Good Times Book Store
My favorite spot in Port Jefferson is this book shop on East Main Street.
In business since 1972 at this location, founded and still operated by Michael and Mary Mart, the shop is Suffolk County's oldest antiquarian bookshop. Except for a few Book Fairs a year on Long Island and in New York City, the shop's sales are conducted on premise or via the internet.
The Good Times Book Store is a wonderful place to explore for local book, travel books, speciality books, especially on Maritime subjects - one of my interests - history and travel books - another interest.
Good Times Book Shop, 150 E.Main Street, (631) 928-2664 I can spend hours in the book store.
My favorite place
"There's so much to do in Port Jeff"
This is a big locals place to go. It's beautiful, best in the spring and summer. There are an abundance of places to eat for every price range. It's a great place to hang out with friends and get ice cream or candy, or go on a romantic date. There's also lots of cute boutiques, and a great playground for kids.
The weather forecast called for a beautiful spring day, high 50's and sunny. So I took a daytrip drive out to Long Island since I have never been east of Queens and Brooklyn.
I spent most of my time in the area of Port Jefferson. Charming waterside town, with Main St full of restaurants and shops. The activity I most enjoyed was being near the water. Drove north along Old Field Rd and meandered until there was a spot to pull off near the water. Ahhh to experience the sun, wind, sand, and salt water. Are you here yet summer?
"Brookhaven's Port of entry"
Port Jefferson, today, is an attractive tourist location and an incorporated village undergoing both revitalization and historic preservation - two activities that are often in conflict, providing contrasting priorities. Port Jefferson, became a bustling seaport and shipbuilding area in the 19th century, which led to the building of many attractive Victorian homes.
In 1874, Richard M. Bayles described Port Jefferson as: "Nestling cosily in the bottom of a deep valley, Port Jefferson appears to the vision of a traveler as a little world of busy life all hid away by itself among the rugged hills that surround it. Since the commencement of the present century it has grown from a little hamlet of less than half a dozen houses to a village of about two thousand inhabitants, and is to-day one of the most important centres of trade in Suffolk County. . . It lies at the head of a beautiful harbor, two miles east of Setauket, and at the present eastern terminus of the Smithtown and Port Jefferson Railroad (now the Long Island Railroad). The Indian name of the locality was Souwassett, which was at an early period set aside for the characteristic title of Drowned Meadow. The natural condition of the site was unfavorable for building upon, being composed minly of salt marshes overflowed by the tide, and steep hill-sides."
The Port Jefferson Bridgeport Ferry provides a direct connection with New England while contributing to the economic vitality of the main harbor on the north shore of Long Island.
"A Harbor for Water-Borne Activities"
Port Jefferson is a wonderful destination for both sail and power boats. These is sufficient dock space for transients and a harbor with many locations to drop anchor for the day.
The sandpit on the east side of the north end of the harbor is a fairly good size sheltered location. On the west side of the harbor is a sheltered area that includes the entrance to Setauket Harbor and the narrows leading to Conscience Bay.
"A Local Commercial and Recreational Seaport"
In addition to the Port Jefferson Bridgeport Ferry there are, during the spring, summer and fall seasons, charter fishing and recreational boats that will take you into Long Island Sound for a day's outing. These are supplemented by a number of sailing vessels that make frequent visits to the harbor during festivals and other village events.
sayville's new Port Jefferson Page
Port Jefferson is located approximately 56 miles east of New York City, in the northern part of central Suffolk County. Being easily accessible by road, railroad and water (Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Steamboat Company and private boat), one would expect that the historic nature of the village would have disappeared long ago. Not so! A stroll down tree-lined streets, where many shops and restaurants occupy historic buildings, clearly affirms the village's commitment to maintaining its "small town" appeal. From its beginnings as a waterside home for the Setauket Indians, to its present-day position as a popular day-trip destination, Port Jefferson has grown and prospered.
A little history about Port Jefferson - How Port Jefferson got it's Name.
Back in 1682, when John Roe built his home at the edge of the harbor, in the area once known as "Drowned Meadow," he probably never imagined that it would grow from these humble beginnings.
Twenty-five years after this first home by the water was built, true harbor development began. When John Wilse, a Setauket shipbuilder, received permission to build an 18 foot pier into the harbor, the village's long-term interdependence on the sea was born. In 1797, at his boatyard in "the meadow," he built a 40-ton sloop, thus beginning Port Jefferson's long history of shipbuilding. This was quickly followed by additional projects, including the construction of wharves and marine railways. In 1835, with its increasing commerce and growing population, Jeffersonian democrats renamed the meadow Port Jefferson.
Years later,P.T. Barnum and associates founded a steamboat line in the village. Today, the same company continues to operate the "Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Steamboat Company," annually transporting over 750,000 passengers between Long Island and New England.
In 1963, Port Jefferson incorporated.Having beautiful beaches, a deep water harbor, sheltered anchorages, and well-appointed marinas, the village now had a vehicle for protecting its abundant resources as well as improving its amenities. Port Jefferson became a beautiful playground, offering a quality of life which continues to lure new residents, businesses, professionals and visitors.