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From Chaplin to Lindbergh, Pleasure Island in Islip boasts 90 years of celebrity history

Schuyler Livingston Parsons Jr., a real estate investor

Schuyler Livingston Parsons Jr., a real estate investor in the 1920s, used this Islip property to host a long list of celebrities. The .88-acre island in Islip is on the market in October 2013 for $925,000. (Credit: Handout)

Pleasure Island is for sale. The .88-acre island in Islip is on the market for $925,000.

It was built in 1923 by Schuyler Livingston Parsons Jr., a real estate investor who was looking for a place to entertain his celebrity friends. Parsons, who came from a long line of aristocrats, also had a small green bungalow constructed.

Parsons hosted a long list of celebrities there from 1924 to 1928, according to his 1955 book, “Untold Friendships,” published by The Riverside Press. They included Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Cole Porter, Helen Hayes, Ethel Barrymore and Charles Lindbergh. It was also there that George Gershwin started composing “Rhapsody in Blue,” Parsons writes in the book.


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Today, a spacious eight-room ranch with a fireplace, three bedrooms and two bathrooms stands in place of the little green bungalow. The property is landscaped with multiple Trex decks and masonry patios, as well as with plantings indigenous to the island. “It’s beautiful,” says Liz Delesia of Eric G. Ramsay Jr. Associates, who is marketing Pleasure Island.

And what would an island be without a spot for a boat or two or five. This one offers 640 feet of bulkhead with five boat slips.  

Tags: Schuyler Livingston Parsons Jr. , Pleasure Island , Islip , Eric G. Ramsay Jr. Associates , Untold Friendships , George Gershwin , Charlie Chaplin , Cole Porter , Helen Hayes , Ethel Barrymore , Rudolph Valentino

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