Long Island is, literally, a long island stretching eastward from New York City. The largely suburban area is approximately 115 miles long from Brooklyn and Queens at the western end, to Montauk at the easternmost point. At its widest the island is approximately 20 miles from north to south. While Long Island geographically includes Brooklyn and Queens, politically Long Island in general includes Nassau County and Suffolk County of New York State only.
Its primary attraction to tourists is probably the large number of excellent beaches along Long Island Sound to the north and especially along the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The north fork is also home to many wineries. Other attractions include harbor towns such as Port Jefferson, where a variety of eateries and small businesses thrive in a bohemian atmosphere.
The daily newspaper is Newsday, which provides a detailed history on the island at www.lihistory.com. News 12 on cable TV covers also local news.