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Get to know Manorville

Resting just north of Route 27 in the center of Long Island, the hamlet of Manorville sits mostly in the town of Brookhaven, with the Long Island Expressway cutting across its northern strip. Though landlocked, it has easy access to the North Fork and to the Hamptons, especially East Moriches and Westhampton Beach (Fire Island isn’t far, either). With its country clubs, ponds and farms — and even a pair of petting zoos — the hamlet is certainly pleasant, and much of the northeastern section falls squarely within the protected, wooded lands of the Long Island Central Pine Barrens. The 15-year-old Chamber of Commerce sponsors traditional events such as an Easter egg hunt, a community barbecue, and Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremonies. Manorville is a solid choice (with better-than-average schools) for young professionals to find starter homes. It’s definitely the Long Island suburbs, with the added value of convenience to some prime North and South Shore destinations.
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History & Culture

The name Manorville owes to the whim of an American patriot. Before 1844, the area was encompassed within the Manor St. George land grant; in 1844, the area’s name was slightly altered to St. George’s Manor. In any event, the station agent, a Revolutionary War patriot named Seth Raynor, didn’t fancy the reference to St. George — with its associations to the British monarchy — at all. So he grabbed a paintbrush, and when he was done, all that remained was the word “Manor,” to become Manorville in the early 20th century. The centuries have softened the rebellious spirit, and today Manorville is known for suburban pursuits such as golf; the two most frequently invoked country clubs are the Pine Hills Golf & Country Club and the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club. There's no lack of rural attractions, though. The 90-year-old Lenny Bruno Farms is beloved for its baked goods and produce, and kids will be enchanted by Manorville’s two petting zoos: Animal Farm Petting Zoo and the Long Island Game Farm.

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Dine & Shop

As Manorville’s social scene has a decided country club leaning, it comes as no surprise that one of the most popular dining venues is JC’s at the Pine Hills Golf & Country Club. Proximity to Long Island’s fisheries means that several preparations of clams are on offer: clams casino, stuffed clams, steamed clams, and clams on the half shell. Salads, steaks, and a bit of Tex-Mex fill out the menu. For Italian cuisine, Carlo’s Pizzeria wins raves for its eggplant towers and baked ziti balls; the much-younger Pennachio’s is another popular option for pizza and pasta. The Bagel Palace, the Yogurt Café, Better Burger, Asian Pearl, and the local Starbuck’s pretty much fill out the hamlet’s casual food scene. Though most residents head to nearby towns like Riverhead for their shopping needs, Manorville’s Go Baby Go Hamptons is highly regarded.