While I have traveled extensively around the country and the
Caribbean, I have never, in 42 years, lived more than 19 miles away from where I was born! Even when I went to college and lived on campus at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, I was 19 miles away from my birthplace of Bay Shore, N.Y.Bay Shore is a medium size town located on Long Island’s south shore halfway between New York Cityand Montauk Point ( Long I sland’s easternmost point.) For the past 11 years I have lived in the same house located 13.47 miles from my birthplace. Weird/Cool, huh?
Some Facts About
Why we stay… Why we want to leave… Why we continue to stay…
Long Islandis 118 miles long and 18-20 miles wide at its widest point.
All Four Counties; Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau, and ): 7,448,618 Suffolk
That’s 5,470 people per square mile!
Long Islandis more populated than 97 countries of the world.
is ranked fifth highest in income per capita in the entire country. Nassau County
Median Long Island Home Price: In excess of $400,000
In 2001, the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute reported that
Long Islandhad the highest cost of living/income index in the country.
The average property tax bill for an average size home is between $8,000 and $16,000 a year… that’s just the property tax, folks… no mortgage is included with those numbers.
The average electric bill for a standard 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is over $300 a month, without air conditioning or holiday lights.
If you combined all the fire and rescue vehicles; Long Island has more thanListen up you westerners… The first cowboys were/still are Long Islander’s. The oldest working cattle ranch in the
New York Cityand COMBINED! Los Angeles United Statesis right here on Long Island.
According to Forbes Magazine, the most expensive home in North America, is Three Ponds Estate in Bridgehampton, valued at $75 million... and only 28 miles from your host’s meager domain.
The first Trans-Atlantic flight, by Charles Lindbergh, originated on
The first ever video game was invented here, at Brookhaven National Laboratory… only 3 miles from LID’s abode.
Highest cost of living, second highest property taxes, and traffic… oh, did I forget to mention the traffic. Remember those 5,470 people per square mile, well they all have to get to work to pay for all this. It’s not uncommon for my beautiful wife to spend 2 ½ - 3 hours commuting 45 miles.
Again, why do we stay?
While there has been a large exodus of younger families over the past few years, most of us continue to suck it up! We hand over our entire paychecks and then some just to survive… because we live in paradise! We do take it for granted some times. But when driving back from an out of state trip; or flying in from a far away destination… the first glimpse of
The first summer day we get to spend on the beach… the smell of salt air and sand… our children attending some of the best schools in the world (remember those property taxes, they go somewhere), combined with the ability to have anything we want, 24 hours a day, within 30 minutes… as long as we’re willing to pay for it… is why!
All this on one income... we're either crazy or brainwashed... must be something in the air...
And, besides, I obviously can’t live more than 19 miles away from the place I was born…