The Best Quotes about Long Island, New York

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From 1983 to 2000, William Goren stole more than $30 million from investors on Long Island and in Queens. His favorite targets were widows and retired couples, like Helga and Simon Novack, Holocaust survivors who gave Mr. Goren their life savings.  -Alex Berenson

There isn’t an amount of money you could offer me to do reality TV. I would rather get my job back on the building site. Or I could own a construction business. Maybe I could retire to my house in Long Island and take up painting, like Captain Beefheart. A crazy recluse: I like that idea.  -Dave Gahan

The residents and elected officials of Long Island have fought vigorously for many years and spent millions of dollars to preserve the quality of life that the Long Island Sound offers.  -Tim Bishop

Gleason used to rack balls for me when he was a kid in Brooklyn and in Long Island.  -Minnesota Fats

I grew up in Long Island City. When I was growing up, my parents owned a women’s clothing store in Queens. It was for older women. I got my bras there, until I realized I didn’t want those huge, taupe bras. Everything was beige, with massive amounts of hooks.  -Jessica Valenti

When Dee Snider and I get together for breakfast, it’s just two Long Island guys hanging out.  -Mick Foley

Almost everything looks better from a distance, Long Island included.  -Jerry Della Femina

I’m born and raised Long Island. Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Ben Gibbard  – melody -driven guys… They shaped me, molded my music.  -Jon Bellion

Architectural kitsch is most common in the commercial pop vernacular  – typified by the Big Duck of 1931 in Flanders, New York, a Long Island roadside poultry stand resembling a duck, which Venturi and Scott Brown made a cult object through their writings.  -Martin Filler

My mom is from Venezuela, and my dad is German and Japanese, and we lived in Brazil when I was a kid for a couple of years, and then I grew up on Long Island. I think all the traveling and all the nationalities put that stuff in my head. I was just around it a lot.  -Fred Armisen

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There’s a certain type of character that you can’t help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.  -Steve Buscemi

You know, growing up, I lived in a neighborhood in Long Island where there was basically one black family. And I remember hearing all the parents and the kids in the neighborhood say racist things about this family.  -Lorraine Bracco

It was dawn now on Long Island and we went about opening the rest of the windows downstairs, filling the house with gray -turning, gold -turning light. The Shadow of a tree fell abruptly across the dew and ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves. There was a slow, pleasant movement in the air, scarcely a wind, promising a cool, lovely day.  -F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s amazing. Long Island, I don’t know really. It’s quite a fascinating area.  -Gordon Ramsay

There!” Apollo pointed. “Long Island, dead ahead. Let’s slow down, dear. ‘Dead’ is only an expression.  -Rick Riordan

I’m from Long Island. Strong Island.  -Chris Messina

Lobster is not going to be as tasty with ice tea unless that ice tea is from Long Island.  -Heather McDonald

Long Island for me, it’s producing more chefs coming out of there than Paris.  -Gordon Ramsay

One night in the early sixties I passed something on the Long Island Expressway just before the Queens tunnel that I must have seen for years. The billboard advertising cigars, Dutch Masters. I realized it was sort of perfect. It’s weird isn’t it? You’re looking at Rembrandt  – in neon! It was too much, it was irresistible.  -Larry Rivers

If you go to old houses on Long Island you will see painted Chinese wallpaper, which was big in the 18th century. Throughout history, notable, established families have always tried to link to the 18th century.  -Catherine Martin

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Mainly I’ve been back to my books and writings and being nice and quiet and lazy. As I’m writing this, the radio says there’s a foot of snow falling on Long Island. I really love snow and wish I could take a long walk in it right now.  -Jack Kerouac

I engage with New York and America but my parents pretty much hang out in this radius of Long Island where their friends are and where their work is. That’s why you have people who have lived in New York for like 20, 30 years who don’t speak English. They just live in a Chinese community or an Indian community. More than anywhere you’ll find that in Queens.  -Himanshu Suri

The Good Quality Snob, or wearer of muted tweeds, cut almost exactly the same from year to year, often with a hat of the same material, [is] native to the Boston North Shore, the Chicago North Shore, the North Shore of Long Island, to Westchester County, the Philadelphia Main Line and the Peninsula area of San Francisco.  -Russell Lynes

Everything was blamed on Castro. Mudslides in California. The fact that you can’t buy a decent tomato anymore. Was there an exceptionally high pollen count in Massapequa, Long Island, one day? It was Castro, exporting sneezes.  -Calvin Trillin

I did with my wife a comic book for the Raynham Hall Museum in Long Island. They sell the book every single time a busload of kids comes in.  -Ernie Colon

What the altar -bound of today end up buying from their numberless vendors is a dog’s breakfast of bridal excess  – part society wedding of the twenties, part Long Island Italian wedding of the fifties. It’s The Philadelphia Story and The Wedding Singer served up together in one curious and costly buffet.  -Caitlin Flanagan

