Brookville, New York

Brookville is a village in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the village population was 2,126.

The Village of Brookville is in the Town of Oyster Bay. It is known as the home of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the Post campus's nationally known cultural venue, the Tilles Center. The Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School is also located in the village.


Brookville is located at (40.815199, -73.570058).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), all of it land.

The geographic Village of Brookville, as we know it today, was formed in two stages. When the village was incorporated in 1931, it consisted of a long, narrow tract of land that was centered along Cedar Swamp Road (Route 107). In the 1950's, the northern portion of the unincorporated area then known as Wheatley Hills was annexed and incorporated into the village, approximately doubling the village's area to its present  2650 acres (11 km²). Note that such figures are often imprecise and the cited figure was calculated by Frederick P. Clark Associates for the report: "Village of Brookville: Open Space Preservation Through Large Lot Zoning; A Village Master Plan Update Study, September 1989, Finalized January 1990"


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,126 people, 631 households, and 569 families residing in the village. The population density was 530.5 people per square mile (204.7/km²). There were 648 housing units at an average density of 161.7/sq mi (62.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 89.75% White, 2.16% African American, 6.16% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population.

There were 631 households out of which 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.9% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.8% were non-families. 7.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.35 and the average family size was 3.49.

In the village the population was spread out with 32.8% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was in excess of $200,000, as is the median income for a family. Males had a median income of over $100,000 versus $60,238 for females. The per capita income for the village was $84,375. About 1.4% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 1.3% of those age 65 or over.


When Oyster Bay Town purchased what is now Brookville from the Matinecocks in the mid-1600s, the area was known as Suco's Wigwam. Most pioneers were English, many of them Quakers. They were soon joined by Dutch settlers from western Long Island, who called the surrounding area Wolver Hollow, apparently because wolves gathered at spring-fed Shoo Brook to drink. For most of the 19th Century, the village was called Tappentown after a prominent family. Brookville became the preferred name after the Civil War and was used on 1873 maps. Brookville's two centuries as a farm and woodland backwater changed quickly in the early 1900s as wealthy New Yorkers built lavish mansions. By the mid-1920s, there were 22 estates, part of the emergence of Nassau's North Shore Gold Coast. One was Broadhollow, the 108-acre spread of attorney-banker-diplomat Winthrop W. Aldrich, which had a 40-room manor house. The second owner of Broadhollow was Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, who was owner of the Belmont and Pimlico racetracks. Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of cereal creator Charles William Post and her husband Edward Francis Hutton, the famous financier built a lavish estate on 178-acres called Hillwood. In 1931, estate owners banded together to win village incorporation to head off what they saw as undesirable residential and commercial development in other parts of Nassau County. In 1947, the Post estate was sold to Long Island University for their C. W. Post campus. The campus is noted as the home of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Also in Brookville is the DeSeversky Conference Center of the New York Institute of Technology. The center was formerly Templeton, mansion of socialite and businessman Winston Guest. Templeton was later used as one of the settings for the Dudley Moore film Arthur.

The Chapelle de St. Martin de Sayssuel, also known as the St. Joan of Arc Chapel where Joan of Arc prayed prior to engaging the English was located in Brookville in the early twentieth century. It was acquired by Gertrude Hill Gavin, daughter of James J. Hill, the American railroad magnate. The chapel was dismantled stone by stone and imported from France to her Brookville estate in 1926. The chapel is now located at Marquette University.

One of the oldest existing church congregations in the country calls Brookville its home, namely, the Brookville Reformed Church. The Brookville Church was founded originally by 17th century Dutch settlers.

Brookville's Zip Code 11545 according to is the second most expensive neighborhood in the Northeast and sixth in the nation. It is the sixth most expensive zip code in the nation according to Business Week magazine and the ninth according to Forbes magazine. Brookville's median household income per year is in excess of $200,000 which ranks it in the top 20 in the nation.

Notable Residents: Past and Present

Winthrop W. Aldrich, financier, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Marc Anthony, singer and entertainer
Suzette Charles, Miss America 1984, singer and entertainer
Fulton Cutting, one of first manufacturer of the radio, grandfather of designer Mary McFadden
Joseph E. Davies, second US ambassador to the Soviet Union
Jimmy Donahue, grandson of Franklin Winfield Woolworth the founder of the F. W. Woolworth Company and family heir
Alfred Irénée du Pont, businessman, inventor and philanthropist
Leonard Feinstein, co-founder and co-chairman of Bed, Bath and Beyond
Evelyn Marshall Field, socialite, wife of department store heir Marshall Field the 3rd
Winston Guest, Phipps family heir, polo champion, second cousin of Winston Churchill
C. Z. Guest, socialite, fashion icon
Cornelia Guest, socialite and 1982 Debutante of the Year
Frederick Edward Guest, British Cabinet minister, first cousin of Winston Churchill
Henry Upham Harris, Jr., financier, vice chairman emeritus Smith Barney, President and CEO of Upham, Harris & Co.,
William Deering Howe, heir to the John Deere tractor and machinery company
James Norman Hill, American railroad magnate
Edward Francis Hutton, noted financier and co-founder of E. F. Hutton & Co.
William E Hutton II, noted financier and second cousin of E F Hutton
Edward Keefer, surgeon who set up the first transplant bank for human blood vessels, first to fit a horse with an artificial leg
Jennifer Lopez, singer, actress and entertainer
Thomas M. Macioce, chairman and chief executive officer of the Allied Stores Corporation
Mary McFadden, fashion designer, writer
Dina Merrill, actress, socialite, daughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post
Amy Phipps, Phipps family heir, women's suffragist, philanthropist
Prince Felix and the Royal Family of Luxembourg
Marjorie Merriweather Post, socialite, Post family heiress, wealthiest woman during her time
Diego Suarez, noted American garden designer
Michael Taddonio, Euro-Broker Trader, former Cantor Fitzgerald trader, lost in September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Percy Uris, real estate investor/ builder responsible for Manhattan's Rockefeller Center and the Gershwin Theatre
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, Vanderbilt family heir, owner of the Belmont and Pimlico racetracks
Maurice Villency, noted designer of contemporary furniture

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