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Old Westbury, New York


Old Westbury, New York

Old Westbury, New York
Incorporated Village of Old Westbury
Gates to Old Westbury Gardens
Gates to Old Westbury Gardens
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Old Westbury, New York is located in New York
Old Westbury, New York
Location within the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
Incorporated 1924
 • Total 8.6 sq mi (22.2 km2)
 • Land 8.6 sq mi (22.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 164 ft (50 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,671
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11568
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-54705
GNIS feature ID 0959332
Website .org.villageofoldwestburywww

Old Westbury is a village in Nassau County, in the U.S. state of New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 4,671.

The Incorporated Village of Old Westbury is located in both the Town of Oyster Bay and the Town of North Hempstead.

In 2007, Business Week dubbed Old Westbury as New York's most expensive suburb.[1] Old Westbury Gardens has been recognized as one of the three best public gardens in the world by Four Seasons Hotels magazine.[2]


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Wealth 3
  • History 4
  • Notable sites 5
  • Education 6
  • Notable people 7
  • Entertainment 8
    • Film 8.1
    • Television 8.2
    • Reality Television 8.3
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Old Westbury is located at (40.782038, -73.597236).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 4,228 people, 1,063 households, and 967 families residing in the village. The population density was 493.9 people per square mile (190.7/km²). There were 1,109 housing units at an average density of 129.5 per square mile (50.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 68.19% White, 14.24% African American, 0.02% Native American, 11.52% Asian, 3.67% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.14% of the population.

There were 1,063 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.2% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.0% were non-families. 5.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the village the age distribution of the population shows 22.7% under the age of 18, 20.2% from 18 to 24, 19.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $163,046, and the median income in the village was $184,298 for a family. The median earnings of the 899 households (89.6% of total households) in the village that took in earnings supplemental to income was $230,721. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $45,200 for females. The per capita income for the village was $72,932. About 1.1% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.


Old Westbury Gardens, one of several estates built by the Phippses in Old Westbury

According to Bloomberg/Businessweek, in 2011, Old Westbury is the second "richest" town in the United States, trailing behind only Palm Beach, Florida.[7] The magazine previously dubbed the town "New York's wealthiest suburb."[1]

'In 2011, Forbes, having done a study of "America's Millionaire Capitals," found that the average net worth of Old Westbury households was $19.6M.[8] The controlled study included only households with incomes greater than $200,000, which virtually excluded only residents that are living in college dormitories and the staff of homeowners.

The village is famous for being the seat of many of New York's (and America's) wealthiest families, including the Phipps, Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Webbs, Du Ponts, Winthrops, Mortimers, Belmonts and Huttons. While many of these older families—the founding members of the social elite and those that emerged during the gilded age—still count members as Old Westbury residents, the village has also maintained a substantial set of industrialists, businessmen, collectors, athletes and entertainers.[9]

The Old Westbury Fund is a hedge fund that is named after the town. Bessemer Trust, which manages the wealth of the Phipps clan, is headquartered in the village.

When Forbes asked billionaire investor Steven Schonfeld what the "wisest investment" he ever made was, his answer was "Old Westbury land."[10]


1906 Vanderbilt Cup hairpin turn in Old Westbury

Westbury was founded by Edmond Titus,[11][12] and was later joined by Henry Willis. Henry Willis, one of the first English settlers, named the area after a town in his home county of Wiltshire, England. Westbury had been a Quaker community of isolated farms until the railroad came in 1836; after the Civil War, the New York elite discovered that the rich, well wooded flat countryside of the Hempstead Plains was a place to raise horses, and to hunt foxes and play polo at the Meadow Brook Polo Club. The Village of Old Westbury was incorporated in 1924, separating itself from Westbury, the adjacent area that housed many of the families of the construction and building staffs for the Old Westbury mansions.[13]

Westbury House was the residence of Henry Phipps' eldest son, John Shaffer Phipps. Today, the property is operated as Old Westbury Gardens. Robert Low Bacon built 'Old Acres' in the style of an Italian villa. Other landowners were Thomas Hitchcock and his family, Harry Payne Whitney and his wife the former Gertrude Vanderbilt, founder of New York's Whitney Museum, at Apple Green (formerly a Mott house), Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, whose estate is now subdivided into the Old Westbury Country Club and New York Institute of Technology. The architect Thomas Hastings built a modest house for himself, 'Bagatelle', in 1908. A. Conger Goodyear, then president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City had a house built in 1938 by famed architect Edward Durell Stone, who also destined the building for Conger's museum. In 2003, the A. Conger Goodyear House was added to the National Register of Historic Places to protect the structure from being demolished to subdivide the expensive land surrounding it.[14] The estate of Robert Winthrop, an investment bank and member of the Dudley–Winthrop family, for whom Winthrop-University Hospital was named, has been similarly preserved. Part of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's estate and her sculpture studio has been preserved and maintained by one of her grandchildren, Pamela Tower LeBoutillier.

When Robert Moses was planning the Northern State Parkway, the powers of Old Westbury forced him to re-site it five miles (8 km) to the south. Once the parkway was completed, many residents found it to not be the eyesore they had been anticipating and regretted making their commutes more inconvenient than necessary. The residents, however, did not have to wait very long: The state was able to buy land from Charles E. Wilson, a former president of General Motors who needed to sell off his Old Westbury estate to pull himself out of financial crisis and relocate to the nation's capital to serve in President Dwight D. Eisenhower's cabinet. The land, which runs along an edge of the village, was used for Moses' next project, the Long Island Expressway.

