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During World War I, Walter T. Shirley was stationed at nearby Camp Upton and saw the area known then as Tangiers. By 1941, Shirley had bought much of the land, called it Mastic Acres and sold the subdivided lots as summer retreats to New York City’s working classes. In 1952, Mastic Acres got a post office and officially adopted the name Shirley after its developer.

Local Area Information

Shirley is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. It forms the tri-hamlet area with Mastic to the east and Mastic Beach to the southeast. These three lie on a neck of land known as Mastic Peninsula on Moriches Bay, across which is Smith Point County Park on Fire Island. Other neighboring areas include the hamlet of Brookhaven to the southwest, Yaphank to the northwest, Upton to the north and Manorville to the northeast.

A big percentage of Shirley’s land in the western region is composed of parklands and preserves shared with the Brookhaven hamlet and Yaphank. The other large areas are occupied by an airport, six public schools of the William Floyd Union Free School District as well as athletic complexes and fields.

Residential neighborhoods comprise a number of condos, such as those in Waters Edge, which offers waterfront properties with splendid water views of the bay, and The Manors at the Colony Preserve, a gated community offering luxury lifestyle for the 55 and over. Right next to it is the Country Woods at the Colony Preserve offering non-age-restricted single-family homes, many of which are new constructions built in 2015 or later. There are also vacant lots, homes with pools or accessory apartments, potential mother-daughter and rentals.

The commercial district is concentrated in the areas along Montauk Highway, William Floyd Parkway and around the Mastic-Shirley Station. There are also many shops, restaurants and other businesses along Neighborhood, Commack, and Mastic Roads. Most neighborhoods use the Shirley, NY 11967 ZIP code, and others use either 11950 or 11951.

Shirley is around 64 miles east of Manhattan in New York City and served by the Mastic-Shirley Station via the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Branch and the Yaphank Station via the Ronkonkoma Branch. Driving to or from the city takes about an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes via the Long Island Expressway or Northern State Parkway.

General Information

Township: Town of Brookhaven | Farmingville, New York

County: Suffolk County

Population: 26,360 (2020)

Classification: Hamlet, CDP

Chamber of Commerce: Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics & Shirley

LIRR Train Station/Schedule:
The LIRR serves Shirley via the Mastic-Shirley Station.
Travel time to Manhattan, Penn Station is about
1 hour 47 minutes to 2 hours 2 minutes.

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Water District
Suffolk County Water Authority

Gas Company(s)
PSEG Long Island
National Grid

Electric Company(s)
PSEG Long Island

Cable/ Phone/ TV/ Internet Provider(s)


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Beaches & Parks

Shirley Beach is lifeguarded on the weekends during the summer months, between the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Swimming is not permitted without lifeguards on duty, but the beach is still a great place to visit for breathtaking views of the sunset or the waters of the Great South Bay. The beach is adjacent to a splash pad known as the Shirley Beach Spray Park, which adjoins an area with a playground, gazebo, picnic tables, benches, restrooms and a parking lot.

Southaven County Park has 1,356 acres of pine-oak forest that offers lovely views and many amenities and features, such as a bicycle hostel, bridle paths for horseback riding, 104 camping sites for tents and trailers, hiking trails, a playground, rowboat rentals and picnic areas that can accommodate up to a thousand people. The park is intersected by Carman’s River where many water activities are allowed, including canoeing, freshwater fishing and kayaking. Other fun activities include hunting and bird watching, especially the waterfowl on the river.

The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,550-acre nature reserve for relaxing, family bonding and enjoying the scenery, including that of the Carman’s River, which bisects the property like it does the Southaven County Park. Carman’s River is one of the largest on Long Island, and is a New York State designated scenic river. The reserve offers various overlooks or observation decks, an indoor museum, a visitor center, and quiet trails through the woods or along the water for hiking, jogging and observing nature and wildlife.

The Schools

Most areas in Shirley, NY 11967 are served by the William Floyd Union Free School District, which has eight public schools. Students in Shirley’s central portion, north of Westwood Drive and Roberts Road, go to William Floyd Elementary, then William Floyd Middle School next. Those south of Westwood Drive and Roberts Road, and north of Arpage Drive, go to Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary, and those south of Arpage Drive attend John S. Hobart Elementary School. Both Nathaniel Woodhull and Hobart Elementary schools feed into the William Paca Middle School.

All district students eventually go to William Floyd High School. The two other schools in the district are Tangier Smith and Moriches Elementary Schools. The district also provides alternative education programs through the William Floyd Learning Center and the Floyd Academy. Except for Moriches Elementary and William Floyd Middle, these schools are all located either in Shirley or along its boundary with Mastic Beach.

The northern section of Shirley is served by the Longwood Central School District.


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