Huntington (New York)
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Huntington can refer to several things. Huntington Village refers to the commercial area along Main Street (25A) and New York Ave. Huntington Station is the southern part of New York Ave. (Route 110) close to where the train station is. The general name Huntington can refer to anything from the southern portion of Route 110 by the L.I.E (shopping malls, strip malls, and office space) to the village itself. In general though, a trip to Huntington would mean a trip to the village or one of the nearby neighborhoods.
Huntington is easily accessible by car or train. The Long Island Rail Road from Manhattan stops in Huntington Station about a mile south of the village. Route 25A runs directly into Main Street and Route 110 North goes into the village as well. Route 110 is accessible by the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway. It's a great day trip for anyone on Long Island, Manhattan, or Connecticut.
Huntington Village itself is completely walkable. Parking can be tight on a nice summer night, but generally there are enough parking spots to leave your car and walk around.
There are also several bus routes in Huntington. The S1 is run by Suffolk County Transit, and runs the full length of the Route 110 corridor. http://sct-bus.org/schedules/s1.pdf The Town of Huntington also operates several bus routes within the Huntington area. http://huntingtonny.gov/content/13749/13863/17260/17202/default.aspx However, Huntington is generally compact and walkable.
Although Huntington has a lot of history, little of the sites still remain. However, the old cemetery on Main Street can be interesting to wander around. Just outside of town are several beautiful beaches on the Long Island sound, including Caumsett State Park and Target Rock.
Cinema Arts Center - Fun independent theater showcasing independent movies. On Main Street across from Hecksher Park.
Soundtraks LTD - Located on New York Ave. just south of Main Street, Soundtraks is one of the last independent music stores left on Long Island. Soundtraks has an impressive folk music selection, as well as blues, jazz, and rock. It's a must go to for any music lover in the area. Has started the process of closing down in 2011.
Marshes - Marshes on Main Street, close to the intersection of New York Ave., is known for high-end fancy men's clothing.
Book Revue - 313 New York Avenue, Book Revue is one of the largest (if not largest) independent book stores on Long Island. Browse through the impressive selection and be sure to check out the sales bins for a good deal.
Huntington is a paradise for food. The town offers more pizzerias and Mexican food than most other towns of its size. Food can range from $2 - $40 per person.
American Roadside Burger - offers some of the best hamburgers in town. The restaurant has become a local favorite and offers a laid-back atmosphere for a quick meal. Try the 4x4 (four hamburger patties, four buns). Located on New York Ave.
Mediterranean Snack Bar - is a Long Island favorite for Greek food. The food is always delicious, but the lines can be daunting on a Friday or Saturday night. Be prepared to pay in cash. Located on New York Ave.
Faz's Tex-Mex - Faz's Tex-Mex used to be two separate restaurants, but merged together several years ago. The food is great and super affordable (for $5 nachos you can easily feed three people). It's one of many Mexican food restaurants in Huntington and almost as good as Pancho's.
Little Vincent's Pizza - Little Vincent's was recently in the top 10 for local pizzerias in Newsday. The Little Vincent's slice is unique and amazing. Located on the corner of Main Street and New York Ave.
Huntington has a vibrant bar scene. Most bars are located along New York Ave. between High Street and Elm Street. Others can be found within wandering distance of Main Street.
A drive down 25A will take you to a number of cute local towns. Northport is about 15 minutes east, Cold Spring Harbor is about 10 minutes west, Oyster Bay (home of Theodore Roosevelt) is about 15 minutes west.
Crab Meadow Beach, Sunken Meadow State Park, and Target Rock are all very close by. Ask locals for directions.
Vanderbilt's summer mansion is located in nearby Centerport (just west of Northport, about a 10 minute drive away). The Vanderbilt home is open to the public as a museum. There is also a planetarium on site. During the summer months, there are outdoor plays.