Brentwood

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Brentwood is a suburb of New York City with a population of 63,399. Brentwood is in Suffolk County. Living in Brentwood offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Brentwood and residents tend to be liberal.

Brentwood was formerly known as Modern Times. The Modern Times was a utopian colony which begun on March 21, 1851 founded by Josiah Warren and Stephen Pearl Andrews. The community was based in the idea of “individual sovereignty” meaning it was a politically independent without interference from outside. All products of labor were considered private property and all land was also a private property with the exception of alleys which were initially considered common property but later converted to private property. No system of authority existed in the colony. There were no courts, no jails, and no police; yet, there are no reports of any problem with crime existing there. In recent time, the area is now known as Brentwood with almost all original buildings in Modern Times destroyed.

The area is known for its high quality of education that almost everyone wants to be a part of it. It is a home for several campuses of Suffolk Community College and Long Island University. The Brentwood Campus of the Long Island University is a very prestigious school that the campus sited almost 200 acres of greenery and has approximately fourteen hundred undergraduate and graduate students.

Real estate has also become a major factor in terms of the area’s economy with many affordable houses in different elegant styles such as capes, ranches, colonials, split levels, and high ranches to choose from. The median sales price for homes in Brentwood NY in the last quarter of 2012 was $200,850 based on 9 home sales. Notable residents include EPMD hip-hop pioneers Erick Sermon and Parrish J. Smith. EPMD has been active for more than 20 years, and is one of the most prominent acts in East coast hip hop. Brentwood is also the site of Pilgrim State Hospital that was once called the world’s largest mental institution but now known as Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.

Brentwood also contains a 400-acre industrial area referred to as Edgewood, NY which uses the zip code 11717 (also for Brentwood) and is home to the Heartland Business Center. Edgewood is located immediately east of the Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve, a 2000 acre nature trail. Heartland Business Center is situated at the intersection of Executive Drive and Long Island Avenue. The location is very close to the Sagtikos Parkway and adjacent to the Deer Park Long Island Railroad Station.

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