Bayport, New York

Coordinates: 40°44′52″N 73°3′15″W / 40.74778°N 73.05417°W / 40.74778; -73.05417
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Bayport, New York
Brown's River facing south on Middle Road as you enter Bayport.
Brown's River facing south on Middle Road as you enter Bayport.
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Bayport, New York is located in New York
Bayport, New York
Bayport, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°44′52″N 73°3′15″W / 40.74778°N 73.05417°W / 40.74778; -73.05417
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Area
 • Total3.81 sq mi (9.86 km2)
 • Land3.74 sq mi (9.68 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total8,609
 • Density2,304.34/sq mi (889.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
11705
Area code631
FIPS code36-04913
GNIS feature ID0943209

Bayport is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, United States, on Long Island. The population was 8,609 at the 2020 census.[2]

Bayport is in the southeast part of the Town of Islip.

Geography[edit]

The community borders the Great South Bay, Sayville and the hamlet of Blue Point.

Bayport is located at 40°44′52″N 73°3′15″W / 40.74778°N 73.05417°W / 40.74778; -73.05417 (40.747858, -73.054216).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), of which 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) (2.37%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
20108,896
20208,609−3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

According to the 2020 United States census,[5] Bayport had a population of 8,609 with 3,358 households. This resulted in 2.61 persons per household.

By age the population was split with 5.1% under 5 years old, 18.3% under 18 years old, and 18.0% 65 years and older. 50.2% of the population were female persons. By race the population was split with 89.5% white, 2.6% black or African American, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.6% Asian, 3.5% two or more races, and 7.6% Hispanic or Latino.

The owner-occupied housing unit rate was 77.0%. The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $496,400. The median selected monthly costs with a mortgage was 3,527 and the median selected monthly costs without a mortgage was $1,500+. The median gross rent was $1,681. 91.6% of households had a computer and 90.5% had a broadband internet subscription. Median household income was $114,674 and the per capita income for 12 months was $55,195. 7.1% of the population lived below the poverty threshold.

Emergency services[edit]

Bayport Fire Department Headquarters

Fire safety[edit]

Fire protection in Bayport is provided by the Bayport Fire Department, a volunteer department located at 251 Snedecor Avenue on the corner of Railroad Street, which is part of the Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services system with call numbers 3-14-0. Besides fire protection, the Bayport Fire Department also responds to auto accidents, rescue calls, water-related emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and a first response for high priority EMS calls such as cardiac arrests, choking, etc.

The Bayport Fire Department was organized on August 15, 1891, with 18 members under the name Bayport Hose Company. Charles R. Post was made Chief.[6] A plot of land on the north side of Middle Road, next to Shands (Little Albert's) was purchased from I. S. Snedecor for $500 and a Fire House built for $3000. There was a belfry but this was removed in 1941. This building was sold to Arthur Shand, and a new firehouse was built on Snedecor Avenue and Railroad Street in 1956 where it stands today. In 1896 they bought a hook and ladder truck so heavy that there were not enough members to pull it to the fire. This also created the Hook and Ladder Company thus changing the name to the Bayport Fire Department.

Prior to World War II, a third company was created, Engine Company No.1; however, during WWII, the interdepartmental companies temporarily disbanded and were reestablished at the close of the war. In 1955 the Bayport Fire District purchased its first new fire truck, a 1955 Mack 750 GPM. In 1991 this vehicle was retired from active service and sold to the Bayport Fire Department for one dollar (US). In 2006, the truck in its original condition went through a minor overhaul having its gold leaf replaced and intense cleaning. Today, the BFD has roughly 120 members, 70-85 active and has an average response time of four minutes. Currently, there are four companies (Hose Company, Hook and Ladder Company, Engine Company and Fire Police Company) with two Squads (Rescue and Water Rescue).[7]

In the 1800s fire departments typically had similar uniforms. Black or navy blue pants, red wool shirt with black breast and white insignia and patent leather belts. Today, the Bayport Fire Department members continue to wear the original uniform and as far as they know are the only fire department in New York state that continues to do so (with the exception of the Brentwood Fire Department band).

