From signs on many popular banks to the idea of a supermarket -- yes, King Kullen was first -- Long Island exports ideas and businesses you may not have known originated here.
The Long Island Iced Tea
Peter M. Gianotti wrote in 2012 of the Long Island Iced Tea's origins, when in the year of Watergate, flared polyester pants and lava lamps, Robert Butt mixed things up a little more in the Town of Babylon. He set off a booze bomb: Long Island iced tea. The world can thank LI for the drink. Read the history here.
The credit card, bank collapse
Long Island's Franklin National Bank claimed to have created the nation's first drive-up bank window and also issued the country's first credit card. Unfortunately for Franklin, its record setting didn't end there. The bank's collapse on Dec. 9, 1974 was, at the time, the nation's largest U.S. bank failure. This is the branch in Southampton on Dec. 6, 1973.
The first ATM too
The nation's first ATM was installed at a Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre. The famous Chemical name vanished from the banking landscape in the 1990s when it bought Chase, and kept that name instead. This is a Chemical branch in Babylon Village on June 6, 1978.
Before being sold for $1.7 billion to Quaker Oats in 1994, Snapple's corporate headquarters was in Valley Stream. But what is a Snapple? New York-based Unadulterated Food Products had yet to hit it big when it began making a carbonated apple-flavored drink in the late 1970s. According to a 2012 New York Times story, the drink fermented in its bottles and sent caps blasting. The drink was a failure. But the name, Snapple, after "Snappy" and "Apple" survived.
Thousands of cookies move on the conveyor belt throughout the day at the Tate's Bake Shop bakery in East Moriches. The company's shop, on North Sea Road in Southampton, is a popular stop for locals and tourists.
The first supermarket
When King Kullen opened its first store on the corner of 171st Street and Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, it became America's first supermarket. The Smithsonian Institution recognizes the Bethpage-based chain for that achievement.
Republic's Cold War connection
Republic Aviation was a center of aircraft innovation in the years after the start of the Cold War. It created experimental designs including this mock up of the XF-103 interceptor which, had it been built, would have sought out Soviet bombers heading for North America.
... and Vietnam as well
Mighty F-105 Thunderchief fighter bombers were built at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale in the early 1960s with a mission to use tactical nuclear weapons if the Cold War ever went hot. Instead, several years later, they would be deployed to Vietnam. The original control tower in the background still stands at Republic Airport.
From LI to the moon
Technicians at Grumman in Bethpage are seen here in 1969 building the descent stage of NASA's lunar module, the spacecraft that transported astronauts from the orbiting command module to the surface of the moon. Two Apollo 11 astronauts, the first men to walk on the moon, landed there on July 20, 1969, with a lot of help from one of Long Island's historically significant companies.
GiGi New York
Maria Sandobal works on the detail of a GiGi New York purse on Aug. 19, 2011, in the Graphic Image factory in Melville. Graphic Image, which makes leather goods for other companies, also has its own GiGi New York purse line.
Many banks, including some that don't have much of a presence on Long Island, turn to Islip-based American Signcrafters for their signs. CEO Jeff Petersen explains the material that produces a sign on June 22, 2015.
For nearly a century, a company now based in a small corner of Long Island has been a big producer of knishes. Who knew? Gabila's Knishes in Copiague, which traces back its origins to New York City, exports knishes throughout the region. A fire caused a key piece of equipment to stop working in 2013, creating a national shortage. It was replaced and fans have their supply again.
If a small bottle of horseradish is in your house, it's probably this one. Gold's is headquartered in Hempstead, where the manufacturer has been based since 1993, when it moved from Brooklyn.
The business of wine
While Long Island was late to the wine party by a few centuries, it has become a significant wine producing area. According to the Long Island Wine Council's website, the region supplies more than 500,000 cases of wine each year. The organization also said there are more than 50 wine producers on the Long Island, most of them based on the East End.