• Port Washington

  • Port Washington is a picturesque, vibrant community on a peninsula along Nassau County’s north shore. Located just 17 miles from New York City, Port Washington is easily accessible by car, train or boat. Port’s population of about 33,000 represents a multitude of ethnic and religious backgrounds. All share a deep sense of community pride.

    Port Washington features tree-lined residential streets, breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, beautiful parks, a performing arts theater, beaches, marinas, antique shops, historic homes, free summer concerts, friendly shops and over 50 fantastic restaurants. A walk down Main Street is like stepping back to a time where you could spend an afternoon browsing in shops where the owners greet you with warmth and expertise.

    Port Washington was settled in 1644 when 18 English families bought land from the Matinecock Indians and named it “Cow Neck.” Port’s fascinating history includes an era that began in the mid-1800s when shell fishing and sand mining became important industries. Many of New York City’s skyscrapers were built with “Cow Bay Sand” from Port Washington. In 1937, Pan Am flying boats left from Manhasset Bay in Port Washington – the first transatlantic passenger flights ever. Home to Sinclair Lewis and John Philip Sousa, Port Washington was always the epitome of a quaint small town village. F. Scott Fitzgerald fans will recognize Port Washington as “East Egg” in “The Great Gatsby.”

    Come for a day or come to stay, and take advantage of all Port has to offer – friendly shops, fabulous restaurants, unique museums, historic homes, numerous community events and a beautiful waterfront with scenic public parks.

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