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Long Island is an island located to the east of Manhattan, stretching in the northeasterly direction. It is home to four counties, of which two -- Brooklyn and Queens -- are Boroughs of New York City. In political and cultural contexts, however, the name "Long Island" refers to the portion of the island occupied by the remaining two counties: Nassau and Suffolk.

One of America's most vivid examples of urban sprawl, Long Island was mostly rural until the late 1940's, at which time developers began radically transforming its landscape into what became an endless sea of cookie-cutter housing and strip malls. It is characterized by overcrowding, insane transportation costs and high property taxes. Although it is socioeconomically diverse, and serene rural scenery can still be found there by those who look very hard, it is a quintessential American suburb in that it combines the worst of the urban and rural worlds: all the crowding and expense of living in the city with none of the cultural sophistication or tolerance; all the dullness of the country, with none of the bucolic charm.

Long Islanders are known for their distinctive accent, which is best described as exceedingly nasal and guttural. For example "long" is pronounced "lawn'", "coffee" is "cawffy", and someone whose name is Mark would actually be called "Mawk".
My friends bought a house in Long Island, and now their tax payments are almost as high as their mortgage payments!
by SochiKid March 24, 2010
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I am from North Bayshore, but have lived in Various NYC bouroughs for 22 years and have NEVER heard anyone, anywhere refer to Long Island as upstate. New York State consists of "the City", "Upstate" and "Long Island".
Most Manhattanites are from nowhere near NYC, so they're opinion of what consitutes a New Yorker are irrelevent. It's hilarious that people living in MAnhattan critisize Long Island for being too rich, when the average rent there is like $2500, and a co-op starts at a Million.
Long Isand may be segregated in many sections, But the Bayshore, Brentwood, Central Islip section of South Shore Suffolk is not. It is also working class to poor. Most of the declining areas are on the south shore and lay false the claim of all rich, all rural. In fact, LI is quite overdeveloped. Rural areas don't have punishing traffic.
True, culturally, it is deficiant. There is, in fact, little to do at night or otherwise. I found it boring as hell, that's why I left.
Also, many people are provincial and lame, but not as much so as 20 or so years ago.
In the Brentwood/Bayshore area there are plenty of gangs, crack, violence, larceny and 10 dollar blowjobs from a variety of creatures. That's ghetto. Dangerous, depressing and cyclical.
"i'm from Brooklyn"
"When you move to L.I.?"
"When I was 5"
or
"Where you from?"
"Long Island"
"It's beautiful, and rich"
"righhhhhhht."
or
"I'm moving from The city to somewhere nice"
"Where?"
"Brentwood, they got trees"
"Damn, your stupid"
by Shawn Nice December 29, 2005
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the best place in the world. to everyone else who talks trash about it seriously you're just jealous get over it we have money, nice cars, clothes and houses, and yea our dad's are rich and its their money so just stop being jealous of us get over it
Long Island is an island next to NYC with the best beaches and people in the world.
by long island March 19, 2005
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A small piece of land wedged between New York City and oblivion. Forever known for Billy Joel, grating accents, and, unfortunately, the Hamptons.
I'll speak funny and listen to Billy Joel, but I'm from Long Island, not the Hamptons.
by Silver386 October 06, 2005
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(n)Long Island is an island consiting of Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk
Though when people refer to the term Long Island they probably only mean Nassau and Suffolk. Long Island especially Nassau has been greatly affected by its rowdy neighbor and Nassau is considered to be a mainly urban area with a few suburban towns sprinkled in. It consits of rich neighborhoods like Great Neck and Muttontown. And poor neighborhoods like Roosevelt, and Hempstead. The two citys of Long Island are Glen Cove and Long Beach which both have urban feels and is developed more than your average city and both have crime similar to those of big citys. Suffolk is somewhat urban, somewhat suburban and somewhat rural. About 100 miles east of the NYC border in suffolk is green acres and farm land. Though someparts of suffolk have been infested with urban sprawl and have been infested with gangs. Other towns are nice and quiet and particulary suburban like Smithtown and St. James. Sometowns are notorious like Wyandanch and Central Islip.
"My cousin lives on a nice block, but right around the corner theres a bunch a guys smoking pot and selling drugs"
by scrills August 13, 2005
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ya know what its really fucking ridiculous everybody is dissing long island! I was born and raised and is currently still living here for 18 years now. Long Island is a great place to live and for all you calling it ghetto, you dont fucking live here so shut the fuck up! Yeah there are some bad areas but everywhere in the world has bad areas so shut the fuck upp get that stick outta your ass and learn something about us! Were Long Island and we fucking kick ass <3 Hate on it
Girl 1: Oh you live on Long Island?
Girl 2: yeah i do
Girl 1: OMG I wish I lived on Long Island!
by Ninfa Julia October 30, 2007
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A big tract of suburban h*ll east of NYC. Known for its abundance of guido f*ggots who invade Manhattan on the weekends and turn formerly hot clubs like Marquee and Lotus into B&T wastelands. People who live in "the City" (i.e. Manhattan, not Brooklyn/Queens, etc.) look down on people from Long Island as uncultured suburban tools that dilute Manhattan nightlife or pretty much anything else they manage to get their hair-gel stained, grubby hands on. Long Islanders wish they could live in Manhattan, but can't afford it so they pretend they hate Manhattan and have a lot of "Long Island Pride".
A bunch of guido douchebags from Long Island sporting blowout haircuts, XS Armani Exchange t-shirts, thick gold chains, and ugly-ass jeans from American Eagle stroll up to Cain/Pink Elephant, etc. The bouncer takes one look and announces to them that the club will be full for the next 2 years.

Me: How the f*ck did the B&Ters from Long Island find out about Cain? It's only been 1 month! Better start spreading the word that the Long Island plague is on its way...

by PK811 July 16, 2006
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