Wheatley Heights, Long Island
Wheatley Heights is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Babylon. The community is sandwiched among Half Hollow Hills, Wyandanch, Melville, and Dix Hills. Wheatley Heights benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Nassau - Suffolk metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, there were 5,013 people, 1,455 households, and 1,223 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,076, and the median income for a family was $79,745. Males had a median income of $46,444 and only $34,000 for females. The latitude of Wheatley Heights is 40.763N. The longitude is -73.37W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 102 feet.
In 1913, the community got its name from a housing development advertised by William Geiger, a Bellerose businessman. An industrialist named William K. Vanderbilt II was the one raised a “Castle” estate off Conklin Road. Part of Vanderbilt's Long Island Motor Parkway, which was constructed between 1906 and 1908, ran through Wyandanch with narrow bridges over Little East Neck and Colonial Springs roads. The bridges were demolished in the early 1960s. The ratio of number of residents in Wheatley Heights to the number of sex offenders is 5013 to 1. In early 2007, the research showed that there was only one registered sex offender living in Wheatley Heights.
Famous residents living in Wheatley Heights include R&B band Soul For Real. The racial-makeup of the community comprises of 40.00% White, 48.41% African American, 0.30% Native American, 3.41% Asian, 4.15% from other races, and 3.73% from two or more races. Almost a quarter of the residents are well-educated and this may be taken as an indicator of the quality of education and life for the local residents in Wheatley Heights. In fact, about 31% of the residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree. Majority of its students attend the Half Hollow Hills school district in Huntington. The remaining students attend the Wyandanch school district. The Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds and the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts is among of the active organizations which base in Wheatley Heights on Colonial Springs Road. The campground has lots of recreational activities to offer including swimming, whitewater paddling, playing golf, hiking, and fishing to prevent boredom to happen. The community has only one gas station and a strip shopping center but there are many shops and services in neighboring communities. Amityville is an example of neighboring hamlet that has a setting for all kinds of meals, bars, and diversions. Wheatley Heights specializes in stately homes and tree lined streets where high ranches, split- ranches, and Colonials dominate. Home values are very much affordable and range from as low as $260,000 up to $500,000 respectively.