Interesting Facts About Long Island

Interesting Facts About Long Island

We are known for more than pizza and bagels.

Everyone knows that Long Island is great for its beaches, endless pizzerias, as well as bagel and deli shops within every mile, but there is more to the island. Here are some facts about LI.

1. Long Island is the most populated island in the U.S.

If you've ever driven down the expressway during rush hour, it is clear how populated LI is.

2. Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State

If you've never been to this lighthouse, I'd definitely recommend it. Especially climbing to the top to see some incredible views of the ocean.

3. Both Queens and Brooklyn which are boroughs of NYC, are located on the west end of Long Island.

The term Long Island is usually reserved for just Nassau and Suffolk County.

4. LI is 118 miles long and 23 miles wide at its most distant point.

This is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

5. Glen Cove was the first community on LI to have telephone service.

6. Deep Hollow Ranch located in Montauk, was the first working ranch in the U.S.

Who knew Montauk had other significant landmarks other than the light house.

7. The Amityville Horror House, which is well known from the movies, books, and legends, had to have its address changed multiple times since the 1970's.

Even as a native Long Islander I have still yet to visit this infamous house.

8. Suffolk Theater in Riverhead was originally known as "the Radio City Music Hall of Long Island.

Good thing this name was changed because I cannot see there being enough room in NY for two Radio City Music Halls.

9. There over 120 public school districts on Long Island operating over 650 individual schools. There are also 6 public universities and over a dozen private colleges.

This just goes to show people how big LI really is, this is a lot of schools located throughout the island.

10. In 2013, 8 of 7/11's top locations by sales were all located in Suffolk County.

This is no surprise considering you can't drive more than 2 miles before hitting any number of 7/11's

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10 Of The Best Ways To Be A Tourist In Southern California

I have been to L.A so many times it's practically my second home.

You don't have to travel far to vacation and have a good time. I realized that this last winter break. I've traveled to California many times; more specifically I have been to L.A so many times it's practically my second home.

I've done a lot of the main things that you would want to do and it didn't seem too exciting to me after a while, but then I got to talking with a friend about the different things I have done in California and realized I have done a lot in the many years I have visited. There are so many things that many people may not even realize you can do in California.

1. Manhattan Beach

Take a trip to Manhattan beach on a sunny day and enjoy the waves and go seashell hunting. You can also go paddle boarding and surfing while here.

2. Six Flags

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush be sure to head over to Six Flags. There are many rides and fun carnival games to choose to enjoy.

3. Universal Studios

Be sure to check out Universal Studios and enjoy the mix of action-packed shows and rides. There's also a city walk full of stores and places to eat if you are looking for more of a laid-back evening.

4. Little Mexico

Enjoy the culture in little Mexico and try some good Mexican snacks and drinks and find cool trinkets to take back home.

5. Hollywood Boulevard

Walk down Hollywood Boulevard, sightsee the cool theaters, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, many shopping malls, and clubs.

6. Porto's Bakery

Visit Porto's bakery. There is so much deliciousness in this bakery from fruit pies to delicious baguettes.

7. The Grove

If you like to shop, be sure to stop at the Grove. It has many boutique shops, and the decorations are beautiful during the holidays.

8. NBA game

If you're into sports be sure to check out an NBA game. It is worth your time and very fun to do on a casual Tuesday night.

9. Malibu Beach

I'm very into beaches and have been to many while visiting California. Malibu beach is beautiful, plus Malibu itself has a very fun beach town vibe.

10. San Pedro

Love the sea and seafood? Be sure to stop by San Pedro and get your seafood fix. Their shrimp and lobster are to die for.

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Living In The Moment When Traveling Is The Best Thing You Can Do

Be present.

I recently took a trip to Seattle, Washington for my friend's bachelorette weekend and I really wanted to make this trip memorable. One, because I had never been to Seattle and two, because we were there celebrating my good friend and to be a part of this time in her life is something I'm grateful for.

I brought along my camera to make a vlog of the trip/special occasion. I was taking pictures and videos of us on the plane, train, car ride, walking around while exploring and I realized, I'm looking at this trip from a different perspective, through a lens. I'm looking back at all those memories from a screen, which is what I would be doing anyway when I would come home from the trip and reminisce.

I decided to put my camera away and just soak in everything. For this, I'm so glad I did. We were only there for a short period of time and I wanted to make this something memorable. Instead of looking at downtown Seattle through my camera screen or from my iPhone, I decided to look at it with my own eyes. I took in the sights and sounds, the beauty of the sun setting at 4:30 in the afternoon. To see my friend looking so happy to be surrounded by people who care about her and to be sharing this with her.

Sure, I don't have as many pictures as I would like to look back on, but t least I have my stories to share. Plus, I can always Google what these places look like at any point in time. So, the next time you're on vacation, try to not Snapchat it all or record all of it on a camera.

Be present and take it all in.

Every second counts.

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