A few things cool about the area I live in...
-I'm about an hour from New York City by train.
-if you drive long enough in one direction, you'll hit water.
-we have the best bagels, pizza, and chinese food (if you don't count the city).
-accessible theaters every few miles or so.
-take a ferry on the North Shore, you get to Connecticut. take a ferry on the south shore, you'll be on Fire Island.
-it feels like upstate is a completely different world.
-never (other than in the city) will you find a diner on every corner.
-never (other than in the city), will you be able to find someplace that's opened past nine on a Friday night.
-we started Carvel, and the original Nathan's isn't too far.
-we have the Amityville Horror House.
-we have mentions in a song by Billy Joel.
-we have some kick ass beaches.
Oh, the joys of Long Island.