I'm curious about Long Island. I know it is a bedroom community of Manhattan. I understand from some people who have lived there that it is kind of/ sort of segmented by town. For instance Jewish people may live in one town, but richer Jewish people live in another town. Italians live in one area and black people in another.
That sounds weird to me. Anyone grow up there? I'm assuming that its an area like any other area, with a mix of all types of people.
What can you share?
|by Anonymous||reply 180||09/15/2013|
Have you ever driven a Chevy Nova, OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||12/30/2010|
Im sorry OP, but with all due respect, I have problems of my own.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||12/30/2010|
Grew up dead center of the Island and had a completely mixed middle class neighborhood. All colors, religions and nationalities.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||12/30/2010|
In the Summer, if you live near the water, especially half way out or more, it's really great. Moved here from the city, in my forties.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||12/30/2010|
I didn't have my "little problem" until I moved to Long Island.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||12/30/2010|
Does it smell like hot garbage in the summer like Manhattan?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||12/30/2010|
No, R7, worse. See the post above yours.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||12/30/2010|
It's like any other place in the country the rich live here, the poor live there, the blacks live there and the white trash live other there.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||12/30/2010|
It's NJ with slightly less aluminum siding.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||12/30/2010|
[quote] Grew up dead center of the Island and had a completely mixed middle class neighborhood. All colors, religions and nationalities.%0D %0D Where did you grow up? I'm grew up in Massapequa and I don't think that town had a single non-white person. (At least back in the 80's and 90's)
|by Anonymous||reply 11||12/30/2010|
R10 and slightly better hair and a slightly better accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||12/30/2010|
People in Lawn Guyland have slightly better accents?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||12/30/2010|
r11, tell me more about Massapequa. I have a friend I went to law school with that was from Massapequa. She doesn't talk much about it because her childhood was painful, but from what I gathered, it's an upper-middle class town. She's been a California-transplant for more than a decade now and doesn't have that New York accent. However, when she's drunk, the NY accent is very prominent. The first time I heard it, I thought she was playing around. Nope. She was just drunk. Anyways, that accent doesn't not sound very upper-class to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||12/30/2010|
I wouldn't say Massapequa is very upper class, but its definitely comfortable. Very pretty, tree lined streets. Just a nice place to grow up.%0D %0D As far as the accent, some people from Long Island do have money but the accent still sucks.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||12/30/2010|
Amityville is a ghostown.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||12/30/2010|
[quote]Where did you grow up? I'm grew up in Massapequa and I don't think that town had a single non-white person. (At least back in the 80's and 90's)
North Amityville is right next door. They have non-whites there.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||12/30/2010|
[quote]I'm grew up in Massapequa
|by Anonymous||reply 19||12/30/2010|
I grew up in Massapequa as well and actually that part of Massapequa I grew up in was once Amityville when we first moved there. Nice place to grow up in the 70's now it is just a dump.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||12/30/2010|
Massapequans: The Baldwins, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Guttenberg, Helen Slater, Marvin Hamlisch Brian Kilmeade, Stuttering John Melendez, Brian Setzer, Jessica Hahn, Joey Buttafuoco & Christine Jorgensen.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||12/30/2010|
I Lived in Hicksville. It was fine but has gotten to expensive and crowded....
|by Anonymous||reply 23||12/30/2010|
Mel might have a house there but his children go to public school in Malibu.
They were also said to be bullies and terrors in Malibu r22, this all came out a while ago, reporters found all this out and we talked about it here at DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||12/30/2010|
What the fuck is a "bedroom community"?%0D %0D And Long Island has nothing to do with Manhattan. Nassau and Suffolk Counties are their own entities.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||12/30/2010|
How is Long Island trashy when the Hamptons are on Long Island?%0D %0D Brooklyn and Queens are technically part of Long Island, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||12/30/2010|
"A couple of the younger ones go to Portledge. Believe me. A friend is a teacher there."
Actually I just 2nd guessed myself and called my friend. She said that this was a few years ago that two of them were there. So I was wrong in saying they attend the Portledge school now.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||12/30/2010|
Long Island got the trashy moniker after the scandals with Jessica Hahn who brought down PTL and Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||12/30/2010|
It's the Arizona of the Northeast.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 33||12/30/2010|
Yes, R32 - those scandals didn't help the image. But I equate it with Florida - some expensive parts, some middle class, but an overall feeling of trashiness permeates.
