New City

New City is a hamlet (and also a census-designated place) in Rockland County, New York, USA. The population was 34,038 at the 2000 census. The population was 33,673 in 1990. New City is the county seat of Rockland County. The ZIP Code of New City is 10956. It is also the location of the Clarkstown Police Department and Clarkstown North High School.

 

Geography

New City is located at 41°8′44″N, 73°59′42″W (41.145495, -73.994901).

New City is accessible from major Rockland arteries providing rapid access to Westchester and Bergen counties, as well as Manhattan and the Bronx in NYC. It is a part of the town of Clarkstown.

New City contains several particularly affluent neighborhoods which are among the wealthiest in the United States. The community is diverse, however, and more affordable areas can be found closer to the center of the hamlet.

New City has experienced rapid development yielding an affluent tax base. Despite booming development, many of its residential areas have remained tranquil and are composed of wooded acres, winding roads, stone walls, trees, lakes, and streams. While undeveloped land for development is scarce, a few small farms still dot the landscape now shared with golf courses, homes and businesses.

 

Demographics

As of the 2000 census, there were 34,038 people, 11,030 households, and 9,496 families residing in the CDP. New City is 15.6 mi² in area. The population density was 842.4/km² (2,181.6/mi²). There were 11,161 housing units at an average density of 276.2/km² (715.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.09% White, 4.67% African American, 0.08% Native American, 6.99% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.87% of the population. A substantial portion of the population is Irish. A large portion of the population is Jewish-American. There were 11,030 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.1% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.9% were non-families. 11.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $92,261, and the median income for a family was $99,761. Males had a median income of $62,234 versus $43,028 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $37,519. About 1.7% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.

 

Historical Populations

Census
year
Population

1940 1,000*
1950 1,000*
1960 4,000*
1970 27,300*
1980 30,000*
1990 33,673
2000 34,038
* Source document from Rockland County, not Census Bureau Document.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Historical Markers

  • Collyer Farm Pond & New City Park - Collyer Road & Lake Drive.
  • H. R. Stevens House - 234 Congers Road.
  • The Jacob Blauvelt House, 20 Zukor Road.
  • Rockland County Court House, Main Street.
  • Martinus Hogenkamp Cemetery, South Little Tor Road.

 

Landmarks and Places of Interest

  • Coe's Tavern - Formerly at northeast corner of Route 45 & New Hempstead Road - Operated by John Coe. On two occasions Continental Army troops encamped here. Maj. Tallmadge and his dragoons halted here when taking Joshua Heft Smith and Mjr. John Andre from West Point to Tappan in 1780.
  • Cropsey Farm, 230 Little Tor Road., (845) 634-1545. - This is one of the five remaining vegetable and fruit farms in Rockland County. The farmhouse and its twin, China Echo farmhouse were built of native red sandstone around 1769 by the Blauvelt brothers and is one of the oldest existing barns in the county. It wasn't until 1893, that Andrew C. Cropsey's wife Lizzie became the owner of the 50 acres of land which is now known as Cropsey Farm. A gentleman farmer and attorney who commuted to NYC daily, Andrew died in 1911 leaving enormous debts. His children continued to farm the land but as a business. There are also historic stone walls on the site. Today, Cropsey is very modern in its farming approach with a Garden Center and Produce Store. Everyday is an exciting event at Cropsey which is open 7 days a week year-round.
  • Dutch Garden - Designed by Mary Mowbray Clarke, a West Nyack native, in 1933-34 as memorial to county's early settlers, and won "Garden of the Year" from Better Home and Gardens magazine in 1935. Master craftsman Biaglo Gugliuzzo of Garnerville created walks and latticed walls of Haverstraw brick. Still standing is Tea House with carvings of mountains, windmills and other serene symbols representing aspects of Dutch-American history, others of motifs popular in 1930's - Popeye, the Baker Cocoa and Old Dutch Cleanser maids. Over the years, it served as a site for weddings and for concerts. It has been said that folk singer Burl Ives once performed there and that Eleanor Roosevelt visited the garden. Markers on site. Now a county park with beautiful display of flowering bulbs in spring.
  • English Church and Schoolhouse
  • H. R. Stevens House - 234 Congers Road
  • The Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road.
  • The Jacob Blauvelt Farmhouse, 20 Zukor Road. - A farmhouse of Dutch colonial style built 1882. Contains an open fireplace for cooking demonstrations. The four-acre site also has a museum, herb garden and nature trail. Museum open Tuesday-Sunday 1 to 5 PM Tours of Blauvelt House Sunday 1 to 5 PM Other times by appointment. Telephone (845)634-9629
  • Law Enforcement Museum - The walls of the county Sheriff’s Department are lined with photos

and interesting memorabilia about enforcement in Rockland County, New York City and around the nation

  • New City Library - 220 North Main Street
  • The New Hempstead Church, 484 New Hempstead Road., The first English-speaking church established in the county, organized by English settlers from Hempstead, Long Island in 1734 who wish to have services in rather than Dutch as in the Reformed Church.
  • Van Houten Gardens - 241 S. Little Tor Road - Formerly part of the Cropsey Farm. Across the road is a Dutch Sandstone house, built around 1769 and owned by the Cropsey family since 1893.

 

Famous People From New City

  • Maxwell Anderson - Playwright; long-time resident. One member of an informal artists' colony on South Mountain Road
  • Barry Bostwick - Actor from TV's Spin City and the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, living until 2005 in farmhouse once owned by Maxwell Anderson
  • Keith Bulluck - Tennessee Titans All-Pro Linebacker
  • Will Cunnane - Minor League pitcher for the Memphis Redbirds, has played for the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago Cubs
  • Mick Jagger - Frontman for the legendary Rock group, The Rolling Stones. Jagger owned a home in New City while he recorded an LP in the mid-80's.
  • Alan Kirschenbaum - Creator, "Yes, Dear"
  • Lotte Lenya - Actress-singer, who lived on South Mountain Road with husband Kurt Weill until her death
  • Mike Mullin - Professional Bowler
  • Adam Rodriguez - Detective Eric Delko from CBS's hit crime-drama CSI: Miami.
  • Sam Rosen - Announcer for the New York Rangers and NFL on FOX
  • Philip Rosenthal - Executive Producer, "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Kurt Weill - German-American theatre composer, lived in New City from time of naturalization until death
  • Randi Weingarten - Current President, United Federation of Teachers
  • Adolph Zukor - Founder of Paramount Pictures, donated land for Zukor Park
  • Hayden Panettiere - Actress on hit TV show "Heroes"

 

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