HISTORY OF SOUND VIEW GREENPORT
The prime stretch of waterfront that is home to the Sound View has been drawing day-trippers and vacationers since the mid-twentieth century—a tradition that continues with the 2017 reopening of this storied property.
When Greenport native Jack Levin built the Sound Shore Motel in 1953, he’d already had nearly 20 years experience serving beach goers as the proprietor of Jack’s Shack, a wildly popular concession stand a mile away. In the beginning, Jack’s wife Donna ran the 12-unit motel, while Jack continued to sell hamburgers, hot dogs, and shakes to the enthusiastic crowds who visited the Shack. Eventually, the Levins and their four children focused their energies on expanding the motel, which was becoming an increasingly popular vacation destination.
In 1968, the Levins purchased the neighboring Soundview Restaurant—famous since 1949 for its convivial atmosphere and delicious local seafood—and set about creating a premier beachfront resort for the North Fork. For nearly five decades, the Inn and Restaurant remained a family-run business and a focal point of the region, beloved by locals and visitors alike. Jack Levin continued to be a presence at the Sound View until his passing in 2014 at the age of 105.
In 2016, the Sound View Inn and restaurant was purchased by Erik Warner of Eagle Point Hotel Partners, who is committed to preserving the unique beauty of this landmark property and maintaining it as a destination for new generations of North Fork vacationers.