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West Sayville, New York
Hamlet and census-designated place
Sign for the Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville's primary attraction
Sign for the Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville's primary attraction
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Country United States
State New York
County Suffolk
Area
 • Total 2.10 sq mi (5.45 km2)
 • Land 2.10 sq mi (5.44 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,011
 • Density 2,381.4/sq mi (919.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11796
Area code(s) 631
FIPS code 36-80885
GNIS feature ID 0970860

West Sayville is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is also a census-designated place (CDP) and had a population of 5,011 at the 2010 census.

Geography

West Sayville is located on the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Islip. Its coordinates are 40°43’54”N 73°6’18”W (40.731594, -73.099701). West Sayville’s coastline borders the Great South Bay.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, West Sayville has a total area of 2.10 square miles (5.45 km2), of which 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2) is land and 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.31%, is water.

West Sayville's ZIP code is 11796. The West Sayville Post Office is located at 12 Washington Avenue.

Demographics of the CDP

The United States Census Bureau reported that during the 2010 census, the population of West Sayville was 5,011, with a population density of 2,386.2 per square mile. Of the total population, 2,407 (48.0%) were males and 2,604 (52.0%) were females.

There were 1,771 households, 1,314 families and 606 families with children under the age of eighteen. In addition, there were a total of 2,124 housing units, of which 1,771 (83.4%) were occupied and 353 (16.6%) were unoccupied. Of the occupied housing units, 1,485 (83.9%) were owner-occupied units, and the remaining 286 (16.1%) were renter-occupied units.

Parks and recreation

The Long Island Maritime Museum is located at 86 West Avenue in West Sayville.

Suffolk County parks

West Sayville's County Parks Administration Building and Operations Center are within Charles R. Dominy County Park, all of which are located on 200 Main Street. Other county parks in West Sayville include Green's Creek County Park/Marina on Clyde Street and Cherry Avenue County Dog Park on Cherry Avenue.

Town of Islip parks

Town of Islip parks include the Division Avenue Park/Playground on the street it was named after, the West Avenue Docks and the Baymen Soccer Complex on Cherry Avenue.

Historic locations/people

Green House; West Sayville, New York
West Sayville's historic Greene House

The Greene House is located at 93 Montauk Highway. George Washington stopped at this historic house during a tour of Long Island to rest and refresh himself and his horses in 1790.

Edith Corse Evans, heir to a hide-tanning and real estate fortune with a West Sayville summer home, was a passenger on the Titanic. During the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, Edith Corse Evans gave up the last seat on the last lifeboat to save a mother of six children. Evans lost her life after the ocean liner sunk into the Atlantic Ocean, but her efforts saved Caroline Brown from Acton, Massachusetts.

The West Sayville Radio Station at Cherry Avenue was a German Telefunken wireless transmitter built in 1912 to broadcast primarily to Germany. In 1915 the transmitter allegedly relayed a message from the German Embassy to "get Lucy", referring to the RMS Lusitania which was sunk on May 15. Whether the signals coming from the transmitter in Sayville authorized the attack or not, they caused concern for the US government, which was raised again when it was used in the transmission of the Zimmermann Telegram by Germany to Mexico to request their assistance in the invasion of the United States during World War I. This historic transmission was sent through the West Sayville Radio Station on January 16, 1917, and President Woodrow Wilson sent a contingent of Marines to seize the wireless station in order to ensure that no further encrypted messages were sent. This was the first hostile action taken by the United States against Germany during World War I. Today the land where the transmitter was located is part of the Sayville National Wildlife Refuge.

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