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Port Washington
U.S. Census Map of Port Washington
U.S. Census Map of Port Washington
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 40°49′44″N 73°41′12″W / 40.82889°N 73.68667°W / 40.82889; -73.68667Coordinates: 40°49′44″N 73°41′12″W / 40.82889°N 73.68667°W / 40.82889; -73.68667
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
Town North Hempstead
Area
 • Total 5.6 sq mi (14.6 km2)
 • Land 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
Elevation
98 ft (30 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,846
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11050-11055
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-59520
GNIS feature ID 0960979

Port Washington is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the community population was 15,846.

Port Washington is a hamlet within and directly governed by the town of North Hempstead. With rolling hills and a serpentine coastline in the northwest corner of Nassau County, Port Washington is studded with marinas, parks, yacht clubs and golf courses. The Great Neck peninsula is across Manhasset Bay to the west; Manhasset and Plandome are to the south; Roslyn lies southeast. Besides an unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington is home to four incorporated villages: Baxter Estates, Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point, plus part of the village of Flower Hill. According to Forbes, Port Washington is ranked as the 348th wealthiest place in the United States as of 2015, with a median home sale price of $1,191,865.

History

In the 1870s, Port Washington became an important sand-mining town; it had the largest sandbank east of the Mississippi, and easy barge access to Manhattan. Some 140 million cubic yards of local sand were used for concrete for New York skyscrapers like the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, according to Jon Kaiman, the Town Supervisor until 2013. Fifteen years ago, the sand mines were redeveloped as Harbor Links, a golf course for North Hempstead residents.

Port Washington is depicted as the area of East Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.

The Thomas Dodge Homestead, Execution Rocks Light, Gould-Guggenheim Estate, William Landsberg House, Main Street School, Monfort Cemetery, Sands-Willets Homestead, and John Philip Sousa House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Knickerbocker Yacht Club is a yacht club in Port Washington for over 100 years.

Geography

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Baxter Pond, November 2007

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (11 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (25.22%) is water.

Bar Beach

Bar beach
Bar Beach
Bar Beach North Hempstead
Bar Beach North Hempstead

Bar Beach is a beach located on the North Shore (Long Island), in Port Washington. It is adjacent to Hempstead Harbor beach.

A fireworks display sometimes takes place at the beach on Memorial Day but not in 2007. The absence of fireworks has been blamed on the Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza by the Town of North Hempstead. Fireworks returned to Bar Beach (renamed as North Hempstead Beach Park in 2008) on Memorial Day, with the Town of North Hempstead fully sponsoring the event. In late 2007, the Town assumed management of the neighboring beach, Hempstead Harbor, from Nassau County. After beginning renovations to this portion of the beach, the entire property was re-opened in the spring of 2008 as North Hempstead Beach Park.

In addition to the annual Memorial Day fireworks show, the beach is host to "Beachfest", an end of summer festival which is held each September. Beachfest features music, games, food vendors, and attractions for all ages.

Demographics

2010 Census

As of the 2010 census, the population was 82.2% White 74.7% Non-Hispanic White, 2.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 8% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 4.8% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.4% of the population.

Places of worship

Churches

  • St Stephen's Episcopal Church (Episcopalian)
  • Lutheran Church of Our Savior (Lutheran) – ELCA)
  • 1st Church of Christ Scientist Port Washington (Christian Science)
  • United Methodist Church of Port Washington (Methodist)
  • Faith Korean Church of Long Island (Presbyterian)
  • Our Lady of Fatima (Roman Catholic)
  • St Peter of Alcantara (Roman Catholic)
  • Bible Church-Port Washington
  • New York Philadelphia Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian)
  • Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church (Greek Orthodox)

Synagogues

  • Temple Beth Israel (Conservative)
  • The Community Synagogue (Reform)
  • Port Jewish Center (Reform)
  • Chabad of Port Washington (Orthodox)
  • Chevrat Tefillah (conservative)
Port Washington Fire Department 100th Anniversary Logo
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Port Washinton Fire Department Fighting House Fire September 2011
PWFD Fighting a Structure Fire in Sands Point
Port Washinton Fire Department Attacking Basement Fire September 2011
PWFD Attacks a Basement Fire in Port Washington North

Transportation

Port Washington is the terminus of New York State Route 101, and of the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road built at the end of the 19th century at a station of the same name, opening for passengers in 1898. Anticipating growth due to the railroad, the community was renamed from Cow Neck. Shoreline roads connect it to Manhasset and Roslyn, New York. During part of the 1930s, before the opening of New York City's Marine Air Terminal, Port Washington was the New York base of the Yankee Clipper Boeing 314 seaplane.

The N23 bus operated by Nassau Inter-County Express from Manorhaven to either Mineola or Hempstead also serves Port Washington, running along Main Street and Port Washington Boulevard.

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