The accent makes your ears bleed and the people can be some of the biggest loud-mouthed, crass assholes you'll ever want to meet.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||12/30/2010|
The Hamptons ARE TRASHY, dull bug infested wetlands that should never have been built upon, and by the worst people in the country no less, the Wall Street shits. Even in the worst of Gatsby days, the North Shore had some class, all the way out to Setauket.%0D %0D %0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 35||12/30/2010|
[quote]The accent makes your ears bleed and the people can be some of the biggest loud-mouthed, crass assholes you'll ever want to meet.
Never been to Joisey have ya?
|by Anonymous||reply 36||12/31/2010|
North Shore classy South Shore trashy
|by Anonymous||reply 37||12/31/2010|
What's syosset like? Is it a wealthy, pretty area?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||12/31/2010|
Their iced tea is good, but that's about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||12/31/2010|
Laurelton is a must see, fucking gorgeous homes, nice antique shops, upscale, yet still afordable.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||12/31/2010|
Laurelton is like the Hamtons, only more gay friendly.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||12/31/2010|
They used to call Massapequa "Matzoh Pizza" because it was primarily Jewish and Italian. The list of celebs who come from there confirms that.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||12/31/2010|
[quote]What's syosset like? Is it a wealthy, pretty area?
Pretty bland neighborhood, no different than any town USA. In the middle of the Island right off The Long Island Expressway, which comedian Alan King, another Long Islander called the world's longest parking lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||12/31/2010|
Where did Ross and Monica Geller grow up?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||12/31/2010|
I don't think they ever mentioned what town they were from. The Romanos were Lynbrook, The Seavers in "Growing Pains" were Massapequa.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||12/31/2010|
The Seevers were in Huntington!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||12/31/2010|
Long Island is the length of Connecticut. It is a BIG place, not just a few towns. Most of Nassau and western Suffolk counties do have large commuter populations, but many businesses are Long Island based. Eastern Suffolk county is not within commuting distance unless you commute by helicopter.%0D %0D IMHO, Long Island get its distinctive culture because unless you take the ferry to Connecticut, you must drive through the City (or at least Queens and the Bronx) to get off of Long Island. It is a little claustrophobic. Going anywhere takes forever.%0D %0D I live in Long Beach which is part bedroom community, part surfer dude hang-out and part city in its own right; with a high population density and lots of apartment buildings. Joan Jett lives here and Billy Crystal is from here. I met an old yenta at Starbucks who claims to have baysat the Weinsteins. It is very South Shore, which I suppose makes it trashy, but I am sure our taxes are higher than most Americans'. And the Italian restaurants and pizza are very good. %0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 48||12/31/2010|
"That sounds weird to me."
It certainly shouldn't if you are American and have ever been to any large city.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||12/31/2010|
How could r25 have never heard the term "bedroom community"?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||12/31/2010|
Partners parents are from the Five Towns which is a very Jewish area in southwest Nassau County, though they're not Jewish themselves. When I first started going with him there in the mid-2000s I was struck by how materialistic Long Islanders seem, but that seems to have been tempered by the economic crisis. Great food from the small local bakeries, restaurants, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||12/31/2010|
[quote]The Seevers were in Huntington!
That's what I thought, Wiki has it wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||12/31/2010|
OK, native Massapequan here as well.
I left the Island over twenty years ago and whenever I go back, I can't believe how tacky the whole area feels.
Take either major road running east/west and it's nothing but strip malls and housing. On either side of the roads it's all housing. There's very little open space.
I know the region was a hotbed of development after WWII (my folks moved to town in 1954) and planning was different, but the region is stuffed with housing.
The accent is awful to hear and try as I might, it comes roaring out of my mouth after a few drinks.
Massapequa was very Jewish and Italian, but there were plenty of Irish and other nationalities.
When I graduated HS in 1980 there was one black family in town and no hispanics. Much different nowadays.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||12/31/2010|
[quote]The accent is awful to hear and try as I might, it comes roaring out of my mouth after a few drinks.
This is the part I don't understand. Do you consciously force yourself to speak "normal?" Why does it come out when you're drunk? My friend is the same way but I've never had the guts to tell this corporate attorney that her hideous Massapequa accent comes out when she's had too many to drink.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||12/31/2010|
Anyone else attending the world surfing Championships?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/04/2011|
[quote] Anyways, that accent doesn't not sound very upper-class to me
Anyone who says "anyways" has no right to look down on the accent of others.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/04/2011|
they really really really do have that tangy NY accent. a friend who grew up there just admitted to me recently that she grew up not knowing that Chancre Sore wasn't spelled "Kanka soah", as that was how everyone pronounced it.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/04/2011|
North Shore Going East from the City
Great Neck - Was Uppity Jews, doctors and lawyers, now "Persian" Jews. Even richer in Kings Point.
