Cold Spring Harbor
Cold Spring Harbor itself, located on the Suffolk side at the point of the V that shapes the Harbor, is a quaint seaside hamlet with about 5,000 residents. This lovely bedroom community features beautiful homes ranging from cottages to traditional homes to ultra modern structures. Each has beach and mooring rights at Eagle Dock, the waterfront park at the heart of this friendly community. Family activities abound at Eagle Dock, from camp to evening concerts to beach bonfires; check out their Facebook page at Eagle Dock Community.
Children here go to great schools, including Goosehill Primary School (K - 1st), West Side School (2nd - 6th) in Laurel Hollow, or Lloyd Harbor Elementary, depending on the home’s address. Cold Spring Harbor Junior/Senior High School includes all children in the district for grades 7th - 12th. For such a small place, it casts an international shadow, as it is home to the Dolan DNA laboratory, the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, not to mention the world renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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I grew up in Manhasset, but my husband and I moved to the Village of Lloyd Harbor in 1995, and that is when I really began to understand the magic of coastal living. One thing that makes Lloyd Harbor unique is that it is a peninsula, with views of Lloyd Harbor, the Long Island Sound and Huntington Harbor wherever you turn. So whether or not you own a waterfront home, a water view is always just a few blocks away. The Village includes Lloyd Neck, the isthmus that connects Long Island and portions of the peninsula of Caumsett State Park, which formerly housed the estate of Marshall Field III.
I love living on the water, and I’m a boater, a water skier, a beach walker and a sun worshiper (though much more carefully, these days!) In the summer, my family spends lots of time down at the waterfront village park, enjoying the beach, tennis courts, and the community activities we attend there. Residents have mooring rights and access to the town boat ramp. Our kids attend the summer camp there. Most of all, I love the feeling of being among a group of people with a shared love of our little patch of paradise. It’s what I really mean when I say I’m lucky to live here.
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The Huntington Harbor villages of Huntington and Huntington Bay offer an attractive mix of suburban neighborhoods, historical homesteads, Gold Coast homes, elements of its former shipbuilding persona and a charming and slightly urban downtown area featuring some of the area’s finest and most diverse dining. What more could anyone ask for?
Huntington Village – voted an all American City 2002
I love spending time in Huntington Village. I could probably eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at a different restaurant every day for a month. Yet as hip and urban as parts of Huntington are, it’s also clear that families and businesses here date back for generations, and that people value their history. Generations of Huntington township residents have enjoyed the benefits of a YMCA since it opened in the 1950s. Still a vibrant part of town life, the Huntington Y has undergone a major renovation to expand and upgrade its fitness center, child care space and other amenities. With two indoor swimming pools, a host of new programs and a real atmosphere of rejuvenation, the Huntington Y is the most complete family recreational facility on Long Island.
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Life centers around the water in Centerport, because you're never far from it. Centerport is home to quintessential beach communities and Gold Coast mansions, neighborhoods, waterfront restaurants, yacht clubs and great schools. In other words, there is something for everyone in Centerport.
Nothing epitomizes this like the Vanderbilt Museum (the famous Gold Coast home of William K. Vanderbilt II, now operated by Suffolk County), which features not only the fine art, furnishings and architectural pleasures you might expect, but also a marine museum, natural history habitats, curator's cottage, seaplane hangar, boathouse and a Hall of Fish.
In summer, the livin' in Centerport is definitely easy. Stop by The Shack, a popular roadside snack bar, for dogs and burgers or better yet, steamed Little Neck Clams in drawn butter. If congenial company, a Tiki Bar and a sunset over the water float your boat, head to the Mill Pond Restaurant, featuring steaks, seafood and raw bar. If you'd like to sail up, tie up and spend the afternoon on a sunny deck, make port for the Whale's Tale Café located in the Britannia Yacht Club complex.
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The wide, shop and restaurant-lined Main Street in Northport still features the trolley tracks that used to bring visitors from the Long Island Rail Road station in East Northport to the harbor. There is plenty to see and do on Main Street – including seeing a Broadway quality show at the John W. Engeman Theatre, wine tasting at Northport Tasting Room and Wine Cellar, and browsing the incredible seasonal displays of collectibles at Cow Harbor Fine Gifts and Collectibles (Halloween is my favorite). Breakfast at Tim's Shipwreck Diner, where you'll get great eggs and cakes and can reminisce about the restaurant scene from "In and Out" starring Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck, because that is where it was filmed.
As if that weren't enough, at the end of this marvelous block is the town dock and village green, complete with its walkable pier. It just doesn't get any more picturesque than this. During the summer, my family loves to take our boat to the Northport Harbor, tie up and wander Main Street, stopping for ice cream, playing at the waterfront playground, and sitting on the lawn listening to concerts. Sidewalk sales, street fairs, plein air painters (sponsored by nearby LaMantia Gallery), picnics and other family activities make the park, with its beautiful white gazebo, a magnet for residents. On any given warm day you'll find people walking the pier, admiring the boats and dividing their time between watching people and watching the launches ferry boaters from Seymours Boatyard and the Northport Yacht Club to their moorings.
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