You've always liked Billy Joel and you own several of his "records".
You know someone who went to Chaminade.
Seeing a concert at Jones Beach Theater - the best place in the world to see a show.
Is it just me, or is every girl from Rockville Centre a b...?
Billy Joel said it best, "either you date a rich girl from the North Shore, or a cool girl from the South Shore.
What's the big deal about the Hamptons?
If you're not from Long Island or NYC, you're not really from New York.
You don't go to Manhattan, you go to "the City".
The Belt Parkway...
You know what it means to "change at Jamaica" ... or Babylon or Ronkonkoma.
You never realize you have an accent until you leave.
Your parents took you to Nathans or Carvel (on the way home from the beach).
You are friends with at least one black person, an Italian, someone Hispanic, a Jew, and someone Irish.
Gas = Expensive
You remember concerts at Malibu.
You curse. A lot.
You can name at least three players on the Islanders Stanley Cup teams.
You have come to terms with the fact that the Islanders have completely sucked since La Fontaine left.
You remember the exact day you stopped going to Jones Beach and started going to Robert Moses.
Public beach? What's that?
Is Huntington really that cool?
You've been to McHebe's Depot (Did an Irish guy and a Jewish guy really open that place up together?)
Does anyone know why the HOV lane on the LIE stops in Hicksville instead of the Northern State?
You've had a seagull crap on your car.
You had a bicycle with a banana seat.
Even the concept of the Islanders EVER leaving is unrealistic.
The guy who thought up the "new" Islanders logo -- no way he's from Long Island.
You've cruised on the "turnpike".
You know someone with a cabana.
You've played golf at Eisenhower Park (a.k.a. Salisbury Park)... legally or otherwise.
If you're from Nassau County, you've been to Safety Town.
Quick! Who's the Suffolk County Executive? Don't know do you?!
You hate paying tolls.
You don't have to go far to see your family.
You know the exact streets that divided your school district, but you have no idea which election districts you were in.
The Parkways, the LIE, the Causeway, Robert Moses Bridge
You've been to or seen a Modell's, Genovese Drug, King Kullen (or know one of the family members).
You live in a town called Hicksville, and it doesn't bother you.
You were an Islander/Met/Jet fan or a Ranger/Yankee/Giant fan: there was no crossover. (I personally don't agree)
You can correctly pronouce places like Hauppauge, Copiague, Islip, Islandia, Massapequa and Ronkonkoma
You know the location of 6 malls, 12 McDonalds and 36 7-11's -- and can direct the designated driver to any one of them.
You know what pool-hopping is
You think the people from Brooklyn are "da wunz dat tawk wit a accent" (they are)
Sledding in the sumps
You knew of Massapequa before the Amy Fisher-Joey Buttafuoco nightmare
You thought going to Queens was a hike
You had "big hair" before those guys in Bon Jovi
Trying to find the Amityville Horror house
You pronounce it Longisland, just as one word. (Or get accused of doing so.) You've been taking grief for over 25 years from non-Long Islanders.
The first time you heard the term "Long Island Iced Tea" you were somewhere else and you laughed, because you always knew it as just "Iced Tea"
You recall watching the Long Island Expressway being built and remember the first time you ever went over the Throggs Neck Bridge and the Verrazano Bridge.
You always call them sprinkles, not jimmies.
You remember the guy who used to bring that pathetic, tired looking pony in front of the West Green for kids to take rides on.
You don't go to the "shore". You go to the beach, of course.
When you live somewhere else and are astounded to see that people actually stop at yellow lights.
When you call it rubbernecking, not a gaper delay.
When you just sort of presume that wherever you live, you'll be able to find good delis, good pizza, and good bagels.
When you know exactly where All American is and have waited on line there for the best burgers and fries on Long Island!
I'm from Syosset, in Nassau. The people here tend to be snobby rich idiots who don't care about anything besides themselves, money, sex, and when the next time they'll get drunk or high is.
What you are WRONG about-
There is not a damn sane person on Long Island that thinks we are part of New York CITY. We are New Yorkers- because we live in New York STATE. Not because we live in the city. Can you call someone from Florida a Floridian? Yep. Then you can call someone from NY a New Yorker.
And all you people that say Long Island, OR New York City is ghetto needs to get a clue. Ghetto's are extreemly poor areas that were overpopulated to an extreeme because the Nazi's forced Jewish people into them. If you think that wearing baggy clothes, speaking inchoherintly and wearing a huge cross on your neck makes you Ghetto- you make me laugh.
Oh, and why do I not find myself a tourist when I go to the City? I'm there about every other weekend, usually for two days and I spend the night. Me and my friends laugh at all the idiots who walk on the wrong side of the sidewalk and stop to point up and go "woah.. look at the giant cup of noodles! Its acutally STEAMING!" We actually saw someone 3 days ago who was looking for the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in Times Square. That was quite amusing.
So.. key points.
-Long Island is NOT part of New York City
-People from LI are still New Yorkers
-Long Island is south of the city, therefore we are NOT upstate. Different region, smartones.
-If you are posting on a website from a COMPUTER, you are NOT ghetto.
-yeah there are those morons who think their 'ghetto' and 'gangsta' but not all of us are like that
-I'm a new yorker cause i live in new york STATE. not the city, you fucktards. i think i would know, i live here.
-not everyone here is rich or white. i know plenty of people who are poor and plenty of people who are black.
-no everyone is homosexual, so get over it. seriously, there are gay people here, but not everyone is.
-i have to admit, we do have nice beaches..
-long island is not upstate, thats just retarted to say.
-not all long islanders have the mentality that we're better then everywhere else. yea i like it here, but i dont think im better then anyone else.
-not all the girls are bitches
-just cause you meet a stupid person here, doesnt make everyone else stupid
-go to a place before you judge it.
so yeah, we have a baillion 7-11's and theirs kid's loitering everywhere, but so what? why does it make such a difference to you?
Regionally/Politically, just Nassau and Suffolk counties, the eastern four-fifths of the geographical Long Island, with a population of 2.5 million. This is the most common use of the term.
Until the explosion of suburban development following World War II, Long Island was a geographically diverse region, with beaches, hills, woods, praries (yep), petrified forests (that, too), and small, idyllic fishing and farming villages. Now, the landscape is dominated by suburban towns and unincorporated communities that range in population from a couple hundred to around 50,000 people. Beach resort/bedroom communities like The Hamptons are extremely popular with downstate in the summer months. In addition, Jones Beach is a popular recreational and music venue, while Fire Island is world-famous as a gay mecca and a historic nautical community.
High quality of life, low crime rate, proximity to New York City, reasonably efficient and reliable public transit, attractive beaches, Splish Splash waterpark.
Aging population, rising cost of living, racial segregation, urban sprawl, the necessity of owning a car, beach erosion, increasing problems with gangs, the trashy reputation of some of its younger residents ("lidiots").