Formed during the Ice Age, Long Island is located on the southeastern tip of New York State and is home to Fire Island, Shelter Island, The Hamptons, and Montauk Point. Long Island is rich in history and offers diversity, glamour, excitement, and solitude all in just 118 miles.
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Long Island History
Long Island was first settled hundreds of years ago by English Puritans and Dutch explorers. It served host to the largest battle of the Revolutionary War—the Battle of Long Island—but didn’t begin to take its modern form until the 19th century, when the rural, agricultural lifestyle was slowly replaced by trolleys, streetcars, and railways. Long Island was home to the well-known Roosevelt and Vanderbilt families, as well as famous businessman and philanthropist Charles Pratt.
Long Island Geography
Long Island juts out from the New York Harbor and is surrounded by Long Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and Block Island Sound. The central and eastern parts of the island include the suburban Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The economy has long benefited from its proximity to New York City, with convenient access provided by the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).
Long Island Features and Attractions
Home to the rich and famous, this area is known for its affluence and is home to the East Coast's largest industrial park, the Hauppauge Industrial Park, where over 1,300 companies reside. It is also the largest island and one of the most densely populated regions in the country. Still, you can find hundreds of miles of pristine beaches, scenic parks, over 30 wineries, incredible shopping, world-class dining, and fantastic antiquing. There are plenty of family friendly destinations, including multiple amusement parks and entertainment centers including The Nassau Coliseum, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, and the NYCB Theater at Westbury.