A Billy Joel tour of Long Island

To celebrate his Kennedy Center honor, awarded Dec. 7-8 in Washington, take a tour of the Billy Joel Heritage trail -- a guide to some of the places in Nassau and Suffolk where he left his mark, and perhaps a fender. -- KEVIN AMORIM

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  • 50 Austin Blvd., Island Park, NY 11558
    The club that Joel's band, The Hassles, played at often in the late '60s, along with local notables Vanilla Fudge and The Vagrants, who would become Mountain. ... Zoom in
  • Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030
    In "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," from 1980's "Glass Houses" album, Joel sneered "Are you gonna cruise the Miracle Mile?" ... Zoom in
  • 19 Bryant Ave., Roslyn, NY 11576
    He played the legendary rock club a couple of times in November 1971 -- shows people still talk about. ... Zoom in
  • Bayville, NY 11709
    While driving westbound on Bayville Avenue on the afternoon of April 25, 2004, Joel and his 1967 Citroen went off the road and crashed into the house at 409 Bayville Ave. No one was home. ... Zoom in
  • Centre Island, NY 11771
    Billy Joel married Katie Lee on Oct. 2, 2004, at his waterfront home; he bought the house in late 2002 for about $22 million. ... Zoom in
  • 19 Ira Road, Syosset, NY 11791
    Legend has it that "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," one of many hits off the 1977 album "The Stranger" (Columbia) was inspired by this eatery. ... Zoom in
  • Hicksville, NY 11801
    Joel grew up here in a Levitt house. In "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" from 1973's "Piano Man" (Columbia) album, he sings, "From a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island." ... Zoom in
  • 5 Fordham Ave., Hicksville, NY 11801
    As a member of the Echoes in 1964, he got his first paycheck ($15) for playing music. Virginia, a girl he liked, was there watching him from the audience. She's later referenced in the opening line of "Only the Good Die Young." ... Zoom in
  • 180 Division Ave., Hicksville, NY 11801
    Billy Joel failed to graduate with his class in 1967 because of missed gym and English credits. He did, however, receive his diploma June 24, 1992. ... Zoom in
  • Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
    In 1991, the Town of Huntington dedicated the waterside park. "Cold Spring Harbor” (Columbia), Joel's first solo album, came out in July 1971. ... Zoom in
  • Huntington Station, NY 11746
    While riding a 1978 Harley Davidson on April 15, 1982, Billy Joel was hit by a car. He was flown to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for surgery on his right wrist and left thumb. ... Zoom in
  • Sagaponack, NY 11962
    In August 2007, Joel bought "Jaws" actor Roy Scheider's East End waterfront home, right, as a surprise for his (now ex) wife, Katie Lee. In November 2007, he bought the property next door, but sold it for $10 million in February 2010, following their split. He'd also listed the larger home during summer 2009, but eventually took it off the market in 2012 after dropping the asking price more than once. He also owns a waterfront house on Main Street in Sag Harbor. ... Zoom in
  • Sag Harbor, NY 11963
    Billy Joel lost control of his 1999 Mercedes-Benz on June 12, 2002, and hit a post. Shortly afterward, he checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital, a New Canaan, Conn., substance abuse facility, to be treated for a reliance on alcohol. But drinking was not a factor in this crash, police said. ... Zoom in
  • Amagansett, NY 11937
    Joel and his second wife, Christie Brinkley, left Lloyd Harbor for this house. He sold the property to Jerry Seinfeld in 2000. ... Zoom in
  • Montauk, NY 11954
    Joel's ode to the baymen of the Northeast, "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" of 1989's "Storm Front" album, contained the lyric, "We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday / And left this morning from the bell in Gardiners Bay." ... Zoom in
  • 370 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743
    After rehearsing here for his European tour, Joel made a spur-of-the-moment decision to play a benefit concert on Oct. 16, 2013 -- his first Long Island show in 11 years. ... Zoom in
  • 101 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, NY 11771
    Born out of necessity and a desire to share his collection of 75+ vintage bikes with the public, he opened this shop in late 2010. It's open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, free of charge. ... Zoom in