Notable sites


Notable people

Mrs. Henry Phipps and Her Grandson Winston by John Singer Sargent (1906/07)




  • Alpha House: The forthcoming second season of the Amazon series starring John Goodman had scenes filmed in an Old Westbury estate [29]
  • Gossip Girl: Season two's nineteenth episode, "The Grandfather," originally airing March 23, 2009, featured an Old Westbury estate as the "van der Bilt" mansion
  • Nicollette Sheridan, Lauren Hutton and Mimi Rogers
  • Royal Pains: Season one's third episode, "Strategic Planning," originally airing June 18, 2009, features the Phipps estate as the home of a wealthy senator and used the lawn as a University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish practice field
  • Sex and the City: Season five's finale episode, "I Love a Charade," originally airing September 8, 2002, featured an Old Westbury home in place of an estate in the Hamptons

Reality Television

  • America's Castles: A&E Network documentary series on gilded age homes featured Peggy Phipps Boegner touring one of the Phipps family's estates on the episode airing August 8, 1995 entitled The Gold Coast
  • Growing Up Gotti: A&E Network reality series about life in Victoria Gotti's Old Westbury home in 2004 and 2005.
  • Princesses: Long Island: Bravo reality series, which features Old Westbury resident Erica Gimbel as one of the six original cast members
  • Secrets and Wives: upcoming Bravo reality series, that features the lives of women living in Old Westbury and surrounding towns,[32] including residents Cori Goldfarb[33] and Liza Sandler,[34] who was infamously caught cheating on her then husband with Donny Deutsch[35][36]
  • Prince Lorenzo Borghese views an Old Westbury estate, along with two other North Shore properties, but ultimately does not purchase any of the properties because he found that they each were too large


  1. ^ a b Business Week, "The Most Expensive Suburbs of the Biggest U.S. Cities, New York City: Old Westbury"
  2. ^ Four Seasons' Magazine, "Where is the World's Best Public Garden?" Old Westbury Gardens, Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley and Singapore's National Orchard Garden are named as the three best public gardens in the world
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  7. ^ Stonington, Joel; Venessa Wong (December 2011). "America's Richest Zipcodes: Where the 1% Lives". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Millionaire Capitals: Old Westbury". America's Millionaire Capitals. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ Fischler, Marcelle S. (4 August 2011). "Developers Building for ‘Today's Gatsby' - In the Region/Long Island". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Greenberg, Duncan (2010-03-19). "Billionaire Speaks Out: Steven Schonfeld". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Titus Family in America-Page 3
  12. ^ Hartford Courant
  13. ^ "Village History". Village of Old Westbury. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  15. ^
  16. ^ Fox, Margalit (23 December 2011). "Doe Avedon, Fashion Model and Actress, Dies at 86". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ Hudson, Edward (26 July 1987). "Max Fortunoff, 89, Is Dead; Headed Specialty Store Chain". New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  18. ^ Frankel, Bethenny (2009). Naturally Thin. Touchstone. pp. "Introduction". 
  19. ^
  20. ^ Hirschberg, Lynn (19 August 2001). "To The Manor Born". The New York Times. 
  21. ^ Nash, Eric P. (13 December 2000). "Jack Liebowitz, Comics Publisher, Dies at 100". New York times. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  22. ^ Roberts, Fiona (2 June 2012). "Bernie's brother forced to sell his $6.5m Long Island home as he faces lawsuit from investors". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  23. ^ Bryan, Carmen, It's No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from seduction to scandal, a hip-hop Helen of Troy tells all. New York: VH1 Books, 2006. p 208.
  24. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (8 May 2014). "Damien Hirst Statue of Giant, Naked Pregnant Woman Scandalizing Long Island Rich People". New York Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Former Nautica CEO Lists Sporty Long Island Estate for $7.5M". Curbed. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  26. ^ Braff, Danielle (15 May 2015). "NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker's Old Westbury Mansion for Sale". Newsday. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  27. ^ Chitwood, Adam. "Production Begins on ADMISSION Starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey; Lily Tomlin Joins Cast". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  28. ^ "Wednesday, June 6 Filming Location information". On Location Vacations. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  29. ^ a b Harwood, John (12 September 2014). "An inside look at how Amazon makes TV shows". CNBC. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Friday, Sept. 16 & Weekend Filming Locations in NYC, Boston, Portland, L.A., Chicago & more". On Location Vacations. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  31. ^ Guzman, Rafer (19 June 2012). "New Jersey-based 'Dark Horse' shot on LI". Newsday. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  32. ^ Morabito, Andrea (27 April 2015). "Long Island matrons kiss and tell on new reality show". New York Post. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  33. ^ Heisler, Todd. "Parents at Camp". New York times. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  34. ^ Cohen, Stefanie. "$1 million parties — have NYC bar mitzvahs gone too far?". 18 April 2010 (New York Post). Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  35. ^ Staff (11 Dec 2008). "TV Sage Caught in Illicit Kiss". New York Post. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  36. ^ Tate, Ryan (11 Dec 2008). "CNBC Douchebag Steals Hedge Funder's Wife". Gawker. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

External links

  • NYT: Developers Building for Today's Gatsby
  • NYT: Not Just Another Subdivision for Developable Estates
  • Pictures of Old Westbury's Historic Estates
  • Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation
  • Newsday: Westbury Children's Library
  • Newsday: Even They Couldn't Stop the LIE
  • NYT: LIVING IN/Old Westbury, L.I.; Preserving Open Space, Evoking an Opulent Past
  • NYT: A House That's a Bargain for $16 Million?
  • The High End: Indoor Pools, and Racquetball Courts
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