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History buffs can travel back in time visiting homes of past presidents, poets, and artists, including President Theodore Roosevelt and Poet Walt Whitman. Explore the homes and museums showcasing aviation history and art masterpieces. Step inside Long Island’s Gold Coast for a look into the elegant and opulent lifestyles of the elite. Many of these homes once hosted royalty, heads of state and stars such as Charlie Chaplin. Open for tours and events, travel back to an era bygone when visiting these estates.

Often the backdrop for Hollywood productions and called Hollywood East, we are the inspiration behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and AMC’s “Turn: George Washington’s Spies“; location of “Royal Pains” and “The Affair” and reality series “Fire Island”, “Summer House” and “Kardashian’s Take The Hamptons.” Home of Oheka Castle, The Hamptons and the Montauk Lighthouse, Long Island is a destination that is no stranger to the spotlight.

Famous Long Island Residents

Many famous faces have been lucky enough to call Long Island home at some point in their life.

Actors

Alec, Daniel, Billy & Stephen Baldwin – Massapequa
Edie Falco – Northport
Judd Apatow – Syosset
Natalie Portman – Jericho
Tony Danza – Malverne

Comedians

Billy Crystal – Long Beach
Eddie Murphy – Roosevelt
Howard Stern – Roosevelt
Jerry Seinfeld – Massapequa
Rodney Dangerfield – Babylon

Writers

Antione de Saint-Exipery wrote The Little Prince in Northport
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in Great Neck
Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather in Bay Shore
Walt Whitman founded the newspaper The Long-Islander in Huntington

Musicians

Billy Joel – Hicksville
LL Cool J – Bay Shore
Lou Reed – Freeport
Mariah Carey – Huntington
Pat Benetar – Lindenhurst

Designers

Donna Karan – Woodmere
Kenneth Cole – Great Neck
Michael Kors – Merrick
Steve Madden – Lawrence

Artists

Chuck Close – Bridgehampton & Long Beach
Jackson Pollock – East Hampton
Lee Krasner – East Hampton
Willem de Kooning – East Hampton

Historical Figures

Charles Lindbergh – Mineola
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Southampton
Theodore Roosevelt – Oyster Bay
William Floyd – Brookhaven

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Explore world-renowned beaches, historical lighthouses, culinary delights, premiere golf courses, Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions, and award-winning vineyards on Long Island – New York City’s Beachfront Backyard. Download a copy of the Travel Guide for inspiration and more information to plan your perfect getaway.

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