Bellport, New York

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Bellport, New York
Incorporated Village of Bellport
The Four Corners in Bellport
The Four Corners in Bellport
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Bellport, New York is located in New York
Bellport, New York
Bellport, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°45′25″N 72°56′30″W / 40.75694°N 72.94167°W / 40.75694; -72.94167Coordinates: 40°45′25″N 72°56′30″W / 40.75694°N 72.94167°W / 40.75694; -72.94167
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Area
 • Total1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Land1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
26 ft (8 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total2,084
 • Estimate 
(2018)[1]
2,056
 • Density1,300/sq mi (520/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
11713
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-05771
GNIS feature ID0943626
Websitewww.bellportvillage.org

Bellport is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 2,084 at the 2010 census.[2] The village is named after the Bell family, early settlers of the area. The public education system in Bellport makes up the South Country Central School District, consisting of six schools, three elementary schools (Kindergarten – grade 3), Frank P. Long Intermediate School (grades 4–5), Bellport Middle School (grades 6–8) and Bellport High School. Bellport is in the town of Brookhaven and is on the South Shore of Long Island. The village is officially known as the Incorporated Village of Bellport.

Government[edit]

The village is governed by four trustees and a mayor.[3] Each trustee is elected to a two-year term, with two trustees up for election every year.[4] The mayor is also elected to a two-year term.[5] The current[when?] trustees are Leslie O'Connor, David McGrath, Michael Ferrigno, and Robert Rosenberg. The mayor is Ray Fell.[3]

Bellport is responsible for many local services such as snow removal, road maintenance, and garbage removal. These are paid for by taxes on property within the boundaries of the village, which are collected by the Brookhaven Receiver of Taxes. Education is the responsibility of the South Country Central School District, ambulance service is provided by the South Country Ambulance Company, fire service by the Bellport Fire District, and police service by the Suffolk County Police Department and Bellport Code Enforcement.

Local business[edit]

There are many small businesses such as antique shops, artist galleries, restaurants, and a service center. These family run businesses get community support through the Bellport Chamber of Commerce. Bellport is also home to the Gateway Playhouse, a professional summer theater in operation since 1950.

History[edit]

The land that is now Bellport was purchased along with what is now Brookhaven hamlet (then called Fireplace Neck) and western Southaven from the Unkechogue Indians in 1664 by settlers from nearby Setauket, who were attracted by the plentiful harvests of salt hay. The part that became Bellport was named Occumbomock Neck. Jonathan Rose was the first permanent settler in the 1680s, and by 1720 the Rose family owned much of Occumbomock Neck. In 1829, Captain Thomas Bell, a Scottish immigrant, bought land there. He sold sections of it, and by 1843 the village had 30 dwellings and 200 inhabitants. He changed the name to Bell-Port (now Bellport),[6] envisioning a seaport, since Bellport was very close to the Old Inlet, a breach in the barrier island Fire Island, which gave Bellport easy access to the open ocean. With Colonel William Howell, Bell built a dock and a road to the dock. The breach healed over, however, and Bellport instead became a tourist attraction, with wealthy visitors coming by railroad and then coach from New York City. Although all seven hotels eventually closed, the last in the 1950s, Bellport remained associated with wealthy New Yorkers, who eventually established year-round residences. After World War II, nearby Camp Upton was converted into Brookhaven National Lab, bringing in more, highly educated, year-round residents.[7]

Bellport was incorporated as a village in 1910.[8] On July 4, 1980, the Bellport Academy and Bellport Village Historic District were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On March 8, 1963, Bellport High School burned down. No one was killed, but 40 students and teachers were hospitalized. The replacement school was built in Brookhaven, but is still called Bellport High School.[9]

On November 27, 1983, the New York Pyrotechnic Products Company factory (locally known as Grucci's) just north of the village exploded, killing two and injuring 24.[10] The explosion had the effect of an earthquake, causing significant damage to hundreds of homes.

