Long Island: Centre Island

Centre Island is an incorporated village located in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Oyster Bay.

As of the 2010 census, there were just 410 people, 168 households, and 114 families residing in the area. Centre Island is a claw shaped peninsula overlooking Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. The median income for a household in the village was $146,250. The latitude of Centre Island is 40.901N. The longitude is -73.52W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 33 feet.

centerisland12A spectacular view from the coast line of the 605 acre peninsula that makes up the incorporated village of Centre Island, established in 1683.

Hog Island is the former and merged name of Centre Island. The area was a popular summer resort in the late 1800s. Centre Island was once home to the Matinecock Indians, who came about 10,000 years ago by canoe to fish, hunt, and collect shellfish. The Island changed hands many times over the years and in 1844, the island changed its name and finally became Centre Island. According to the research on New York, there were no sex offenders living in this village in early 2007.

Centre Island BeachCentre Island Beach Village Park for Town of Oyster Bay residents and non residents. Offers bathing in Oyster Bay Harbor and Long Island Sound, refreshment stand. 650 feet on the Sound, nonresident fee.

Centre Island is currently the home of Billy Joel, famed piano rock musician. He bought a $22-million brick manor home on 15 acres in Centre Island and like Joel, residents prefer secrecy and keep to themselves. Other people living in the area include John Barry (Oscar-winning composer of James Bond), Rupert Murdoch (media tycoon), and Alan Jay Lerner (composer of My Fair Lady). The racial-makeup of Centre Island comprises of 96.62% White, 0.45% African American, 0.90% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish. Students attend the Oyster Bay- East Norwich school district. The district enjoys a reputation for excellent academic programs, with instruction programs extending from the classroom to interscholastic athletics and co-curricular activities.

centerisland1Looking out to the waters of the Long Island Sound at dusk.

Centre Island has its own police department stationed at the entrance to the village which allows in residents only. With several shopping centers, restaurants, golf and country clubs in town; there are also public beaches at entrance to Centre Island and everyone will find Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on the Island. It is the premier sailing club in the country founded here in 1871 which attracted by leading yachtsmen. The Club’s sailing activities include one-design dingy sailing from November to April. The Clubhouse maintains many rooms for use of its members and their guests for overnight stays and vacations. Residents today also enjoy private beaches and all types of water sports. Real estate in Centre Island has been a contribution in terms of the economy. Many of its stately mansions owned mostly by wealthy people of European descent. There are about three hundred residences along narrow, tree-lined roads and the expansive properties usually have landscaped gardens of several acres on the waterfront.

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