Woodmere, New York
Woodmere, New York
|County||Nassau County, New York|
|• Total||2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)|
|• Land||2.6 sq mi (6.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||23 ft (7 m)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0971684|
Woodmere is one of the Long Island communities known as the Five Towns, which is usually said to comprise the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, the hamlets of Woodmere and Inwood, and "The Hewletts", which consist of the villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor and Hewlett Neck and the hamlet of Hewlett, along with Woodsburgh. Woodmere is in the Town of Hempstead and is represented by Councilman Bruce Blakeman (Republican, 3rd District).
The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB) Elementary School for grades 1-8 is a Jewish day school that moved in March 2017 from Long Beach to Woodmere. Their all-boys high school, known as the Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva HS for Boys (DRS), is also located in Woodmere.
Woodmere is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (5.19%) is water.
Woodmere has a wet and cold winter, with a warm and moderately dry summer. The average high is 83 in July and 39 in January. The average low in January is 24 and in July 67. The record high is 104 °F (40 °C) in July 1966, and the record low is −12 °F (−24 °C) in 1985 and 1994.
The rainiest month is May, and the driest month is August. Woodmere is prone to droughts from late July until mid-September. Woodmere receives around 22 inches (559 mm) of snow a year in an average winter. Woodmere can get strong to severe thunderstorms, and it is prone to flooding in the early fall and late spring. It has been hit by a tornado three times, in 1985, 1998, and 2021.
As of the census of 2010, there were 17,121 people. The population density was 6,700 people per square mile. The percentage of family households is 86%. The racial makeup of the CDP was 84% White, 5.0% Black, 2.0% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 7% Hispanic.
Woodmere has become home to many Modern Orthodox Jewish families who have established a number of synagogues in Woodmere and throughout much of the Five Towns.
There were 5,349 households, out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.4% were non-families. Of all households 13.7% were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $93,212, and the median income for a family was $119,402. Males had a median income of $76,266 versus $41,393 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,699. About 3.5% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Woodmere station provides Long Island Rail Road service on the Far Rockaway Branch. There are also two Nassau Inter-County Express bus routes that go through Woodmere: the N31 route and N32 route.
Notable current and former residents of Woodmere include:
- David A. Adler (born 1947), author of the Cam Jansen series of books.
- Michael Albert (born 1966), pop artist, author and entrepreneur.
- Donatella Arpaia (born 1971), restaurateur and a television personality who appears on The Food Network.
- Lynne Barasch, children's book illustrator and author
- Jeff Beacher (born 1973), producer, entrepreneur and master of ceremonies who created, produced and hosted the long-running live theater series, Beacher's Madhouse.
- Margot Bennett (born 1935), actress
- Eli M. Black (1921-1975), businessman who controlled the United Brands Company.
- Bruce Blakeman, first Presiding Officer of Nassau County, Councilman 3rd District
- Jane Bowles (1917–1973), writer and playwright
- Peter Diamond (born 1940), winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2010.
- Perry Farrell (born 1969), singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the frontman for the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction and creator of the touring festival Lollapalooza.
- Clarence G. Galston (1876-1964), United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
- Jordan Gelber (born 1975), actor and singer who has performed on Broadway in the musical Avenue Q.
- Lisa Glasberg (born 1956), radio and TV personality.
- Alice Glaser (1928-1970), writer and editor.
- Carolyn Goodman (1915-2007), clinical psychologist who became a prominent civil rights advocate after her son, Andrew Goodman, and two other civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi in 1964.
- Harrison Greenbaum (born 1986), comedian and comedy writer
- Jeffrey Gural (born 1942), New York real estate developer.
- Carolyn Gusoff (born 1963), television news reporter and author.
- Sidney Hertzberg (1922–2005), professional basketball player who played for the New York Knicks in their first season as a team, in 1946–47.
- Mario Alex Joseph (born 1971), co-founder and co-president of the 5 Towns Civic Association, attorney, partner, Joseph & Smargiassi, LLC, inventor
- Alvin M. Josephy Jr. (1915-2005), historian who specialized in Native American topics.
