North Babylon, New York
North Babylon, New York
U.S. Census map
|• Total||3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)|
|• Land||3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||33 ft (10 m)|
|• Density||5,100/sq mi (2,000/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0958667|
North Babylon is a community in the Town of Babylon. It has a number of recreational areas such as Belmont Lake State park where walking, cycling, picnicking and boating are enjoyed. Phelps Lane pool is also a popular recreation area for swimming, tennis and relaxation.
The main commercial thoroughfare in North Babylon is Deer Park Avenue, featuring a wide array of strip malls, shopping centers, restaurants, recreational activities, homes and schools. A portion of this road is known as New York State Route 231 from Montauk Highway to Sylvan Road. The remainder of the road extends north to the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Deer Park Avenue gained notoriety as a very popular "cruise strip" where hundreds of people would congregate in the shopping centers on the weekends to show off their classic cars.
Students in the community attend the North Babylon Union Free School District, home of the Bulldogs, along with a number of private and parochial schools in the area. North Babylon High School is well known across Long Island for their high performing school sports teams.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land, and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.46%) is water.
Demographics of the CDP
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,877 people, 6,146 households, and 4,707 families residing in the hamlet. The population density was 5,309.8 per square mile (2,048.2/km2). There were 6,271 housing units at an average density of 1,862.6 per square mile (719.2/km2). The racial makeup of the hamlet was 84.9% White, 6.2% African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.34% of the population.
There were 6,146 households, out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. Of all households 18.1% were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the hamlet the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The median income for a household in the hamlet was $88,027. The per capita income for the hamlet was $34,590. About 2.5% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.
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North Babylon has had a number of persons in recent years who have gained some short-term fame. Erik Chopin, manager of Emma's Deli and Catering, was the winner of season 3 of NBC's series The Biggest Loser. One of Chopin's employees, Valerie Wilson, gained fame in 2006 when for the second time in four years she won a million-dollar annuity prize in the lottery.
Socialite, Paris Hilton gal-pal and brief reality TV star Allison Melnick grew up in North Babylon, attending Peter J. Brennan JHS and North Babylon HS graduating in 1989.
RuPaul's Drag Race Season Six contestant Darienne Lake, aka Gregory Meyer, who grew up in the Poet Section of North Babylon, attending Parliament Place Elementary School, until the early 1980s before moving to Rochester, NY.
Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, who exchanged marriage vows in a Celtic pagan handfasting ceremony in June 1970 with The Doors singer Jim Morrison, and who is the author of twelve books. In Oliver Stone's film The Doors, Kennealy-Morrison appears in a brief cameo as the Wiccan Priestess. Kennealy-Morrison's character is portrayed by Kathleen Quinlan.
Model and body builder Billy Herrington, a 1987 graduate of North Babylon High School has gained international fame as "Aniki".
Frank Isola is a sportswriter, author, radio personality and ESPN contributor from North Babylon.
Peter Botte is a New York Post sportswriter, author and SNY contributor from North Babylon.
Drew G. Montalvo International DJ & Producer is from North Babylon.
LL Cool J (a.k.a., James Todd Smith) Lived on Lakeway Avenue and attended Belmont Elementary School, and Robert Moses Junior HS in the '70s and '80s.
Dee Snider, singer of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister lived on Lico Place in the early 1980s. According to a recent Tweet from Dee, "Just before the band broke big and I had to move because fans were coming to my house in droves, parking outside and blasting my music at all hours of the night. I LOVE YOU GUYS!" Twisted Sister's video for the single Hot Love was inspired by the cruising and drag racing on Deer Park Avenue and Route 231.
Danny Green, a basketball guard for the University of North Carolina who hails from North Babylon, achieved success that led him to the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Green was signed to the San Antonio Spurs in March 2011. Danny Green won an NBA Championship in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs, beating the Miami Heat in 5 games, 4-1 and was traded with Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors who went on to win the 2019 NBA championship. He then signed a contract with the LA Lakers for the 2020 season.
