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Bay Shore, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
Bay Shore Marina
Bay Shore Marina
Motto: The Heart of the South Shore
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Bay Shore is located in New York
Bay Shore
Bay Shore
Location within the State of New York
Coordinates: 40°43′47″N 73°15′13″W / 40.72972°N 73.25361°W / 40.72972; -73.25361Coordinates: 40°43′47″N 73°15′13″W / 40.72972°N 73.25361°W / 40.72972; -73.25361
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Area
 • Total5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Land5.4 sq mi (13.9 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total26,337
 • Density4,800/sq mi (1,800/km2)
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code11706
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-04935
GNIS feature ID0943194
 
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"Bay Shore" redirects here. For the small community in the midwestern United States, see Bay Shore, Michigan.
Bay Shore, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
Bay Shore Marina
Bay Shore Marina
Motto: The Heart of the South Shore
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Bay Shore is located in New York
Bay Shore
Bay Shore
Location within the State of New York
Coordinates: 40°43′47″N 73°15′13″W / 40.72972°N 73.25361°W / 40.72972; -73.25361Coordinates: 40°43′47″N 73°15′13″W / 40.72972°N 73.25361°W / 40.72972; -73.25361
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Area
 • Total5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Land5.4 sq mi (13.9 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total26,337
 • Density4,800/sq mi (1,800/km2)
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code11706
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-04935
GNIS feature ID0943194

Bay Shore is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is situated on the South Shore of Long Island, adjoining the Great South Bay. In 2008, Bay Shore celebrated the 300th anniversary of the purchase of the land from the Secatogue Native Americans. The population of the CDP was 26,337 at the time of the 2010 census.[1]

Early history[edit]

Bay Shore is one of the older hamlets on Long Island. Sagtikos Manor, located in West Bay Shore, was built around 1697. It was used as a British armed forces headquarters, at the time of the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War. President Washington stayed at the manor during his tour of Long Island in 1790.

George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Station, Bay Shore, Long Island, September 1879. Collodion silver glass wet plate negative. Brooklyn Museum

The land that would become Bay Shore proper was purchased from the Secatogue Native Americans in 1708 by local school teacher John Mowbray for "several eel spears".[2]

The hamlet's name has changed over time: Early European settlers referred to the area first as Penataquit and later as Awixa; both were names used by the Native American Secatogue tribe. For reasons never documented, the name was changed in the early 19th century to Sodom.[3] In 1842 there was a further name change to Mechanicsville, then a return in 1849 to Penataquit.[4] The name Penataquit proved unpopular because it was difficult to spell. The name of the hamlet and post office was changed to Bay Shore in 1868.[4][5]

19th and early 20th centuries[edit]

Bay Shore became renowned in the late 19th century for its shopping district and resorts. The rural hamlet became popular with affluent New Yorkers looking to escape the city to white sand beaches of the Great South Bay and the fishing villages of Fire Island. It was a tourist spot on weekends and during the summer, in large part because the newly built Long Island Railroad enabled easy access from New York City.

Post-World War II development[edit]

The population of Bay Shore increased significantly after World War II: from the mid-1950s through mid-1960s, a variety of housing developments were constructed on farms and unused woodlands. Those developments were settled largely by working and middle class first-time home buyers from New York City.

Despite strains on the community brought on by sudden, substantial growth, the hamlet remained sound. Main Street continued to be one of the region's most popular shopping destinations.

1970s and 1980s[edit]

Bay Shore suffered a decline beginning in the late 1970s. Without a local government, residents were unable to make decisions that were instead left to the Town of Islip and Suffolk County. The population density and demographics shifted when rezoning permitted businesses, rental properties and multi-family dwellings where previously only single-family houses had been allowed. Many Main Street storefronts became dilapidated or vacant. The Cortland Hotel, along with other historic sites, was closed, the parks were unkempt, and many residents relocated. Construction of the South Shore Mall (currently Westfield South Shore) two miles north of Main Street took business away from the small businesses on Main Street. Deinstitutionalization caused psychiatric patients of the nearby Pilgrim State Hospital to be hastily relocated to rental housing downtown, often without sufficient professional support.[6] With the opening of the county's social services "mini-center" on Union Boulevard, many residents witnessed an increase in crime, as indigents began wandering the streets and sleeping in public spaces and parks. Homes, businesses and restaurants on the waterfront fared better, partly because it's an embarkation point for ferries to beaches on Fire Island.

