Long Island: Sea Cliff


Sea Cliff, Long IslandSea Cliff is a village located in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Oyster Bay and the “Gold Coast” communities on the North Shore.

As of 2010 census, there were 4,995 people, 1,960 households, and 1,325 families residing in the area. The median income for a household in the village was $100,517, and the median income for a family was $130,200. The latitude of Sea Cliff is 40.848N. The longitude is -73.645W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 187 feet.

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During 17th century, the land referred to by settlers as Muskeeta Cove meaning ”cove of grassy flats” and was purchased from the Indians by an Englishman, Joseph Carpenter. In 1870s, the area was developed as a religious retreat by Methodists from New York City. They constructed a giant tabernacle and camp meeting ground atop the cliff, attracting thousands of worshipers to summer weekend religious services.

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Sea Cliff village was named for its location on a bluff by the sea. The former and merged names include Carpentersville, Littleworth, and Sea Cliff Grove. The Village of Sea Cliff became an incorporated on Oct. 10, 1883 which makes it the fourth oldest on Long Island and among the oldest in New York State.

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Most of the resident ancestries were Irish, Italian, German, and Russian. Among of its residents were William Cullen Bryant (poet and journalist), Natalie Portman (actress), and Robert Olen Butler (novelist). Sea Cliff is known for its beautiful views and sunsets at Memorial Park located at the intersection of Prospect and Sea Cliff Avenues which provides breathtaking views of Hempstead Harbor and the New York and Connecticut Shorelines.

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The North Shore Central School District is serving the entire area as well as the neighboring villages of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing and parts of Old Brookville, Greenvale and Roslyn Harbor. The district has average academic standards with 60 percent of their students are expected to go on to four-year colleges after graduation. An additional 20 percent are expected to go to two-year colleges.

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Many special events take place within the village throughout the year. Sea Cliff hosts a street fair on the first weekend of October. This fair is host to many individuals selling crafts and food. The boating season also begins on Memorial Day with a blessing of the fleet in Hempstead Harbor. It receives a lot of boat traffic due to the three yacht clubs and two marinas that are situated in and by the harbor. The village has its own beach which the local government is still upgrading its beachfront facilities. Sea Cliff has also a total of 16 parks surrounded with tall trees, lovely gardens, gracious space, and its beautiful views of the water below the cliff and along the shoreline.

Find a list of Long Island Towns and hamlets in our Long Island towns section.