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The Historic Community of East Norwich, NY

The dog bite attorneys in East Norwich, NY, at Banville Law, offer the following snippet into the neighborhood's past and share some highlights.

East Norwich

The hamlet East Norwich is situated in the northwestern section of Nassau County, New York. It covers 640 acres and is just north of Muttontown and south of Oyster Bay. The main roadways in the town are Oyster Bay Road, Sugar Toms Lane, Northern Boulevard, and Mill River Road. 


The first European to settle the area was Giovanni Verrazano in 1524. In 1696 the area was referenced as Norwich, a name used to honor George and James Townsends' father, the Oyster Bay Townsends, from Norwich, England. In 1846 a post office was formed in the area, and in 1861 the town officially became East Norwich to avoid confusion with the other Norwich post office. The following are the historic dates the community received basic utilities:

  • 1909 - the town gets electricity
  • 1925 - water is piped into the town
  • 1926 - natural gas is run throughout the town 

Historical Landmark

A prominent landmark in the neighborhood is the historic Rothman's Steakhouse. The building dates back to 1851 as it was built by Andrew C. Hegeman and served as the East Norwich Hotel. It was the home of the post office at one point and was a well-known meeting place for the Town of Oyster Bay. Following the Civil War, the building became the Osceola Hotel after being purchased by Halstead Frost and Richard Downing. 

Ownership would change hands several more times before Charles & Franziska Rothman purchased it in August 1907. After spending their life savings, they opened the Rothman's Steakhouse with Franziska as the chef. The family of eight lived on the second story and, as the older boys got of age, helped with the business. Many notable people have eaten at the establishment, such as:

  • President Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jaqueline Kennedy
  • Elizabeth Taylor


With as many as 57.91% of the townspeople having at least a bachelor's degree, it is no wonder that education is important to the community. The following schools provide education to the area:

  • Harmony Heights Residential and Day School - located on Walnut Avenue
  • James H Vernon School - located on Oyster Bay Road 
  • Oyster Bay High School - located on East Main Street in Oyster Bay
  • St. Dominic High School - located on Anstice Street in Oyster Bay


The population in the neighborhood was 2,709 and consisted of 966 households and 772 families in 2010. The ethnic makeup of the town's residents is the following:

  • 93.5% white 
  • 0.80% African American
  • 4.40% Hispanic or Latino
  • 3.50% Asian
  • 1.10% other races
  • 1.10% two or more races

The annual median household income was $134,309 in 2010. The common occupations of working adults can be broken down as such:

  • 15.41% executive or management positions
  • 11.62% office, administration, or technical roles
  • 11.02% teaching professions

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: May 27, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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