“The nice thing about Port Washington is that it still has a connection to its history, unlike other places that have been overdeveloped,” says Sam LeDily, who manages his family’s Vintage Port Wine Bar and Cafe at 109D Main St. “It still has remnants of the old port town that it was,” he says.
But: “The problem with Port Washington for young people is that you can’t live here — there’s no affordable housing,” says DeLily, 22, who lives with his family. He adds that the town is about a 45-minute train ride to Manhattan and, “because of the train, this is the perfect spot for young professionals, but they can’t afford it.”
Port Washington resident, Robert Sabino, 43, likes the convenience of Main Street, where walking from the East to the West side is an easy mile filled with quaint shops and restaurants. He recommend whoopie pies from Baked to Perfection at 91 Main St.
Aaron Drucker, 39, lives in nearby Roslyn but frequents Port Washington to go to restaurants, ride his bike and take his kids ice-skating at the skating center at 70 Seaview Blvd.
» Help out: Port Washington is home to the North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption group. Volunteers and support are always needed (www.animalleague.org).
» Take a flying leap: Did you know the Yankee Clipper, Pan Am’s “flying boat,” made the first trans-Atlantic mail run between Port Washington and Marseilles, France, in 1939? Visit Port Washington Public Library’s Local History Center at 1 Library Drive for the details.
» Pay tribute: For more than 100 years, Port Washington’s sand banks helped build NYC’s buildings. Two bronze sculptures of sandminers have been installed on the site of what will soon become the Sandminers Monument Park on West Shore Road, adjacent to the Harbor Links Golf Course.