About the Area
Port Washington is securely tucked along Nassau County’s north shore on a peninsula just 17 miles from New York City.
Dating back to the mid-1600s, the ‘village’ was one of the earliest settlements on Long Island, and was part of the Cow Neck peninsula. The Matinecock Indians named this community "Sin Sink" or "place of many stones." In 1643, they sold the land to 18 English families from Stamford, Connecticut for a mix of kettles, wampum, lead, gunpowder, cloth and clothing.
During the mid 1800s, shell fishing became an important industry, as did sand mining. A ferry began service to New Rochelle in 1753, a stagecoach began bringing residents into New York City in 1830, and in 1898 the Long Island Rail Road established a station in Port Washington. The service brought visitors to the area and helped to establish Port Washington as a commuting community for NYC workers.
Today, just five square miles make up this picturesque village featuring tree-lined streets, breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, beaches, beautiful parks, an active community center, a theater, fantastic restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, boutiques and wonderful shops. History buffs can visit historic homes and browse through the local history and nautical collections of the renowned Port Washington Public Library.
While visiting Brewer Capri Marina, guests can explore the world-famous Americana Shopping Center, featuring luxury stores and Manhasset's Miracle Mile, is just a short cab-ride away. Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive-style shops—including Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, Williams Sonoma, and Laura Ashley—are found in abundance.
Located just east of Throg's Neck Bridge, Brewer Capri Marina is still within easy reach of New York City's five boroughs, Westchester County, and Southern Connecticut. Railroad and airport service, as well as the Port Washington Water Taxi, are nearby making this a convenient access point for boaters.If you're hungry, Port Washington is the place to go. There are several delicatessens, on Main Street, along with bagel shops, pizzerias and cafes. Sit-down restaurants cater to virtually every taste and budget. Some overlook Manhasset Bay and offer outdoor dining during warm weather.