- Donna Karan (born 1948), fashion designer
- Aline Kominsky-Crumb (born 1948), comics artist
- Stan Lee (1922-2018), comic book writer, editor, publisher and producer.
- Cy Leslie (1922–2008), founder of Pickwick Records, president and founder of MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group
- Jon Levin (born 1966), guitarist for the heavy metal band Dokken.
- Gene Mayer (born 1956), professional tennis player
- Nancy Shevell McCartney third wife of Beatle Paul McCartney lived in Woodmere from 1995 to 1999 with her ex-husband Bruce Blakeman
- Harvey Milk (1930–1978), first openly gay man elected to public office in California, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
- Gerard Piel (1915–2004), publisher of Scientific American, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Evan Roberts (born 1983), sports radio personality
- Richard E. Rubenstein (born 1938), author and professor
- Shmuel Sackett, religious Zionist leader
- Anne Sayre (1923-1998), writer best known for her biography of Rosalind Franklin, one of the discoverers of the structure of DNA.
- Dov Sternberg, karateka
- Sid Tanenbaum (1925–1986), professional basketball player who played in the NBA for the New York Knicks.
- Moshe Weinberger, rabbi, outreach educator, author, translator and speaker
- Joel Wiener (born 1948 or 1949), billionaire real estate developer and landlord
- Alan Zweibel (born 1950), producer and writer
- Milton "Sunny Hill" Sonneberg, (1946), stock broker, glorified paralegal. Former stock broker, roads commissioner of woodsburgh incorporated village in the 5 towns. convicted felon in 2 federal cases involving stock fraud securities fraud wire fraud. SEC busted Sonneberg in the 80's for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud with partner Vincent Militano Jr.
- Jacob Steinmetz (born 2003), first Orthodox Jewish player drafted in MLB
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- Barron, James. "If You're Thinking Of Living In: Five Towns", The New York Times, July 10, 1983. Accessed July 7, 2019. "The basic five are Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett and Inwood. But the area also includes some unincorporated communities and two tiny villages, Hewlett Bay Park and Woodsburgh, that are not added to the final total."
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- LaGorce, Tammy. "Neighborhood Storytelling", The New York Times, July 13, 2008. Accessed July 29, 2008. "On Long Island, David A. Adler, 61, the author of the 'Cam Jansen' series of young-detective chapter books for Penguin since 1971, draws on his experience as a former middle-school math teacher and on visits to schools around his Woodmere home to inform his plucky heroine’s adventures."
- "Peninsula Public Library pop art workshop was a hit; Event with Michael Albert was well attended", Long Island Herald, January 11, 2017. "Albert, a Woodmere native and graduate of Lawrence High School (class of 1984), showed attendees how to create a pop art collage."
- Fauci, Jennifer. "Her Italy, Her Way; Childhood summers in Italy strengthened chef Donatella Arpaia’s love for the culinary world, Long Island Weekly, October 24, 2017. Accessed September 4, 2019. "If you ask any chef how they came into their craft, most of the time the answer is simple: they were born into it. Such is the case for chef Donatella Arpaia. The Woodmere native grew up in the restaurant business, spending summers in Italy where her mother’s family made their own olive oil."
- Ridley, Jane. "I got so fat, I lost my penis", The New York Post, March 24, 2016. Accessed September 4, 2019. "My weight issues date back to my childhood in Woodmere, Long Island, when I would comfort-eat to feel better."
- Dovere, Maxine. "Educating the Generations: PAS Community Dedicates the Eli M. Black Learning Center", New York Jewish Life, October 25, 2017. "Reading from a 1942 sermon presented by Eli Black, then a young Orthodox rabbi in Woodmere, New York, Leon Black conveyed the gratitude his father felt toward America and the important responsibility he believed the American Jewish community has for the continuity of Judaism."
- Jane Auer Bowles: An Inventory of Her Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. Accessed September 4, 2019. "The only child of Sidney and Claire Stajer Auer, Jane Stajer Auer was born February 22, 1917, in New York City. The Auer family moved to Woodmere, Long Island, when Jane was ten years old."
