Northwest Harbor, New York

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Northwest Harbor is a census-designated place named for the bay on the South Fork of Long Island connecting Sag Harbor, Shelter Island and East Hampton town to Gardiners Bay and the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The bay derives its name from being northwest of East Hampton village. The name Northwest Harbor is applied to the Northwest Woods neighborhood (sometimes shortened to simply Northwest) of the town of East Hampton. It is also applied to Northwest Landing at Northwest Creek (a salt water outlet from the inlet to the harbor) which was the first port for East Hampton and became a major whaling port in the late 17th and early 18th centuries[2] until it was replaced by Sag Harbor two miles to the west of the landing where the water was deeper. Ships of Sag Harbor must pass through Northwest Harbor at the Cedar Point Lighthouse in order to reach Gardiners Bay and the open ocean.

During the American Revolution it was the site of two conflicts including Meigs Raid in which Americans burned Sag Harbor and captured 90 British soldiers and an incident which Isaac Van Scoy killed a British soldier with a pitchfork.[3] The British were to conduct another raid during the War of 1812.

During the Great Hurricane of 1938 sand enclosed the harbor at its mouth at the Cedar Point Lighthouse leaving only a narrow channel into Gardiners Bay.

In January 2007 Northwest Landing made national news in efforts to save several common dolphins that had swum up the creek.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 16.1 square miles (41.7 km²), of which, 14.5 square miles (37.6 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) of it (9.81%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,059 people, 1,181 households, and 818 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 210.6 per square mile (81.3/km²). There were 3,008 housing units at an average density of 207.1/sq mi (80.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.49% White, 3.63% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.62% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.15% of the population.[1]

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