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Brookville, New York is a village within the larger town of Oyster Bay, New York. This is located on the North Shore of Nassau County on Long Island in downstate New York. Though small in population (barely over twenty-one hundred people as of the last census in 2000), the village of Brookville has been named the wealthiest town in America. It is home to many notable residents and is the location of Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus. The village was incorporated in 1931, and was mostly a stretch of land along Cedar Swamp Road (currently Route 107). Old Brookville is home to the James Preserve, a nature preserve showing what the area looked like before those living in Brookville, New York settled there. In the early twentieth century, Brookville began its transformation from farm town to lavish mansions as part of Nassau County's North Shore Gold Coast with twenty-two estates. Broadhollow Estate, which spans one hundred and eight acres, was originally owned by Winthrop W. Aldrich, and included a 40 room mansion on the property. Following Aldrich, Broadhollow was purchased by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II (owners of both the Belmont Racetrack and Pimlico Racetrack). Neighboring estate Hillwood was built by Marjorie Merriweather Post (of the Post Cereal creator family), and her husband Edward Francis Hutton (a financier). It includes a 70 room home on the 178 acres. The Post Estate of Hillwood was later sold in 1947 to Long Island University and currently houses its C.W. Post campus. Notably, the campus holds the Tilles Center of the Performing Arts, which is a nationally known cultural center. New York Institute of Technology also has a center in Brookville--the DeSeversky Conference Center. This center was originally a mansion built by Winston Guest (a businessman and socialite), and was called Templeton. This was also a location used as a setting for the film Arthur, starring Dudley Moore. Notable residents include the estate owners above, Winthrop W. Aldrich, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Edward Francis Hutton, and Winston Guest. It has also been home to many entertainers, including Marc Anthony, Burt Bacharach, Angie Dickinson, Jennifer Lopez, and Dina Merrill. British Cabinet minister Frederick Edward Guest has called it home, along with Prince Felix and the Royal Family of Luxembourg, and Joseph E. Davies, a U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. Living in Brookville, New York puts its residents in high regard, and living on historical grounds.

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