Crescent Beach, Glen Cove NY

(Long Island, New York)

View of Long Island Sound

View of Long Island Sound

Crescent Beach, Glen Cove NY

~ submitted by Sickitten in Long Island, New York

I Hesitated...I Did

This has been my secret beach for years because it isn't public. 

The public beach next store is great but there's a lot of hunters out there like me. 

Still, I want to share that overwhelming joy of finding loads of rare, jewelry grade pieces. 

I have so much of this glass from about 12 years ago.  There's so much of it that it's okay to share. 

I love swapping info and secret tips with others. 

If someone does go to this beach, will you let me know about how thrilled you were? I'd love to hear it.

Will post pics of 'stained' beach glass windows and my secret tips on dyeing the lesser colors on my site and then here.

~ submitted by Sickitten

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Name of  Beach and Comments:

Crescent Beach, Glen Cove, New York and the military academy right next to it (you have to sneak on and trespass or ask permission). 

The academy used to be a chemistry school and gorgeous mansion with the landfills located right on the beach. 

I've found worn down glass bottle stoppers, pink glass and loads of cobalt blue.  A beach glass hunters dream. 

I couldn't even stop when the sun was going down and was only forced to leave by the bugs at night. 

Been collecting for 30 yrs., all over the world. 

Nothing like this place!  Will post pics here and on my site when I unpack some more stuff.

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Please check the public/private beach laws regarding this beach. Odyssey Sea Glass urges you to respect the laws of the state or country of the beaches shown.

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OdysseySeaGlass appreciates this and all reports we receive, but we have not been to this beach ourselves and cannot verify this report.

  • No photos were included with this report.
  • Beach was not given a clear rating (stating number of jewelry-grade pieces found per hour).
However, the following photo submitted by another view shows only a very poor grade of craft sea glass (click the link to read more):

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Sep 12, 2022
Grew Up On Crescent Beach
by: BillAnonymous

I grew up within walking distance of Crescent Beach. The property next door to the right is Webb Institute Of Naval Architecture. It is a private college, one of the best in it’s field, not a military college. I was there when the tug boats came to build the pier for the Webb sailing program, decades ago. Decades later, I sailed a 40 foot boat around the world, which was designed by a Webb graduate, Bill Luders. Our large gang of neighboring kids had the beach as our seemingly private playground every single summer day. In winter, after a heavy rain, we could skate down Crescent Beach Road to the beach. We even ice skated off the beach once, when the sound froze over in one of the great freezes. There were two large rocks in the water; Big Rock and Little Rock. Little Rock dried at low tide but Big Rock was always there to stand on - neck high at high water. We also had names for a number of the large granite rocks of the breakwater. Slant Rock was my favorite, as we could run like devils, barefoot, out over the large rocks, and hit Slant Rock for a dive into the water. Or, if tired, take a break and sit on Pilot Rock, shaped just like the seat in a WWII fighter plane. Funny, there were no tumbled glass pieces in the sand in those days. It seems the disposal of bottles is a present day thing.

Mar 29, 2019
amazing glass...but...
by: Anonymous

Crescent is my "go to" beach and has been for years. Amazing amount of rounded frosted greens of all shades, light blues, pastels, lavenders...but be warned you WILL get a ticket for parking there. The people that live there call the cops every time they see cars parked in the parking lot off- season. During the summer the gate is guarded and cars checked for parking stickers. There is a public beach on the same road (Crescent Beach Rd) at the Holocaust museum that you can access with no fear of getting a ticket. Park in the museum parking lot and follow the path to the left of the museum down to the beach. Lots of great finds at that beach as well! Definitely worth the trip!

Jul 18, 2016
Residents Only allowed on this beach
by: David and Lin @ Odyssey Sea Glass

The following information was copied from the City of Glen Cove website.

Glen Cove Beaches


Glen Cove beaches will open for the 2016 Summer season on Saturday, May 28th

Glen Cove’s three beautiful beaches are Pryibil Beach, located on East Beach Road, Crescent Beach located on Crescent Beach Road, and Morgan Park located on Germaine Street.

Who may use the beaches?

