Great River is a hamlet in the charming town of Islip, in Suffolk County, New York. At the time of the 2010 census, Great River had a population of approximately 1,489 residents. The total area of Great River is 4.2 square miles. Great River is in the 11739 zip code, which is a rural delivery post only. Mail is delivered to a post office box which is required to be included in one's mailing address. Great River is approximately 50 miles east of New York City located on the South Shore of Long Island. Great River joins Great South Bay, a body of water sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by the barrier island, Fire Island. The name of the hamlet is derived from the Algonquin word for “great river”. As is true of most of Long Island, Great River was initially a place for New York's wealthy to escape the hectic pace of life in New York City and Manhattan.
Great River has a small area of business which includes a steakhouse, a deli, a post office, and fire department. Children in Great River attend schools in the East Islip Union Free School District. Students in Great River attend Timber Point Elementary School, East Islip Middle School, or East Islip High School. Timber Point Elementary was a National Blue Ribbon Schools program honoree in 2012 along with three other Long Island schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and private schools whose students achieve at high levels. The program is part of the United States Department of Education’s effort to identify schools which show strong leadership and demonstrate exceptional educational practices.
Great River has a station on the Montauk branch of the Long Island Railroad which is located at the intersection of Hawthorne Avenue and Connetquot Avenue. The Central Islip Station of the Long Island Railroad, Ronkonkoma Branch, is also easily accessible to Great River residents. Suffolk County Transit operates bus service to Great River. Great River is a community single family homes of varying ages, sizes and architectural styles. Currently, the average listing price for a single-family home in Great River is $899,319, but some Great River homes list for as much as $2,599,999.
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