Greenport, the most popular commercial center on the North Fork, is a draw for out-of-towners and locals alike — and as we creep into the warmer months that’s only becoming more and more evident.
Maritime Festival. Mitchell Park. Stirling Square. Claudio’s. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Aldo’s. Frisky Oyster. Greenport Theatre. Scrimshaw. Lucharito’s. The list goes on and on.
And in fact, because this is a competition, here are some more things for the list: East End Seaport Museum. Fifth Street Beach. The last stop of the Long Island Rail Road’s Greenport branch. Sixty-seven steps. Gull Pond. Lydia’s Antiques. Widow’s Hole Oysters. Kontokosta Winery. The ferry to Shelter Island. Sterlington Deli.
The list goes on further. But you probably get the point.
Greenport was settled in the mid-1600s, and was actually first known for its farming industry — not fishing. And a fun fact: the area was also known as Winter Harbor and Stirling way back in the day.
It was later incorporated as a village in the mid-1800s, by which point Greenport was well known as a major whaling port, with two dozen ships lining Greenport Harbor.
While the commercial fishing industry in the village is still hanging on, Greenport today is a place that takes your breath away if you’ve never been to the North Fork before. It’s the final destination for a day trip, a great place to spend a walk-around weekend, or just where you go to spend a night with friends.
Video by Carrie Miller