Manhasset - Was WASPs, now WASPs and Asians.
Roslyn - Jewish American Princes and Princesses.
Port Washington - nice mix of Jews/Italians/WASPs
Sands Point - Rich Jews / Rich Italians.
Glen Cove - more italians, lower rent.
Centre Island - Billy Joel & Charles Wang and their richer neighbors.
The Brookvilles/Lattingtown/Muttontown/LLoyd Neck/ Mill Neck/Lloyd Harbor - RICH RICH RICH
Oyster Bay - Mix of Middle Class white people and RICH white people
East Norwich - Bert Bacharach
Huntington - Middle of the road white people
Huntington Station - El Salvador
Northport -- Middle class white people
Port Jefferson - Too far from the city to matter.
North Fork - Farms and Winery Country. White People.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/04/2011|
[quote]Long Island get its distinctive culture because unless you take the ferry to Connecticut, you must drive through the City%0D %0D How long does the ferry ride take?%0D %0D A few years back, I spent a wonderful summer at Montauk, L.I.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/04/2011|
I grew up in Locust Valley. I went to Portledge and then Friends Academy. I do not speak with "Locust Valley lockjaw."
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/04/2011|
Please don't insult NJ by comparing it to Long Island. Long Island is home of some of the most backwards people I know. They are cheap, backstabbing, disloyal and obnoxious and think their shit doesn't stink. Guess what, it does! And they LOVE polyester and big hair..
|by Anonymous||reply 63||09/04/2011|
What about Quogue, where Anderson Cooper has a house?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/04/2011|
New Hyde Park ---> Mineola - Italians, middle class. Great mom and pop pizza and italian restaurants abound.
Hempstead, Roosevelt, Uniondale -- The hood. Lock the doors.
Garden City - Upper Middle Class WASPs, italian, Irish. Lacrosse and Country Clubs where there isn't a black or Jew in sight. Kids go to Chamanade.
Roosevelt Field Mawl.
Westbury - Black, poor
Old Westbury - White, rich
Bethpage - Black Course (US Open Golf)
East Meadow, Hicksville, Levittown - Middle Class (LI's Fly over area) tract housing.
Farmingdale - Boonies
Melville - Corporation Central.
Dix Hills - snobby upper middle class jews
Wyandanch - Black Trash
Deer Park - White Trash
Points East to Riverhead, nothing useful
Riverhead - the point where the north and south forks meet.
Manorville - the place you exit the LIE to get to the Hamptons, but no one really lives there, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/04/2011|
Lynbrook was the terminus to the early LIRR from Brooklyn. The Village Fathers just inverted the syllables.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||09/04/2011|
Seriously segregated down to the nationality. But they pat themselves on the back and say "We're not racist like they are in the south." Sure. Let a black family move in.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||09/04/2011|
I have the best of Long Island
|by Anonymous||reply 68||09/05/2011|
Long Island is one of the most hideous places on the planet.... everyone who lives there "pretends" to know the city, but in reality, they know how to get to Penn Station.
I take the 1 train every day.... all is fine until we get to the Penn Station stop.... then the loudest, trashiest, most obnoxious ASSHOLES crowd the train.
ICK! ICK! ICK!
|by Anonymous||reply 69||09/05/2011|
I grew up in Suffolk County, middle class. All white. Long Island was a lovely place to grow up. We had a nice home, on a nice piece of property, there was lots of wooded lots around for us to go be adventurous in. We climbed trees, built tree houses, and forts. People minded their business, yet looked out for each other. When we went outside to play, our parents didn't worry. It was safe. We would have sleep overs, lunch over friends houses on their deck or screened in porch. Our moms made us a real lunch, along with fruit from a local farm. Breakfast eggs were also from local farms. I cannot imagine a childhood any place else. The neighborhood I grew up in is still nice. The wooded lots are all gone though. Houses have been built any place they could squeeze one in. Still mostly white. I now live in the city. I miss the days from my childhood. Seems they were so much easier. People were real, and honest. Life was simple. I go back to visit my parents often. I would not change my childhood for anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||09/05/2011|
Reviews of the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream.%0D %0D In the '50s and '60s it used to be lovely though it eventually killed off all the Mom-and-Pop stores in Valley Stream. %0D %0D It's a Super-trashy mall now.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||09/05/2011|
The area at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream was even more attractive in the 30s and 40s when it was farmland.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||09/05/2011|
R44 Ross and Monica grew up in Massapequa.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||09/05/2011|
RE: R48 - Long Island is the length of Conn., RI and then some. It is also something of a reverse Oreo, where the closer to the shores that you get, the richer and whiter things are
|by Anonymous||reply 75||09/05/2011|
Snapple & Entenmann's originated on Long Island
|by Anonymous||reply 76||09/05/2011|
Long Island is a scab on the vagina of New York State!