Water Rescue Squad[edit]

2006 water rescue truck
2021 Silvership Endeavor series Fire Rescue Boat

Formed in 1991 by members of the department and companies, was created as the BFD Dive or SCUBA team specializing in mostly subsurface rescues and based on recreation diving adapted to rescues. Early on, the team was one of the largest in Suffolk County based on certified divers. In 2000, the fire district purchased a 19' zodiac hurricane 580 rescue boat. This was to be used in conjunction with the smaller 10' avon rescue boat which was not sufficient for offshore rescues in the Great South Bay. Soon the department found their water rescue alarms went from about 1 or 2 per year to between 30 and 40. Quickly the squad reorganized itself and started advanced training in Public Safety Diving, Surface Rescues and Ice Rescues with nationally recognized certifications. In 2005 two major steps were taken with the squad: first, a new truck committee was established and a bid contract was awarded to Marion Body works of Wisconsin to build a specialized custom water rescue truck (which was delivered in May 2006), and second, the Zodiac was outfitted with a custom top, larger windshield, custom grab rails, radar, new GPS, new fire radios and new lighting. With mutual aid plans, the response area of the water rescue team has grown to Patchogue Bay to the east to Heckscher State Park to the west and south to Fire Island. In 2021 the Department placed a new Fire-Rescue boat in service. A 30ft Endeavor custom built by Silver Ships in Alabama. Powered by twin 350hp Mercury Verado outboards the vessel is equipped with A/C & heat, a fire pump with bow monitor, Raymarine radar/chart/sonar system & FLIR system.

Ambulance and others[edit]

Community Ambulance Headquarters in Sayville.

EMS/Ambulance Service is provided by the Community Volunteer Ambulance Co. located in Sayville, which in addition to Sayville and Bayport covers the West Sayville, Bohemia and Oakdale communities.[8] Police services are provided by the Suffolk County Police 5th Precinct.

Education[edit]

Bayport is served by the Bayport-Blue Point School District, which consists of a high school (Bayport-Blue Point High School), a middle school (James Wilson Young Middle School), and three elementary schools, Academy Street Elementary, Sylvan Avenue Elementary, and Blue Point Elementary.

Library[edit]

Bayport is served by the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library. The Bayport-Blue Point Public Library was founded in 1935 as project of the Blue Point Parent Teacher Association, as the Blue Point Public Library. When the Bayport and Blue Point school districts merged in 1952, the library officially became the Bayport-Blue Point Library, and it is a school district public library, overseen by the New York State Education Department.[9] The library's collection began from donated books, with tradition stating that the donated books were gathered, home by home, via wheelbarrow. Today, the library's logo is a wheelbarrow containing books, paying homage to the institution's beginnings. The library was first contained in a room of the Blue Point School (now Blue Point Elementary School) before moving to various locations including the building what is now the Blue Point Liquor Store, and houses along Blue Point Avenue. In 1957 the current building was built at 203 Blue Point Avenue. Two additions to the building have made the building almost three times its original size.[10] The library was completely run by volunteers up until 1970, making it one of the last volunteer-run libraries in New York State.

On December 6, 2018, voters in the Bayport-Blue Point School District approved the purchase of the St. Ursula Center at 186 Middle Road in Blue Point for $3.65 million, to become the future home of the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library. The convent, which had served as a novitiate, retreat center, and most recently a retirement home for the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk, is scheduled to undergo a $13,197,800 renovation to convert the home into a 28,000 square foot public library with additional programs and collection space, state-of-the-art technology, an outdoor Community Garden, and more.[11]

Aerodrome[edit]

Bayport is home to one of only a few remaining aerodromes on Long Island. The Bayport Aerodrome Society is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1972. Its membership is composed of aviation professionals and those interested in preserving aviation history. By offering tours of the Aerodrome and living museum, its members share their passion for aviation with the community.

In fiction[edit]

The fictional town of Bayport in The Hardy Boys series of books and television show is loosely inspired on Bayport, New York.[12][13]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bayport CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Bayport CDP, New York". www.census.gov. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  6. ^ Bayport Heritage Association (1997). Bayport Heritage. Arcadia Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 0-7524-0810-0.
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Bayport Fire Department". The Bayport Fire Department.
  8. ^ "Community Ambulance Co".
  9. ^ "Bayport-Blue Point Public Library Employee Leave Accruals and Procurement" (PDF). osc.state.ny.us. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  10. ^ "Bayport-Bluepoint Public Library". nyheritage.org. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  11. ^ "Update on the Sale of St. Ursula Center". tildonkursuline.org. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Location of the Hardy Boys Bayport, Located in NY". truelegends.info.
  13. ^ "The Location of the Hardy Boys Bayport, Located in NY". hardyboys.us.

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