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Rocky Point, New York
The c. 1721 Noah Hallock homestead, the oldest extant structure in Rocky Point
The c. 1721 Noah Hallock homestead, the oldest extant structure in Rocky Point
U.S. Census map
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Rocky Point, New York is located in Long Island
Rocky Point, New York
Rocky Point, New York
Location in Long Island
Rocky Point, New York is located in New York
Rocky Point, New York
Rocky Point, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Town Brookhaven
 • Total 11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Land 11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
194 ft (59 m)
 • Total 14,014
 • Density 1,238.8/sq mi (478.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 631, 934
FIPS code 36-63319
GNIS feature ID 0962792

Rocky Point is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Brookhaven, New York, United States. As of the 2010 United States census, the CDP population was 14,014.


Rocky Point is home to the site where American radio company RCA once operated a very large transmitting and transmitter research facility, known as Radio Central. RCA began to transmit transatlantic radio messages from Radio Central after its opening on November 5, 1921. Early Radio Central transmissions were received by many European nations, including Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Poland.

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On January 7, 1927, AT&T initiated the first transatlantic commercial telephone service, linking London and New York. AT&T's transmitter was at Radio Central, and their receiver was in Houlton, Maine. The radiotelephone signal from Radio Central was received by the British General Post Office's receiver facility in Cupar, Scotland.

Radio Central was one of the many original operating and touring sites of Guglielmo Marconi's radio shack, which now is displayed at Rocky Point's Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School.

The 5,200-acre (21 km2) Rocky Point site was decommissioned and demolished in the 1970s. It now consists of many concrete ruins and downed telephone poles and radio towers, owned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It is part of the Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area, which is in the Long Island Central Pine Barrens. The site gives an interesting insight into the 1920s, because—being in the middle of the forest—the footprints of the site remain largely untouched since its operational period. The western terminus of the 125-mile-long (201 km) Paumanok Path hiking trail is in the forest, with the eastern terminus at the Montauk Point Light.

A secret project housed in Radio Central's building #10 became the world's first color television.

Rocky Point, along with neighboring village Shoreham, was also the home to inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla's early research facilities. Rocky Point is the home of the only paragliding site (as designated by the USHPA) on Long Island.


The community is on the North Shore of Long Island. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.3 km2), all land.

Demographics of the CDP

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As of the census of 2010, there were 14,014 people, 4,820 households, and 3,615 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,240.2 per square mile (478.3/km2). There were 5,366 housing units at an average density of 474.9/sq mi (183.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.7% White, 1.5% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.6% some other race, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.0% of the population.

There were 4,820 households, out of which 42.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were headed by married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89, and the average family size was 3.34.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

For the period 2007–2011, the median annual income for a household in the CDP was $87,752, and the median income for a family was $99,304. Males had a median income of $66,103 versus $48,529 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $33,183. About 3.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

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