About the Waterfront Center
Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State.
This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi.
Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility.
Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
News & Updates
- March 6th, 2014
With the extreme cold temperatures we have been dealing with over the last few weeks, I decided to take a closer look Beekman beach to see how it was handling these harsh conditions. The beach gets ready for the winter naturally by changing its shape and creating sand bars offshore in deeper waters. Besides ...
- February 7th, 2014The Waterfront Center is proud to launch a new, improved website platform that gives our visitors better access to the programs they know and love. As we celebrate the start of the new season, we’ve included a brief overview of some of the new features:
Visitors can now search for programs, courses, and ...
- February 6th, 2014We are pleased to welcome Margaret Reddington as the new Program Director of the WaterFront Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from C.W. Post and has experience as a classroom teacher and running recreational programs. Margaret started working at the Village of Freeport Recreation Center in 2009 where she was an integral ...
- January 15th, 2014On January 30th, Jack Halyards Restaurant in Oyster Bay, hosted a public screening of Ocean Frontiers II, a documentary film about the future of our waterways and oceans in relationship to offshore wind energy and other alternative energy resources. Sponsoring this event was The WaterFront Center, Friends of the Bay and Oakcliff Sailing Center. There ...
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