Restoration and the hamlet today[edit]

Work to restore Bay Shore has been ongoing since the 1980s. Upscale townhouses and condominiums were built in gated communities on the grounds of old estates. The former Bay Shore Theater and one-time opera house was renovated and expanded into a YMCA. The redevelopment of Main Street is ongoing; efforts include new sidewalks, antique-style streetlights, new landscaping and restored parks. Main Street has regained much of its popularity. There are many attractive new restaurants, clothing boutiques and other stores and offices. The Bay Shore Beautification Society transformed an empty lot on Main Street into a meditation garden that has since been recognized for its excellent design.

A US battleship was to have been placed at the Bay Shore Marina. However, the water was deemed too shallow, and instead a decommissioned WWII torpedo was converted into a monument. The aging bulkhead and other dock structures at the marina were rebuilt. Over the summer of 2010, a new waterpark was built at the marina with a renovated bath house and new landscaping.

The Bay Shore High School underwent an extensive renovation and an expansion from 2005 through 2008. The project has been noted for its close attention to architectural and historic detail.

Abandoned department stores at the Gardiner Manor Mall were razed to make new use of the property. Most of the old mall and adjacent buildings were replaced by new commercial and retail spaces, including a Lowe's home improvement center, a Target and a BMW dealership.

In 2008 and 2009 new condominiums replaced dilapidated housing next to the train station. Additionally, a pedestrian bridge was built over the tracks, and the old underground tunnel between platforms was removed.

Bay Shore continues to support greater socioeconomic, religious and ethnic diversity than many other Long Island communities.[7]

Historic mansions and estates[edit]

South of Main Street, also known as Montauk Highway, is an area of mansions and other large homes, built from the 1880s through the 1920s.

Though many architecturally impressive homes from that period remain, others have been subdivided, demolished or converted to commercial properties.

West of downtown, extending into neighboring Brightwaters, is the best-known section of extant, older mansions and large houses. The Vitagraph Studios, one of the largest studios of the silent era, had a branch studio located at 94 Fourth Avenue in Bay Shore and operated in 1916.[citation needed]

At the east end of the hamlet (mainly on Awixa, Penataquit and Montgomery avenues) are the W.H. Wray House (which is believed by some to be haunted by the ghost of Adeline Wray)[citation needed], the Hulse House and the Gustavino Tile House, among others. There was the now-razed J.P. Morgan Estate, a large white mansion owned by the Johnson & Johnson family. This peninsula was originally named Thurber's Neck and subsequently renamed Penataquit Point.

Emergency services[edit]

Fire department[edit]

Since 1891, Bay Shore has been served by volunteer firefighters of the Bay Shore Fire Department. The department is headquartered on Fifth Avenue, and two stations are located on Union Boulevard and East William Street. The department also serves Brightwaters and West Bay Shore. The Bay Shore Fire Department is made up of members from five companies. In 1885, Bay Shore Hook & Ladder Company # 1 was formed. In 1891, within a few weeks of each other, Penataquit Hose Company # 1 and the Bay Shore Hose Company # 1 were formed. The three companies were soon merged to form the Bay Shore Fire Department that same year. In 1895, the Bay Shore Fire Patrol Company was formed. Finally, the Bay Shore Engine Company # 1 was formed in 1925. Briefly, during World War II, and sixth company was formed, Victory Engine Company # 2, to supplement the Department while many of its members were off in Europe and Asia fighting for America's armed forces.

Police department[edit]

Bay Shore is served by the Suffolk County Police Department 3rd precinct. Highways are patrolled by the New York State Police and Suffolk County Police Department.

Rescue ambulance[edit]

Bay Shore is served by the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Volunteer Rescue Ambulance.[8] The department's primary territory is Bay Shore and Brightwaters.

Hospital[edit]

Southside Hospital, which is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is located at 301 East Main Street in Bay Shore.

