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!
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One of the best alcoholic beverages ever thought of! Have a few of them and you'll be all set.
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Absolutely not upstate. There's no hicks, few farms, but there is a lot of money, so you're all right to be jealous.
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ok for all you people who say that if you dont live in the 5 boroughs then your upstate then your just plain retarded.. i live in manhasset which is literally 10 minutes away from bayside which is queens, so yea unless they are hicks in bayside which i highly doubt there are NO hicks 10 minutes away.. just because it is considered long island doesnt mean that if you live in manhasset you arent a real new yorker or dont have an accent or watever the hell the rest of you illiterate idiots who waste their time on this say, this is supposed to tell you a definition of a place, not judge it and put in your own opinions so get a life and stop arguing about this and most importantly get your damn facts straight.. because dont try to tell me that you or your friends or parents or people you know dont come to manhasset to go to the americana.. because you DO.. and its not hicky and we dont have farms just cause its on long island
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thats why all your city butts are in the hamptons for your summers and most of you have houses there!
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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.
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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!
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aka, Strong Island, Schlong Island, Bong Highland, New York City's retarded little brother. Long Island's "Diversity" consists of Guidos, Guidettes, Jappy bitches, and Wiggas. The small percentage of minorities reside in impoverished neighborhoods such as Hempstead or Freeport, which rich white people tend avoid like the plague. It should be noted white folks will shit a brick (or move) if someone ethnic looking moves into their neighborhood. Typical L.I. hobbies include doing plenty of drugs, standing idly on street corners, driving around in a nice car doing drugs, and going to the city because long island is devoid of any form of entertainment. Those who do not live off their parents strive to get off Long Island. It may a nice for city dwellers to visit but a lousy place to live.
Being Born and Raised on Long Island I gotta say it sucks.
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