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
A place where soulness, bitchy girls are raised.
Hey, look at that nice, sort of good looking guy. Let's talk shit about him and make sure we are close enough so he can hear. What a loser. We're from Long Island!
by justtryingtobefriendly December 13, 2009
home to the second richest county per capita in the State of New York and the 10th richest in the nation.

we're rich bitchh $$$

steve: so youre from long island?
jessica: yeah, from nassau county actually
steve: ya' so paidddd

by ncbabyyy April 12, 2009
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
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
look at the map, brooklyn and queens are physically part of long island. and it's not upstate, it is the suburbs. i live in the bronx now, its not a huge difference then living in huntington, unless your retarded. you city folk need to chill and wise up.
Long Island is where many of Manhattan's most successful people live.
by ashys December 06, 2005
Actually, people in Chicago refer to southern Illinois as DOWNSTATE, although they harber to same contempt as New Yorkers when they say Upstate.
Albany is in upstate New York. Springfield downstate from Chicago. Long Island is it's own fucking region so shut the fuck up brooklyn guy or else i'll fucking kill you.
by Steve March 16, 2005

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