Carmel, New York

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Carmel, New York
Town
A View of Carmel NY on Route 6
A View of Carmel NY on Route 6
Location of Carmel, New York
Location of Carmel, New York
Coordinates: 41°23′6″N 73°43′46″W / 41.38500°N 73.72944°W / 41.38500; -73.72944Coordinates: 41°23′6″N 73°43′46″W / 41.38500°N 73.72944°W / 41.38500; -73.72944
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyPutnam
Area
 • Total40.7 sq mi (105.4 km2)
 • Land36.1 sq mi (93.5 km2)
 • Water4.6 sq mi (11.9 km2)  11.26%
Elevation646 ft (197 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total34,305
 • Density840/sq mi (330/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code(s)10512 & 10541
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-12529
GNIS feature ID0978793
Websitewww.carmelny.org
 
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Carmel, New York
Town
A View of Carmel NY on Route 6
A View of Carmel NY on Route 6
Location of Carmel, New York
Location of Carmel, New York
Coordinates: 41°23′6″N 73°43′46″W / 41.38500°N 73.72944°W / 41.38500; -73.72944Coordinates: 41°23′6″N 73°43′46″W / 41.38500°N 73.72944°W / 41.38500; -73.72944
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyPutnam
Area
 • Total40.7 sq mi (105.4 km2)
 • Land36.1 sq mi (93.5 km2)
 • Water4.6 sq mi (11.9 km2)  11.26%
Elevation646 ft (197 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total34,305
 • Density840/sq mi (330/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code(s)10512 & 10541
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-12529
GNIS feature ID0978793
Websitewww.carmelny.org

Carmel /ˈkɑrməl/ is a town in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 34,305.[1]

The town of Carmel is on the south border of Putnam County. There are no incorporated villages in the town, although the hamlets of Carmel and Mahopac each have populations sizable enough to be thought of as villages.

History[edit]

The statue of Sybil Ludington on Gleneida Avenue
Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel, New York

The town was settled around 1740 by George Hughson. On the night of April 26, 1777, after learning the news that the British had begun burning nearby Danbury, Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse, Star, the entire night through the hamlets of Carmel, Mahopac, Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills, warning those along the way that the British were coming before returning home at dawn. A statue memorializing the female Paul Revere sits alongside Lake Gleneida

Carmel was established by splitting from the town of Frederickstown in 1795. Patterson also split from Frederickstown the same year, and the remnant of Frederickstown became known as Kent. Carmel was designated the county seat in 1812. In 1861, a small part of Carmel was taken to be added to the town of Putnam Valley.

Putnam County Courthouse[edit]

The Putnam County Courthouse was built in 1814. It is the second oldest working[citation needed] courthouse in New York State. A landmark on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel, the building has a classical front facade. There was one hanging in 1844; a jail was added in 1855. A new Putnam County Courthouse was completed in early 2008, located nearby on Gleneida Avenue.

Carmel High School

Government[edit]

Carmel is governed by a town board. The Carmel Town Hall is located at 60 Mcalpin Avenue in Mahopac, New York. Primary law enforcement services in Carmel are provided by the Carmel Police Department.

Carmel High School[edit]

Constructed in 1929, Carmel High School, which serves 1,843 students, is located on Fair Street across the street from the post office in the heart of town. The school had three extensions,one in 1936 with money from the New Deal, one in 1969, and another in 1980. A fourth extension has been finished being built and was completed during the summer of 2007, the new wing fully opened in September 2007. The new wing holds brand new science classrooms and a new library.

Carmel High School Boys Track star Mike Stahr was ranked first in the USA for the mile run from September 1982 through June 1983, losing only one high school track race during his junior and senior year. He set state records and was the Millrose mile winner two years in a row.

The high school girls' track team, the Carmel Rams, made history when it became just the fourth team in the nation to ever break nine minutes in the 3200-meter relay and were crowned National Champions at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in March 2007. The relay consisted of Kristin Reese, Caity Tully, Catherine DeSarle, and Ashley Maurer.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.7 square miles (105 km2), of which 36.1 square miles (93 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is water. The total area is 11.26% water.

The south town line is the border of Westchester County, New York. The town is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City (measured from Central Park) and approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Danbury, Connecticut.

Demographics[edit]

Source: US Census [2]

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Notable people[edit]

Notable sites and organizations[edit]

Communities and locations in Carmel[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

The name of the hamlet/town is almost always pronounced "CAR-m'l", the same as Carmel, Indiana is pronounced by some people. They are distinct from other Carmels in the United States, such as Carmel, California, which is "car-MEL". The hamlet of Mahopac is notoriously divided between "MAY-oh-pak" and "muh-HO-pak".[15]

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