The Geography of Long Island
Generally, Long Island becomes less and less dense as you head east. The western border of Long Island is home to towns like Floral Park and Valley Stream, and these towns tend to have a Queens-like feel, smaller, more crowded houses.
In the middle of Nassau County, the western portion of LI, you have towns like Hicksville, Bethpage, and Levittown, famous for it's Levitt houses that were mass produced and quickly sold. Suburban and boring (no offense). In the northern-middle, there are some nice towns like Syosset, Muttontown, Brookville that are really overpriced.
To the South, you have some towns like Baldwin and Freeport that tend to have a higher crime rate. As you head East on the south shore, there are nicer towns like South Merrick and South Bellmore; however they are not really THAT nice, the people who live there just think that they're hot shit because they have an ugly Splanch on .1 acre on top of the house next to them.
To the north, you'll always have gorgeous overpriced houses in towns like Manhasset and Great Neck. The north shore mansions on the water are in places like Kings Point and Sands Point. But the north shore of Long Island is pretty much consistently nice and rich.
However, as you hit Suffolk County, the north shore towns are a bit older, like Cold Spring Harbor, Port Jefferson, Huntington Village, Northport. Very cutesy.
Once again, to the south in Suffolk...not so nice. Wyandanch, Brentwood, parts of Babylon and Bayshore, Central Islip - you don't wanna be there.
In between, there are towns like Dix Hills, Commack, Elwood, Greenlawn, Kings Park and Smithtown which are known for their good school districts. Pretty nice areas to live.
Elsewhere its a lot less dense than it is on the south shore for a while. You then hit middle Long Island, towns like Coram and Medford - big, boring, lots of small shoddy suburban housing. Mastic and Shirley on the south, pretty icky, places like Rocky Point and Shoreham to the north. Generally a depressing and bland part of Long Island.
Then it splits into two forks. At this split is a town called Riverhead. Here we are getting rural, lots of migrant farm workers, poverty, depressing oversized strip malls in the middle of nowhere with 99 cent stores.
People also don't realize that the Hamptons isn't ALL rich. There are obviously the really nice multi million dollar houses, but as you get further away from the water, its still farmland with poor illegal immigrants working and living there. On the north fork its the same thing. A lot of old cute farmhouses though. And a few gems, being nice little areas like Greenport, although I just saw on TV that they're doing a lot of drug busting there.
(by the way, hope i didn't offend anyone, but i'm sure you're all used to it)
long island is somewhat diverse despite what people think
When a girl complains that she's failing school when in reality she has a 95 average
Girl: Oh my god guysssss I'm failingggg!
Everyone else: No you're not, you're just girl-failing
December 23, 2006