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Laurel is a census-designated place roughly corresponding to the hamlet (unincorporated community) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is in the towns of Southold and Riverhead. The population was 1,188 at the 2000 census.
The area was originally known as the "Middle Ground" between Southold and the Town of Riverhead. Later it was called Franklinville, but relinquished that name for Laurel due to a conflict of names with another Franklinville.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.33%) is water.