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 Island), to the enduring music of Billy Joel, Lou Reed and Harry Chapin to the unmistakably great John Philip Sousa and Guy Lombardo, Long Island musicians are world-renowned. Many of these Long Islanders are from the Nassau County region, while others can be found crooning in the Hamptons in Suffolk County.

If high fashion is your passion, some of the industry’s best-known designers have also tapped into the creative energy here in the Long Island community. Donna Karen, Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Stuart Weitzman and Kenneth Cole are all said to frequent Long Island’s shores.