You Know You’re From Long Island When…



  • Jones Beach Theater is the best place in the world to see a concert.
  • Billy Joel said it best, “Either you date a rich girl from the North Shore, or a cool girl from the South Shore.”
  • What’s the big deal about the Hamptons?
  • You don’t go to Manhattan, you go to “the City”
  • You never, ever want to “change at Jamaica…”
  • You never realize you have an accent until you leave.
  • You can name at least three bands that came from Long Island.
  • At some point in your life you or someone you know has owned an animal that came from North Shore Animal League.
  • You walk around the mall aimlessly.
  • No word ends in an ER, just an AH.
  • When you’re away from Long Island, you love it and when you’re there, you don’t.
  • Long-Island-3

  • You know that the beach is the most magical place in the world at night.
  • You know the exact point at which Queens turns into Nassau simply on intuition.
  • You’re still waiting for a bridge to Connecticut.
  • You’ve tried to use your father’s monthly ticket to ride the LIRR. It worked.
  • No matter what you do, you end up at the diner.
  • Your distant future might involve the state of Florida.
  • You’ve tried to find the Amityville Horror house.
  • Each one of your diverse friends mercilessly makes fun of his own background.
  • You love that salty smell of the ocean.
  • Long-Island-2

  • No, you don’t want mustard on that burger!
  • One of the most exciting days of your summer is when the tickets to the Jones Beach Theatre shows go on sale.
  • You know White Castle is terrible for you and the food sucks. But, you periodically “Get the Crave”.
  • You can order a pizza pie and a soda and people will understand.
  • You don’t associate Fire Island with gay men.
  • You know that parts of The Godfather were filmed on LI.
  • You have, or someone you know has, fallen asleep on the LIRR and ended up in one of these three places: Babylon, Port Washington or Hicksville.
  • You’ve missed that “Drunk Train”, the 2:42 out of Penn and had the dreaded wait until 5:30.
  • You think Islip MacArthur airport is cute and you enjoy watching it grow up.
  • Long-Island-4

  • Your parents took you to Nathans or Carvel.
  • You can correctly pronounce places like Happaugue, Commack, Islip, Islandia, Nissequogue, Wantagh, and Massapequa.
  • You know the location of 6 malls, a dozen McDonalds, and 36 7-11’s.
  • You grew up thinking Chinese food was a basic food group.
  • Oh, your parents are from Brooklyn? So are mine!
  • Yes, admit it, you’ve cruised the DPA.
  • You can remember making up rules for ‘Shotgun’ calls in high school.
  • You were upset when all the Roy Rogers turned into Wendy’s.
  • You actually “get” these jokes and pass them on to other people from Long Island.
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  6 Responses to “You Know You’re From Long Island When…”

  1. Moved to North Carolina but raised on LI. Best childhood ever. Very grateful.

  2. Too bad Long Island is being ruined by corruption and an extremely high cost of living. I’ve talked to a lot of older people and they say this is the worst it has ever been.

  3. The author is young.there. I was to believe that the article was written for people that live there in the seventies . The list is missing some pertinent ideas. And the synagogue comment, unnecessary. Zorn’s farm! ( that was a holiday Excursion, ) Jolly Rogers, Adventureland, Grumman Aerospace, Levittown roller rink Montauk experiment, the place we adopted animals in the 1970’s was called the Bidawee home

    • For the record, I didn’t write this. It has been posted hundreds of times all over the internet. Just shared it because it amused me. I do agree with you about the unnecessary comment and have removed it.

  4. Just found this site and am loving it. I grew up in West Babylon, went to SUNY Farmingdale and Stony Brook and then moved to Omaha in ’94. Just couldn’t afford to live on LI and didn’t want the commute into the city everyday. I last visited the Island in 2004 and it had changed so much, unrecognizable from my time. It’s true that you can’t go home again. But I can close my eyes and still travel Little East Neck Road, Route 109, and Sunrise Highway as they used to be. Good memories of good times!

  5. The smell of the duck farms. They are all gone, as far as I know, but that smell… Ah, memories.

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