Babylon is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Located on Long Island, the town population was 214,191 as of the 2014 census. Parts of Jones Beach Island, Captree Island and Fire Island are in the southernmost part of the town. It borders Nassau County to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the South. At its westernmost point, its location is approximately 20 miles (32 km) from New York City at the Queens border, and approximately 30 miles (48 km) from Manhattan. There is also a village of Babylon located within the town.
The region was once called South Huntington. Nathaniel Conklin moved his family to the area, eventually calling it "New Babylon", naming it after the ancient town of Babylon around 1803. The town was officially formed in 1872 by a partition of the Town of Huntington.
Communities and locations
Amityville, in the southwest part of the town.
Babylon, in the southeast part of the town.
Lindenhurst, in the south part of the town, between villages of Babylon and Amityville.
Gilgo, includes communities of West Gilgo Beach, Gilgo Beach, and Cedar Beach
Oak Beach–Captree, includes communities of Oak Island, Oak Beach, and Captree Island
Amity Harbor, located in the hamlet of Copiague
Copiague Harbor, located in the hamlet of Copiague
Captree Island, an island partly in the southeast part of the town and containing part of Captree State Park.
Cedar Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
Gilgo Island, an island in the west end of the Great South Bay.
Grass Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
Thatch Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
Oak Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
Belmont Lake State Park, a state park in the northeast part of the town.
Captree State Park, a state park partly in the southeast part of the town and adjacent to the Fire Island Inlet.
Gilgo State Park, an undeveloped preserve on a barrier island on the southern side of the town.
Robert Moses State Park, a state park on Fire Island is partly in the town.
Fire Island Inlet, a passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay.
The town was featured in the American version of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay spent a week at Peter's a local Italian eatery that's now out of business.
Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro was born in Babylon.
Tanner Park, Town of Babylon, Copaigue, New York
WBAB 102.3FM is licensed to Babylon with studios at 555 Sunrise Highway.
The Babylon Beacon has operated as the newspaper of choice covering the town for many years.
The west town line is the border of Nassau County, New York, and the south town line is the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 114.2 square miles (295.7 km²), of which, 52.3 square miles (135.4 km²) of it is land and 61.9 square miles (160.2 km²) of it is water. The total area is 54.20% water.
Republic Airport is an airport in East Farmingdale originally built by Fairchild Aircraft in 1927, and acquired by Republic Aviation in 1939. Currently, it also houses the American Airpower Museum. Zahn's Airport also existed in North Amityville from 1936 to 1980.
The Long Island Rail Road's Babylon Branch is the primary railroad line in the town running from the Nassau County Line and terminating in the Village of Babylon with stations from Amityville to Babylon. Rail freight service also exists along the Central Branch which also uses some Montauk Branch trains running from the Main Line in Bethpage. East of Babylon station, the Montauk Branch continues across the Babylon-Islip Town Line. Additionally, the Main Line runs through the northern part of the town with stations in Pinelawn, Wyandanch and Deer Park.
The Town of Babylon is served primarily by Suffolk County Transit bus routes.
|Southern State Parkway|
|Robert Moses Causeway|
|New York State Route 24|
|New York State Route 27|
|New York State Route 27A|
|New York State Route 109|
|New York State Route 110|
|New York State Route 231|