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 a stop. As for our mass transit, well, we're glad if it's on or close to schedule. Here are Long Island's secrets.
You're ON Long Island
People live in Connecticut, in Queens, in New Jersey or in Philadelphia. They live ON Long Island. If you're trying to fit in, don't say something silly like "It's nice to hang out here in Long Island."
Beach bargain(Credit: David Reich-Hale )
Day trippers to Southampton Village know Coopers Beach, one of Long Island's stunning beaches. The cost to visit the spot is a not-so-affordable $40. But any area expert knows it's not hard to avoid paying the fee. Just go before 9:30 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Trust us, it's worth checking out.
We are wine country(Credit: Newsday / David Reich-Hale )
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(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.
Our national pastime(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)
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(Credit: Linda Rosier)
If a Long Island Rail Road train is running 5 minutes and 59 seconds late, it's still on time.
The native language(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)
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.
The Island's greatest ride(Credit: News 12 Interactive: Catherine Leiva)
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(Credit: NaDean DeRosa)
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(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)
It's not a Long Island liquor store unless East End wines are featured in a designated area.
Brooklyn isn't home(Credit: Jim McIsaac)
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(Credit: David Reich-Hale )
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.
Long Island has hamlets, villages, towns, unincorporated areas, two counties and more than 120 school districts. If you're not from Long Island, none of this will make any sense to you.
The King came first(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
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(Credit: Daniel Gonzalez)
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(Credit: Newsday)
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(Credit: Nick Klopsis)
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(Credit: Teresa Gianotti)
Buying a hot dog from a roadside truck is a completely normal lunch experience.