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Atlantic Beach, New York
Incorporated Village of Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
 • Total 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,891
 • Density 1,890/sq mi (727/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11509
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-02968
GNIS feature ID 0942673
Atlantic Beach and Long Beach Aeriel View
Aerial view; the left half is Atlantic Beach
U.S. Census Map

Atlantic Beach is an affluent village off the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. It is located on Long Beach Barrier Island, one of the outer barrier islands which it shares with Long Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach Estates, Lido Beach and Point Lookout.

Atlantic Beach New York jetty with US flag
Jetty extending into the Atlantic Ocean

As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 1,891.

During the summer months, the population swells by thousands as people flood the beaches. Atlantic Beach residents may obtain season passes and access the beaches through nine entrances.

In the 1980s Nancy McCartney the third wife of Beatle Paul McCartney lived there with her ex husband Bruce Blakeman.

Cultural and literary references

Film and literature

  • In Mario Puzo's 1969 novel and its eponymous film adaptation, The Godfather (1972), Atlantic Beach is home to the character Sonny Corleone. (Sonny's father, Don Vito Corleone, lives in neighboring Long Beach).
  • Garry Marshall's film The Flamingo Kid (1984) centers on a fictional beach club (based on the old El Patio beach club) set in Atlantic Beach. The film was shot on location at an actual beach club in Breezy Point on the Rockaway Peninsula.
  • A scene from Martin Scorsese's film Goodfellas (1990) was shot at Catalina Beach Club.
  • Scenes from Ed Burns' film She's the One (1996) were shot at Sun and Surf Beach Club.


  • Scenes from HBO's Boardwalk Empire were filmed in summer 2011.
  • Scenes from the NBC series, Law & Order were shot at the Sands Beach Club and the famous Atlantic Beach Surf Shop.
  • Scenes from USA Network's series Royal Pains were taped at Catalina Beach Club.
  • Multiple scenes from the HBO series The Sopranos were shot here.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,640
1980 1,775 8.2%
1990 1,933 8.9%
2000 1,986 2.7%
2010 1,891 −4.8%
Est. 2015 1,914 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,986 people, 766 households, and 569 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,114.8 people per square mile (1,597.5/km2). There were 954 housing units at an average density of 1,976.6 per square mile (767.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.98% White, 0.70% African American, 0.81% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97% of the population.

There were 766 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village, the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $85,122, and the median income for a family was $93,647. Males had a median income of $67,583 versus $49,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $44,035. About 3.9% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

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