While working my way through obtaining a marine science degree, I was lucky enough to be taken on as a vet tech at an animal hospital. It was in Mamaroneck, a lovely town in Westchester with a pretty little harbor on the Long Island Sound. I was struck at the time by how often we […]
. The Webb Institute, nestled along the Long Island Sound in Glen Cove, is a unique college. Originally founded in the Bronx in 1889 by shipbuilder and philanthropist William H. Webb, this academic gem has just one major — naval architecture and marine engineering. Webb has a small student body; the current number of students […]
Called Pirates Cove by many, Mt. Misery by others, some Port Jefferson and nearby North Shore boaters just say, “We’re going to The Cove.” No matter what you name it going in, you’ll call it a great place once you’ve dropped anchor in this calm water haven on the east side of the entrance to […]
. Looking out across the Long Island Sound, you might just see a reflection of the sky and passing boats, but another world exists below the water. It’s amazing to think about all the different living things that thrive in our waters, from huge whales to teeny plankton. North Atlantic right whales are the largest […]
Whether you live on Long Island or boat over from a neighboring state, there’s a significant chance that you’ve enjoyed multiple visits to the Village of Port Jefferson. Located about the halfway point of Long Island on its north side along a deep water harbor leading to the Long Island Sound, the bustling village is […]
Long Island has its share of beautiful architectural lighthouses. Boaters, spoiled by the views, rarely (if ever) focus on the cost of upkeep as we pass by these beauties. One such picturesque lighthouse known to boaters in the western Long Island Sound and travelers across the Throgs Neck Bridge is Stepping Stones Lighthouse. Built in […]
Suffolk County, New York’s hundreds of miles of open water, coves, bays, and beaches attract numerous pleasure boaters. Keeping them safe is the mission of the 70-person Suffolk County Marine Bureau. The Marine Bureau is a permanent year-round unit of the Suffolk County Police Department, patrolling the waters of the Long Island Sound, the Great […]
Fall days may be shorter, but that’s no reason to stop boating. Take advantage of a sun-drenched day by taking a short-ish trip to a welcoming cove. The southeast part of Coecles Harbor is a wonderful place to drop anchor. Known as Cedar Island Cove, this is one of the protected areas […]
Christina Sun is a maritime artist whose passion for the New York Harbor inspires her artwork. Her connection with the harbor entices her to spend days with a paint brush or pen in hand drawing and painting the ships, tankers, and other vesselspassing though it. Her last name fits an artist whose creations are warm, […]
In the summer, you spend a lot of time on,in, and around the water. In case you’re curious, we’ve collected some interesting facts for you on certain of our nearby water bodies. Long Island Sound The Sound is 21 miles wide at its widest point and 113 miles long. The volume of water in Long […]
. Though there’s no big plot twist at the end, no action-packed moments, and no real story line,Great Yachts of Long Island’s North Shore by Robert B. MacKay may be the most interesting book you will read this year. The book is filled with photos of the biggest and best vessels and waterside homes of […]
It may surprise you to know that there is now more plastic than plankton swirling in our oceans. Plastic pollution from throwaway plastic bags, bottles, and bottle caps have become all too common on beaches, rivers, harbors, bays, and open waters. When you consider that the global annual plastic production has grown from 1.9 million […]
Nestled in the heart of the Bronx,City Island is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle (and traffic!) of New York City. Bordered by the Long Island Sound on the south, Eastchester Bay on the west, and City Island Harbor on the east, City Island is a simple to reach retreat, as it’s located […]
. Recreational boating is not just about enjoying our time out on the waters. If we want our playgrounds to remain vital and clean, it’s up to us to maintain clean vessels. In recent years, there’s been tremendous desire for green cleaning products and eco-friendlier approaches to reducing boating’s carbon footprint and clearing our waters […]
In his youth, Adam Grohman was interested in historical sites as well as the underwater environment. He took up snorkeling at an early agein his home state of New Jersey,and eventually became SCUBA certified as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). While stationed in Cuba, Grohman yearned to use his diving knowledge to […]
An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.
Boating is enjoyable whether you’re alone or in the company of others, but some don’t enjoy a solitary experience. They look for like-minded sea lovers who want to get together and make waves. Long Island Single Sailors Association (LISSA) is a boating singles group that has been around for 25 years. Its members, mainly from […]
Most of us have a pair of comfortable jeans we love to wear, a favorite restaurant that feels welcoming and relaxing, and a movie we’d gladly watch over and over. Most boaters also have a favorite spot to visit, so we asked readers to share the spot they’d choose over all others. If it’s a […]
Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Though he may not have been talking about Long Island’s incredible natural wildlife and habitats, it’s true that some are tucked away within Long Island’s National Wildlife Refuges. There are nine such U.S. refuges on Long Island, explains Jody DeMeyre, Visitor […]
Click on each highlighted cove listing below to read our review. North Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Little Bay Leeds Pond North Hempstead Town Beach West Harbor The Sand Hole Lloyd Harbor Sand City Nissequogue River Whitehall Beach Pirates Cove South Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Plumb Beach Short Beach Zach’s […]
The northwest part of Oyster Bay Harbor, known as West Harbor, is one of the most protected sections of Oyster Bay. Located to the west side of Centre Island, this area is wide open, providing a nice place to drop anchor. Jump in the water to cool off, watch vessels of all sizes pass by, and gaze […]
Drop anchor and enjoy the views, go swimming, or raft up with friends. Nearby is a beach you can reach by dinghy (there are no facilities).
In 1978, I owned a 1971 24’ Revelcraft with a 318 Chrysler salt-water-cooled inboard engine. This was a very comfortable boat, capable of taking me and my fiancée on extended-day adventures away from the mooring in Oyster Bay. One beautiful day, we decided to take the boat across the Long Island Sound to Connecticut. […]
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the largest park in Queens. There’s plenty to do on its 1,255 acres, including visiting three sites that are fun for the whole family.
Very few local day trips provide as much breathtaking scenery and shoreline architecture as does a cruise around Manhattan. Moreover, New York City is easily accessible from both the north and south shores, making this trip ideal for many Long Island boaters.
The American Merchant Marine Museum provides information and displays boats and other historical objects such as marine art, ship models and nautical artifacts. Located at the McNulty Campus on the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point (516-773-5515), the museum provides merchant marine perspective on World War II.
Long Island’s glacial history is on display at Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove, with exhibits illustrating Long Island’s glacial history, the formation of its present land features, post-glacial changes in climate and sea level, and Native American culture and archaeology. The waterside preserve has 62 acres of glacial moraine, with beach bluffs made up […]
Stony Brook is a quaint village with a welcoming atmosphere. With its stores, tours, parks, and museums, it is truly a place for every member of the family. The Stony Brook Yacht Club is a short walking distance from the heart of town, but before venturing over to Main Street, boaters may want to hop […]
If you enjoy live theater and are always looking for new places to visit by boat, why not combine the two activities? We’ve compiled a list of theaters that are accessible by boat and nearby vessel lodging. All that you need to do is check the schedule of plays and musicals, buy tickets, and reserve […]
Are you a cove hunter? You know, the type of boater that simply likes to find a calm place to spend a day at anchor?