|by Anonymous||reply 77||09/05/2011|
Grew up on Long Island, near the Hicksville/Jericho/Westbury area. Everyone complained about how entitled the teens and their mothers acted, which I always brushed off as, well, most people in high school are assholes. I've since changed my tune. I now live near Boston and whenever I visit LI, I am surprised by how spoiled some people are. The girls only look you up and down once, decide you aren't worth talking to, and then will walk right into you, expecting you to part for them. The moms are always on their cell phones while trying to park, slowing everyone down.
Granted, there are jerks in Boston too, but there's definitely a difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||09/05/2011|
[quote] Eastern Suffolk county is not within commuting distance unless you commute by helicopter.
My brother lives in Manorville and it's about 20 minutes to the Ronkonkoma station of the LIRR. About an hour to Penn Station. I've done it almost every time I visit him.
A LOT of my brother's friends commute into the city every day. I don't hear them bitching about the commute.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||09/05/2011|
[quote] I have the best of Long Island%0D %0D [quote] by: Setauket and Stony Brook, weighing in %0D %0D %0D Not really. You have the highest taxes. And Walmart.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/05/2011|
Manorville is Central Suffolk. My uncle lives in Medford. That is also Central Suffolk and also 20 minutes from Ronkokoma. It's a miserable commute, but do-able. Eastern Suffolk is past the pine barrens.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||09/05/2011|
Was at a dinner reception for work on the south shore (don't remember the town). It was at one of these places with multiple reception rooms and was supposedly highly sought after to host your wedding reception. Our work dinner thing was fairly low key but we learned from some people working their that the main room had a elevator platform on it's stage. Apparently the common thing is for the bride and groom to be presented as a couple being lifted on stage via this platform while smoke and lasers go off behind them.
You can't make this shit up.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||09/05/2011|
[quote]My brother lives in Manorville and it's about 20 minutes to the Ronkonkoma station of the LIRR. About an hour to Penn Station. I've done it almost every time I visit him.%0D %0D An hour and 20 minutes for a daily commute is fucking bullshit.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||09/05/2011|
It's an hour and 20 minutes if they work IN Penn Station. If they work in midtown or downtown, add another 20-30 minutes and they're close to a 2-hour commute.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||09/05/2011|
The late, great Candy Darling grew up in Massapequa.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||09/05/2011|
My sister lives in Manorville. Her kids call it "Manure-ville." Taxes are outrageously high -- yet there are no streetlights, no sidewalks and when her sons went to school, they didn't even have their own jr high and high school. %0D %0D I met some black cops who moved there. They worked in Brooklyn and lived in maintenance-free townhouses, jumped into their cars in the morning, got on the LIE (5 minutes from their homes) and drove on the expressway at hair-raising speeds (they're cops, remember) at 5 am and got to work in an hour. When they got home, they jumped into the community pool and felt like they were in heaven. The schools were fine for their kids and they loved it.%0D %0D I guess it depends on your perspective. The black cops said they felt like they'd made it -- "got out of the concrete jungle of the hood with bad schools and no room to stretch."
|by Anonymous||reply 87||09/05/2011|
[quote] Apparently the common thing is for the bride and groom to be presented as a couple being lifted on stage via this platform while smoke and lasers go off behind them. %0D %0D Better than shooting off machine guns in celebration.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||09/05/2011|
What part of LI do the Lohans hail from?
|by Anonymous||reply 89||09/05/2011|
[quote] Huntington - Middle of the road white people
I grew up in Huntington, and although I'd never live there as an adult, I'm not sure this description is fair.
