Glen Cove is one of two cities in Nassau County on Long Island, in New York. It is surrounded by the Long Island Sound to the north and Oyster Bay to the east, south, and west.

This article also covers the nearby portions of zoster Bay — the neighborhoods of Lattingtown, Locust Valley, Matinecock, Glen Head, Sea Cliff, Glenwood Landing, Greenvale and Old Brookville.


The old post office building. The old and new post office buildings are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Welwyn mansion, now the Nassau County Holocaust Museum
Victorian house in Sea Cliff

Glen Cove is a multicultural city with a population of 26,936 as of 2009. It is a small city that provides a variety of amenities. The Matinecock Indians – a Native American tribe – founded it. Glen Cove was originally named "Moscheto." English migrants from New England used Glen Cove as a port before 1668.

A man named Joseph Carpenter, from Warwick, Rhode Island purchased about 2,000 acres of the land northwest of the Town of Oyster Bay on May 24, 1668. Later that year Mr. Carpenter admitted four co-partners into the project - three brothers, Nathaniel, Daniel, and Robert Coles, and Nicholas Simkins. These men were all residents of Oyster Bay. The five men named the settlement later spelled "Musketa Cove", which In the Matinecock language means "place of rushes."

Get in


By train


The Long Island Rail Road's Oyster Bay Branch has regular service from Penn Station, though you will likely have to change trains at Jamaica. The branch has stops at Glen Head, Sea Cliff, Glen Street, Glen Cove, and Locust Valley.

  • 1 Sea Cliff railway station.    
  • 2 Glen Street railway station.    
  • 3 Glen Cove railway station, Duck Pond Rd & Pearsall Ave.    

By car


Glen Cove can be accessed from the Long Island Expressway or the Northern State Parkway. From the west, take Glen Cove Road north (LIE exit 39; NSP exit 31); from the east, take NY-107/Cedar Swamp Road north (LIE exit 41, NSP exit 35). The two roads will converge just before reaching Glen Cove.

Get around


There are some LIRR trains and NICE buses.

  • 1 Webb Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Rd, +1 516 671-2213. Small college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering. Its grounds are the former home of industrialist Herbert L. Pratt, known as "The Braes", and its main building is Pratt's 1914 mansion.    
  • 2 Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove. Estate and home of industrialist Harold I. Pratt, now a county park with woodland trails and a beach. The mansion itself is now the Nassau County Holocaust Museum.    
  • 3 Sea Cliff Village Museum, 95 Tenth Ave, Sea Cliff. Sep-Jun: Su 2–5PM. Sea Cliff's museum, located in the same complex as the Village Hall and Library, which used to be a Methodist Church    
  • 4 Victorian houses of Sea Cliff. Sea Cliff is famous for its concentration of late 19th-century Victorian houses, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the houses are on or within a block of Sea Cliff Avenue or Prospect Avenue. These are privately-owned houses with people living in them, so don't gawk for too long!  
  • 5 C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. A university built around Hillwood, the former estate of C. W. Post of breakfast cereal fame    
  • 6 New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury. University whose campus includes several former estates, including the de Seversky Mansion once owned by Alfred I. du Pont, and several buildings from the C. V. Whitey estate    
  • 1 Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Dr (From the L.I.E. or Northern State Pkwy, exit to Glen Cove Rd., North. Take Glen Cove Rd. north. When road becomes Glen Cove Bypass, bear left at fork, and continue to last traffic light at the end of road, facing the Glen Cove Fire House. Turn right and follow directional signs.), +1 516 571-8010. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Closed Sundays and Mondays and Holidays. Garvies Point Museum and Preserve is a center for research on Long Island geology and a valued resource in the study of the Island's Native American archaeology. This museum has many trails you can walk through as well at the preserve. Birthday parties and different types of workshops are offered as well. You can find more information on the website on planning events. Adults $3; children 5-12 $2.
  • 2 Glen Cove Municipal Golf Course, 109 Lattingtown Rd (At the Glen Cove Fire House turn right onto Brewster Street, go four blocks north-east to Dosoris Lane; turn left onto Dosoris Lane. Follow Dosoris Lane north until the very end (T intersection) and turn right onto Lattingtown Road. Travel east along Lattingtown Road about 1 mile, to the entrance of the Glen Cove Municipal Golf Course.), +1 516-676-0550. Glen Cove provides a beautiful 18-hole golf course with a beautiful water view. Residents and non-residents may play the course. They have a pro shop on site and a driving range. On site as well is Stanco Park that has tennis courts and a children's playground. There is also a restaurant on the property called Soundview Cafe.

Glen Cove offers a variety of different restaurants.




  • 1 Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, 200 Dosoris Ln, +1 516 671-6400. The Glen Cove Mansion is on an elegant property of 55 secluded and landscaped acres. They offer 29,000 square feet of event and meeting space. Wireless Internet access is provided as well throughout the hotel. They provide a complete fitness and recreational facilities, including a sauna, steam and massage rooms, indoor pool and whirlpool, garden swimming pool, racquetball courts, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail and a sports field, and the local golf course is available nearby. Guest rooms are both in the Mansion and an annex building, and rooms there can be a long walk in a maze of corridors from the Mansion amenities.    

Stay safe


Glen Cove is a very safe city – as are all of the surrounding communities covered in this article (Lattingtown, Locust Valley, Matinecock, Glen Head, Sea Cliff, Glenwood Landing, Greenvale, Old Brookville, and Brookville). Additionally, Glen Cove and all of the other communities included in this article are all patrolled heavily by the police, and if any issue arises, they will be happy to help you in any way needed.

Like in the rest of the United States, in the event of an emergency, dial 911.



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