Great Neck is an "area" on Long Island which is geographically shaped as a peninsula and is divided into many villages in order to maintain a strict building code which keeps home prices high. Great Neck is the first suburb on the north shore of Long Island outside of New York City. Great Neck is predominatly a Jewish neighborhood with a high percentage of Persian Jews. There is also a large number of Asain-americans and young professionals. The culture of Great Neck is one which is very unique to itself, there is a significant amount of wealth, much of which is concentrated in Kings Point, which is the northern most village in Great Neck and has essentially the most desirable real estate. This area is also recognized as "West Egg" in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, which also accuratly portrays the area even in todays terms.
The spectrum of automboiles in Great Neck is also one of a kind, exotic cars from all makes can be spotted throughout the peninsula. Middle Neck/Lakeville Road is the lifeline of the area which cuts straight through the middle of the peninsula and has access to a majority of the villages.
In Great Neck, there is a high excess of police officers. Between Nassau County, Kings Point, Kensington and Great Neck Estates Police, the area is under close survalence. Though there is essentially zero crime, except for white colar offenses, and minor teenage drug dealers.
The central-town area of Great Neck has a broad range of shops and restaurnts, but many establishments are unable to open in the area because of the strict codes. For example: a McDonalds could not be opened because of the potential crowd it could invite. Because of its close proximity to New York City, Great Neck is also a commuter city with buses running frequently and a highly used Long Island Rail Road stop which allows direct access to Penn Station/NYC.
Great Neck is also known for its prestigious school system, which its high schools anually rank in the top 50 of the United States best high schools.
Overall , Great Neck is a wealthy suburb/commuter area with a diverse crowd of people. Becuase of its high costs the town is well manicured and due to its geography it is isolated from other parts of New York which makes it a very unique place that would be either loved or despised by anyone who encounters it.
While standing on Middle Neck road in Great Neck, I noticed a ridiculous amount of Range Rovers and S550's passing between Gino's Pizzaria and Squire Cinemas.
February 17, 2009