Things You Definitely Miss If You Are From Long Island, But Go to School Somewhere Else

Being from Long Island has its perks (besides from being called out constantly for our accents).  From the beautiful beaches to the quick ride to the city, it is a pretty awesome place to live. There’s a variety of things to do and always a ton of people around. I know for me, personally, when I come back to ‘Berg from being home, there are a few things that I really miss and can’t wait to get home to. We all have things that make home so much more enjoyable. I’m sure you Long Islanders out there can agree with me! These are a few of my favorites:


There is not one bagel place on Long Island that doesn’t have amazing bagels. When I’m home for breaks, I average one bagel per day. When something so good is out of reach for so long sometimes you just have to binge. And if any of you reading this have never had a Long Island bagel before, please reach out and I would be more than happy to bring one back for you next break. I strongly believe that everyone in their lifetime needs to experience the magic of a Long Island bagel


Little Vincent’s of Huntington is the place to get a delicious cold cheese slice of pizza. You will never get a better piece of pizza anywhere else. Voted “Best of LI” this pizza really is the best. Trust me on this one. And the best part- they’re open into the early hours of the morning. So, if you are like me and you get those regular pizza cravings at 1 AM, Little Vincent’s is always there for you!


With a location in basically every town on Long Island, Ralph’s may be one of the best places to get an Italian ice on a hot summer day. For me, after every trip to Robert Moses with my friends it is a necessary stop on the way home. If you are ever near a Ralph’s, be sure to try the twister. My all-time favorite is vanilla soft serve with cake batter cream ice!

Bacon, Egg and Cheese on a Roll

Any deli on Long Island can satisfy this extremely common request on a Sunday morning around 10 AM. I’ve lived on Long Island for 18 years, so I have had a lot of experience in this department. In my professional opinion, I can conclude that Gold Coast Deli in Huntington has the best breakfast sandwich on the island. The staff is extremely friendly, and when you walk in still half asleep, they take care of you completely. My breakfast sandwich is always accompanied by chocolate milk, and yes, even though I am 18, I still drink chocolate milk like a child. If you are ever in Huntington on a Sunday around 10, stop into Gold Coast and try one for yourself.

The Beach

What could possibly be better than living on an island? I’ve been lucky enough to live in Huntington Bay my entire life with the beach basically in my backyard. Some people may think that the beach can only be useful during the summer months, but on Long Island, the beach is beautiful all year round. It may not be warm, but you are always able to appreciate its beauty. For me, the beach is a place I can go to clear my head, read, or just take a walk to. There are so many of them on Long Island, and one is more beautiful than the next.