Welcome to Port Washington
An affluent hamlet on the North Shore of Long Island considered one of the most desirable places to live in the New York City area
Located approximately 18 miles from Manhattan, Port Washington is a waterfront community that offers residents a dense suburban feel. F. Scott Fitzgerald used many of Port Washington’s historical sites for inspiration for East Egg in The Great Gatsby. It is also one of the safest areas of Long Island.
Port Washington’s importance to the region dates to the 1870s when it became a big sand-mining town. With the largest sandbank east of the Mississippi and easy barge access to Manhattan, approximately 140 million cubic yards of sand was used for concrete for skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, as well as the New York City subway.
Port Washington is clean, peaceful, and has the feel of a real town. It also has a nautical feel, as it’s nestled between Manhasset Bay and Hempstead Bay on Long Island Sound. It has great schools and an easy commute into New York. Most residents own their own homes, and it has become desirable among retirees.
What to Love
- Sands Point Preserve is a large estate built for Howard Gould and completed for Daniel Guggenheim in 1912. It is located in Sands Point on the North Shore of Long Island
- Louie's Grill & Liquors is an iconic seafood restaurant dating to 1905 with deck seating and a view of Manhasset Bay
- Port Washington Water Taxi offers a variety of tour options from 15- to 90-minutes long, leaving from its dock on Manhasset Bay
People & Lifestyle
Residents rave that it would be possible to never leave Port Washington because they have everything they need right there. There are tiny neighborhoods as well as waterfront homes and marinas that give it a nautical feel.
Port Washington has a dense suburban feel and is a perfect place for professionals who can enjoy both a comfortable place to live and an easy commute into the city. The median household income is $128,000, and the median home value is approximately $880,000.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Port Washington offers a wide selection of dining spots. Some of the most popular restaurants are Salvatore's Coal Oven Pizzeria not far from the waterfront and DiMaggio’s Trattoria in central Port Washington. Other favorites include Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille on the waterfront and The Wild Goose and Finn MacCools on Main Street.
Visitors can experience the flavor of Port Washington by strolling along Main Street and discovering shops such as The Dolphin Bookshop, Stam Gallery, Impulse Boutique, and wit & whim. Port Washington Town Plaza and Roslyn Town Plaza are the major malls serving the area.
Things to Do
One of the most fun things to do in Port Washington is to drive around to some of the sites that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Among them are the Sands Point Preserve and the Kings Point Estate. There are also plenty of outdoor activities, such as stand-up paddleboarding, visiting Manorhaven Beach Park, or learning how to sail at Port Sailing School.
Landmark on Main Street is a not-for-profit community center that offers various events, while Blumenfeld Family Park has a large central green.
Port Washington is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- John Philip Sousa Elementary School is a top public school offering education for kindergarten through fifth grade
- Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School has an enrollment of about 1,250 children in grades sixth through eighth
- Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School is a four-year public school with an enrollment of 1,600 students and a high participation in advanced placement classes