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
by lawz June 16, 2006
First of all, Long Island is not a penninsula. It is an island. Hence the name Long ISLAND. Secondly, I live on Long Island, in a prodominantly white suburb in Nassau to be specific and I have never heard anyone say that they live in "the city" if they live here. When most of us act "ghetto" we are basicaly mocking you all. We aren't "upstate". We're Long Island. It's a totally differnt portion of New York. Not all of us are rich snobs. Of course there are the select few who are, but around here, that's a minority. I'm middle class along with most of my town. However, two towns over is ridiculously wealthy and one town north is a bit, shall we say, poor. Being from upstate is not a bad thing. It's just got a different feel to it than from being on Long Island. Just like Long Island is significantly different from the city. And honestly, everyone that insults us Long Islanders is not necessarily jealous or wrong. We tend to be arrogant sons of bitches that think we're better than everyone else. But you all aren't completely right either. I've noticed that not many of you who have posted on here have looked at all the sides and are mostly ignorant assholes. But that's okay. If it works for you..have fun. Just don't expect to get anywhere in life. Oh and another thing. The whole "Yo, motherfuckaas from Long Island couln't last 2 days in Brooklyn!". Okay, we probably couldn't. But then again, I don't know why you're so proud that you can. Personally, I would not be bragging about how I live in a poor neighborhood with a high crime rate....

Altogether, I love Long Island and I'm really proud to live here. I plan on moving out of NY for college but hopefully I'll have enough money to come back here to raise a family. It's really for the most part a great place. Most people are nice and friendly. I love being from the South Shore and I <3 my Long Island accent. (I've been told on numerous occasions that my accent is exactly what is expected of LI people.) Oh but beware, there are 500,000,000 7-11's and McDonald's. And Sunrise Highway in Wantagh, Seaford, Massapeaqua, is covered in car dealerships.

And I hope you all will just stop insulting eachother and repeating the same pathetic opinions. If you're going to post something, make it something new and somewhat intelligent. Thanks. =]
You Know You're From Long Island When...
No word ends in an ER, just an AH.
Oh, your parents are from Brooklyn? So are mine!
The best place on earth!!!!!!!!!!!
Long Island is the best place to live.
by LongIsland<333 July 15, 2006
Long Island consists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, though the New York City counties of Queens and Brooklyn are also on the Island. Nassau County is the wealthiest county in New York State(not including New York County/Manhattan). It is also the 5th wealthiest county in the country. Suffolk County is known for the exclusive Hamptons beach enclaves, where many actors, actresses, NYC businessmen, etc. have summer estates. Long Island is home to the most expensive house in the United States. Long Island is part of the New York City metropolitan area(which also includes Westchester County in NY, a few northern New Jersey Counties, and Western Connecticut).

Long Island is known for its outstanding schools, many of which are nationally recognized. Long Island is known for its high quality of living, as well as being one of the most expensive places to live in the US. Fire Island National Seashore is also part of LI. Long Island is surrounded by beaches, and residents can enjoy Jones Beach, Long Beach, Point Lookout, Lido Beach, beaches in the Hamptons, Orient Point, etc. Long Island also has the lowest crime rate in the country.

North Shore communities are known for affluence, South Shore communities are known for beaches.

Long Islanders also generally have a distinct accent, usually associated with the New York City metro area.
Oh you're from Long Island? You must be rich!

Oh you're from Long Island? Please say "Long Guy Land"!

Long Island? isn't that where Billy Joel is from?
by Cool Guy5 July 13, 2006
You city people are complaining that we invade you clubs and ruin them every weekend? Well then why don't you just get the hell out of the Hamptons and Fire Island b/c you crowd it and stink up our beaches every summer. You cause traffic every weekend. No one likes you.

The majority of you people who claim you are from NYC are either from one of the four boroughs that no one cares about, or from Manhattan, but you are originally from some hickass town outside of NY state in which you moved to the city to say your from NY.

Like a lot of other people have pointed out, Long Island has its rich areas and its poor areas. I live in a town on the south shore which is split: somewhat rich-middle class. The southern part of the town on the water is where kids have parents who will buy them a car, but not a fucking Porsche or Corvette...maybe a used Chevy from the early 90's. I live in the northern part of town where kids have to start working when they turn 14 if they want a decent used car by the time they are a senior in high school.
You also can't say that Long Island is ALL rich...you can't walk down the street in certain towns at night without being mugged. You NYCers should know this b/c certain Long Island towns are repeatedly on NYC news and newspapers. I would love to see some of you walk down the street in Central Islip, Brentwood, Wyandanch or Bay Shore and then we can talk about crime rates.

And if you have ever even been here, you would NOT call Long Island rural in comparison to other suburbias. Long Island has the highest population density for suburbs in the country, and you will not see any farms until you pass Patchogue, and compared to Upstate (north of the Tappenzee Bridge), it does not even come close to rural.

No one here thinks they are part of the city and we live here so we don't have to be a part of the city...you can ask ANY Long Island kid where their parents or grandparents grew up and they'll tell you the city, and obviously, they left the city for a reason.
"Let's get a huge group of us city slickers to clog up every single highway out to Long Island this weekend so we can trash the Hamptons anf Fire Island! Don't forget the sunblock!"
by likid November 12, 2006
You're truly from Long Island if you can relate to the following:

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).
News 12...
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.
Grumman
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!
Long Island? Isn't that like the best place to live ever? It should be the 51st State!
by Greg D'Alessandro April 02, 2008
Whoa whoa, first of all, Long Island is not part of the city or most definitely, not part of upstate New York. Furthermore, there is a huge difference between Nassau and Suffolk, North shore and South shore. The Hamptons are basically a separate entity altogether. Billy Joel said it best: either you date a rich girl from the North Shore or a cool girl from the South shore. Except North Shore girls are actually cooler...but South shore beaches are the best (Robert Moses field 4!). We live for the summers...beer bqs and the beach. People who hate Long Island are just jealous. Who wouldn't want to live on the water, have a gorgeous house, and drive a sweet car. We can go to NYC whenever we want (even though we never do). We could probably single handedly support Abercrombie, Polo, and Lily Pullitzer. Long Island is far superior to everywhere else.
Long island is the breeding ground for gorgeous girls, hot guys, nice cars, and fabulous beaches.
by LILoyolaGirl December 05, 2005

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