Bellport, New York
|Incorporated Village of Bellport|
The Four Corners in Bellport
|• Total||1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)|
|• Land||1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||26 ft (8 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,300/sq mi (520/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0943626|
Bellport is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 2,084 at the 2010 census. The village is named after the Bell family, early settlers of the area. The public education system in Bellport makes up the South Country Central School District consisting of six schools, three elementary schools (Kindergarten – grade 3), Frank P. Long Intermediate School (grades 4–5), Bellport Middle School (grades 6–8) and Bellport High School. Bellport is in the town of Brookhaven and is on the South Shore of Long Island. The village is officially known as the Incorporated Village of Bellport.
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The village is governed by four trustees and a mayor. Each trustee is elected to a two-year term, with two trustees up for election every year. The mayor is elected to a two-year term as well. The current[when?] trustees are: Leslie O'Connor, David McGrath, Michael Ferrigno, and Robert Rosenberg. The mayor of the village is Ray Fell.
Bellport is responsible for many local services such as snow removal, road maintenance, and garbage removal. These services are paid for by taxes on property within the boundaries of the village. However, taxes are collected by the Brookhaven Receiver of Taxes. Education is the responsibility of the South Country Central School District, ambulance service is provided by the South Country Ambulance Company, fire service is provided by the Bellport Fire District, and police service is provided by the Suffolk County Police Department and Bellport Code Enforcement.
There are many small businesses such as antique shops, artist galleries, restaurants, and a service center. These family run businesses get community support through the Bellport Chamber of Commerce. Bellport is also home to the Gateway Playhouse, a professional summer theater in operation since 1950.
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The land that is now Bellport was purchased along with what is now Brookhaven hamlet (then called Fireplace Neck) and western Southaven from the Unkechogue Indians in 1664 by settlers from nearby Setauket, who were attracted by the plentiful harvests of salt hay. The part which became Bellport was named Occumbomock Neck. Jonathan Rose was the first permanent settler in the 1680s, and by 1720, the Rose family owned much of Occumbomock Neck. In 1829, Capt. Thomas Bell (a Scottish immigrant and the town's namesake) bought land there. He sold sections of the land and by 1843, the village had 30 dwellings and 200 inhabitants. He changed the name to Bell-Port (now Bellport).  Envisioning a seaport, since Bellport was very close to the Old Inlet, a breach in the barrier island, Fire Island, which gave Bellport easy access to the open ocean. With Col. William Howell, he built a dock and road to the dock. The breach healed over, however, and Bellport instead became a tourist attraction, with wealthy visitors coming in by railroad and then coach from New York City. Although all seven of the hotels eventually closed, the last in the 1950s, Bellport remained associated with wealthy New Yorkers, who eventually established year-round residences. After World War 2, the nearby Camp Upton was converted into Brookhaven National Lab, bringing in more, highly educated, year-round residents.
On March 8, 1963, Bellport High School burned down. No-one was killed, but 40 students and teachers were hospitalized. The replacement school was built in Brookhaven, but is still called Bellport High School.
On November 27, 1983, the New York Pyrotechnic Products Company factory (locally known as Grucci's), located just north of the village, exploded, killing two and injuring 24. The explosion had the effect of an earthquake, and caused significant damage to hundreds of homes.
Ho Hum Beach
Ho Hum Beach is located on Fire Island, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) across the Great South Bay from the Bellport Village Marina. Village residents and their guests are welcome to visit the beach. Surfers, sunbathers, and fishermen especially enjoy the privateness of Ho Hum Beach. Ho Hum Beach offers a bathing area, a screened in snack shack and showers on the bay side of the beach. The Whalehouse Point ferry leaves from the Bellport Village Marina, running from late May until early September. Round-trip tickets for the ferry can be purchased by village residents. Guests of village residents may ride the ferry for an increased fare price. Village residents are also welcome to ride their own boats over. Boat slips for non village residents are available at a cost of $65 per day.
- Tiki Barber, football running back
- Amanda Burden, urban planner
- Giovanni Capitello (born 1979), filmmaker and actor, attended Bellport High School
- Frank Castellano, captain of USS Bainbridge, attended Bellport High School
- Gregg Giannotti, Morning Show Host on WFAN
- William Glackens (1870–1938), artist
- Felix Grucci, Fireworks By Grucci
- William Higinbotham (1910–1994), physicist at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory; developed one of the earliest video games, Tennis for Two.
- Bryan Johnson, NFL player
- Kirke La Shelle (1862-1905), journalist, playwright and Theatrical producer
- Selina Maitreya (born 1955), international photography consultant and author
- Mike McAlary (1957–1998), journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
- Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr. (1927–2017), magazine publisher
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994), First Lady of the United States
- Charlie Rose, television talk show host
- Isabella Rossellini, actress
- Randy Smith (1948–2009), former NBA player
- Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860–1930), inventor of gyroscope and founder of Sperry Rail Service, the first internal rail flaw detection company
- William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts and New York gubernatorial candidate
- E. B. White (1899–1985), author of Charlotte's Web and New Yorker magazine editor
- P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975), English comic writer
The village of Bellport is located at (40.757034, -72.941603).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 5.94%, is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,363 people, 993 households, and 684 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,619.7 people per square mile (624.9/km²). There were 1,139 housing units at an average density of 780.7 per square mile (301.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.13% White, 1.27% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.
There were 993 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the village, the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $77,523, and the median income for a family was $80,850. Males had a median income of $51,189 versus $40,985 for females. The per capita income for the village was $38,906. About 0.6% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
The downtown area is somewhat walkable, and is served by three bus routes. The S66 operates along South Country Road from Patchogue to Riverhead, while the S68 which also begins in Patchogue, runs down Station Road and Bellport Avenue from Montauk Highway, though on some days it runs east along South Country Road towards Center Moriches. An alternate route of the 7B, which runs from Patchogue to the Eagle Estates development in Medford also runs north along Bellport Avenue and Station Road, joining the regular route at Patchogue-Yaphank Road near Horseblock Road. The S68 and 7B also provide a direct connection to the Bellport LIRR station (the station itself is actually located in the hamlet of North Bellport).
The main route through Bellport is South Country Road (Suffolk CR 36), a former section of Montauk Highway which runs west to east from East Patchogue to Brookhaven. The main south-to-north road is Bellport Lane, which becomes Bellport Avenue north of South Country Road. At the northern village border, the principal south-to-north route shifts to Station Road and runs towards West Yaphank, while Bellport Avenue becomes a minor local street which terminates at a dead end on the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, only to resume its trajectory between Montauk Highway and the eastbound service road of Sunrise Highway at Exit 56. Other roads include Head of the Neck Road, which runs west through east from North Bellport and skirts the northern border of the village east of Fairway Drive.
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- Cities That Ring by Marcia A. Mitchell
- Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet, by Victor Principe
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Bellport will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2010 and a gala year-long celebration is being planned.
- Wodehouse, P.G.. "Dogs and Cats and Wodehouse; Dogs, Cats and Wodehouse", The New York Times, October 3, 1971. Accessed August 5, 2009. "When I was married 57 years ago, I lived in Bellport. Then I moved to Great Neck."
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