02 Feb How To Act Like A Local on Long Island’s East End
When you’re visiting a new place, you have two options: see all the tourist sights or explore like a local. If you prefer the latter, we have a few tips on how you can blend in on Long Island’s East End.
- Learn how to say the names of these local towns
One surefire way to stand out among East Enders is not knowing how to pronounce the town names. Let’s start with the basics. You pronouce Long Island “lawn-GUY-land!” Also, though Brooklyn and Queens are technically a part of Long Island, most of the time when people refer to Long Island they mean Nassau and Suffolk County. Suffolk is pronounced “Suh-fick” not “Suff-folk.” You pronounce Nassau “NA-saw.” A number of townships in the area maintain their Native American names which is why there are towns called Hauppauge, pronounced “HAH-pog” and Patchogue, pronounced “PATCH-og.”
- Explore beyond the South Fork
Long Island’s East End is more than the Hamptons, Sag Harbor and Montauk. Next time you’re in town head up to the North Fork. Greenport’s Mitchell Park is located on the waterfront of the North Fork and contains some unique and interesting sights. It has an ancient camera obscura, a sort of naturally-occurring projector that is most well-known for helping Renaissance artists make their paintings. Mitchell Park’s camera obscura contains a digitally fabricated overlay allowing visitors to control the lens with a joystick. During the winter, the park also offers ice skating and has an antique carousel protected by a glass building.
- Go off the beaten path
Beyond nice beaches, wineries and other Long Island attractions, you can check out quirkier, well-known local sights such as the Big Duck.The Big Duck is a East End mainstay and was referred to by a local radio station as one of the “Seven Wonders of Long Island.” It’s eyes are made with the headlights of a Ford Model T and it stands at a whopping 20 feet tall.The giant bird was originally created to help a duck farmer sell more poultry, but it eventually became a novelty structure and local treasure.
When you’re done blending in with the locals, rest at the Holiday Inn Express Long Island East End. We have stay packages (view here) if you want to make your trip extra special. Just call 631-548-1000 to make a reservation. And be sure to check out Long Island Winterfest Live On the Vine events and specials.