Huntington has a very beautiful village, full of all sorts of artsy institutions; Book Revue, the largest independent book store on Long Island that is constantly bringing in a diverse crowd of authors to do book signings; the Cinema Arts Centre, which shows rare independent films and up until recently the IMAC which had all sorts of performances. They also host the Long Island pride parade.
It's a very diverse area although relatively segregated. In high school I had friends who's parents lived in mansions in Huntington Bay and friends who were first generation immigrants who lived in old dilapidated houses in Huntington Station.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||09/05/2011|
The Lohans are from Merrick. Nouveaux Riche South Shore town of no real interest or significance. Bill O'Reilly is from there as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||09/05/2011|
[quote]Brooklyn and Queens are technically part of Long Island, too.
True, but isn't the term "Long Island" used mostly in reference to the part of the island that doesn't include the boroughs of NYC?
|by Anonymous||reply 92||09/05/2011|
What about the south shore? Should I buy in Baldwin, Rockville Centre or the 5 Towns?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||09/20/2011|
My aunt and uncle used to live in South Hempstead. What part of Long island is that?
|by Anonymous||reply 96||09/20/2011|
Howard Stern and Eddie Murphy are from Hempstead.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||09/20/2011|
Some of you guys made some HUGE mistakes.
Westbury is not poor area. Neighboring New Cassel is a poor area but not Westbury. However Westbury does have a problem with illegal immigrants towards the center of the village; but it's not nearly as bad as New Cassel.
And the black people in Westbury are mostly upper middle class. The black people there live in a very nice section of town, you can even look it up.
AND South Hempstead and West Hempstead are middle class white areas. Hempstead is a poor black area.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||09/01/2013|
What's Lindenhurst like? The guy I've just started dating is from there, but I have never been there. Is it nice?
|by Anonymous||reply 100||09/01/2013|
[quote]Long Island is the length of Connecticut. It is a BIG place, not just a few towns.
The whole circumference is some of the most gorgeous places on earth. The sleepy communities on the water. Watch "Royal Pains" on USA. They don't shoot just in the Hamptons but up and down the North shore. That giant castle, Oheka used to be a private home but is not a hotel and is in Huntington in the middle of the island.
It's long hence the name LONG Island but it not wide. Take the Meadowbrook Parkway, the Wantagh Parkway, Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway or the Sagtikos Parkway (everything has Native American names) and you can cut across South shore to North Shore in fifteen minutes.
And the commute is nothing. You sit on a train, you read the paper, play with your iPad, even sleep all the way. It's not sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in LA.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||09/01/2013|
Lindenhurst is your typical (mostly) blue-collar middle class south shore long island town. There's a lot of italian-americans there. Lindy is a lot like West Babylon and Deer Park if your familiar with any of those places.
It's an okay town by LI standards, nothing spectacular.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||09/01/2013|
What's Oceanside like? My boss lives there.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/02/2013|
What is Commack like? I had a crush on two guys in college who were from there.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||09/02/2013|
Most of the towns inside, meaning not the coasts are everyplace USA. Strip malls, car dealerships, no different than most places. here are images of the coasts.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||09/02/2013|
Commack is a pretty big area. It's a very white town in Suffolk with a sizable amount of east asians. Most residents range from middle class to upper middle class but they think they're rich like their neighbor Dix Hills, lol. They have a very good public school system.
As for Oceanside, its a cute town but since it's so far away from the parkways/expressway the commute to NYC or melville is very long; as a result, it suffers from lack of desirability and home values aren't as high as they normally would be. It was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy too. I would say its your typical south shore nassau community
|by Anonymous||reply 106||09/02/2013|
r62 did your grandmother die last month?
|by Anonymous||reply 107||09/02/2013|
Does your boss live in the northern or southern part of Oceanside? The ocean stopped in the middle of the town during the storm and the southern part was pretty much destroyed, but the north was fine. (Well except for LIPA's incompetence)
|by Anonymous||reply 108||09/02/2013|
I'm Rhonda, this is my sister Sada, and my other sister Zora.....we're from Long Island!
|by Anonymous||reply 109||09/02/2013|
I knew three people from Shirley, LI when I was in college and they were all unbelievably trashy. The kind of trashy that you wonder if maybe they have some mental illness going on.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||09/02/2013|
R111 Shirley is very very trashy.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||09/02/2013|
Can't forget about Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||09/02/2013|
There are trashy people everywhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||09/02/2013|
r114, Long Island seems to have a special breed of trashy. The trashy people from LI are just unbelievably crude, rude and low-class in a way that just leaves you staring in disbelief. The kids in my college from Shirley were like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||09/02/2013|
I agree with R114.
