Oceanside, New York

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Oceanside, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Oceanside, New York is located in New York
Oceanside, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°38′11″N 73°38′15″W / 40.63639°N 73.63750°W / 40.63639; -73.63750Coordinates: 40°38′11″N 73°38′15″W / 40.63639°N 73.63750°W / 40.63639; -73.63750
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
 • Total 5.4 sq mi (14.0 km2)
 • Land 5.0 sq mi (13.0 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 32,109
 • Density 5,900/sq mi (2,300/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11572
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-54441
GNIS feature ID 0959214

Oceanside is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) located in the south part of the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The population was 32,109 at the 2010 census.[1]


Originally known as South Bay, the English government established a township here in 1674 called Christian Hook, basing the name on the predominant religious affiliation of colonists in the area. Land development proceeded rapidly, and oyster sales took their place as a dominant force, with the local business "Mott's Landing" becoming a favorite place to buy oysters.

In the nineteenth century, the town residents decided that "Oceanville" sounded better than "Christian Hook": it was "Oceanville Oysters" that sold, and in 1864, the new name became official. However, there was already an Oceanville in New York, so "Ocean Side," as two words, was adopted as the town's name in 1890. The name was condensed to "Oceanside" in 1918 - even though, geographically, the town, while a maritime community, does not actually front on the Atlantic Ocean, which is located a few miles to the south. It is separated from the ocean by Reynolds Channel, the body of water just to the south of Oceanside, and beyond that, by Long Beach Barrier Island, including the eponymous city of Long Beach.

The Oceanside Fire Department was established in 1902. Columbia Engine Co. #1, an old firehouse, still exists, and is located at the southwest corner of the triangle where Lincoln Avenue meets Long Beach Road.

Oceanside was apart of the Post-World War II housing boom. Swamps and marshes were built over with houses and the town began to resemble Levittown. Because of this, Oceanside became more vulnerable to floods and natural disasters. This was proven in 2012, when Hurricane Sandy knocked power out for nearly two weeks after a substation in the nearby town of Island Park exploded. The last farm in the community was demolished in 1997.

Nathan's Famous opened its second restaurant on June 4, 1959, on Long Beach Road in Oceanside, taking over the site of the once-popular Roadside Rest, which had opened several decades before and had offered live entertainment and dancing on a large dance floor as well as Nathan's-type frankfurters and locally caught seafood.[2] There was a large Nathan's building with play areas and a big open dining room that had a stage. Shows were family events. The building was razed in 1976, and a strip mall was built in its place. A modern Nathan's franchise subsequently opened on a small section of the original property, at the corner of Long Beach Road and Windsor Parkway. It was closed in 2014, with a second modern-style Nathan's opened in early 2015, also on Long Beach Road, several blocks away. [3]

Former dump


U.S. Census Map

Oceanside is located at 40°38′11″N 73°38′15″W / 40.63639°N 73.63750°W / 40.63639; -73.63750 (40.636286, -73.637404).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14 km2), of which 5.0 square miles (13 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), or 7.38%, is water.


Long Beach Road, Oceanside Road, Lawson Boulevard, Waukena Avenue, and Merrick Road are some of the main roads in Oceanside. Other roads such as Brower Avenue and Atlantic Avenue also serve as important traffic arteries.

The Long Beach Branch of the Long Island Railroad passes through the west side of Oceanside, with the Oceanside station being at Weidner Avenue and Lawson Boulevard. In the northern part of Oceanside, many commuters use either the nearby Rockville Centre Station or the Baldwin Station on the Babylon Branch.

The Nassau Inter-County Express Passes through Oceanside via the n4,n15, and n36 routes.


2010 Census[edit]

As of the 2010 census[5] the population was 92.2% White, 85.9% Non-Hispanic White 1.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population.

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 32,733 people, 11,224 households, and 9,125 families residing in the area. The population density was 6,523.6 per square mile (2,517.6/km2). There were 11,396 housing units at an average density of 2,271.2/sq mi (876.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.95% White, 0.56% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population.

There were 11,224 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% 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 3.25.

In the community the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate,[7] the median income for a household in the community was $100,167, and the median income for a family was $109,937. Males had a median income of $55,652 versus $40,163 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $30,245. About 2.8% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.


Oceanside's first school was built around 1838 on the northwest corner of Oceanside and Foxhurst Roads. It only had one room and an attic. The structure still stood as of 1960, but was moved and is now a private dwelling. The land where the school once stood is now known as the Schoolhouse Green, where many school events are held. Oceanside schools have adopted numerical names, 1 through 9. School #1 was razed in 1981. Today, Schools #2-5, 8 and 9E are elementary schools, School #6 is a kindergarten center, School #7 is a high school, and #9M serves as the middle school. School #9 bears the name of Walter Boardman.

Presently, Phyllis Harrington is the superintendent of the Oceanside School District. She replaced Dr. Herb Brown, who retired at the end of 2012-2013 school year. [8]

Nearby colleges include Adelphi University, Nassau Community College, Molloy College, Hofstra University, New York Institute of Technology, and C.W. Post College.

Notable people[edit]

Oceanside Municipal Credit Union


All of Oceanside is in New York's 4th congressional district, which is represented by Congresswoman Kathleen M. Rice.


  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Oceanside CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.1960sailors.net/09a_Nathan's.htm
  3. ^ http://www.1960sailors.net/09a_Nathan's.htm
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=16000US3650100&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US36%7C16000US3650100&_street=&_county=oceanside&_cityTown=oceanside&_state=04000US36&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=
  8. ^ http://www.schoolhousegreen.org/History-1900to1960.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ The BSA’s First Eagle Scout Arthur Rose Eldred, EagleScout.org. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Arthur Rose Eldred was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 16, 1895. His father died when Arthur was very young, and he was raised in Oceanside, Long Island, NY by his mother."
  10. ^ Kriegel, Mark. "FIEDLER STANDS THE PASS OF TIME", Daily News (New York), November 19, 2000. Accessed September 22, 2015. "And today, that's what he is. Jay Fiedler starts for the Miami Dolphins. The kid who was living in his parents house in Oceanside, out of football for two years, has replaced the great Dan Marino."
  11. ^ Sharp, Bracha K. "Cooking With Elegance, Artistry, and Love: An Interview With Susie Fishbein", The Jewish Link - Bronx, Westchester & Connectict, May 7, 2015. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Fishbein grew up in Oceanside, N.Y., and now resides in Livingston, N.J. with her family."
  12. ^ Greenberg, Ginny (August 9, 2007). "Highlighting Powerful Messages to Loved Ones on the Vietnam Memorial's Web Site, "The Remembered" Has Its World Premiere at Hofstra, October 13 and 14, 2007" (PDF). [press release]. Hofstra University. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ Kerr, Kathleen. "They Began Here: Around the country, leading thinkers in health and science can trace their roots to Long Island", Newsday, July 16, 2008. Accessed September 17, 2008.

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