- Peter A. Diamond Biographical, Nobel Prize. Accessed September 4, 2019. "I started public school in the Bronx, and switched to suburban public schools in second grade when the family moved to Woodmere, on Long Island. Our house faced the Long Island Rail Road and was so close to the tracks that the family thought the first train at 5 AM was coming through the bedrooms."
- Handelman, David. "Jane’s Addiction: Taking Chances The band members aren’t always on speaking terms, but they’ve produced a unique blend of punk, metal, and funk that’s landed in the top 20", Rolling Stone, February 7, 1991. Accessed September 4, 2019. "After his mother’s death, which Farrell declines to discuss, the family moved to Woodmere, Long Island, and later Miami, where he attended high school but preferred surfing."
- "U.S. Judge, 80, to Retire In the Eastern District", The New York Times, November 27, 1956. Accessed September 4, 2019. "A native of New York, he was educated at City College and New York University Law School. He lives with his wife at 853 Keene Lane, Woodmer, L. I."
- Shin, Laura. "Where He Belongs Finally, Jordan Gelber gets it: he's an actor.", Stanford Magazine, November / December 2005. Accessed September 4, 2019. "The easygoing actor—'Jordan Gelber is not an edgy man,' Gelber observes—grew up in Woodmere, N.Y., and took part in numerous school plays before apprenticing at the Berkshire Theater Festival."
- Connelly, Sherryl. "Lisa G. from Howard Stern's show pens a memoir, Sex, Lies & Cookies, with her life's obsessions", New York Daily News, June 5, 2013. Accessed September 4, 2019. "Lisa G., a Woodmere, L.I., native, got her start on Chicago rock radio back when an intrepid reporter would get scoops by checking the leftovers on a room service tray to see what a touring Mick Jagger had for breakfast."
- Fox, Margalit. "Carolyn Goodman, Rights Champion, Dies at 91", The New York Times, August 18, 2007. Accessed September 4, 2019. "Carolyn Elizabeth Drucker was born in Woodmere, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 1915."
- Bessen, Jeff. "Building a lifelong comedy laugh track; Harrison Greenbaum performs stand-up comedy", Long Island Herald, August 18, 2010. Accessed January 15, 2017. "A funny thing really did happen to Woodmere native Harrison Greenroom on his way to a mainstream profession, the Lawrence High School valedictorian and Harvard summa cum laude graduate detoured into stand-up comedy."
- Kamping-Carder, Leigh. "Jeffrey Gural", The Real Deal (magazine), October 1, 2012. Accessed September 4, 2019. "[Q] Where did you grow up? [A] On Long Island, in a town called Woodmere."
- Bessen, Jeff. "Gusoff to speak at Pink Aid" , Long Island Herald, October 11, 2018. Accessed September 4, 2019. "Woodmere native and Hewlett High School graduate Carolyn Gusoff, an award-winning television journalist, will be the guest speaker at Pink Aid Long Island’s fifth annual event, this year 'Celebration of Life Fashion Show' on Oct. 17."
- Goldstein, Richard. "Sonny Hertzberg, 82, a Knick From the Very Beginning, Dies", July 29, 2005. Accessed September 7, 2019. "Sonny Hertzberg, the scoring leader for the Knicks in their inaugural 1946-47 season, when the set shot reigned and the new franchise seemed an extension of the New York City college basketball scene, died Monday at his home in Woodmere, N.Y."
- Bessen, Jeff. "A meeting of the community groups"
- Bessen, Jeff. "Legal eagle Mario Joseph makes the top 1 percent in the nation"
- "Repairing Lives in New York and New Jersey"
- Bessen, Jeff. "The Woodsburgh family that customizes together stays together"
- Fox, Margalit. "Alvin M. Josephy Jr., 90, Historian on Indian Life, Dies", The New York Times, October 18, 2005. Accessed September 7, 2019. "Alvin M. Josephy Jr. was born on May 18, 1915, in Woodmere, N.Y., and raised in New York City."
- Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Interview; Her Winning Way With Fashion", The New York Times, October 16, 1977. Accessed September 15, 2008. "And suddenly, at the age of 29, Donna Karan, who grew up in Woodmere, Who lied about her age to begin selling women's clothes at 14 in Cedarhurst, and who now lives in Lawrence, was at the top of her fashion world."
