The Cow Neck Peninsula is a peninsula in Nassau County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island.
The peninsula, as seen on a map from 1917.
An aerial photo of the North Shore of Long Island, looking west. The Cow Neck Peninsula is visible as the first peninsula at the center, with Manhasset Bay immediately above it and Hempstead Harbor immediately below it.
The Cow Neck Peninsula was named Cow Neck in the 17th Century, in large part due to the fact that it served as a common pasture at the time. The Cow Neck Peninsula is famous for its affluence and historic communities, and was famous for its sand mines along Hempstead Harbor throughout the 20th Century.
It is believed that 90% of the concrete that built the foundations of New York City came from the Port Washington sand mines, and that over 100 million tons of sand were shipped to Manhattan.
The Cow Neck Peninsula is also known as Manhasset Neck or simply as Cow Neck.
On its west side, the Cow Neck Peninsula is bordered by Manhasset Bay. On its east side, it is bordered by Hempstead Harbor. To the north, it is bordered by the Long Island Sound.
Some places on the Cow Neck Peninsula – notably in Flower Hill and Manhasset – reach elevations high enough for the skyline of New York City to be seen from ground level.
List of towns
An 1873 Beers map, showing the Town of North Hempstead. The Cow Neck Peninsula is shown at top. Note that this map was made prior to the incorporation of many villages, and as such, certain villages are not shown on this map.
The following towns are located on the Cow Neck Peninsula – either in part or in whole:
Additionally, the Cow Neck Peninsula is located entirely within the Town of North Hempstead.