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Famous Long Island

Widely known for the rich and famous who regularly visit the quaint villages and sparkling beaches of its Hamptons region, Long Island has always drawn famous characters to its shores.

Teddy Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh, Walt Whitman, just to name a few, are immortalized here. And other famous people from New York began migrating to Long Island’s Gold Coast decades ago.

But it’s not just the actors, politicians, artists and adventurers who make up the most famous components of Long Island’s culture. Visit Long Island and explore some of our famous film sites, our famous lighthouses or famous beaches.

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Long Island History

Long Island history comes alive, from the sites of key Revolutionary War dramas to the airfield where Charles Lindbergh began his momentous nonstop flight to Paris. Explore the Long Island Heritage Trail, also known as the Spy Trail that George Washington traveled...

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Whaling History & Maritime Museums

Long Island has a rich maritime history dating back to the 1700s when settlers here made their livings and sometimes their fortunes from the bounty of the sea. Whaling and maritime history come alive through exhibits, including over 6,000 artifacts,...

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Gatsby’s Gold Coast

Just a short ride from New York City on Long Island’s north shore lies a place of uninhibited wealth and opulence immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby. Many of the mansions on the “Gold Coast,” so-called due...

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George Washington’s Spy Trail

Did you know that the actions of a few brave Long Islanders, with names like Tallmadge, Woodhull, Brewster, Strong, Hale and Townsend helped changed the course of the Revolutionary War. Come to Long Island and discover a fascinating history filled...

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Theodore Roosevelt Home

Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. An interesting fact about Theodore Roosevelt is that he spent much of his time at what he called his...

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Walt Whitman Home

Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. An interesting fact about Theodore Roosevelt is that he spent much of his time at what he called his...

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Lindbergh & Aviation History

Charles Lindbergh's historic flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island to Paris in 1927 forever changed the course of aviation history. From this ambitious start, the history of Long Island, NY is filled with advancements in aviation. In the 1960s Long...

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Jackson Pollock & Other Artists

Visit Long Island and find out why artists have always found inspiration here. Visit the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs, East Hampton, the former home of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, two of the country's foremost abstract expressionist painters. The artist...

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The Hamptons

Long Island's Hamptons region has long been the summer playground of the rich and famous. It consists of a string of always chic seaside communities where today's most well-known celebrities own summer homes. Visitors often flock here hoping to see...

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Famous Long Island Beaches

At 120 miles long and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the South Shore and the Long Island Sound on the North Shore, there are more than plenty of beaches on Long Island. Some of the most famous include Jones Beach...

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Famous Film Sites

Long Island invites visitors to come "on location," to where some of the best known Hollywood movies, ranging from The Godfather to Men in Black II to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, have all left a handprint in various...

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Famous Lighthouses

Long Island is known for its famous lighthouses, several of which permit visitors to venture to their perches to enjoy unparalleled ocean and island views. With over 25 lighthouses built on Long Island since 1796, Long Island enjoys a deep...

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Actors & Comedians

Famous people from New York? Long Island has plenty. Some of Hollywood's best-known actors and comedians are from Long Island, NY. Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel both have Long Island roots, along with the famous Baldwin brothers, Francis Ford Coppala,...

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Authors & Poets

Visit Long Island and find out why so many authors and poets found inspiration here. Among the most famous authors from New York is Walt Whitman, who grew up in a small farmhouse in West Hills, Long Island, now open...

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Musicians & Designers

A naming of famous people from New York wouldn't be complete without mentioning the extensive list of popular Long Island musicians and designers. From today's brightest young stars including Ashanti, Mariah Carey and LL Cool J (all born on Long...

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Historical Figures

The history of Long Island, NY includes the presence of many famous figures who broadly worked to shape their time. An excellent cross-section can be found along the Long Island Heritage Trail. Travel back in time to the Revolutionary War era when George Washington...

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