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Bellport, New York
Incorporated Village of Bellport
The Four Corners in Bellport
The Four Corners in Bellport
Bellport-ny-map.png
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Area
 • Total 1.52 sq mi (3.94 km2)
 • Land 1.43 sq mi (3.70 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation
26 ft (8 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,084
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,047
 • Density 1,431.47/sq mi (552.57/km2)
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00
ZIP Code
11713
Area code(s) 631, 934
FIPS code 36-05771
GNIS feature ID 0943626

Bellport is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 2,084 at the 2010 census. The village is named after the Bell family, early settlers of the area. South Country Road (Main St.) in the village, features small businesses such as antique shops, artist galleries, small inns, restaurants, and a service center. These family run businesses get community support through the Bellport Chamber of Commerce. Bellport is also home to the Gateway Playhouse, a professional summer theater in operation since 1950. Bellport is in the town of Brookhaven and is on the south shore of Long Island adjoining Great South Bay. It is officially known as the Incorporated Village of Bellport.

History

Bellport was founded by Captains Thomas and John Bell during the early 19th century as a seaport and incorporated as a village in 1910. On July 4, 1980, the Bellport Academy and Bellport Village Historic District were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ho Hum Beach

Ho Hum Beach is located on Fire Island, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) across the Great South Bay from the Bellport Village Marina. Village residents and their guests are welcome to visit the beach. Surfers, sunbathers, and fishermen especially enjoy the privateness of Ho Hum Beach. Ho Hum Beach offers a bathing area, a screened in snack shack and showers on the bay side of the beach. The Whalehouse Point ferry leaves from the Bellport Village Marina, running from late May until early September. Round-trip tickets for the ferry can be purchased by village residents. Guests of village residents may ride the ferry for an increased fare price. Village residents are also welcome to ride their own boats over. Boat slips for non village residents are available at a cost of $65 per day.

Geography

William Glackens - Bathing at Bellport, Long Island
Bathing at Bellport by William Glackens

The village of Bellport is located at 40°45′25″N 72°56′30″W / 40.75694°N 72.94167°W / 40.75694; -72.94167 (40.757034, -72.941603).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 5.94%, is water.

The village of Bellport is located on the shore of Bellport Bay, an arm of the Great South Bay, one mile south of North Bellport.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 297
1910 419
1920 614 46.5%
1930 633 3.1%
1940 650 2.7%
1950 1,449 122.9%
1960 2,461 69.8%
1970 3,046 23.8%
1980 2,809 −7.8%
1990 2,572 −8.4%
2000 2,363 −8.1%
2010 2,084 −11.8%
2019 (est.) 2,047 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,363 people, 993 households, and 684 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,619.7 people per square mile (624.9/km2). There were 1,139 housing units at an average density of 780.7 per square mile (301.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.13% White, 1.27% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 993 households, out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 18.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $77,523, and the median income for a family was $80,850. Males had a median income of $51,189 versus $40,985 for females. The per capita income for the village was $38,906. About 0.6% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The South Country Central School District serves the Bellport community. It has six schools, three elementary schools (kindergarten–grade 3), Frank P. Long Intermediate School (grades 4–5), Bellport Middle School (grades 6–8) and Bellport High School.

Transportation

Bellport is served by three bus routes. The S66 operates along South Country Road from Patchogue to Riverhead, while the S68, which also begins in Patchogue, runs down Station Road and Bellport Avenue from Montauk Highway, though on some days it runs east along South Country Road toward Center Moriches. An alternate route of the 7B, which runs from Patchogue to the Eagle Estates development in Medford, also runs north along Bellport Avenue and Station Road, joining the regular route at Patchogue-Yaphank Road near Horseblock Road. The S68 and 7B also provide a direct connection to the Bellport LIRR station in the hamlet of North Bellport.

The main route through Bellport is South Country Road (Suffolk CR 36), a former section of Montauk Highway that runs west to east from East Patchogue to Brookhaven. The main south-to-north road is Bellport Lane, which becomes Bellport Avenue north of South Country Road. At the northern village border, the principal south-to-north route shifts to Station Road and runs toward West Yaphank, while Bellport Avenue becomes a minor local street which terminates at a dead end on the Montauk Branch of the LIRR, only to resume its trajectory between Montauk Highway and the eastbound service road of Sunrise Highway at Exit 56. Other roads include Head of the Neck Road, which runs west through east from North Bellport and skirts the village's northern border east of Fairway Drive.

Notable people

  • Tiki Barber, football running back
  • Amanda Burden, urban planner
  • William Glackens (1870–1938), artist
  • Felix Grucci, Fireworks by Grucci
  • William Higinbotham (1910–1994), physicist at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory; developed one of the earliest video games, Tennis for Two
  • Bryan Johnson, NFL player
  • Kirke La Shelle (1862-1905), journalist, playwright and Theatrical producer
  • Selina Maitreya (born 1955), international photography consultant and author
  • Mike McAlary (1957–1998), journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr. (1927–2017), magazine publisher
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994), first lady of the United States
  • Arthur Pinajian (1914–1999), Armenian American artist and comic book creator
  • Billy Porter actor, singer and style icon
  • Charlie Rose, television talk show host
  • Isabella Rossellini, actress
  • Randy Smith (1948–2009), former NBA player
  • Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860–1930), inventor of gyroscope and founder of Sperry Rail Service, the first internal rail flaw detection company
  • William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts and New York gubernatorial candidate
  • P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975), English comic writer
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