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A Quick History of Wheatley, NY

The personal injury attorneys in Wheatley, NY, at Banville Law, have shared the following overview showcasing the community and its past.


The community of Wheatley is a census-designated place, or CDP, situated in the central region of Suffolk County in New York. The CDP helps form the Town of Babylon along with other communities such as Deer Park, Wyandanch, and East Farmingdale. The neighborhood takes up 896 acres. 


Before the 1700s, the greater area was home to the Secatougue Native American Indian tribe. Many Huntington farmers moved south to establish farms in Halfway Hollow Hills. Their main crops included:
huckleberries, blueberries, and wild strawberries.

During the 1800s, the area was known as West Deer Park. by 1840, the Long Island Rail Road service was extended to the Wyandanch and Deer Park Stations. A 1200-acre apple orchard in the community was the biggest "town" of the area in 1882, with a population of 100.

The Colonial Mineral Springs Co. was established off today's Colonial Springs Rd. A local abundance of sand and red clay fueled the success of the Terra Cotta Brick Co. from 1860 until 1900. Many bricks produced here were used to construct buildings in New York City.


The community is primarily a residential neighborhood, but there are some business and dining options for the residents along Colonial Springs. Some of these include:

  • Black Momma Tea & Cafe
  • Little Joe's Pizza
  • Wheatley Deli
  • Colonial Springs Laudromat
  • Liberty Tax Service

Parks and Attractions

The eastern region of the CDP is a popular spot for many attractions and activities. A few of these include:

  • Sunrise Day Camp - offering year-round programs and summer camps for children
  • Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds - another great summer camp facility that has baseball fields, playgrounds, a pool, and more
  • Kathy & Alan Greenberg Sports Pavilion - this facility hosts many outdoor activities on its 350 acres of outdoor space


The community's public education is served by the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. Many the children attend public schools such as:

  • Signal Hill Elementary School - 667 students - located on Caledonia Road
  • West Hollow Middle School - 1154 students - located on Old East Neck Road
  • Half Hollow Hills High School East - 1725 students - located on Vanderbilt Parkway

Other schools that children can attend:

  • James E Allen Alternative School - a special education school - located on Lee Avenue


The neighborhood had 5,013 people, 1,455 households, and 1,223 families within its borders in 2000. By 2010 the population had increased to 5,130. The CDP was home to the following races and ethnicities: 

  • 40.00% White
  • 48.41% Black or African American
  • 0.30% Native American
  • 3.41% Asian
  • 4.15% from other races
  • 3.73% from two or more races
  • 11.67% Hispanic or Latino 

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: November 4, 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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