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Founded as an agricultural enclave during the Colonial Era, Stony Brook grew in prominence as a resort town and is now one of the major tourist and educational hubs in the region. Notable businessman Ward Melville helped establish Stony Brook along with two neighboring communities, Setauket and Old Field, with the idea of creating the “perfect New England village.”

Local Area Information

Stony Brook is a census-designated place (CDP) and hamlet in Suffolk County’s Town of Brookhaven on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. Also called Stony Brook Village, though never formally incorporated as one, Stony Brook forms the Three Village area with Setauket and the village of Old Field.

The neighborhood is lauded for its public schools, beaches, harbor and historic properties mixed with more contemporary single-family homes and other structures. The Stony Brook University along with the Brookhaven National Laboratory about 20 miles away in nearby Upton conveniently provides jobs to many Stony Brook residents.

Mostly north of Route 25A is the more affluent and historic section, which includes Beach Acres Association, a deeded beach community with several waterfront homes. South of the road are the newer and more affordable areas with some high-ceilinged luxury residences on expansive lots. The property stock also includes new constructions, accessory apartments, rentals and 55+ communities, such as Strathmore Gate, The Knolls and The Oaks at Stony Brook. Most areas use the 11790 ZIP code, while the rest use 11733.

A wide and diverse range of demographics are served by its various specialty shops, restaurants and services, many of which are located at the Stony Brook Village Center, the first planned commercial center in the country. The crescent-shaped center features a spacious village green and the Stony Brook Post Office. Points of interest and social clubs include the Mill Pond Fishing Club and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational and Cultural Center.

Other tourist and historic attractions include the Jazz Loft, Stony Brook Grist Mill and the Staller Center for the Arts. A stop at St. James’ Chapel is a must for lovers of historical church architecture. The Hercules Pavilion, named for the mythical deity’s massive historic bust displayed on site, offers great water views of Stony Brook Harbor and houses the Polaris Whaleboat. Stony Brook blends the idyllic essence of villages from the past while offering today’s modern conveniences.

General Information

Township: Town of Brookhaven | Farmingville, New York

County: Suffolk County

Population: 13,467 (2020)

Classification: Hamlet, CDP

Chamber of Commerce: Three Village Chamber of Commerce

LIRR Train Station/Schedule:
The LIRR serves Stony Brook via the Stony Brook Station.
Travel time to Manhattan, Penn Station is about
1 hour 39 minutes to 1 hour 58 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

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Beaches & Parks

The Avalon Park and Preserve is a 140-acre oasis for nature lovers, with natural habitats for various forest animal and plant species. Sometimes referred to as the “Stony Brook Duck Pond,” the arboretum features a pond, five habitats, a wildflower meadow, over 80 acres of nature trails, a labyrinth, boardwalk and benches. The park is on Harbor Road, just across from Stony Brook Grist Mill, and is open year round from dawn to dusk for free to the public.

The Forsythe Meadow County Park is a Suffolk County park, dedicated and renamed Nora Bredes Preserve in 2012 in memory of the progressive Suffolk County legislator and environmental activist. The park has 34 acres of virgin forest, which provides shelter and protection to various wildlife species and serves as a vital watershed to Stony Brook Harbor, and is considered as “Stony Brook’s Last Forest.” It is located on Hollow Road and offers a 1.5-mile long hiking trail.

Originally called the North Shore Horse Show Grounds, Old Field Farm County Park is another community legacy of Ward Melville. It has attracted thousands of visitors, which included riders, spectators, and Long Island artists, for its high-quality equestrian competitions and inspiring fusion of man-made and natural beauty. The 13-acre farm offers horseback riding, and includes a main barn, courtyard, free-standing stables and an old-fashioned wooden grandstand.

Stony Brook Beach has a few amenities, such as a fishing dock and boat launching ramp. The beach is located on Sand Street, off Christian Avenue.

The T. Bayles Minuse Mill Pond and Park is one of the environmental treasures of Long Island, with an 11-acre lower mill pond that is spring fed from the upper pond on Rhododendron Road. The ducks and swans found on site are a popular attraction especially for children. The park features a Sensory Garden with plants of varying scents and textures that appeal to many of its visitors, both sighted and visually impaired alike.

West Meadow Beach on Trustees Road offers breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound, as well as environmental tours and programs. Its amenities include a spray park, volleyball court, playground, gazebo, trails and restrooms. The beach offers swimming and is lifeguarded in the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Schools

Recognized as one of the greatest towns on Long Island, Stony Brook is served by the Three Village Central School District, which has eight public schools: five elementary, two junior high, and a senior high school. The district also includes the Three Village Academy, which was founded in 2013 as an alternative for high school students with social phobias or anxieties, and provides them with a nontraditional educational environment.

The community is most famously home to New York State’s Stony Brook University (SBU), the SUNY system’s largest campus, and the Stony Brook School, which is a private, college-preparatory boarding school.


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