I'm not saying Long Island is all that, not at all. It's the southeastern part of NY, so no, it's not upstate, or NYC. I wouldn't have to say this, but just in case you don't know your geography. Nassau and Suffolk counties are pretty much what makes up the official Long Island region. It's a homeland to many famous celebrities you probably wouldn't expect of used to live or currently still live here. The Hamptons and the beaches are so beautiful and a place you wouldn't want to forget. Schools are amazing and are often known for it's prestigious honor in certain subjects or departments of strength. People... are just people everywhere else, they can be nice, generous, or a complete and total fag. No places are considered "ghetto" here.. Really. But there are some towns that consist of constant robberies, bad schools and just an awful reputation in general. There's a difference, though, between North Shore and South Shore. To my opinion, North Shore is a billion times better based on the environment - better for a lifestyle while the South Shore is.. A better place to chill in the summer. If you love NYC but hate living in the crowded places, Long Island is a great place to start. Distance runs from 20 minutes to about an hour and a half when using any type of transportation. Don't walk, you'll never get there.
It's pronounced "LawngGuyland" by its inhabitants.