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Best places to live on LI: Great Nightlife

The bar at Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in

The bar at Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in Huntington Village (363 New York Ave., 631-421-6900) attracts a large Thursday night crowd on Nov. 19, 2009. Credit: David Pokress

It would be easy for Long Island's social scene to inherit an inferiority complex, as it's juxtaposed to one of the world's most famous cities for nightlife, culture and vibrancy. However, from the Queens border to Montauk there is a growing number of communities of young professionals who've migrated and taken along the commodities of living in Manhattan.

The Hamptons, Long Beach and Huntington have long been primary locales in the thick of the proverbial social pipeline, but it doesn't stop there, says Sandi Lefkowitz sales manager-associate broker of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Reality in Old Brookville,Glen Head and Sea Cliff.

Uniondale, Freeport and Rockville Centre are examples of some of the areas that increasingly have become younger - and that's translated into improved nightlife. Heading east, Northport and Port Jefferson have much to offer as well.

Nicole Brewer, editor of Hamptons .com, says the community of year-rounders in the Hamptons is steadily growing. While the area is known for its summer scene, the winter has its advantages.

"It's not just nightclubs you'll find. The rest of the year, you can go out on Tuesday nights for tapas," she says. "It's not as social, but it's a lot of fun. It's not packed and crowded."


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