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Sands Point, New York
Incorporated Village of Sands Point
Sands Point Village Hall on June 2, 2021.
Sands Point Village Hall on June 2, 2021.
Official logo of Sands Point, New York
Official emblem of Sands Point
East Egg
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
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Coordinates: 40°50′55″N 73°42′42″W / 40.84861°N 73.71167°W / 40.84861; -73.71167Coordinates: 40°50′55″N 73°42′42″W / 40.84861°N 73.71167°W / 40.84861; -73.71167
Country  United States
State  New York
County  Nassau County, New York
Town North Hempstead
Incorporated 1910
Named for The Sands family
 • Total 5.60 sq mi (14.50 km2)
 • Land 4.22 sq mi (10.93 km2)
 • Water 1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total 2,675
 • Estimate 
 • Density 688.39/sq mi (265.81/km2)
Demonym(s) East Egger
Sands Pointian
Port Washingtonian
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-65035
GNIS feature ID 0964415

Sands Point is a village located at the northernmost tip of the Cow Neck Peninsula in the Town of North Hempstead, in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. It is considered part of the Greater Port Washington area, which is anchored by Port Washington. The population was 2,675 at the 2010 census.


The village was incorporated in 1910. In 1917, the village absorbed the communities of Barkers Point and Motts Point. It was originally owned by three families, the Sands, Vanderbilts, and Cornwells. In 1917 Daniel Guggenheim bought his 216-acre (0.87 km2) Hempstead House, formerly Castle Gould. His son Harry Guggenheim, founder of Newsday, later erected his estate "Falaise" nearby in 1923. Today, the estate belongs to the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve, which is a non for profit organization that maintains the property. In the 1960s, under less strict building codes, many homes were built on 1-acre (4,000 m2) parcels. Current zoning allows subdivisions of 2 acres (8,100 m2) or more.

The Sands Family Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.


U.S. Census Map

Sands Point is bordered almost entirely by water - Long Island Sound to the north, Manhasset Bay to the west and Hempstead Harbor on the east. It shares land borders with the villages of Port Washington, Port Washington North, Manorhaven, and Soundview. Sands Point is located at 40°50′55″N 73°42′42″W / 40.848595°N 73.711724°W / 40.848595; -73.711724.

Sands Point and Port Washington are located in the geographic area known as Cow Neck Peninsula (also as Port Washington Peninsula or Manhasset Neck) bordered by Manhasset Bay, Hempstead Bay and Long Island Sound.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), of which, 4.2 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (24.56%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 284
1930 438 54.2%
1940 628 43.4%
1950 860 36.9%
1960 2,161 151.3%
1970 2,916 34.9%
1980 2,742 −6.0%
1990 2,477 −9.7%
2000 2,786 12.5%
2010 2,675 −4.0%
2019 (est.) 2,905 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, 2,675 people, 872 households, and 762 families were residing in the village. The population density was 636.9 people/sq mi (243.2/km2). The 934 housing units had an average density of 222.4/sq mi (84.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 88.6% White, 0.8% African American, 8.2% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.7% of the population.

Of the 872 households, 38.3% had children under 18 living with them, 80.6% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.6% were not families. About 10.4% of the households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03, and the average family size was 3.21.

In the village, the age distribution was 26.4% under 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 15.4% from 25 to 44, 34.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 or older. The median age was 45.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

As of 2018, the median income for a household in the village was $231,667, with it being named the richest town in New York. Males had a median income of $158,500 versus $44,943 for females. The per capita income for the village was $112,716. None of families and 0.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none under age 18 or 65 or over.

The town and "The Great Gatsby"

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925), Sands Point (Port Washington/Manhasset neck) was referred to as "East Egg". East Egg residents inherited their fortunes and were more highly respected than the nouveau riche in newer "West Egg" (Great Neck/Kings Point), because Sands Point had "old money". The story's fictional Buchanans lived in the western part of Sands Point. Reports incorrectly suggest that Fitzgerald – while he was a guest at the mansion of Herbert Bayard Swope on Hoffstot Lane, at Prospect Point in Sands Point 40°52′08″N 73°42′51″W / 40.868887°N 73.714147°W / 40.868887; -73.714147 – used the site and its parties as his inspiration for the fictional Buchanan home in East Egg. The home may have served as one of the many inspirations, as Fitzgerald did likely visit it during his time living in Great Neck (1922–24), but not as a guest of Swope's. Fitzgerald left Great Neck for Paris in 1924, prior to Swope's buying that mansion. The likely story with regard to Swope is that Fitzgerald and his good friend Ring Lardner would observe many parties held at the home Swope was residing in during the time Fitzgerald was actually living in the area. This Swope residence was adjacent to Lardner's home on Shore Road in Great Neck, and is not extant, though Lardner's mansion is still standing.

Another Sands Point mansion, situated next to the Sands Point Light and across a shallow bay from Prospect Point, was Beacon Towers. Scholars believe it served as one of the many inspirations for Jay Gatsby's mansion in the novel, though Gatsby lived on the eastern side of Kings Point, in the book. The extravagant Gothic-style residence was built by Alva Belmont, formerly Alva Vanderbilt, in 1918. It was demolished in 1945.



There are no areas zoned for business, commercial, or industrial uses located anywhere within the Village of Sands Point.

Sands Point is considered a bedroom community of the City of New York, and many residents commute to/from New York for work.

Notable people

  • Alva Belmont (1853–1933), socialite and suffragette
  • John Philip Sousa (1854–1932), composer
  • William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951), publisher
  • Edgar F. Luckenbach (1868–1943), shipping magnate
  • Howard Gould (1871–1959), financier
  • Condé Montrose Nast (1873–1942), publisher
  • Herbert Bayard Swope (1882–1958), editor and journalist
  • Harry Guggenheim (1890-1971), aviator, newspaper publisher, racehorse owner/breeder
  • John La Gatta (1894–1977), illustrator
  • Perry Como (1912–2001), singer
  • Arnold A. Saltzman (1916–2014), businessman, diplomat, art collector, philanthropist
  • James R. Shepley (1917–1988), reporter and publishing executive
  • Stanley Chais (1926–2010), investment advisor in the Madoff investment scandal
  • Kenneth Langone (born 1935), co-founder (financial backer) of Home Depot
  • Carlos Beltrán (born 1977), professional baseball player.
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