Even on a gray, dreary weekday in Greenport - the wind whipping boat lines against dock pilings - children rode their bikes down the sidewalks, people walked their dogs and sipped coffee in cafes, and cars formed a line at the North Ferry station.
Because of its scenic waterfront vistas, old-world feel and modern attractions, Greenport was recently named one of America’s Prettiest Towns by Forbes.com.
“We’ve known it all along,” said Village Mayor David Nyce. “It’s one of those unique places that retains its heritage while still being progressive.”
In the April 12 article, Forbes.com writer John Giuffo called the working fishing village on the North Fork of the island “a town that perfectly mixes unpretentious Americana with the trappings of the modern food and wine scene.”
Forbes.com worked with Frommer’s, Rough Guides and Midwestern Living magazine to compile the list of 11 cities from across the country, according to the article. Other places that made the list include: Sonoma, Calif.; Stillwater, Minn.; Cooperstown, N.Y.; and Montpelier, Vt.
The article also called Greenport, with a population of about 2,400, “perhaps Long Island’s most attractive locale,” citing a mix of beach cottages, “old-school seafood shacks,” and fine dining.
Nyce said the village has plenty to offer, including a vibrant business district, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and nearby wineries. He said the marinas are still busy ports for working fisherman and there is also a transient dock to make travel to Greenport by boat easier for visitors.
The village is in the process of restoring some of its historic buildings, he said, including the old kindergarten schoolhouse, built in 1818, and the jailhouse, built in 1917 and used until 1995.
Nyce’s must-see suggestion for visitors?
“It’s one-square mile,” he said. “See all of it.”