Port Washington, on the North Shore, is the place the Gibbs decided to call home.
"I've been ecstatic about this town ever since," Dave says.
In fact, the couple recently traded up in the same community. In addition to his swift commute - 40 minutes or less - he says he enjoys the area's ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.
Lorraine Schaum, who works for an entertainment company in Times Square, recently moved from lower Manhattan to Manhasset. "I wanted the flexibility of being able to go out and not have such a long commute home," she says, noting the schedule is terrific.
Farther east, commuters often seek stations with frequent schedules. Among them is Hicksville, where the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches meet. This mid-Island community offers a multitude of conveniences - and an easy walk to and from the station when the weather is nice.