- Kominsky-Crumb, Aline. (2007). Need More Love. New York: MQ Publications. ISBN 1-84601-133-7
- Chute, Hillary. "An Interview with Aline Kominsky-Crumb", The Believer (magazine), November 1, 2009. Accessed September 7, 2019. "The Believer: What was it like growing up in Woodmere, Long Island? Aline Kominsky-Crumb: Horrible. When I was growing up, my elementary-school was 95 percent Jewish. [Kominsky-Crumb is Jewish.]"
- Lewine, Edward. "Housing History; Sketching Out His Past", The New York Times, September 9, 2007. Accessed September 7, 2019. "1084 West Broadway, Woodmere, N.Y. Three-bedroom house (1949-1952) I was a city kid; my dream was a bigger apartment. But my wife wanted a suburban house for our daughter, Joan Celia, who was born in 1950."
- Miller, Stephen. "Cy Leslie, 85, Home Video Pioneer", The New York Sun, January 10, 2008. Accessed September 14, 2019. "Seymour Leslie - Born December 16, 1922, in Brooklyn; died of heart failure at his home in Woodmere, N.Y."
- "LI native is attorney by day, world-traveling rock star at night", News 12 Networks, October 29, 2018. Accessed September 7, 2019. "Woodmere - He's an attorney by day, a world-traveling rock star at night, and he grew up right here on Long Island. Jon Levin is a member of the metal band Dokken. He grew up in the Five Towns and was a member of the group Warlock before he joined Dokken in the 90s."
- Cavanaugh, Jack. "A Tennis Tournament Serves Some Aces", The New York Times, August 23, 1987. Accessed September 4, 2019. "Most of what rooting interest developed focused on the closest thing to a homegrown product in the competition, Gene Mayer of Woodmere."
- Harvey Milk, Hero and Martyr, KQED-TV, accessed April 11, 2007. "Harvey Milk was born in 1930 in Woodmere, Long Island, New York."
- Amarelo, Monica. "Gerard Piel, Former Publisher of Scientific American, Dies at Age 89", American Association for the Advancement of Science, September 8, 2004. "Piel was born into a brewing family, Piel Brothers Brewery, on March 1, 1915, in Woodmere, NY."
- Coen, Andrew. " Q&A: WFAN's Evan Roberts' Persistence Paid Off; Former Five Towner and sports radio co-host talks with Patch about his successful career.", Five Towns Patch, July 25, 2011. Accessed January 15, 2017. "Woodmere native Evan Roberts has successful pursued his passion for covering sports since graduating in 2001 by serving as a co-host on WFAN's Midday Show for the last four years."
- Sackett, Shmuel. "Hooray for High Tuitions!", Manhigut Yehudit, Sivan 5765 / June 2005. Accessed April 11, 2007. "It is a solution my wife and I did back in 1990 when we lived in Woodmere, NY (one of the "Five Towns") and had just 3 school aged children... and every one of them thanked us for it. We moved to Israel!"
- Thomas Jr., Robert McG. "Anne Sayre, 74, Whose Book Credited a DNA Scientist, Dies", The New York Times, March 18, 1998. Accessed September 4, 2019. "Born on a train passing through Milwaukee, Mrs. Sayre, who grew up in Woodmere, N.Y., was a brilliant student who majored in government at Radcliffe, but was dissuaded by the sexual barriers of the day from going on to law school."
- Berkow, Ira. "Tanenbaum, Man and Player, Gets His Due", The New York Times, September 21, 1993. Accessed September 7, 2019. "In time, two police officers arrived at the Tannebaums' house in Woodmere, L.I. A rabbi accompanied them. Her worst fears had been realized. Sid Tanenbaum was dead, at age 60."
- Capuzzo, Jill L. "From 'Saturday Night Live' to '700 Sundays'", The New York Times, December 12, 2004. Accessed July 31, 2007. "As the funny kid in the neighborhood, Mr. Zweibel – born in Brooklyn and reared in Woodmere, on Long Island – first tried his hand at writing jokes while at the University of Buffalo, mailing them to Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett."
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