Greenlawn, New York

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Greenlawn, New York
—  CDP  —
U.S. Census Map
Greenlawn, New York is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°51′28″N 73°21′57″W / 40.85778°N 73.36583°W / 40.85778; -73.36583Coordinates: 40°51′28″N 73°21′57″W / 40.85778°N 73.36583°W / 40.85778; -73.36583
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
 • Total 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Land 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 13,286
 • Density 3,620.0/sq mi (1,397.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11740
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-30543
GNIS feature ID 0951752

Greenlawn is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 13,286 at the 2000 census. Students primarily attend the Harborfields Central School District. The ratio of Male to Female in the town in percents is 47% male to 53% female and the median age is 39.[1]


[edit] History

Originally known as Old Fields, it became known by the name Greenlawn with the coming of the Long Island Railroad in 1870 or 1871. The LIRR chose the name Greenlawn for its station, apparently to project an idyllic rural/suburban image and foster resort travel to the beaches in Centerport. Greenlawn was well known for its pickle production during the 19th century as well as, to a lesser degree, potato and cabbage farms; the principal commodity, pickles, is still celebrated by the annual Pickle Festival, held by the local Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association at the John Gardiner Farm.

[edit] Geography

Greenlawn is located at 40°51′28″N 73°21′57″W / 40.85778°N 73.36583°W / 40.85778; -73.36583 (40.857648, -73.365932)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place (CDP) has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all land.

[edit] Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 13,286 people, 4,499 households, and 3,347 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,620.0 per square mile (1,397.8/km²). There were 4,644 housing units at an average density of 1,265.3/sq mi (488.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.29% White, 10.26% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.81% of the population.

There were 4,499 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $74,201, and the median income for a family was $76,917. Males had a median income of $58,812 versus $33,727 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,179. About 2.3% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Films

  • The independent film Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas was filmed here in late 2005 and early 2006.
  • The independent film L.I.E. had shots filmed in Harborfields High School.

[edit] Trivia

  • Greenlawn is well known for its annual pickle festival.
  • Members of the Greenlawn Fire Department hold an annual Greenlawn Firemans Fair on Labor Day weekend. It is known as the oldest and largest in New York state.

[edit] Famous past and present residents

  • The pop singer Mariah Carey grew up in Greenlawn. She attended Harborfields High School, which is also located in Greenlawn.[citation needed]
  • Jeff Hawkins, born in 1957 in Huntington, New York, and who graduated from Harborfields High School in 1975, is the founder of Palm Computing where he invented the Palm Pilot, and Handspring where he invented the Treo. In 2002, he authored "On Intelligence" describing his memory-prediction framework theory of the brain.
  • The late Charles Ludlam, actor, playwright and founder of the Theater of the Ridiculous in New York City, grew up in Greenlawn and graduated from Harborfields High School.
  • Sirius/XM talk show host Gregg "Opie" Hughes attended Harborfields High School.[citation needed]
  • Fay Kellogg, called the foremost woman architect in the United States, summered on a farm that she owned in Greenlawn. She also designed and supervised the building of Greenlawn's post office east of Broadway behind the train station in 1911.[4]

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