Cold Spring Harbor is a
hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk
York on the North
Shore of Long
- See Cold Spring Harbor
for other uses of the name.
As of the United States 2000 Census
, the CDP
population was 4,975.
Spring Harbor is in the Town of Huntington.
Cold Spring Harbor was originally named Cold Spring because of the
naturally cold freshwater springs that flowed (and still flow) in
the area. Its economy mainly tied to milling and port activities,
it rose in prominence as a whaling village in the mid-nineteenth
century. After the decline of whaling in the 1860s, it became a
resort town with several hotels. In the 20th century it became known as the
site of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, although the laboratory itself is located in the
adjacent hamlet of Laurel Hollow in Nassau County.
Today it is primarily a bedroom community
of New York City, with a small central business area running along
Route 25A, and is home to many educational and cultural
organizations: The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, The Cold
Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, Dolan DNA Learning
Center, the Uplands Farm Sanctuary (home of the Nature
Conservancy's Long Island chapter), and a gallery run by the
Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities.
Harbor Light, known to locals as the "bell tower," was a
landmark in the community until sinking in August of 2009 after a
collision with an off course tanker.
Its local school
district is among the best in the country ranked at 71st as of
Cold Spring Harbor is located at (40.863398, -73.443116) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the CDP has a total area of 3.9 square
miles (10.1 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of
it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.86%) is
As of the census
of 2000, there were 4,975
people, 1,753 households, and 1,416 families residing in the CDP.
The population density
1,336.3 per square mile (516.4/km²). There were 1,790 housing units
at an average density of 480.8/sq mi (185.8/km²). The racial
makeup of the CDP was 97.03% White
, 0.42% African American
, 0.24% from other races
, and 0.98% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.97%
of the population.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $101,122, and the
median income for a family was $112,441. Males had a median income
of $78,984 versus $44,464 for females. The per capita income
for the CDP was $52,403.
About 1.3% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the
, including 0.4% of those
under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
There were 1,753 households out of which 38.8% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples
living together, 7.1% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families.
14.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age
of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to
64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.
Notable current residents
Notable former residents
- Al Arbour lived in Cold Spring Harbor
during his coaching career with the New York Islanders. He moved in
1999, some years after his retirement
- Cablevision CEO James L. Dolan graduated in 1974 from Cold Spring
Harbor High School.
- Sylvia Foley, author of the
critically acclaimed "Life in the Air Ocean," graduated from Cold
Spring Harbor High School in 1972.
- John Lennon owned a house in Laurel
Hollow, where he frequently spent time from the late 1970s until
his assassination in
- Lindsay Lohan spent a portion of
her childhood and teen years in Cold Spring Harbor. She attended Cold Spring
Harbor High School until her Sophomore year of high
- Kathleen M. Sullivan, a leading scholar in American
constitutional law and Professor at Stanford Law School, was valedictorian
at her graduation from Cold Spring Harbor High School in 1972.
- Wally Szczerbiak, NBA basketball player for
the Cleveland Cavaliers,
attended Cold Spring Harbor High School.
- Evan Thomas, journalist, editor and
author, grew up in Cold Spring Harbor.
- Louis Comfort Tiffany, the
artist and decorative designer whose glass vases, lamps and windows
depict scenes inspired by the view from Laurelton Hall, his estate in in Cold Spring
Harbor, and three of whose stained glass windows are housed in St.
John's Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor.
- Randall Tolson, a craftsman and
clockmaker, known for a series of highly collectible memorial
clocks, lived in Cold Spring Harbor until he passed away in
- Meg Whitman, CEO
of eBay, grew up in Lloyd Harbor, adjacent to Cold Spring Harbor, and attended Cold
Spring Harbor High School, graduating in 1973.
Cold Spring Harbor in Popular Culture
- Billy Joel's first album was entitled
Harbor and featured a photo of Joel on the cover, with
Cold Spring Harbor's Eagle Dock beach in the background.
- The novel Cold Spring
Harbor (1986), by Richard Yates, is a quiet suburban
tragedy set in the 1940s.
- In the Godzilla: The
Series episode "Lizard Season", Cold Spring Harbor was
used as the setting of the final battle between Godzilla and the
Lizard Slayers, a trio of robots developed by the series' recurring
villain Cameron Winter.