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Moving to Long Island: Lifestyle, Leisure, and Luxury

For the sun worshiper who daydreams about relaxing Saturday afternoons on a white sand beach, for the seasoned ad executive who lives for the 9 to 5 Manhattan grind but not the daily hustle and bustle, and for the stay-at-home mom who loves nothing more than family fun and the four changing seasons, Long Island is a place where people from all walks of life find their happily ever after.


A unique quality of life.

People say variety is the spice of life—and there’s plenty to go around on Long Island. It’s a place where different towns mean different experiences. From the extravagant properties out west to the farmlands and rural landscapes out east, the unique charm and flair inherit across the island is miles from the chaotic New York City lifestyle.

The seasons change as often as the experiences—and just in the nick of time. Fall rounds the bend just as you grow tired of the summer heat and spring rolls around just as you can no longer bear the winter chill. A place where every season comes with its own uniquely beautiful, natural scenery, Long Island welcomes anyone of the mindset that change is good in life.

The one constant is the quality of life on Long Island, where residents can build a family, a future, and financial stability. Moving here connects you with a close commute to NYC, thriving career opportunities, luxurious shopping destinations, fun things to do, and unforgettable events.


Connected by a close commute.

There’s a rare balance to life on Long Island, where residents can enjoy the many perks of Manhattan without the extra cost (and chaos) of living there. Connected by the LIRR and the Midtown Tunnel, Long Island is close enough to some of the world’s major business centers yet far enough to escape the big city noise. Long Island professionals commuting to Manhattan get their daily dose of hectic, fast-paced excitement yet still come home to leisurely life at the end of the day.


Unexpected career opportunities.

Manhattan is the world-famous concrete jungle admired and sought after for the promise of opportunity. However, Long Island is still a bustling hub for major corporations and small businesses in sectors ranging from health care and information technology to industrials, financials, real estate, and more.

Long Island is where LIRR employees earn exceptional benefits and rewards, where teachers acquire competitive salaries, and where Northwell Health and other big names in healthcare employ not just doctors and nurses but also marketers, software developers, urgent care staff, and all types of modern-day professionals.

As more executive companies headquartered in NYC expand their workforce on Long Island—mostly to dodge the expense of building rent—more people are accessing big city opportunity right from the comfort of their quiet, suburban homes.


Luxurious shopping destinations.

Long Island is home to superb shopping malls including the ultimate shopping oasis of the North Shore at Americana Manhasset. More shopping experiences to spend some time and money include the Roosevelt Field Mall—ranked the 2nd largest mall in New York and the 9th largest in the US—the climate-controlled Walt Whitman Mall of Huntington, and the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, Long Island’s largest outlet center featuring over 165 manufacturer designer outlet stores.


Fun things to do.

Long Island’s secluded beaches—many doubling as famous vacation destinations—give residents a place to run on the boardwalk or relax in the sand, even after a long day on the job.

Over long holiday weekends, residents head out east to the Hamptons, where local vineyards set the stage for summertime fun with friends including world-famous wine tours and tastings. Long Island’s North Fork—named the Napa Valley of the East—keeps wine country and beach life only a couple of hours away. Fire Island, Greenport, and Robert Moses State Park serve up more things to do for the perfect day trip.

Home to many farms, Long Island is also where families—especially with young kids—gather to pick fresh fruits, vegetables, and in the fall, pumpkins, which pair perfectly with seasonal corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses, and other fun things to do right around Halloween. The crisp fall weather is also ideal for scenic walks and hikes across local parks, ponds, preserves, arboretums, and sanctuaries.

More things to do on Long Island range from bowling, golfing, and other low-key activities to adrenaline-pumping amusement parks including the affordable and admission-free Adventureland in Farmingdale.


A calendar of events.

Events happen daily among Long Island’s natural landscapes and thriving local art scene. Explore everything from galleries to art museums, including heritage museums that trace the cultural and historical roots of Long Island back to when Theodore Roosevelt and Walt Whitman lived there.

Discover on-stage entertainment including Broadway shows and programs at renowned theaters from the Paramount in Huntington to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor to Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC. In the summertime, Long Island hosts a variety of outdoor concerts and performances including amazing lineups at the Jones Beach Theater.

Surrounded by water on three sides, Long Island is the place to enjoy a romantic night on the water over fresh and tasty seafood. Residents can explore more fine dining experiences at famous Long Island restaurants including The 1770 House, 18 Bay, The LakeHouse, Mirabelle, Prime, and more.

Long Island is a fun place for families and friends alike. Events take place from east to west—from the Mattituck New York Guided Farm and Wine Country Bike Tour to NYC’s own Metropolitan Museum of Art—and everywhere in between.

Take a walk down memory lane to explore the town’s history on the Huntington Scavenger Hunt, spend a fascinating day at the Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, challenge yourself at Escape Game Long Island, or get your thrills at the annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach hosted on Memorial Day Weekend. There’s something for everyone.


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