Shelter Island, Long Island
Shelter Island is a town located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is cuddled between the North and South Forks of Long Island. The area is bounded by three sides of Shelter Island Sound. The fourth side, on the east, is adjacent to Gardiners Bay. It can be reached via ferry from Greenport to the north or from North Haven to the south. The County road through the island is Route 114.
As of the 2000 census, there were 2,228 people, 996 households, and 656 families residing in the area. The median income for a household in the town was $53,011, and the median income for a family was $63,750. Males had a median income of $41,508 and only $36,316 for females. The latitude of Shelter Island is 41.068N. The longitude is -72.339W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 0 feet.
In 1620, Shelter Island was once part of the original Plymouth Company land which was grant made by James I of England to the Earl of Stirling. Approximately after 30 years, the land was sold to a group of Barbados sugar merchants for about 1,600 pounds of sugar. One of the merchants named Nathaniel Sylvester made the purchase official by agreement with “Yoki” that is called “Pogatticut” who was the sachem of the Manhanset tribe. In 1673, Sylvester claimed ownership of Shelter Island, Fishers Island, and other parts of Long Island. The community name is a translation of the Indian name which meant “island sheltered by islands”. Shelter Island was once a plantation worked by slaves and prospered as a shipbuilding center. The schooner “Paragon” which ran blockade during the Napoleonic Wars was also constructed here.
Shelter Island has been known for its notable residents living in the town. Among them were Faith Baldwin (romance novel author), Hugh Carey (politician), Amanda Clark (sailor), Itzhak Perlman (violinist), and Robert Lipsyte (sportswriter). The racial-makeup of the town comprises of 96.32% White, 0.72% Black or African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. The town has been known as a center for political conservatism on Long Island. Shelter Island has undeveloped infrastructure with schooling through KG-12 grade levels that has a public library as well. The Shelter Island Public Library provides on-line reference service to all residents in Suffolk County especially Shelter Island. It has more than 30,000 books whether it is an adult fiction or non-fiction; the library also uses modern technologies for convenient purposes. Shelter Island has six places of worship in different churches including Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Episcopal Church. With four public beaches and a beach club, the island is a favorite place for yachters; The Yacht Club still remains a social and yachting center for many summer families. Aside from it, Shelter Island has also a golf course that can be played at both a public course and a private club.
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