Stony Brook is a hamlet bordering the Long Island Sound located in northern Suffolk County, New York. This historic town is home to The State University of New York at Stony Brook, The Stony Brook School, Three Village School District, and the “Stony Brook Village.”
Stony Brook was a pretty unknown place until the State University of New York college in Stony Brook was constructed, but that’s the way the wealthy residents of the hamlet wanted it. As a result, there has been very little development within walking distance of the university, other than a minimal strip of shops directly across the street from the train station. Instead, the center of the hamlet has remained where it was, 2 1/2 miles or so north of the train station, and retains a charming, old-fashioned feel.
The MTA Long Island Rail Road has a station in Stony Brook. Service from New York on the Port Jefferson Line takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes and requires a change of trains from an electric-powered to a diesel-powered train, usually in Huntington but sometimes in Jamaica or Hicksville. There are virtually always clear announcements telling riders where to change, and conductors are also helpful with information. 1 Stony Brook Station is next to the university.