Long Island is considered a haven for residents and visitors alike. The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point, offering pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches on its famous South Shore and quaint towns on its North Shore.
Though a well-known summer destination for celebrities as well as singles, couples, and families, Long Island is also home to several million residents who enjoy the island’s unique beauty and a myriad of recreational opportunities. From fabulous art galleries and museums to exceptional fishing spots, golf courses to great restaurants, beautiful bike trails to spectacular white sandy beaches, there’s virtually something for everyone.
Located in the northern center of the island, Stony Brook is also close to the excitement of Manhattan where an easy commute places you at the doorsteps of world-famous museums, professional and college, sporting and concert events, and restaurants of every cuisine.
Music lovers can indulge in virtually every genre throughout the Island. You can catch well-known rock bands at Jones Beach, enjoy classical music performances by the Long Island Philharmonic, and find venues for everything from pop to jazz to alternative to ska.
The Lure of the Hamptons
Known for magnificent homes, soft white sand beaches, Life on Long Island and celebrity sightings, the Hamptons are a tourist attraction as well as a weekend destination for city dwellers. A series of towns, the Hamptons feature fine restaurants, small town squares, exceptional art galleries, trendy boutiques, and plenty of great people-watching.
From the art galleries and boutiques of Soho and Tribeca, to the fascinating streets of Chinatown and Little Italy, to the upscale shops of Madison Avenue, to the quiet family neighborhoods of the upper West and East sides, to the historic beauty of Harlem, Manhattan is a fascinating microcosm filled with people and places representing virtually every country in the world.
Thousands of miles from Napa, France, and Italy, some of the world’s most promising wineries have emerged on the shores of Long Island. Though less than 35 years old, the Long Island wine industry has grown from a single vineyard to more than 30 wineries offering world-class wines, along with enjoyable tours and tastings.
The Magic of Manhattan
Just 59 miles from Stony Brook is Manhattan, part of the most famous, most-visited city on the planet. Though a small island, just 23.7 square miles in size, Manhattan is exceptionally urbanized, offering visitors a diverse array of restaurants, entertainment options, museums, parks, sports venues, shopping choices, and sightseeing opportunities.