Amagansett, Long Island
Amagansett is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of East Hampton on the Atlantic Ocean. Distinct places within Amagansett include Amagansett village, Beachampton, and Devon on Gardiner's Bay. Other places of geographic significance include the "Walking Dunes" in Napeague and the Atlantic Double Dunes which is protected by the Nature Conervancy and local and federal governments. As of the 2000 census, there were 1,067 people, 493 households, and 281 families residing in the hamlet. The median income for a household in the hamlet was $56,406, and the median income for a family was $69,306. Males had a median income of $48,750 and only $36,500 for females. The latitude of Amagansett is 40.973N. The longitude is -72.144W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 30 feet.
In between 1680 and 1690, Amagansett was initially settled by the Dutch brothers Abraham and Jacob Schellinger, who were the sons of a New Amsterdam merchant after the English took over New Amsterdam. The community name derives from Indian term for "place of good water" or "place of good fishing". Amagansett was a former whaling center and shoemaking was also an early industry. The hamlet includes a section of Further Lane, which is a block from the ocean, and has one of the biggest collections of mansions in East Hampton. In 2007, one of the estates sold for $107 million which was the highest price for a private residence. As part of the settlement, several 18th and 19th century buildings which had been moved to the estate to prevent demolition were moved elsewhere in the town which includes five that were moved to form a campus for the East Hampton town government.
Many notable people have resided in Amagansett including Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Marilyn Monroe, and Sarah Jessica Parker. The racial makeup of the hamlet composed of 96.44% White, followed by 1.69% African American, and 0.28% Native American. There are several restaurants in Amagansett but if you run out of places to eat, neighboring communities are just a walking distance. Amagansett is home to The Lobster Roll which is better known as Lunch; a weather-beaten roadside clam bar, seafood restaurant, and geographic point of reference that’s as much a part of the South Fork as the Montauk lighthouse. It is also a landmark that signals to travelers that they are almost in Montauk. Amagansett Free Library is a Public library that serves the entire area of Amagansett. The library uses the Millennium library automation system prior to the library used Innopac implemented in 1996. The Atlantic Avenue Beach is a very popular beach located in the center of Amagansett. A very safe to swim especially children because of its lifeguards are always active on duty.