I lived there for awhile, and now I live in the midwest. It was culture shock for me initially – the way people think and their ideals are so different from the rest of the country. I found a lot of the people to be very career-oriented (and I come from very family-oriented midwest).
But you just have to find the right group of friends to get in with and then it doesn’t matter so much.
It’s really expensive, all living expenses (I lived on LI, less than an hour from NYC), food, gas etc.
But it’s certainly gorgeous. I loved Robert Moses and Jones beach, it was my favorite place to be in the summer. The awesome thing about LI and NYC is that there is always something to do. I went into the city several times a month, and made sure I visited classic places like the Met, SoHo, etc. Shopping on 5th Ave is incredible.
It’s really noisy, and driving is insane – like the other bees said, don’t drive – take the subway/taxi, I drove into the city once and it took an hour of driving around just to find someplace to park.
Central park is great, I could walk around central park all day and not be bored.
There is so much to do. But it really is so different from any other place in the world. Long Island was a nice substitute for the city, for me anyway. I am not a fast-paced, busy person. So I liked having the slower pace and the greenery and “family-feel” of Long Island to live in.
I am so glad I had the experiene to live there, and if I could afford it, I’d consider moving there again. But I have to say I prefer the small-town life that the midwest gives me, and I missed my family 😉
But my husband grew up in NY and his family is still there, so we still visit and talk to them a lot.