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Old 11-18-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: NY NY
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Considering moving out of Manhattan and buying a house in GC and have heard about the strong and predominant Irish Catholic population and culture.

My Grandparents lived there in the 50s for a few years but not available as a resource anymore. BTW Gpa was Scottish Protestant, Gma French Catholic.
I am Protestant and identify as such, and ethnically as Scottish and WASP(Mom) though obviously quite a mutt. I went to public schools in Suffolk and private colleges. Wife is Irish Catholic, raised in Queens, parents from Old Country, Catholic and Ivy educated, no connection to the GC crowd. I belong to a predominantly Protestant county club in another part of Nassau that has a few GC residents as members, both Catholic and Protestant I believe. I would have no immediate plans to join any of the clubs in GC. My daughter is baptized RC but would likeley go to GC public schools.

I know GC was founded by a Scotsman who was a staunch Anglican and the cathedral he built is/was the seat of the Episcopal diocese for LI. My questions are;
1. What if any protestant/WASP culture survives in GC? I know there is large Lutheran edifice at the East edge of Mott, and a small Presbyterian church almost in Stewart Manor.
2. Just how dominant and inclusive/exclusive is the clubby Catholic crowd? Particularly how it may relate to my daughters identity and making friends in school.

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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I'll assume this is a serious post and tell you that GC is still predominantly Christian (it's 95-98% I believe) and no one will care what denomination you are. No one would care if you were any other religion either, but you'd be in a definite minority.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Look at Bronxville or Rye. They're still pretty much WASP kind of neighborhoods.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: NY NY
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Thanks, but would prefer to avoid Westchester taxes and have to go through the headache of joining a new golf club
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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Haha, you're not saving anything over Westchester moving to GC. They have all the usual taxes plus a nice big village tax to fund their overpaid police department.

There are plenty of WASPs in GC. Plenty of Catholics, too. You'd be happy as either. Not too many Jews though.
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