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January 19, 2008

Seaford Dock

Filed under: Photo's,Sand, Sea & Sky,Secret Places by Bill @ 10:03 am

Seaford Dock SignWell, that’s not what it was called when I was a kid. At that time I don’t think it even had a name. It was just a plot of land where people kept boats and guys like Captain Eddy, Pops, and Catfish Max rented small outboard powered boats to weekend fisherman hoping to catch some flounder in the bay.

These days, it’s a park with cute little restaurant next door, and one of the places I like to visit when I need some time on the water. So, yesterday I picked up some burgers from All American, which is just a few blocks away, and went to the dock. It was a perfect lunch hour.

Plenty of benches in the park.

There’s a garden in the middle of the park
And a very nice garden in the center.

After lunch I stopped in at the appropriately named Parkside Café. I’ve never eaten here, but it seems promising. Kaitlyn, the Friday night bartender, told me that the food is excellent and because of its small size, reservations are definitely recommended. Look for a full review from me when the weather gets nice enough to enjoy the waterside seating. (More about Long Island restaurants.)

Bar and dining room
With only about 8 tables this is one of the smallest Long Island restaurants I’ve ever seen.

Seaford dock is located at the end of Sand’s Lane off Seamen’s Neck Road. Now as rustic as it may appear, you don’t want to drive on Sand’s Lane. It’s a very narrow, private road that’s not maintained very well. You’ll sink into potholes and roadside shrubs will scratch your car. It’s also a one-way street leading out of the park, not in.

a very narrow road
The hedges will do a number on your paint job and you’ll bottom out in the potholes.

The only way to get to Seaford Dock is Seamen’s Neck Road to Atlantic View to Archer to Alder.


  1. I have not been to this spot in over 30 plus years. It sure has been fixed up very nice.

    Comment by Kelsci — January 6, 2010 @ 2:20 am

  2. Yes, they fixed up nice, but I think I liked better when it actually had a purpose…

    Comment by Bill — January 7, 2010 @ 7:42 am

  3. Any info on wher Uncle Hermes boat rentals was? I remember passing Pops which was on my right as we traveled down the canal. ?

    Comment by willie — January 13, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

  4. I have no idea where Uncle Hermes was, Willie. The only ones I remember are Captain Eddy’s and Pop’s. I’m amazed that the launching ramp on Archer Street is still there. When I was a kid back in the 70’s, anyone could use that ramp as long as you left some money in the tin can that was on the ground near the gate.

    Comment by Bill — January 14, 2014 @ 4:51 am

  5. I grew up a few blocks away in the 70’s & 80’s. My first job at the age of 12 was working at Captain Eddie’s. At the time, it was owned by Artie Wright. We used to ride our BMX bikes up and down Sand’s Lane. And spent hours playing tabletop Asteroids. We used to crab from the town dock and fish for snapper. The food served at Captain Eddie’s was so awful, Artie (who owned the place) would send us by boat to get lunch (for him) from Forest Avenue Deli at the end of the adjacent canal in Massapequa. By the way, as per the sign on your linked-to page, the spelling was “Eddie’s.”

    Comment by Former LI — August 22, 2016 @ 6:01 pm

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