Transportation[edit]

Roads[edit]

Bay Shore is accessible by major roads on Long Island such as:

Airports[edit]

Bay Shore is approximately 12 miles (19 km) from Islip MacArthur Airport, commonly referred to as Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma. Because there are fewer flights to choose from, most Bay Shore residents (like other Long Islanders) travel to larger and more accommodative airports for most of their air travel, such as John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, both in the borough of Queens in New York City, or to Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.

Train[edit]

Bay Shore is a stop on the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. LIRR trains travel westward toward Babylon and New York City, and eastward toward Montauk. The Bay Shore stop is a popular stop for visitors traveling to and from Fire Island.

Ferries[edit]

Bay Shore has terminals for the Ferries to Fire Island, serving Atlantique, Dunewood, Fair Harbor, Kismet, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Saltaire, and Seaview, and smaller hamlets. They are located at the southernmost end of Clinton Avenue. Some daily ferries to Atlantique also make a stop at the Bay Shore Marina, which is across the canal from the Maple Avenue ferries.

Buses[edit]

There are many bus stops in Bay Shore on different lines, provided by Suffolk County Transit. Most of the buses that run in the Bay Shore area are operated and maintained by Suffolk Bus Corp, a subsidiary company of Suffolk Transportation Services, which provides transportation service for the Bay Shore Union Free School District. Suffolk Transportation Services is headquartered on Moffit Boulevard in Bay Shore.[9]

Geography[edit]

The Bay Shore CDP is located at 40°43′47″N 73°15′13″W / 40.72972°N 73.25361°W / 40.72972; -73.25361 (40.729857, −73.253722),[10] on the South Shore of central Long Island, approximately 42 miles (68 km) from Manhattan and 79 miles (127 km) from Montauk. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.3 km2). 5.4 square miles (13.9 km2) of it is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (2.88%) is water.[1]

The northern boundary of the Bay Shore CDP is the Southern State Parkway. The northern part of the CDP (just south of the parkway) includes the hamlet of North Bay Shore. North of the parkway is the CDP of North Bay Shore, which contains the hamlet of Pine Aire and part of the hamlet of Brentwood.[11]

The village of Brightwaters is west and south of a portion of the Bay Shore CDP; the hamlet of Islip is to its east, and the Great South Bay is to the south.[12]

Almost all of the North Bay Shore CDP and the West Bay Shore CDP have the same postal ZIP code as Bay Shore, and nearly all residents of those communities are also served by the Bay Shore School District, as are residents of the village of Brightwaters. The US Postal Service does not officially recognize North Bay Shore nor West Bay Shore as correct postal addresses, causing residents of those communities to use Bay Shore as their postal address. Portions of Fire Island are also served by the Bay Shore Post Office and Bay Shore School District.

Demographics of the CDP[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 26,337, 9,064 households, and 6,079 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,877.2 per square mile (1,894.7/km²). There were 9,663 housing units at an average density of 1,789.4/sq mi (695.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 61.0% White, 19.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 11.3% from some other race, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanics of any race comprised 30.8%.[13]

There were 9,064 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were headed by married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% were individuals 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.45.[13]

The population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.4 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.[13]

For the period 2009-2011, the estimated median income for a household in the CDP was $64,681, and the median income for a family was $74,223. Males had a median income of $44,816 versus $38,744 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,847. About 2.8% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Bay Shore Union Free School District[edit]

The Bay Shore UFSD serves all communities of Bay Shore. This Bay Shore proper and includes portions of West Bay Shore and North Bay Shore. Bay Shore School District colors are Maroon and White and the mascot is the Marauder.

In addition, Bay Shore Parochial School of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church offers elementary education covering grades K–8 courses and curriculum.

Places of worship[edit]

Among Bay Shore's places of worship are the First Baptist Church, First Congregational Church, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Sinai Reform Temple, Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk, Bay Shore Jewish Center, the United Methodist Church, Bethel A.M.E Church, St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Saint Luke's Lutheran Church, Calvary Baptist Church and Masjid Darul-Quran.

Notable residents[edit]

Films with scenes filmed in Bay Shore[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bay Shore Historical Society". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  3. ^ Bret Senft (April 12, 1992). "If you’re thinking of living in: Bay Shore". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
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  9. ^ Suffolk Transportation Services (Contact Us)
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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  14. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates (DP03): Bay Shore CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
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  18. ^ Bay Shore Yacht Club
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