LONG ISLAND: Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Long Island, New York is a place 7.5 million people call home.  It is comprised of four counties: Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn / Kings County.  Typically, Long Island is considered to be comprised of Nassau and Suffolk counties only. Queens and Brooklyn / Kings counties are often considered more a part of New York City.  Long Island, named the 6th wealthiest area in the nation, is located just east of Manhattan on the southeastern tip of New York State. Extending 125 miles, Long Island is recognized for its many beautiful white sandy beaches, parks, cultural events, historical sites and museums.

Long Island schools are rated among the top in the nation. There are 56 School Districts in Nassau County and 71 in Suffolk County.  Compare data on the school districts that serve the areas of your interest.ng Island’s economy, which is made up of over 90,000 businesses, appears to have escaped the worst of the economic downturn that has affected many other areas in our nation in recent times. Long Island boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the a nation with a vast number of employment opportunities in the fields of electronics, biotechnology, medical and health care systems, computer technology and food service, just to name a few.   Additionally, consumers are continuing to spend, home prices are rising at double-digit rates and Long Island’s office market remains in good shape.


Queens County
Welcome to the most diverse location on the planet.  Covering more than 100 square miles, Queens is the largest of NYC's 5 boroughs and has almost 2.2 million residents of which 44 percent are foreign born.
Queens County boasts of rich fauna and flora, and scenic hills across the county. The Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Conservation Center are fabulous havens for nature lovers. Also, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a protected treasure and alongside the JFK International Airport. 
Did you know that the tallest tree in New York metropolitan is also found in Queens? It’s known as the Queens Giant, and is the oldest living thing in the area. The Queens Giant is 450-years-old and over 130 feet tall! 

Queens County’s economy is based on industry, trade, and tourism. The two busiest airports in the world, John F. Kennedy International Airport, located in Jamaica; and the La Guardia Airport in Flushing, are both in Queens. Large companies, such as Bulova, JetBlue and Glaceau, have built their headquarters in Queens. 

Currently, Queens has attracted film studios. This brings back an industry that died out in the area, during recent decades. Kaufman Studios, where several television shows are made, is located in Astoria. The western portion of Queens is considered its artistic mecca, and includes the Museum of African Art, the Noguchi Museum, the Socrates Sculpture Park, and the American Museum of the Moving Image.  Parts of Queens are on the international stage and widely know for their distinctive activities that have large following all over the world. Forest Hills is known to all tennis lovers, while Ozone Park is home to some of the best horse racing.

The New York Mets, a favorite of many are based at CitiField. The Botanical Gardens and the Wildlife Conservation Center are worshipped by those attached to nature and its protection. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is an honored neighbor of the JFK International Airport.

Undoubtedly, Queens County--distinct and progressive--continues to remain one of the most outstanding areas in New York State.

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Brooklyn was one of the original six towns of Kings County, when the county/town system was established in 1683. It was included as a borough of New York in1869.It is coextensive with Kings County and situated at the southwestern end of Long Island. It nestles within the borough of Queens on the north and east and is surrounded by water on the other sides. Brooklyn is both an important industrial center, with extensive deepwater harbor facilities, and a densely populated residential area, the most populous borough of New York City.  You don't really need to make huge plans just to enjoy Brooklyn, also known as the City of Kings. How is that possible? The area is meant to be low-key, despite having a population of roughly 2.5 million. Still, you can find a few good reasons to have fun and yet have the peace and quiet you’re looking for, in an independent city like Brooklyn.  Topping the list of things to do should be taking a walk on the 123-year-old Brooklyn Bridge, formerly known as New York and Brooklyn Bridge. Doing this allows you to virtually see the entirety of Manhattan and Brooklyn. But make sure to stay on the pedestrian side of the bridge, for your own safety, in case the breathtaking view distracts you. 

Walking through the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is another worthwhile activity to do while in Brooklyn.  The garden, located next to Prospect Park near Grand Army Plaza, was founded in 1915 and features a whole spread of 52 acres. Strolling in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden on a sunny day helps you to feel the tranquility you've been longing for, and at the same time, provides a feel of Asia.  If you're up to it, visit the spooky 168-year-old Green-Wood Cemetery. The thought of visiting a cemetery may be eerie, but you absolutely can’t miss the area’s striking architecture and sculpture!

To make your visit to Brooklyn complete, Coney Island should also be on your schedule. America's classic amusement park features rides and games that will surely bring out the child in you. And if you’re in Brooklyn during June, you could catch the Mermaid Parade. 

