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Top 12 Long Island nightlife stories of 2012

Despite a a tragic pause that shut down bars and clubs for a while after superstorm Sandy, for the most part, 2012 was the year Long Island just wanted to have fun. Thanks to new spots, new music and some offbeat creativity, that merry mission was absolutely accomplished.

Here are a dozen of the biggest trends and happenings of the past 12 months, proving that through thick and thin Long Island is -- and always will be -- a premier place to party. --Ian J. Stark

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