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Port Washington is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the community population was 15,846.Port Washington is a hamlet within and directly governed by the town of North Hempstead.With rolling hills and a serpentine coastline in the northwest corner of Nassau County, Port Washington is studded with marinas, yacht clubs and golf courses. The Great Neck peninsula is across Manhasset Bay to the west; Manhasset and Plandome are to the south; Roslyn lies southeast. Besides an unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington is home to four incorporated villages: Baxter Estates, Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point, plus part of the village of Flower Hill.HistoryIn the 1870s Port Washington became an important sand-mining town; it had the largest sandbank east of the Mississippi, and easy barge access to Manhattan. Some 140 million cubic yards of local sand were used for concrete for New York skyscrapers like the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, according to Jon Kaiman, the Town Supervisor until 2013. Fifteen years ago the sand mines were redeveloped as Harbor Links, a golf course for North Hempstead residents.Port Washington is depicted as the area of East Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.
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