The village of Huntington reminds me of Cape Cod in its
vacation feel. It's festive, a little touristy, close to the water and
beautifully cared for and peaceful. I come from Brooklyn, you see.
There's bumper-to-bumper traffic at night, but everyone is civil. No one
honks, no yelling. Everyone waits their turn for the night that awaits, from 7
on to midnight and beyond.
It has a city feel because the streets are alive at night, unlike those of
most Long Island communities, but it has a town feel in that everyone seems to
know each other. They greet each other in the street, meet up at various
People come here from all over the Island to go out. In New York, people
are just out. Huntington is Long Island's destination.
When I walk by restaurants like Besito and Honu Kitchen & Cocktails, the
sound grows. Brooklyn, for some reason, feels quieter.
In Huntington, there's a party feel. There are the fancier places, such as
Caf� Buenos Aires and Red, and then there's Little Vincent's Pizza, where
everyone seems to meet up afterward, where plain old pizza is served as pizza
was once served in Brooklyn.
The music scene has everything, from folk at Classy Coffee to the hard core
jamming at Chesterfield's.
And for so much partying, there are so few police. In the four nights I
spent trolling the streets, I saw only one police car. Teens come out in
droves, whether on skateboards or foot, always with their cell phones. Families
also turn out. It seems there's something for every age. Restaurants, the
bookstore, the art gallery, IMAC, the local performing arts center, the Cinema
Arts Centre - they all draw people young and old.
And, one of the best things: There are plenty of places to park.