Bria Hartley is currently a professional WNBA basketball player for the New York Liberty. She played point guard for the UConn women's basketball team, and won back to back national championships in 2013 and 2014. She was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the 7th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft and immediately traded to the Washington Mystics where she played until January 2017 before being traded to the New York Liberty to clear a salary cap.
North Babylon High School graduate Derek Brower played for the Syracuse Orangemen NCAA Div. 1 men's basketball team. Brower became a central figure in the NCAA implementing the "intentional foul" rule for basketball. In the NCAA tournament his junior season, Western Kentucky decided their best chance of overcoming a large Syracuse lead was to deliberately foul Brower before Syracuse would inbound the basketball. This resulted in the comical sight of Brower running around the court (without the ball) trying to avoid being intentionally fouled by Western Kentucky players.
Richard Scooter Berry, a 2005 graduate from North Babylon High School (NBHS), is a defensive end for the Arena Football League's Jacksonville Sharks. He has also gained notoriety for a picture from 2007 circulating on the internet where he is sitting next to fellow West Virginia player Johnny Dingle - forming a picture of "Dingle Berry".
Olympiads Joseph and Thomas Fitzgerald (1996 Olympics - Team Handball) also hail from North Babylon - growing up and graduating from North Babylon High School.
Tim Seaman, a 1990 graduate of NBHS, was a member of the USA 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams for racewalking. He currently coaches other athletes from his currently home in Imperial Beach, California.
August Belmont, the noted 19th-century financier, raised racing horses at his estate which is now Belmont Lake State Park. There is still a flat circular plot of ground just south of the Southern State Parkway on the western side of Belmont Avenue where his trainers worked the horses when they were in New York for the racing season. The former driveway of Belmont's estate was lined with tall pine trees that are still visible in the median of the Southern State Parkway just west of Belmont Avenue.
Col. M. Robert Guggenheim, an industrialist and statesman, and brother-in-law to the founder of the Long Island newspaper Newsday, established a country estate on the same grounds as the former Corbin estate, which is now a neighborhood of post-war houses known as Parkdale Estates. The Guggenheims built a large home on Deer Park Avenue and horse stables (which later became the Stables Garden Center). For years the lakes known as Deer Lake were named Guggenheim Lakes. Other than the lakes and a couple of service buildings which were later relocated to West Islip, no traces of the Guggenheim estate remain.
Anthony Loria, long time heroin kingpin and member of New York's Lucchesse mafia family and famous for "The French Connection" scandal lived on Spangle Drive in the 1970's.
Current Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone graduated from North Babylon High School in 1987 and was elected to office in 2012 after serving as Babylon Town Supervisor from 2001 to 2011.
9/11 victims from North Babylon
- William Johnston, 31, FDNY Engine 6, North Babylon High School, Class of 1987
- Andre G. Fletcher, 37, FDNY Rescue Co. 5 
- Catherine L. LoGuidice, 30 
- Richard M. Caproni, 34 
- Debra Mannetta (Ascoli), 31 
- Richard Mangiano, Fireman
- Kenneth A. George, 50, D.O.T (108 Forsythia Lane)
- Philip Ognibene, 39, North Babylon Senior High School, Class of 1980
- Carlo Lillo, 37, FDNY Paramedic 
- Stephen Scalza, 42, NYPD (died October 1, 2014 from lung disease as a result of the 9/11 recovery effort)
- Mary Rubina Sperando, Class of 1979.
Vietnam War casualties from North Babylon
- SGT Peter Nelson Baldwin, US Army
- SP4 Vincent Anthony Datena, US Army
- WO Bernardino Francis Genchi, US Army
- PVT George Richard Green Jr, US Army
- SP4 Luis Rola Mercado-Collado, US Army
- PFC Wayne Lee Middleton, US Army
- SP5 Phillip Rogers, US Army
- SP4 Gary John Winkler, US Army
- CPL Henry York, US Marines
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- NBC News