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Glen Cove, New York
Glen Cove (steamboat).jpg
Glen Cove location in Nassau County : the town is surrounded by Long Island Sound on the north and the town of Oyster Bay on the east, south and west
Glen Cove location in Nassau County : the town is surrounded by Long Island Sound on the north and the town of Oyster Bay on the east, south and west
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi (D)
 • City Council
 • Total 19.3 sq mi (49.9 km2)
 • Land 6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Water 12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 26,622
 • Density 4,006.0/sq mi (1,546.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11542
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-29113
GNIS feature ID 0977339

Glen Cove is a city in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 26,622. The Mayor is Mr. Ralph V. Suozzi, cousin of former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi. Part of the early 20th century Gold Coast of the North Shore, Glen Cove has a diverse population. Glen Cove is one of the only two cities in Nassau County. The other is Long Beach.


The city is on the north shore of Long Island, adjacent to the Long Island Sound. The hills that stretch along the north shore of Long Island, on which Glen Cove is built, are the terminal moraines left by glaciers of the last ice age.

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The City of Glen Cove is bordered on three sides by the Town of Oyster Bay. The Town of Oyster Bay villages and hamlets bounding Glen Cove are (clockwise from the north east): Lattingtown, Locust Valley, Matinecock, Glen Head, and Sea Cliff. To the north, the city is bordered by the Long Island Sound.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square miles (49.9 km²), of which, 6.7 square miles (17.2 km²) of it is land and 12.6 square miles (32.7 km²) of it (65.51%) is water.


As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 26,622 people, 9,461 households, and 6,651 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,006.0 people per square mile (1,545.7/km²). There were 9,734 housing units at an average density of 1,464.7/sq mi (565.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.28% White, 16.40% African American, 0.29% Native American, 4.11% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.72% from other races, and 23.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.0% of the population.

There were 9,461 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $89,000 and the median income for a family was $118,000. Males had a median income of $61,900 versus $40,581 for females. The per capita income for the city was $86,627.


Glen Cove is protected by its own separate Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that provides 24 hours a day protection. The Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services are volunteer agencies while the Police Department is a paid force. Fire Department and EMS headquarters is located at 10 Glen Cove Ave. Police Department headquarters is located at 1 Bridge Street. Glen Cove Harbor Patrol and the Auxiliary Police are additional public safety agencies that provides protection. All five of these agencies are official departments that operate under the City of Glen Cove government.

The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for the planning, coordination and response to natural and manmade emergencies that occur within the City of Glen Cove.


Indigenous peoples had lived in the area for thousands of years. The Native Americans at the time of European contact were of the Lenape nation.

Glen Cove was settled by English migrants and named "Musketa Cove" in 1668, on land purchased from the Matinecock Indians. Joseph Carpenter; brothers Nathaniel, Daniel and Robert Coles; and Nicholas Simkins were the first European property owners. Musketa was an Algonquin word that meant "place of rushes".

In the 1830s steam boats started regular service between Musketa Cove and New York City, arriving at a point still called The Landing. New York City residents were reluctant to make the passage since Musketa sounded too much like mosquito. In 1834 the residents decided to change the name to Glen Cove (said to be the misheard suggestion "Glencoe", after the Scottish glen).[1][2] By 1850 the village had become a popular summer resort community for New York City residents. This popularity brought the railroad to Glen Cove in 1867; providing quicker, more frequent service to New York City. The availability of the train and the town's location on Long Island Sound made it attractive to year-round residents, and the population grew.

The vistas afforded of Long Island Sound from the town's rolling hills attracted 19th-century industrial barons, including Charles Pratt, J. P. Morgan, and F. W. Woolworth. They built large estates along the island's north shore. This expanse of settled wealth was part of what would become known as the Gold Coast.