In the light of what Proust wrote with so mild a stimulus, it is the world’s loss that he did not have a heartier appetite. On a dozen Gardiner’s Island oysters, a bowl of clam chowder, a peck of steamers, some bay scallops, three sauteed soft -shelled crabs, a few ears of fresh picked corn, a thin swordfish steak of generous area, a pair of lobsters, and a Long Island Duck, he might have written a masterpiece.  -A. J. Liebling

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My parents tried to shield me from how famous they were when I was growing up on Long Island. I had no idea.  -Alexa Ray Joel

Public school teachers in Long Island, New York, saved my life in the ’70s. They were involved and invested and helpful. One took me into her family and loved me back to life. She taught me that love is not formed and families are not formed by blood. That love makes a family.  -Rosie O’Donnell

I knew I wanted to be a writer. Where I came from, no one was a writer. I came from Long Island, and everyone became a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer or a teacher or a businessman. I didn’t know any writers.  -Howard Gordon

Boxing on Long Island  – there is history there. It’s been a while since Buddy McGirt and Gerry Cooney, but you know, we are in kind of a resurgence now. We are putting our show there constantly  – Star Boxing shows at the Paramount have drawn big crowds over the years and there is a lot of up and coming talent there now. You see more and more gyms with competitive professional fighters.  -Chris Algieri

Long Island always seems to be the hardest place for some reason. There are always excuses. People will say, “Well, there’s a lot to do in Long Island…” but you know what, if Jim Gaffigan was here, tickets would be gone a month ago, if Chelsea Handler was at the Barclays Center, gone.  -Jay Mohr

I can’t say, maybe it’s something in the ingredients, but again, we have a couple of contestants from Long Island and a phenomenal array of chefs.  -Gordon Ramsay

[Long Island] is buoyant, it’s on the outskirts of Manhattan, and so they have access to phenomenal restaurants.  -Gordon Ramsay

When I was a kid, I did martial arts because boxing wasn’t really available on Long Island. I think now kids are able to begin boxing earlier. So it’s great and whatever can promote the sport on a whole is a good thing. And if we can do it on Long Island, where I am from, it’s a beautiful thing.  -Chris Algieri

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When I first started, it was the real basic stuff that was being played on the radio, so I was into Zeppelin, and Sabbath, and AC/DC, and all stuff like that. I grew up in New York, on Long Island, so the local radio stations played all that kind of thing.  -John Petrucci

I’m a little Jewish girl from Long Island, but when I listened to Tina Turner, I pictured myself in a mini -dress, dancing like Tina Turner. It’s inevitable.  -Winnie Holzman

I’m writing songs about New York. A lot of them carry the names of neighborhoods in Long Island. Maspeth, Montauk. I’m getting into the idea of a F. Scott Fitzgerald -esque Long Island back when New York was…New York.  -Zach Condon

I rented a summer home in the winter on Long Island, I took long walks, and then I ended up moving to Woodstock. It was a fertile musical area and time, and I played with a lot of different musicians there, including getting into women’s music, and I ended up playing with Cris Williamson.  -June Millington

Not a lot of attention has been paid to the Asian tiger mosquito, which is another species which we believe can also transmit Zika virus. It has a much broader range. It’s found all the way north into coastal areas of Connecticut, Long Island and the New York metro area.  -Laura Harrington

And I really wanted a driver’s license. I was 43, had my learner’s permit and had failed the test once already  – but that was in Riverhead, on Long Island.  -Suzanne Vega

Long Island  – if you’re from out of town, how would I describe it? Well, every girl in my neighborhood looked like Kenny G.  -Carol Leifer

I was a young kid from Long Island who wanted to do something large with her life, so I can relate to that.  -Edie Falco

My father was the Formica King of Long Island, and my mother was the daughter of a Bengal Lancer in India.  -Ricky Jay

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His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And, although, she’s… wait… your mom’s still… your mom’s still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul.  -Joe Biden

I know I’m not very popular on Long Island. I don’t know who’s less popular, me or Joey Buttafuoco.  -Don Maloney

I remember the Chillicothe ballplayers grappling the Long Island ball players in a sixteen -inning game ended by darkness. And the shoulders of the Chillicothe players were a red smoke against the sundown and the shoulders of the Rock Island players were a yellow smoke against the sundown. And the umpire’s voice was hoarse calling balls and strikes and outs and the umpire’s throat fought in the dust for a song.  -Carl Sandburg

Piper to Drew: P: In case youthink Im not a true Daughter of Aphrodite dont even look at Jason Grace. He may not know it yet but he’s mine. If you even try to make a move, I will load you into a catapult and shoot you across Long Island Sound.  -Rick Riordan

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty.  -F. Scott Fitzgerald

I loved you way before you ever had a chance to put a spell on me. I loved you at ‘I’ve never been to Long Island,'” Zach said. I couldn’t keep a big goofy grin from my face. I loved you at ‘I like seals,'” I admitted. He grinned back.  -Meg Cabot