On Long Island your either very bougie/uppity/stuck up or extremely trashy/ill-mannered....there's not much in between.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||09/02/2013|
Oops I mean I agree with R115
|by Anonymous||reply 117||09/02/2013|
It must be frightening to live on an island, especially such a huge one. At the first sign of trouble you would have to think about your escape plan and making sure you got off the island before the mass rush blocks all the exits. Of course you would want to have a boat just in case.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||09/02/2013|
[quote]I Lived in Hicksville. It was fine but has gotten to expensive and crowded....
It's also heavily Pakistani/Indian...our old movie theater is now a Pakistani church...it's also a lot dirtier than I remember.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||09/02/2013|
MY mother swears that HIcksville started becoming Indian once the HIP center (a large managed care primary care/diagnostic center) was built in the early 80's. She said there was an influx of physicians and technologists into the area who liked the easy hours at the center, and then they just stayed. Once they came, shops began opening to cater to their tastes. They have a Patel Brothers market there, which is worth popping into if you happen to be in Hicksville. It is the size of a small supermarket, aisles and aisles of every South Asian product you can imagine. The fragrance of the store is fascinating, it is like being in a bazaar.
I grew up in Levittown. It is a lot raggier now than it was in the early 70's when I grew up. Every house has the same size yard (100 x 60 feet), and in the past everyone had a tree on the front lawn and a communal backyard. All that is changed, now everyone is fenced into their tiny plots, it looks like Queens in a way. The streets where we played are bumper to bumper cars now since every family has several. It is working class or lower middle class. The schools aren't terrible, although they don't graduate Westinghouse scholars. The main street ('Hempstead Turnpike') is nothing but strip malls, one after the other. I do not enjoy going back, it took on a very trashy feeling and it didn't have a great reputation even in the 50's.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||09/02/2013|
[quote]It must be frightening to live on an island, especially such a huge one. At the first sign of trouble you would have to think about your escape plan and making sure you got off the island before the mass rush blocks all the exits. Of course you would want to have a boat just in case.
Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO), the power company built a $6 billion, yes $6 BILIION nuclear power plant. Christie Brinkley and thousands more protested and the finished plant never opened because there is no escape.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||09/02/2013|
R108, not sure what part of town he lives in but he lost most of his house with Sandy. Had to replace basement and first floor.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||09/04/2013|
and if you didn't get a raise, there's always Hampton Bays.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||09/04/2013|
Because of Hurricane Sandy damage Long Island customers are stuck with a 4% rate hike soon.
LIPA (Long Island Power Authority) responded so poorly during Sandy, their service area is now operated by New Jersey's PSE&G (Public Service Electric & Gas).
|by Anonymous||reply 124||09/04/2013|
Long Island is going downhill, it's becoming far more expensive than what it's worth.
A large chunk of middle class long islanders plan on leaving due to this RETARDEDNESS.
People are getting tired of spending $600,000 on a fifty year old 4 bdr 1.5 bath house on a postage stamp of land with $14,000 yearly taxes and crazy high utilities. God forbid you live near the water and have to pay flood insurance on top of everything...
For the same price you can get a luxurious house/lifestyle in 95% of the rest of the country
|by Anonymous||reply 125||09/04/2013|
R70 people in the city were more honest back then too. It's the end of middle class culture and the triumph of the cynicism and brutality of the rich.
My family spent 120 years in Hempstead, but booked out of there around 1770.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||09/04/2013|
I'm always hearing about how the middle class is leaving LI in droves because of the taxes and housing costs, but they keep adding on at the mall and damned if I can find a parking space. Where are all of these people coming from if the island is emptying out?
|by Anonymous||reply 127||09/04/2013|
Brooklyn and Queens are geographically part of Long Island, so why do people from there get offended when you mention that fact?
|by Anonymous||reply 128||09/04/2013|
I grew up in Amityville/Massapequa area and in the 70's and 80's it was a nice place to live. The Sunrise Mall took us into a new era and as more and more became built up and more and more empty lots of land became strip malls etc. the area started to become one big crap hole. I rarely go back to the island it has become of pit of crap.
Now sure what kind of trash lives there now but back then it was full of Vinny Boombatz characters and all their bitchy bitches.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||09/04/2013|
R128 - Because Brooklyn and Queens are also part of the city. The rest of Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk, are definitely not.
