Kensington, New York
Kensington, New York
|Incorporated Village of Kensington|
|County||Nassau County, New York|
|Incorporated||November 7, 1921|
|Named for||Kensington Gardens, London, England|
|• Mayor||Susan Lopatkin|
|• Deputy Mayor||Jeffrey Greener|
|• Total||0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)|
|• Land||0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||128 ft (39 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||4,681.10/sq mi (1,805.72/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0954527|
On November 7, 1921, by a unanimous vote of the residents, Kensington incorporated as a village. The first village elections for officers and trustees were held on November 28, 1921, and Byron Eldred was elected unanimously as its first Mayor. The village was named after London’s Kensington Gardens, and the entrance gates at the main entrance to the village were based on Kensington Garden's gates.
Many of Kensington's mayors have served for substantially long terms. Notable are Mayor Seymour Cohen, Mayor Steven Randall and Mayor Bonnie Golub. The mayor also serves as Commissioner of Police. The Village of Kensington was initially established as an enclave of homes of famous celebrities. The Kensington Village gates were copied from London’s Kensington Gardens, which the village is named for.
The waterfront park was deeded to the Kensington Association in August 1915. This included a 500-foot sand beach on Manhasset Bay, miniature lakes, a boat dock, tennis courts, and one of the largest fresh water swimming pools in the United States.
In order to maintain the residential character of the community, a restrictive covenant was written to keep business and industry out. Furthermore, a membership corporation called the Kensington Association was initiated to take care of maintenance and police protection.
Kensington was recognized as one of the safest places to live in the U.S. and remains that way to this day.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,209 people, 424 households, and 339 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,752.1 people per square mile (1,867.2/km2). There were 447 housing units at an average density of 1,757.0 per square mile (690.4/km2). The racial & ethnic makeup of the village was 91.89% White, 0.66% African American, 4.96% Asian, 1.32% from other ethnicities and/or ethnic groups, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.97% of the population.
There were 424 households, out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the village, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 18.4% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $115,916, and the median income for a family was $133,235. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $62,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $59,183. About 0.9% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
As of September 2021, the Mayor of Kensington is Susan Lopatkin, the Deputy Mayor is Jeffrey Greener, and the Village Trustees are Phil Bornstein, Brent Greenspan, and Alina Hendler.
Representation in higher government
Nassau County representation
New York State representation
New York State Assembly
New York State Senate
United States Congress
United States Senate
The majority of Kensington is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Union Free School District, although the easternmost section of the village is located within the Manhasset Union Free School District (though all homes are in the Great Neck part of Kensington). As such, all children who reside within Kensington and attend public schools go to Great Neck's schools.
The majority of Kensington is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Library District, although the easternmost section of the village is located within the Manhasset Library District (though all homes are in the Great Neck part of Kensington). The boundaries of both library districts within the village roughly correspond with those of the two school districts
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