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Stony Brook is a hamlet (unincorporated community) and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. The population was 13,740 at the 2010 census.

Located on the North Shore of Long Island, the CDP is adjacent to Stony Brook University and is home to The Stony Brook School and “Stony Brook Village”. The history of the unincorporated “village” has been closely linked to that of Ward Melville, a local businessman who at one point owned much of what is still sometimes called the “Three Villages” (consisting of Stony Brook, the hamlet of Setauket, and the incorporated village of Old Field). The Melville-created Three Village Central School District today serves all three communities.

Beginning in 1939 with the creation of his Stony Brook Community Fund, Melville began the transformation of the hamlet into his idea of an idyllic New England village, with white clapboard buildings and quaint stores. This effect has been largely achieved in the population center, which consists of a green and a crescent of stores. Melville donated the land and funds to the State of New York for establishing a branch of the State University at Stony Brook. He also donated land and funds for the local school district.

Due to current zoning, the area has virtually no industrial or commercial base. The rapid growth of residential development in the past decade has begun to place serious strain on schools trying to accommodate the increasing class size. However, the Three Village schools are generally ranked much above average.

Tourist attractions include the Stony Brook Grist Mill and the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages, a large complex of buildings originally known as the Stony Brook Carriage House and Suffolk Museum. Other Stony Brook attractions are the 19th-century William Sydney Mount House, the St. James Episcopal Chapel, and the West Meadow Beach Historic District.

Stony Brook is located at 40°54′23″N 73°7′42″W (40.906399, -73.128443).2

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.4 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15.1 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 2.33%, is water.Read more

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  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    Another lovely image Sophie…congrats!

  • Ah thank you so much Derek, most kind of you to feature my work. Have a great Sunday.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 1 year ago

    Marvelous idea! love the closeup silhouette watching the distant one. great idea. Would love to have you join my group A Paradise Somewhere and add this work.

    Home page for A Paradise Somewhere is HERE

  • Thank you Jane, glad you like it. I will join your group, very kind of you to invite me.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Jane – most kind of you. Have a great weekend.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago

    cool shot

  • Thank you.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much – most kind of you to feature my work. Have a great day.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

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    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago


  • Thank you Vicky – most kind of you to feature my work. Have a great weekend.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 1 year ago

    very nicely done Sophie

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    fernblacker11 months ago

    Wonderful image Sophie!!
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