Babylon is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 12,166 at the 2010 census. Its location is approximately 25 miles (40 km) from New York City at the Queens border, and approximately 33 miles (53 km) from Manhattan. Its official name is The Incorporated Village of Babylon. It is commonly referred to as Babylon Village, to distinguish it from the Town of Babylon, of which it is a part.
Babylon is the primary gateway to the nearby barrier beaches, including Fire Island. Off Robins Avenue at Stone Dock was the South Shore Inn and Watson House on Fire Island Avenue was famed to be “L.I.’s most luxurious hotel”. Some of Babylon’s hotels included American Hotel (Main Street and Fire Island Avenue), The Argyle (Main Street), Boynes Hotel (at steamboat dock), East End Hotel (Main Street and Cooper Street), La Grange Inn (South Country Road), St. James (West Main Street), Sherman House (East Main Street), South Shore Inn (Robbins Avenue), Surf Hotel (Fire Island, east of the lighthouse), and Watson House (Fire Island Avenue).
Other notable landmarks are Argyle Hotel & Park and Effingham Park/Hawley’s Lake Park. A statue of Robert Moses was erected in front of the Village Hall on Main Street (Montauk Highway).
Houses of worship include Bethel A.M.E. Church (on 50 Cooper Street), Christ Episcopal Church (on 12 Prospect Street), Congregation Beth Sholom (on 441 Deer Park Avenue), Cross of Christ Lutheran Church (on 576 Deer Park Avenue), Ebenezer Baptist Church (on 33 Cooper Street), First Presbyterian Church of Babylon (on 79 East Main Street), St. Nicholas’ Greek Orthodox Church (on 200 Great East Neck Road (West Babylon)), St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church (on 40 Grove Place), Seventh Day Adventist Church (on 136 Fire Island Avenue) and United Methodist Church of Babylon (on 21 James Street).
Babylon Union Free School District serves most of the residents of the Village of Babylon. The Babylon School District consists of three schools, namely Babylon Elementary School, Babylon Grade School, and Babylon Junior-Senior High School.
Babylon Village is bordered to the west by West Babylon, to the north by North Babylon, to the east by West Islip, and to the south by the Great South Bay. The village has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.1 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km2) of it is water.
There are several ways to get around in Babylon. Babylon station is the terminal for the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, as well as the Montauk Branch. Additionally, the train station serves as a hub for Suffolk County Transit buses and Nassau Inter-County Express routes.
Babylon Coordinates: 40°41′40″N 73°19′46″W