And there's a huge difference between the two.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||09/04/2013|
Long Island robbed us of our ocean front.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||09/04/2013|
What town does the Long Island Medium, Theresa whatsherface, live in?
I travel to the Garden City/Westbury area quite a bit. They couldn't build another mall there if they tried. Roosevelt Field is there and several other, smaller ones. Traffic is AWFUL!!
My company has an office in Melville. Whenever I'm there I drive past the Porsche/Ferrari dealership but never see anyone on the lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||09/05/2013|
Any Baldwin brothers or Rosie O'Donnell stories, r129?
|by Anonymous||reply 133||09/05/2013|
From 1916-'51 Roosevelt Field Shopping Center was an airport.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||09/06/2013|
R128 because there is a whole generation of Brooklyn/ Queens transplants that fought tooth and nail to get their asses out of the crap that was Brooklyn/Queens back in the day and their kids don't like reminding them they only moved 20 miles away.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||09/06/2013|
In an episode of "I Love Lucy" the Ricardos are visited by Tennessee Ernie Ford who gets lost on Long Island and needs to walk home to the Ricardos' apartment in Manhattan, of which experience he remarks "And danged if it ain't!!". To the question "Ain't what?", he responds "a LONG ISLAND!!!"
|by Anonymous||reply 137||09/07/2013|
Hampton's version of the Hatfields & the McCoys.
Hamptons Foot-Wide Strip Of Land Sells For $120,000.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||09/07/2013|
In an episode of "Brooklyn Bridge" the youngest son said he didn't want to move from Bensonhurst to Long Island "because they make you have your own bedroom."
|by Anonymous||reply 139||09/07/2013|
I just always think of Amityville.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||09/07/2013|
Some classic movies were shot on Long Island. Kevin Kline's little home town Greenleaf, Indiana in "In & Out" is actually Northport. Alan Alda's 'Sweet Liberty" used Southampton for North Carolina. More include North by Northwest& The Godfather.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||09/07/2013|
Garden City and Rockville Centre are both lovely. Rockville Centre has a better train commute to NYC.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||09/07/2013|
Rockville Center has a major ghetto culture. Look at the Facebook pages for Lauren Daverin who was murdered recently. Get a load of her peeps.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||09/08/2013|
r143 Um....that's not really Rockville Centre. That might be their zip code but.....wrong side of tracks
|by Anonymous||reply 144||09/08/2013|
r145 No. It's Centre. The Diocese! The Hub! And if you spell it Center, then you don't live there.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||09/08/2013|
[quote] they really really really do have that tangy NY accent. a friend who grew up there just admitted to me recently that she grew up not knowing that Chancre Sore wasn't spelled "Kanka soah", as that was how everyone pronounced it
You obviously don't know what a Chancre Sore is. You seem to have confused it with a Canker Sore. They are actually two different things.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||09/08/2013|
That murder was 100% within the Village of Rockville Centre. It was on the footbridge between Merrick Rd and Sunrise Hwy.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||09/08/2013|
Babylon Village is cute too
|by Anonymous||reply 150||09/08/2013|
I love my little village of Amityville.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||09/08/2013|
I've always liked the Amityvilles. I think they have so much potential. They're in the PERFECT location.
- They're as close to NYC as your gonna get without paying Nassau County taxes. - Crazy amounts of shopping nearby. - LIRR stop - Access to Parkway - Cute village downtown - Reasonably priced housing - Close to the water - Close to the Melville/E.Farmingdale corporate districts
|by Anonymous||reply 153||09/09/2013|
[quote]For instance Jewish people may live in one town, but richer Jewish people live in another town. Italians live in one area and black people in another. That sounds weird to me.
Where do you live? Where did you grow up?
|by Anonymous||reply 154||09/09/2013|
Oh yeah, and North Amityville's also been improving steadily. I feel really good about the future of the whole area.
Theres a pretty large new upscale subdivision at the end of Albany Ave. Huge beautiful homes.
They're also demolishing all of the trailer parks along Rt.110.
You also rarely hear about any shootings from N.Amityville like you used to 5+ years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||09/09/2013|
When it comes to the racial distributions of Long Island, I would say that the guy is pretty accurate.
However, I know that there are some racially mixed and integrated areas on LI such as Valley Stream, Glen Cove, Westbury, Baldwin, Wheatley Heights, Bay Shore... and a few more that arent coming to mind at the moment.
and I also know much of northwest Nassau got *huge* influxes of South Asians in recent years.
