Long Island: Sands Point
Sands Point is an incorporated village located in Nassau County at the northernmost tip of the Cow Neck Peninsula, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of North Hempstead. The neighborhood is surrounded by Long Island Sound to the north, Manhasset Bay to the west and Hempstead Harbor on the east. It shares land borders with the villages of Port Washington, Port Washington North, Manorhaven, and Soundview.
Sands Point has many hills and beautiful waterfront cliffs having a total area of 5.6 square miles, of which, 4.2 square miles of it is land and 1.4 square miles of it is water. As of the 2010 census, there were 2,675 people, 872 households, and 762 families residing in the area. The median income for a household in the village was $186,667, and the median income for a family was $186,667. Sands Point ZIP Code is 11050. Area Code is 516. The latitude of Sands Point is 40.851N. The longitude is -73.719W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.
The neighborhood is bordered almost entirely by water. It was named not for its beaches, but for brothers James, John and Samuel Sands, early settlers of the area. They came in 1695 and purchased 500 acres at the tip of a peninsula called Cow Neck from the Cornwalls, who had been there for 20 years. Sands Point was originally owned by three families namely the Sands, Vanderbilts, and Cornwells. By the 1900s, Sands Point was divided among 50 of the nation’s richest families. Many also believe that Sands Point was the inspiration for East Egg in “The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In 1910, Daniel Guggenheim purchased his 216 acre Hempstead House, formerly Castle Gould. Later years, his son Harry Guggenheim, founder of Newsday set up his estate Falaise nearby. In recent time, the estate is part of the Sands Point Preserve, notable for a medieval fair run by Medieval Scenarios and Recreations Ltd., which is held every September. Sand Point became incorporated village in 1910. Notable people living in Sands Point include William Randolph Hearst (publisher), Conde Nast (publisher), and John Philip Sousa (composer). The racial-makeup of Sands Point comprises of 90.89% White, 1.2% African American, 7.8% Asian, .3% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Italian, Russian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.
Sands Point is governed by the Mayor and four Village Trustees. It is served by the Port Washington School District which Sands Point residents pay taxes for. Sands Point is mainly a residential community. The Sands Point Park & Preserve is a famous park in town. The park is more than just a nature preserve; in addition to protecting and interpreting Long Island’s natural habitats, Sands Point showcases an example of Long Island’s turn-of-the-century Gold Coast estate period. Built by railroad heir Howard Gould, the estate was fashioned after the grand estates of the European feudal period.