It's a red wagon and it's Fire Island. (Credit: David Reich-Hale )

It's a red wagon and it's Fire Island. If you don't understand, we strongly suggest taking a ferry ride to Ocean Beach. You're welcome.

Things only Long Islanders would understand

Everyone knows the Long Island Medium, Lindsay Lohan and Billy Joel are from Long Island. As for the Long Island Iced Tea - yeah, sure, you don't have to be from these parts to have ordered one. But only locals know the true secrets of our home region. For instance, our wine country might not be all that well known outside New York, but it should be. Our amusement parks might be easy to drive right past, but they're worth stopping at. As for our mass transit, well, we're glad if it's on or close to schedule. Here are Long Island's secrets.

We are wine country

A wine store should have a Long Island
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A wine store should have a Long Island section, like this one at Hampton Bays Wines & Spirits. If it doesn't, the shop is probably off the Island.

The much-needed wagon

It's a red wagon and it's Fire Island.
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It's a red wagon and it's Fire Island. If you don't understand, we strongly suggest taking a ferry ride to Ocean Beach. You're welcome.

Our national pastime

Lacrosse is a major sport. If you're driving
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Lacrosse is a major sport. If you're driving around and don't see kids playing lacrosse, chances are you've left Long Island.

The LIRR is not on time

If a Long Island Rail Road train is
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If a Long Island Rail Road train is running 5 minutes and 59 seconds late, it's still on time.

The native language

Repeat after us: Patchogue, Montauk, Manhasset, Hauppauge, Mineola,
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Repeat after us: Patchogue, Montauk, Manhasset, Hauppauge, Mineola, Amagansett, Cutchogue, Copiague and Ronkonkoma. Didn't trip over any of those names? Alright, you're from Long Island. Extra credit if you knew this picture was taken in downtown Patchogue.

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The Island's greatest ride

You know that the coolest amusement park
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You know that the coolest amusement park in the world is on Route 110, and it's squeezed in between a bank and a small strip mall.

We are apple country

The best apple picking in New York is
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The best apple picking in New York is at Lewin Farms in Wading River. Never mind that while New York is the second-largest apple-producing state in the country, none of its six main regions are on Long Island.

A toast to LI

It's not a Long Island liquor store unless
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It's not a Long Island liquor store unless East End wines are featured in a designated area.

Brooklyn isn't home

Yes, Brooklyn is on Long Island, but it's
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Yes, Brooklyn is on Long Island, but it's not Long Island. It's the city - and it can't be both.

Meet the Mets - by driving

Taking the Long Island Rail Road to
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Taking the Long Island Rail Road to Citi Field means driving along the Port Washington line station first, because no one wants to transfer in Woodside.

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The King came first

You know that King Kullen is America's first
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You know that King Kullen is America's first supermarket and you've passed along that fact to someone as a source of Long Island pride. By the way, that first King Kullen was in Queens.

Rock lobster roll

A lobster roll is lobster meat soaked
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A lobster roll is lobster meat soaked in butter on a heated hot dog bun. Period. Don't present it otherwise.

It's the LIRR, not LIR

It's the Long Island Rail Road, not railroad.
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It's the Long Island Rail Road, not railroad. You're not sure why it's two words, but you know that it is.

You're my hero

Heroes save lives. They're also edible. The long-form
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Heroes save lives. They're also edible. The long-form sandwich is called a grinder in Connecticut, a hoagie in Philadelphia and a sub elsewhere, but on Long Island, it's a hero. Batman, chicken parm on a long roll, what's the difference?

A relishing lunch

Buying a hot dog from a roadside truck
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Buying a hot dog from a roadside truck is a completely normal lunch experience.

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