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Located 25 miles east of Manhattan and sitting above a 120-foot cliff on the North Shore of Long Island, Sea Cliff is nuzzled beside the shoreline of Long Island's renowned Gold Coast. With only one square mile, Sea Cliff boasts its own beach, 16 neighborhood parks, and also borders the Harry Tappen Beach a Town of Oyster Bay beach has over 500 feet of shoreline. The town's Memorial Park, found at the intersection of Prospect and Sea Cliff Avenues, provides breathtaking views of Hempstead Harbor, Long Island Sound, and the New York and Connecticut shorelines. The history of Sea Cliff started in the 17th century, the area was known as "Muskeeta Cove". It was originally occupied by Native Americans, but an Englishman named Joseph Carpenter, purchased the land from the Indians. The area was industrialized as a municipality in the 1870s and was incorporated as a village on October 10th, 1883. It was named because of its location on a tall cliff by the sea. Later on in 1871 a Methodist group purchased land in Long Island as a retreat for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens families. Interest in revivalism vanished, but by the turn of the Century Sea Cliff was a major East Coast resort, with vacationers arriving by steamboat and train. Then, as the automobile became more prevalent, people voyaged farther for their vacations. The village still keeps its 19th century Victorian homes style. Which makes it a huge attraction for many of families. Families are making the transition over to Sea Cliff not just because of the school district, the beautiful views, and how close it is to New York City. But the parks and recreation it has available to its residents is phenomenal. Harry Tappen Beach, Veterans memorial Park, Elm Park which some call it Spooky Park, Clifton Park, Prospect Park, Roslyn Park and Plaza Park. The Sea Cliff public school system started in 1883 with a four-room, brick, and grade school building on Franklin Avenue. In 1912, the old school building was torn down, and the present building was erected on Carpenter Avenue. This building, which underwent a large renovation in 2002, now houses the Sea Cliff Elementary School (grades k-5), which is part of North Shore School District. The North Shore School System is one of the main attractions for young families moving to Sea Cliff. With its small class size and has a high percentage of students going on to a four year college. Sea Cliff is mostly a white collar village, while a small population rent their homes, many people own their single family homes, with the majority of homes being 2 bedroom plus in size. Several families decide to relocate to Long Island for many of reasons. Numerous of other families with children live here. Sea Cliff encourages its residence to take a look at joining their local country clubs. They believe it's a great way to stay active while becoming closer with the community and talk about important local topics.

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