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Northport - Long Island Neighborhood Profile

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Colorful boats in Northport Harbor.

Colorful boats in Northport Harbor.

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Northport at a Glance:

Northport is a North Shore waterfront village, and part of the Town of Huntington in Suffolk County. The bayside Northport Harbor borders the village to the west, and Long Island Sound lies to the north. Long-gone trolleys once ran through Northport, and Main Street still has the remaining trolley tracks to prove it.

With the atmosphere of a quiet village, Northport’s Main Street is filled with cozy cafés, restaurants and boutiques. During winter holiday time, the trees lining the streets sparkle with bright lights, and in summer, water sports and festivals attract many visitors to the town.

Northport Transportation:

Trains from the Long Island Railroad's Northport Station take about an hour to arrive in New York City's Penn Station. Route 25A and Jericho Turnpike are south of the town.

Northport History:

The Matinecock Indians originally lived in this land by a sheltered harbor. In 1656, their chief sold the land to three Englishmen. It became known as Great Cow Harbor because of the cattle grazing there. It later became a shipbuilding community. In 1837, the area became known as the Village of Northport.

Famous Residents:

  • Patti LuPone, Tony-award winning actress and singer
  • Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road
  • Antoine de Saint Exupery, aviator and author of The Little Prince

Northport Bars, Restaurants, and Other Eateries:

  • Skipper's Pub (34 Main Street) serves seafood, salads, sandwiches and burgers, all with harbor views.

  • Caffe Portofino (249 Main Street) is a cozy place to enjoy paninis, pastries and other desserts while sipping cappuccinos or lattes.

  • Campari (225 Main Street) serves traditional Italian fare, including excellent pizza, and homemade desserts.

  • Main Street Café (47 Main Street) has a casual atmosphere, a bar and good food, including burgers and New England clam chowder.

  • Stop by the Danish family-owned Copenhagen Bakery (75 Woodbine Avenue) for mouthwatering Danish pastries, tempting cookies and donuts, and hearty breads.

  • In the mood for a quick, healthy carrot juice? Organically Yours (114 Main Street) offers delicious goodies-to-go, a juice bar and fresh, organic produce.
  • Northport Shopping:

    • Looking for antiques? Northport’s Main Street has a number of shops for you, including Wild Rose Antiques (189 Main Street) and Northport Country Shop (171 Main Street).

    • The Flower Basket, (6 Laurel Avenue) is a family-owned business that sells fragrant bouquets and flower arrangements.

    • Book lovers will find gently used, good reads at The Dog-Eared Book Shop (146 Main Street).

    • Parents can find quality clothing for infants through size 14 at Main Street Kids (139 Main Street).

  • The Essence (28 Vernon Valley Road, East Northport) bills itself as “A Place for Body, Mind and Spirit.” The boutique sells pendants made of amethysts, rubies and other gemstones, sterling silver jewelry, essential aromatic oils, and music for relaxation.
  • Northport Activities & Attractions:

    • The first Friday of every month, Long Island’s best tenors and sopranos sing at Opera Night at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (270 Main Street) from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

    • The John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main Street) describes itself as the place “Where Broadway meets Main Street.” Upcoming musical productions include The Foreigner, Little Women, and Oliver!

    • The Northport Historical Society and Museum (215 Main Street). For over four decades, this museum has been telling the story of the village through exhibits.

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