Only Glen Cove residents may use Pryibil Beach and Crescent Beach. Residents of Glen Cove and Locust Valley may use Morgan Park. The beaches are monitored with beach gate attendants from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Attendants check for proof of residency. You must have your driver’s license and registration with you showing your Glen Cove address to be issued a beach permit.


This is official. Go to East Coast Sea Glass Reports to find a better beach

Jul 18, 2016
Crescent Beach, Glen Cove,NY.
by: Anonymous

I have been to Crescent Beach but someone said it is only for residents of the town of Glen Cove, I wonder if one can get a pass to access it. I thought beaches were public.

Aug 09, 2014
Free the Beaches! (lol)
by: Anonymous

I didn't want to wind up sick if there's fecal matter in the water. ick. That's what I read- that the sewage from nearby houses is what contaminated the water. As I said, I boiled the glass when I got home and I was fine.

I've noticed that they're cracking down on a lot of the beaches on Long Island. Most are private in some way: a town beach or a "members only" beach or of course, private homes with their own beach (that they never use). Public beaches charge a fee to park. It's very frustrating.

Did you know that in Hawaii nobody's allowed to own the beaches? They belong to everybody. I was told that houses up on a hill are more expensive because houses on the beach have people walking by their windows all day. lol

Aug 05, 2014
Crescent Beach
by: Ginevra22

I have been going to Crescent Beach for more than 2 years. No problems.

Yesterday, I got a ticket. Seems the locals are taking exception to "outsiders" going to the beach. FYI.

As far as the contaminated water, you are not going to die from the glass.

There are fisherman taking fish from shore and nearby in boats. They are eating the fish so I would not worry.

I am heartbroken that I might not be able to walk my favorite beach in search of glass. :-(

Ginevra - Hopefully, this is just temporary. Thanks for the update on Crescent Beach. :)

David and Lin

Jun 27, 2014
June 2014
by: Anonymous

I checked out this beach yesterday. YES- lots of glass but about half of it was newly broken and hadn't been in the water at all. 2 things to consider:

1. This is a town beach. You have to be a resident with a sticker on your car to park here. (We have that.)

2. The beach is closed to swimmers due to high levels of bacteria in the water. Yikes. I took the glass home, boiled it and dumped bleach on it to hopefully get rid of bacteria. I have no idea if that was the right thing to do. Maybe there's a lot of glass because the beach has been closed to swimmers since 2007. (You can walk on the beach and lay out on the sand but you can't get in the water.)

I did a google search to see if it's dangerous to take glass off a contaminated beach and to find out how best to clean the glass but couldn't find anything. I think we beachcombers need to open up a discussion about this.

Oct 21, 2012
Hey Excited?!
by: Vivian

Question for Excited...

Did you get there in July? How was it? Did you have trouble getting in or parking?

I was curious as I'd like to check it out too and the other comments are 2 years old.

Jul 12, 2012
by: Anonymous

Going to this beach to glass hunt on Sunday I will post pictures of my finds wish me luck

Aug 23, 2010
Question about Crescent Beach...
by: Anonymous

I live about 40 mins. south of this area of glen cove and attempted directions from a friend who lives over there.

He claims this beach has been closed this season due to high bacterial content.

Wondering if anyone knows this to be fact before i hike it all the way up there and cant get in....was planning on heading up after Labor Day since I'm not a resident w/ a permit.....

Jun 28, 2010
by: Anonymous

Crescent Beach is a public beach open to Glen Cove residents only- the beach next to it is a private beach - it is not open to the public - it is posted private property

May 14, 2010
home beach
by: Jerry

In the 1960's I lived on Crescent Beach Rd. and visited this beach all the time.

I'm not a glass collector, but, as a kid, this beach offered me a peace of mind that was sorely missing in my life at the time.

Sep 17, 2009
cresent beach
by: Anonymous

I live in brooklyn and would like to check this beach out but it is distance for me. Are you sure there is good beach glass there?

Aug 20, 2009
Thank you.
by: Anonymous

This is something that I've definitely been in serious need for. I was looking to get away in a BAD way and the ocean always brings me joy.

I just started collecting last winter in RI (where I live) and of course finding a spot that I could possibly drive to rather than fly would make it much easier to bring any possible finds home :) Thank you for giving me hope.

If you or anyone else would like to contact me personally my email address is:

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