The mansions were turned to other purposes, most before the mid-20th century. Charles Pratt's house is now the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center. George DuPont Pratt's house, Killenworth, was purchased by the Soviet Union government for its United Nations delegation. The Russians have used it for decades to house visitors and for weekend retreats. Both Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro separately stayed at Killenworth in conjunction with appearances at the United Nations. Winfield Hall, the home of F.W. Woolworth, is privately owned. The estate of Herbert L. Pratt, The Braes, was purchased by the Webb Institute, a college for naval architecture.[3]

On June 8, 1917, Glen Cove became an independent city, separating from the Town of Oyster Bay after 250 years.[1]

Like many other suburbs, it grew after World War II, when new residential developments were completed. Many families then were second and third-generation descendants of eastern and southern European immigrants. More recent immigrants in the late 20th century have come from Latin America and Asia.


Public schools

The city of Glen Cove and its residents are serviced by the Glen Cove City School District. Children who live in the City attend the Eugene J. Gribbin School/ Katherine A. Deasy Elementary School for grades K-2 (pre-k offered at Deasy), Landing School/ Margaret. A. Connolly School for grades 3-5, Robert M. Finley Middle School for grades 6-8, and Glen Cove High School for grades 9-12. The Glen Cove City School District's "Paired Plan" has the Gribbin School & Connolly School paired as well as the Deasy School & Landing School paired, eventually leading students to meet at the Middle and High Schools.

Private schools

There are several private educational institutions inside the city boundaries:

  • Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County Middle/ High School [4]
  • All Saints Regional Catholic School [5]
  • Friends Academy, a Quaker School, is located on the border of Glen Cove and Locust Valley. Although its mailing address is Locust Valley, the property of the school comes in direct contact with homes in eastern Glen Cove. It attracts numerous students who are residents of Glen Cove.
  • Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, a four-year college.[6]



Glen Cove is the headquarters of the American Stamp Dealers Association.

GLYHop Restaurant, Located at 149 Glen Street. This Restaurant is located in a landmark building which was built in 1810 by Mr. Coles and therefore also known as the The Coles Homestead. This building is also used as an attractive film location and for commercial productions.

The Coles Homesteads

The J. Coles Homestead, at the corner of Butler and Glen Street dates from about 1810. Though a small section could date from as early as 1690. Little is known about the first inhabitant, except that he was a sea captain and a descendant of one of three Coles brothers who were the original settlers of Musketo Cove Plantation. The House was located at the front of his large family farm property fronting on the upper mill pond. There have been three, possible four additions to the saltbox style house and the main section was remodeled to Greek Revival style about 1815. The building is constructed of stone, brick,shingle and clapboard, had four, possible five fireplaces. In 1873 the house was occupied by J.H. Coles, whose wife served on the Bi-Centennial refreshment committee. Later it belonged to Loren Tites Coles, a Quaker, who assisted in a courageous rescue during the blizzard of 1888. It passed to his brother Franklin Coles. Today it serves as GLYHop Restaurant. The Coles Homestead is totally restored. The Holden Family are the current owners.

Movies and TV shows filmed

Places of interest

  • Crescent Beach
  • Pryibil Beach
  • Morgan Memorial Park (includes beach)
  • Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
  • Glen Cove Municipal Golf Course
  • Stanco Park
  • Dennis Brian Murray Park
  • Big Ralph Park
  • John Maccarone Memorial Stadium
  • Pryibil Fishing Pier
  • Pascucci Soccer Field
  • Old Tappan Tennis Court Complex
  • City Boat Ramp
  • Glen Cove Yacht Club
  • Sea Scout Ship 12
  • Indoor Shooting Range
  • Welwyn Preserve
  • Nassau County Holocaust Center at Welwyn Preserve
  • Village Square/Downtown Area

Notable residents

Former residents

Current residents


  1. ^ a b Antonia Petrash, Carol Stern, and Carol McCrossen, "HISTORY OF GLEN COVE", Nassau County Library
  2. ^ Henderson, Jeanne. "The History of Glen Cove, NY". Long Island Genealogy. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  3. ^ MacKay, Robert B. et al. (1997). Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities. p 84
  4. ^ Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County
  5. ^ All Saints Regional Catholic School
  6. ^ Webb

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