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Feature #115 > May 8th, 2013 Journal Entry


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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