So Long Island is much more diverse then it used to be
|by Anonymous||reply 156||09/09/2013|
[quote]What is Centerport like?
I live there. It's a two stoplight village between Huntington and Northport. I live up in the hills overlooking the water (view only in winter) and I love it there. I grew up one village over in Northport and was born in Huntington to the West. It's a really sweet area. Centerport is considered the end of the "Gold Coast," with one big mansion built by a Vanderbilt, now a museum. If you'd like to tour Long Island, I'd say just get on Route 25a and take that out through Nassau and Suffolk counties. It's a great drive that takes you through the more interesting parts of the Island.
Back in the ice age when the glacier carved out Long Island Sound, it piled all the debris up on the North Shore, which is why that part of Long Island has hills and valleys, unlike the Hamptons and South Shore which are flat.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||09/09/2013|
[quote] Back in the ice age when the glacier carved out Long Island Sound
I'm pretty sure there are people here who were around to see that happen.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||09/09/2013|
If you live on the south shore you're either a fireman or a personal trainer.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||09/09/2013|
I was born on the south shore, but got my cat from a shelter in Huntington. He constantly lords it over me.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||09/09/2013|
lol, thats one hell of a stretch
Though I agree that the south shore of LI is considerably more blue-collar than the north shore.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||09/09/2013|
There are no hipsters on Long Island. Westchester, yes but Long Island, no. How come?
|by Anonymous||reply 162||09/13/2013|
The WASPs live in Westchester and Connecticut.
They all arrive at Grand Central Terminal.
The Catholics, and Jews live in Long Island and New Jersey. They all arrive at Penn Station.
All you have to do is stand in the middle of each train station and look around.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||09/13/2013|
So Scarsdale,isn't Jewish? New Rochelle? And lots of Jews have moved into Armonk, Chappaqua and Katonah.
Back to Long Island, the anti-Gay, conservative head of the New York Senate, Dean Skelos, is from very Catholic RVC.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||09/13/2013|
Frances Conroy was raised in Long Island
Just felt like sharing, really
|by Anonymous||reply 165||09/13/2013|
Unspeakably horrible place with unspeakably horrible people.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||09/13/2013|
I have mixed emotions about LI.
The biggest loudmouth assholes reside here. The strip mall south shore is dismal.
Lyme disease central.
And yet....so much of it is still gorgeous, and I often just love how colorful and emotional the people are. Very direct, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||09/14/2013|
Where are there hipsters in Westchester? I doubt many hipsters would be interested in living in Westchester or Long Island unless there's some kind of "scene" in the towns or smaller cities.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||09/14/2013|
There aren't any hipsters on Long Island.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||09/14/2013|
Westchester hipsters can be found in Port Chester. SUNY Purchase students and drop outs. Also, I have heard there are hipster enclaves in the Hudson valley,which isn't quite Westchester.
But Long Island? Very un-hipster unless emo high schoolers count.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||09/14/2013|
[quote] If you live on the south shore you're either a fireman or a personal trainer.
The Hamptons are on the south shore
|by Anonymous||reply 173||09/15/2013|
R173, so is SHIRLEY and MASTic. The rule doesn't work like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||09/15/2013|
Perfect for big families.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||09/15/2013|
[quote]Frances Conroy was raised in Long Island
She was on "Royal Pains" this season filming up and down LI.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||09/15/2013|
Gotta say growing up On Long Island was wonderful. School trips were to "the city" to see Broadway shows or some of the best museums in the world. One time we actually went to a hotel for lunch and then to a movie, "Man Of La Mancha" at the Rivoli Theater on Broadway. Even then my little gay taste knew it was a dog.
We went to the beach on the weekends... Sometimes The Hamptons but usually Jones beach and Robert Moses which everyone I knew called Fire Island though it wasn't THAT Fire Island but just next to it.
Nice mixed neighborhood, no fights, no shootings everyone got along. Leave in the morning, home at dusk. Every village had a movie theater or two and you could walk to them and believe me, I did.
I was looking back and usually the past has a nice shiny gleam to it but I can honestly say I had a great life there.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||09/15/2013|
Fat italian sausage for you growing up also R177?
|by Anonymous||reply 178||09/15/2013|
r153 people live ON Long Island.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||09/15/2013|
I highly recommend the community where I was born, have lived all my life, and reared my children -Garden City.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||09/15/2013|