, and the median income for a family was $119,402. Males had a median income of $76,266 versus $41,393 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,699. About 3.5% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Woodmere station provides Long Island Rail Road service on the Far Rockaway Branch directly to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan during peak AM hours, and via Jamaica (LIRR station) during all other hours. Non peak AM service goes direct to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. Some residents use the Hewlett station because of its location and ample parking. There are also 2 Nassau Inter-County Express Bus routes that go through Woodmere: the N31 route and N32 route. The MTA Bus Company route Q113 uses the Rockaway Turnpike.
Woodmere has a wet and cold winter, with a warm and moderately dry summer. The average high is 83 in July and 39 in January. The average low in January is 24 and in July 67. The record high is 104 in July 1966, and the record low is −2 in 1985 and 1994.The rainest month is May, and the driest is August. Woodmere is prone to droughts from late July until mid- September. Woodmere receives around 22 inches of snow a year in a normal winter. Woodmere can get strong to severe thunderstorms, and is prone to flooding in the early fall and late spring. It has been hit by tornadoes twice, in 1985, and 1998.
Woodmere was hit by Hurricane Gloria in 1985, Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy in 2012.
Notable current and former residents of Woodmere include:
- David A. Adler (born 1947), author of the Cam Jansen series of books.
- Lynne Barasch – author/illustrator
- Jane Bowles (1917–73) – writer/playwright
- Lisa Glasberg, radio and TV personality
- Sidney Hertzberg (1922–2005) – was an original member of the New York Knicks
- Donna Karan (born 1948), fashion designer.
- Aline Kominsky-Crumb (born 1948), comics artist
- Cy Leslie (1922–2008), founder of Pickwick International record company and president of MGM Home Video.
- Gene Mayer (born 1956), former professional tennis player.
- Harvey Milk (1930–1978) – first openly gay man elected to public office in California, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
- Gerard Piel (1915–2004), owner of Scientific American, who became the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1986.
- Shmuel Sackett – co-founder of both the Zo Artzeinu and Manhigut Yehudit political movements in Israel.
- Alan Zweibel (born 1950), producer and writer on productions such as Saturday Night Live, PBS' Great Performances, and It's Garry Shandling's Show.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Barron, James. "IF YOU'RE THINKING OF LIVING IN: FIVE TOWNS", The New York Times, July 10, 1983. Accessed May 20, 2008. "The basic five are Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett and Inwood. But the area also includes some unincorporated communities and two tiny villages, Hewlett Bay Park and Woodsburgh, that are not added to the final total."
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- LaGorce, Tammy. "Neighborhood Storytelling", The New York Times, July 13, 2008. Accessed July 29, 2008. "On Long Island, David A. Adler, 61, the author of the “Cam Jansen” series of young-detective chapter books for Penguin since 1971, draws on his experience as a former middle-school math teacher and on visits to schools around his Woodmere home to inform his plucky heroine’s adventures."
- Van Gelder, Lawrence. "INTERVIEW; Her Winning Way With Fashion", The New York Times, October 16, 1977. Accessed September 15, 2008. "And suddenly, at the age of 29, Donna Karan, who grew up in Woodmere, Who lied about her age to begin selling women's clothes at 14 in Cedarhurst, and who now lives in Lawrence, was at the top of her fashion world."
- Kominsky-Crumb, Aline. (2007). Need More Love. New York: MQ Publications. ISBN 1-84601-133-7
- Cavanaugh, Jack. "A TENNIS TOURNAMENT SERVES SOME ACES", The New York Times, August 23, 1987. Accessed December 22, 2007. "Most of what rooting interest developed focused on the closest thing to a homegrown product in the competition, Gene Mayer of Woodmere."
- Harvey Milk, Hero and Martyr, KQED-TV, accessed April 11, 2007. "Harvey Milk was born in 1930 in Woodmere, Long Island, New York."
- Amarelo, Monica. "Gerard Piel, Former Publisher of Scientific American, Dies at Age 89", American Association for the Advancement of Science, September 8, 2004. "Piel was born into a brewing family, Piel Brothers Brewery, on March 1, 1915, in Woodmere, NY."
- Sackett, Shmuel. "Hooray for High Tuitions!", Manhigut Yehudit, Sivan 5765 / June 2005. Accessed April 11, 2007. "It is a solution my wife and I did back in 1990 when we lived in Woodmere, NY (one of the "Five Towns") and had just 3 school aged children... and every one of them thanked us for it. We moved to Israel!"
- Capuzzo, Jill L. "From 'Saturday Night Live' to '700 Sundays'", The New York Times, December 12, 2004. Accessed July 31, 2007. "As the funny kid in the neighborhood, Mr. Zweibel – born in Brooklyn and reared in Woodmere, on Long Island – first tried his hand at writing jokes while at the University of Buffalo, mailing them to Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett."
- Woodmere Volunteer Fire Department
- Hewlett Woodmere Public School District
- Pipe Doctor Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
- Young Israel of Woodmere
- Bais Tefilah of Woodmere
- Congregation Aish Kodesh of Woodmere
- Congregation Bais Ephraim Yitzchak