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Long Island - Facts & Figures


Long Island is located just east of Manhattan on the southeastern tip of New York State. It is comprised of 4 counties; Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk. In general, the heart of Long Island is Nassau and Suffolk, whereas Brooklyn and Queens are part of the 5 boroughs of New York City.

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Long Island Facts and Figures

             NASSAU         SUFFOLK
Population   1.3 million    1.4 million
Area         287  sq.miles  911 sq. miles      
County Seat  Mineola        Riverhead

A Bit of History

  • 1524 - Italian Explorer Verrazano spots the South Shore
  • 1640 - Southold and Southampton are the first settlements
  • 1796 - Lighthouse at Montauk is NY's first coastal beacon
  • 1909 - LI becomes "Cradle of American Aviation."
  • 1922 - First trans-Atlantic radio telephone transmitter at Rocky Point
  • 1927 - Lindbergh takes off at Roosevelt Field on first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris
  • 1939 - Pan American commercial air service to Europe from Port Washington
  • 1940 - LI becomes major center for war production
  • 1947 - Brookhaven National Laboratory to study peaceful uses of atomic energy

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