Ho Hum Beach[edit]

Ho Hum Beach is on Fire Island, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) across the Great South Bay from the Bellport Village Marina. Village residents and their guests are welcome to visit the beach. Surfers, sunbathers, and fishermen especially enjoy its privateness. Ho Hum Beach offers a bathing area, a screened-in snack shack and showers on the bay side of the beach. The Whalehouse Point ferry runs from the Bellport Village Marina from late May to early September. Village residents can buy round-trip ferry tickets, and their guests may ride the ferry for an increased fare. Village residents are also welcome to ride their own boats over. Boat slips for non-residents are available for $65 a day.

Notable people[edit]

Geography[edit]

Bathing at Bellport by William Glackens

The village of Bellport is located at 40°45′25″N 72°56′30″W / 40.75694°N 72.94167°W / 40.75694; -72.94167 (40.757034, -72.941603).[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 5.94%, is water.[2]

The village of Bellport is located on the shore of Bellport Bay, an arm of the Great South Bay, one mile south of North Bellport.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880297
1910419
192061446.5%
19306333.1%
19406502.7%
19501,449122.9%
19602,46169.8%
19703,04623.8%
19802,809−7.8%
19902,572−8.4%
20002,363−8.1%
20102,084−11.8%
Est. 20182,056[1]−1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 2,363 people, 993 households, and 684 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,619.7 people per square mile (624.9/km²). There were 1,139 housing units at an average density of 780.7 per square mile (301.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.13% White, 1.27% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 993 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village, the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $77,523, and the median income for a family was $80,850. Males had a median income of $51,189 versus $40,985 for females. The per capita income for the village was $38,906. About 0.6% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Downtown Bellport is somewhat walkable, and is served by three bus routes. The S66 operates along South Country Road from Patchogue to Riverhead, while the S68, which also begins in Patchogue, runs down Station Road and Bellport Avenue from Montauk Highway, though on some days it runs east along South Country Road toward Center Moriches.[16] An alternate route of the 7B, which runs from Patchogue to the Eagle Estates development in Medford, also runs north along Bellport Avenue and Station Road, joining the regular route at Patchogue-Yaphank Road near Horseblock Road.[17] The S68 and 7B also provide a direct connection to the Bellport LIRR station in the hamlet of North Bellport.

The main route through Bellport is South Country Road (Suffolk CR 36), a former section of Montauk Highway that runs west to east from East Patchogue to Brookhaven. The main south-to-north road is Bellport Lane, which becomes Bellport Avenue north of South Country Road. At the northern village border, the principal south-to-north route shifts to Station Road and runs toward West Yaphank, while Bellport Avenue becomes a minor local street which terminates at a dead end on the Montauk Branch of the LIRR, only to resume its trajectory between Montauk Highway and the eastbound service road of Sunrise Highway at Exit 56. Other roads include Head of the Neck Road, which runs west through east from North Bellport and skirts the village's northern border east of Fairway Drive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bellport village, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Board of Trustees". Incorporated Village of Bellport, NY. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  4. ^ "Incorporated Village of Bellport | Bellport, New York, US". www.bellportvillage.org. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  5. ^ "Municode Library". www2.municode.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  6. ^ Cities That Ring by Marcia A. Mitchell
  7. ^ Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet, by Victor Principe
  8. ^ "About our village". Incorporated Village of Bellport, NY. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06. Bellport will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2010 and a gala year-long celebration is being planned.
  9. ^ https://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/bellport-high-school-fire-of-1963-1.5482247
  10. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/27/nyregion/2-are-killed-and-24-hurt-as-blasts-rip-through-li-fireworks-plant.html?pagewanted=all
  11. ^ "Biography - Arthur Pinajian Official Website". pinajianart.com. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  12. ^ Wodehouse, P.G.. "Dogs and Cats and Wodehouse; Dogs, Cats and Wodehouse", The New York Times, October 3, 1971. Accessed August 5, 2009. "When I was married 57 years ago, I lived in Bellport. Then I moved to Great Neck."
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  16. ^ http://www.sct-bus.org/schedules/s66.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.sct-bus.org/schedules/7a.pdf

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