I call Long Island home.
Technically Long Island comprises four counties, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk, however, most people in the New York metro area refer to Long Island or “The Island” as Nassau and Suffolk counties collectively. Over 7.8 million people, 40% of New York State’s population, reside on Long Island (2014 Census). At 118 miles from New York Harbor to Montauk Point, and a max distance of 23 miles from Long Island Sound to the Atlantic coast, LI is the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States.
Long Island is famous for many things and many famous people also call The Island home. The film Adventureland is based on the director’s summer job at the theme park in Farmingdale, NY. Every time I drive by Adventureland, I think of that nostalgic trivia. The iconic film, Amityville Horror, is based on a gruesome story set at a home in the South Shore village. Among the notable Long Islanders from Massapequa are Jerry Seinfeld, all the Baldwins, except Alec, (he was born in Amityville), and Stray Cat Brian Setzer. Billy Joel, Howard Stern, LL Cool J and Walt Whitman all were born on The Island.
I love Long Island for many reasons. The North Fork wineries, Jones Beach, Fire Island, the Hamptons, and most of all, it’s just a short trip on the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) to the greatest city in the world–NYC!