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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Big Island, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Big Island and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Big Island:
    • 41.320545, -74.404397
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Big Island
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Big Island ...

We have found six communities that share the name Big Island.

Within New York, the name Big Island is unique.

Beyond New York, we know of another six communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these six communities, four are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Louisiana
      • Rapides Parish
      • This Big Island is located in Rapides Parish and lies 1,200 miles [1,931.2 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Big Island that is located in Orange County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Island
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rapides Parish community of Big Island.
    • Minnesota
      • Hennepin County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Minnesota community of Big Island [Hennepin County].
    • Newfoundland and Labrador
      • This Big Island lies 1,202 miles [1,934.4 km]<1> to the northeast of the Big Island that is located in Orange County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Island
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Big Island lies 669 miles [1,076.7 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Big Island that is located in Orange County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Island
    • Ohio
      • Marion County
      • This Big Island is located in Marion County and lies 461 miles [741.9 km]<1> to the west of the Big Island that is located in Orange County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Island
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Marion County community of Big Island.
    • Virginia
      • Bedford County
      • This Big Island is located in Bedford County and lies 371 miles [597.1 km]<1> to the southwest of the Big Island that is located in Orange County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Island
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bedford County community of Big Island.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Big Island ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Cedarcrest [Orange County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedarcrest
    • Cedarcrest [Orange County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Big Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedarcrest have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedarcrest
  • Eden [Orange County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eden
    • Eden [Orange County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eden have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eden
  • Edenville [Orange County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edenville
    • Edenville [Orange County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Big Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edenville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edenville
  • Florida [Orange County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Florida
    • Florida [Orange County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Big Island
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,886 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Florida have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florida
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Florida<4>
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Homestead Village [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homestead Village
      • Homestead Village [Orange County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homestead Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homestead Village
    • Little York [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little York
      • Little York [Orange County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Little York have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little York
    • Otter Kill [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otter Kill
      • Otter Kill [Orange County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otter Kill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otter Kill
    • Pine Island [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Island
      • Pine Island [Orange County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pine Island have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Island
    • Rocky Hill [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Hill
      • Rocky Hill [Orange County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rocky Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocky Hill
    • Slate Hill [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Slate Hill
      • Slate Hill [Orange County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Slate Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Slate Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Slate Hill<4>
    • Snufftown [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snufftown
      • Snufftown [Orange County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Snufftown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snufftown
    • Sugar Loaf [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sugar Loaf
      • Sugar Loaf [Orange County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Big Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sugar Loaf have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sugar Loaf
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sugar Loaf<4>

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Big Island. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Slim Aarons     (Photographer)
      • Photographer. He was born on October 29, 1916 (a Sunday) and died in Montrose (NY) on May 23, 2006 (a Tueday) at the age of 89. He is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Montrose is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Slim Aarons<5>
    • Timothy Shay Arthur     (Author)
    • Alice Guy Blache     (Director)
      • Director. She was born in Paris (France) on July 1, 1873 (a Tueday) and died in Mahwah (NJ) on March 24, 1968 (a Sunday) at the age of 94. She is buried at Maryrest Cemetery (Bergen County, New Jersey).
      • Mahwah is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alice Guy Blache<5>
    • Holbrook Blinn     (Actor)
    • Frank Jacob Chamberlin     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Mahwah (NJ) on January 2, 1978 (a Monday) and died in Wyckoff (NJ) on November 17, 2013 (a Sunday) at the age of 35. He is buried at Maryrest Cemetery (Bergen County, New Jersey).
      • Mahwah is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Big Island.
      • Wyckoff is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Jacob Chamberlin<5>
    • William Chauvenet     (Mathematician, professor)
    • Joe Colombo     (Crime figure)
      • Crime figure. He was born on June 16, 1923 (a Saturday) and died in Newburgh (NY) on May 22, 1978 (a Monday) at the age of 54. He is buried at St. John RC Cemetery (Queens County, New York).
      • Newburgh is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Colombo<5>
    • Elmer Nathan 'Al' Corwin     (Major League Baseball)
    • Anne Theresa Donovan     (Professional basketball)
      • Professional basketball. She was born in Ridgewood (NJ) on November 1, 1961 (a Wednesday) and died in Wilmington (NC) on June 13, 2018 (a Wednesday) at the age of 56. She is buried at Maryrest Cemetery (Bergen County, New Jersey).
      • Ridgewood is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Theresa Donovan<5>
    • Andrew Jackson Downing     (Architect)
      • Architect. He was born in Newburgh (NY) on October 31, 1815 (a Tueday) and died in Riverdale (NY) on July 28, 1852 (a Wednesday) at the age of 36. He is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Orange County, New York).
      • Newburgh is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Big Island.
      • Riverdale is located 38 miles [61.2 km] to the southeast of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Jackson Downing<5>
    • Mort Drucker     (Caricaturist, cartoonist)
      • Caricaturist, cartoonist. He was born on March 22, 1929 (a Friday) and died in Woodbury (NY) on April 9, 2020 (a Thursday) at the age of 91. We don't have any burial details.
      • Woodbury is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mort Drucker<5>
    • Gertrude Ederle     (Olympic Gold medalist, first woman to swim the English Channel)
      • Olympic Gold medalist, first woman to swim the English Channel. She was born on October 23, 1905 (a Monday) and died in Wyckoff (NJ) on November 30, 2003 (a Sunday) at the age of 98. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York).
      • Wyckoff is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Big Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gertrude Ederle<5>
    • Thomas John 'Dude' Esterbrook     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1880/05/01:1891/07/22)

How Far From Big Island to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Big Island to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Big Island and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Goshen, which is the Seat of Orange County and lies just to the Northeast.
    • Albany, which is the State Capital of New York, lies 97 miles [156.1 km]<1> to the north northeast (NNE). If you could drive a straight line from Big Island to Albany, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 217 miles [349.2 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,686 miles [9,150.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,395 miles [10,291.8 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,271 miles [6,873.5 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<10>

Mentions & References for Big Island

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for New York

About Orange County

About New York

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Big Island. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Orange County: www.co.orange.ny.us/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Big Island) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Big Island. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big IslandOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3205, Longitude: -74.4044       In this case, the coordinates for Big Island have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Big Island could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<7>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Big Island to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 306.115 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 301.811 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 302.566 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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