You also cannot afford to miss Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday events. World-class music, art and entertainment are featured – for free! While indulging yourself with an events’ features, you can enjoy an endless supply of food, and make new friends.  Speaking of food, Brooklyn has mouth-watering dishes that will make you keep coming back there, for more.  Your first stop should be Grimaldi, for their pizza. They don't deliver and don't accept credit cards but that doesn’t stop their pizzas from being a major crowd drawer. The coal oven-baked crust, sauce and homemade mozzarella cheese are the best of the best!  And don't forget to stop by the Spumoni Gardens located on 86th street in the Gravesend section for a sampling of their famous Sicilian style pizza and spumoni.  Then there's Juniors, which offers the best cheesecake in town. Choose from a wide variety, according to your taste buds. Junior’s guarantees that it’s worth the wait.  It's hard to get a table at Peter Luger Steakhouse. But once you do, you’ll know why; Their thick and juicy steaks are certainly New York City's best!

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Nassau County
What attracts migrants and tourists to Nassau County? Undoubtedly, it’s the area’s revered beauty, which includes white sand beaches, dense forests, and rolling hills. Also, Nassau’s northwest corner has become known as the Gold Coast, for its impressive expanse of mansions. Former American President Theodore Roosevelt, who owned a house on Sagamore Hill at Oyster Bay, said of Nassau County, “There could be no healthier place to bring children up.” he wrote. This truth is affirmed even today by the 1.3 million people who have made Nassau County their home.  Based on the 2000 Census, the county ranks as the second richest county per capita in New York State, and the sixth richest in the entire United States!  The Long Island Railroad brings people from Nassau County to New York City (Manhattan). Due to the success of the railroad, the population in Nassau has escalated. The South Railroad track benefited the most, and resulted in the sprouting of a growth center. 

Originally, Long Island only consisted of three counties: Kings, Queens, and Suffolk. These communities, which were mostly agricultural, experienced changes after being colonized. In 1898, when Queens County was included in greater New York, the eastern townspeople from Hempstead, North Hempstead, and Oyster Bay proposed to form their own county: Nassau. The name reflects the county’s Dutch and English colonial past. Nassau officially became Long Island’s new county in January 1899. 

World War II ignited a rich aviation industry in Long Island, and particularly in Nassau, where America’s most famous warplanes were manufactured. Nassau was the home of the Roosevelt Airfield, which was located in Garden City. What makes it significant? The Roosevelt Airfield was where the historic 1927 nonstop flight of Charles Lindbergh took off, going to Paris, France. However, the Roosevelt Airfield closed in 1951, resulting in commercial development, which included a shopping mall. 

For decades, Long Island has also been home to leading scientific researches and engineering. Sperry Gyroscope and other companies were concentrated mostly in Nassau County, in the Bethpage area. The company’s high technology devices such as gyrocompasses--analog computer-controlled bombsights, became in huge demand during WW-II. Later, in the 1950‘s during the Cold War, parts of Sperry Gyroscope were moved to Phoenix, Arizona. However, Nassau’s Sperry Gyroscope branch continues to excel in aviation electronics. That’s been due to the company’s research and development on avionics systems for NASA.

Such industries created a strong economic base in the county. During the post-war era, houses in Levittown and nearby areas transformed from farming communities, to the nation’s largest suburb! From the 1980s to the 1990s, Nassau County surged on, with various business and recreational infrastructures. A strong educational system backed these locations. Additionally, retail and service employment made Nassau an economically busy county. Offices opened at lighting-speeds, and Nassau provided an attractive home for white-collar jobs. Presently, Nassau County’s total income ranks in the top ten percent of the entire United States!

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Suffolk County
Founded in 1683, Suffolk County was named for the county of Suffolk in England, the origin of our earliest settlers. Ours is the easternmost county in the New York Metropolitan area and all of New York State. Suffolk County occupies two-thirds of the land on Long Island, which juts about 120 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Suffolk covers roughly 1,000 square miles of territory and is 86 miles long and 26 miles wide at its widest point.

The weather is temperate, clean water is abundant, and the soil is so good that Suffolk is the leading agricultural county in New York State. That Suffolk is still number one in farming, even with the development that has taken place, is a tribute to thoughtful planning, along with the excellent soil, favorable weather conditions, and the work of dedicated farmers in this region.

Over the past millennium, there has been a procession of Indians, explorers, pirates and colonists to the area, as well as whalers, railroad men, summer residents and commuters. Of course, homeowners, farmers and fisherman have been a mainstay of Suffolk, a cosmopolitan mixture of 1,300,000 people and a region whose population is still growing. 

Suffolk County comprises 1000 square miles of eastern two-thirds of Long Island. Long Island itself extends 120 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, East from New York City. The distance from the Nassau County border to Montauk Point is 86 miles. At Suffolk County's widest point the distance from Long Island Sound to the southern shore is 26 miles.

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