Points of Interest on The Water 2017-05-05T03:38:17+00:00

In and Around Manhasset Bay

As you tour around Manhasset Bay, you have to look very closely to see the history that resides there. While not obvious to many, Manhasset Bay is steeped in history, having been the home to many wealthy inhabitants of “The Gold Coast”, and directly across from Kings Point, where F. Scott Fitzgerald was known to have written “The Great Gatsby”. All along the Cow Neck Peninsula (encompassing all of Sands Point and much of Port Washington) can been seen buildings that were newly constructed before and during the Gatsby era. Some of the rich history of Port Washington can be seen through the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society at www.cowneck.org.

CLICK HERE to take a visual 360 degree tour of the Cow neck Peninsula courtesy of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society

To the East

Cruise along the scenic shores of Long Island’s “Gold Coast”, including Hempstead Harbor, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Westchester, Greenwich, Stamford and Darien. All along the shores are mansions of the old and new, from early 20th century to modern design, you can see it all as you cruise and see why it truly is “the Gold Coast”.

To the West

Tour the Shores of Kings Point as you leave the Bay only to find yourself in front of City Island, and along side Fort Totten (see history by clicking here), Fort Schuyler (now New York Maritime College), the Throgs Neck Bridge, and The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Right across the Sound from Manhasset Bay is Hart Island, a former prison and still the home of New York City’s Potter’s Field. There as you stare at the New York City skyline, it should not be surprising that much of the sand used for the cement of the buildings in New York City came from the Port Washington “sand pits”.

History of Fort Totten: The History Channel

Great “Gold Coast” Destination Places to Anchor/Swim/Relax

Half Moon Beach, Sands Point – Surrounded by beautiful waterfront real estate mansions with a view of the New York City Skyline, Half Moon Beach is a convenient close-by place to anchor, have lunch, swim and enjoy the day on the boat.

Hempstead Harbor – The next harbor due East from Manhasset Bay, and just past Execution Rocks Lighthouse, you enjoy cruising in the wide open water  and anchor on the East Side of Sands Point in front of the historic Guggenheim Estate buildings from the early 20th Century. These include The Hempstead House, Castle Gould and Falaise, all part of Sands Point Preserve today. On the west side, you can see Webb Institute, known as “The Braes”, the former country estate of Herbert L. Pratt of Standard Oil fame, and the largest of six Pratt family mansions in Glen Cove.

Oyster Bay & West Harbor – approximately a 45 minute boat cruise East can take you to one of the most beautiful harbors on the Sound. Oyster Bay will typically offer boaters a tranquil anchorage and beautiful real estate scenery. Oyster Bay is the home of “Sagamore Hill” , the home and “Summer White House” of Theodore Roosevelt, and is now a National Historic Site. Centre Island, protecting and forming Oyster Bay is home to many Gold Coast mansions, which can be easily seen along the shores in and around the Bay.

Waterfront Restaurants on Manhasset Bay – Dine on the Water

Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille
(next to Inspiration Wharf) – You can walk there!

LaMotta’s Restaurant
Manhasset Bay Marina

Butler’s Flat
Brewer’s Capri Marina West

La Parma on the Bay
415 Main Street, Port Washington

Glen Cove, New York – On North Shore of LI (approx. 25 min)

Boathouse Waterside Café @ Brewer’s Glen Cove
(516) 277-2088


Rye, New York – On Long Island Sound (approx. 35 min)

Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar
(914) 967-1020

City Island, New York (approx. 25 min)

City Island Lobster House
(718) 855-1459

Portofino Ristorante – Italian & Seafood
(718) 885-1220

Sea Shore Restaurant
(718) 885-0300

Light House Restaurant
(347) 913-4005

Greenwich, CT (approx. 45 min)

De La Mar Hotel

Stamford, CT (approx. 1 hour)

Crab Shell
(203) 967-7229
Dock at Stamford Landing Marina (203) 965-0065

(203) 817-0700
Dock at Stamford Landing Marina (203) 965-0065


Huntington, NY (approx. 1 hour)

Prime  – Fine American Cuisine & Bar
(631) 385-8197
VHF Ch. 9