I’ve never even been to Long Island  -Meg Cabot

Architectural kitsch is most common in the commercial pop vernacular  – typified by the Big Duck of 1931 in Flanders, New York, a Long Island roadside poultry stand resembling a duck, which Venturi and Scott Brown made a cult object through their writings.  -Martin Filler

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We’ve seen that there are a lot of people out there  – teenagers in Topeka, housewives in Long Island, millionaire Internet start -up moguls  – that all want to connect with each other about what it is to be human.  -Rainn Wilson

It sucks, but no Long Islands or margaritas when you drink. It has to be straight vodka.  -Nicole Polizzi

I am who I am: an Irish Catholic kid, working class from Long Island. And I made it big.  -Bill O’Reilly

I went to a radio station on Long Island in 1982, and thank goodness for me, it was so new that there was no receptionist. So the DJ opened up his booth, and took my tape and listened to it and thought it was a hit song.  -Jon Bon Jovi

It’s like turning the space program over to the Long Island Railroad.  -David R. Brower

I came from Long Island, so I had a lot of experience at the stick. I played in junior high school, then I played in high school. The technical aspect of the game was my forte. I had all that experience, then I had strength and I was in good condition.  -Jim Brown

Indeed, most magicians catch the bug as kids. My first audience was my family in Long Island. My first ‘assistant’ was my mother, whom I levitated on a broom in our living room.  -Criss Angel

I believe Andy was meant to die because he was too good I’m almost happy it ended the way it did because I’ve learned so many lessons from him. It would have been tragic if we got into fights and then divorced [If he had lived], I would be a fat housewife with three kids in Sands Point, Long Island.  -Rachel Uchitel

Indeed, if I understand this global -warming business correctly, the danger is that the waters will rise and drown the whole of Massachusetts, New York City, Long Island, the California coast and a few big cities on the Great Lakes  – in other words, every Democratic enclave will be wiped out leaving only the solid Republican heartland. Politically speaking, for conservatives there’s no downside to global warming.  -Mark Steyn

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School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island.  -Dee Snider

We need to get serious about combating gang violence on Long Island, and the entire nation.  -Tim Bishop

In my district, the budget scales back and eliminates several long -term shore protection projects important to the safety and economic security of Long Island.  -Tim Bishop

My grandfather was a cop in Long Island. I often try to draw on things that I’ve heard about him.  -Yancy Butler

I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place.  -William Bell

The residents and elected officials of Long Island have fought vigorously for many years and spent millions of dollars to preserve the quality of life that the Long Island Sound offers.  -Tim Bishop

The Long Island Sound is an environmentally unique estuary that needs to be protected.  -Tim Bishop

If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies, choking in his own blood upon the ground.  -Winston Churchill

There used to be this guy called Vinny who worked on the floor of the stock exchange, said one big investor who had observed the market for a long time. After the markets closed Vinny would get into his Cadillac and drive out to his big house in Long Island. Now there is the guy called Vladimir who gets into his jet and flies to his estate in Aspen for the weekend. I used to worry a little about Vinny. Now I worry a lot about Vladimir  -Michael Lewis

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General Washington had rather incautiously encamped the bulk of his army on Long Island  – a large and plentiful district about two miles from the city of New York  -Mercy Otis Warren

I was a small kid from Huntington, Long Island. I never imagined that anything like that would happen to me.  -Gerry Cooney

It’s strange, because Long Island is still New York, but the farther you go out on Long Island, the more creepy it gets.  -David Krumholtz

I grew up in Bedford, N.Y., and it was close enough to Jones Beach on Long Island that every summer my mother would pack the car for the day, and we would drive to the beach!  -Marissa Jaret Winokur

I think honestly when I was younger I use to love going to carnivals in Long Island. I use to love carnival season; I would drive to every town going to carnivals. That was definitely a favorite memory.  -Melanie Martinez

Ghost Team approached me. They said, “Hey, it’s mid -October, do you want to go shoot a movie on Long Island for three weeks about stupid people chasing ghosts?” I had never done anything like that before. It’s kind of a mock -horror movie. What I didn’t realize was the whole thing takes place at night, as a horror movie should, and so I didn’t realize that we’d be working until 6 in the morning every night, or morning.  -David Krumholtz

My mom is from Venezuela, and my dad is German and Japanese, and we lived in Brazil when I was a kid for a couple of years, and then I grew up on Long Island. I think all the traveling and all the nationalities put that stuff in my head. I was just around it a lot.  -Fred Armisen

Architectural kitsch is most common in the commercial pop vernacular  – typified by the Big Duck of 1931 in Flanders, New York, a Long Island roadside poultry stand resembling a duck, which Venturi and Scott Brown made a cult object through their writings.  -Martin Filler

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I’m born and raised Long Island. Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Ben Gibbard  – melody -driven guys… They shaped me, molded my music.  -Jon Bellion

Almost everything looks better from a distance, Long Island included.  -Jerry Della Femina

When Dee Snider and I get together for breakfast, it’s just two Long Island guys hanging out.  -Mick Foley

I grew up in Long Island City. When I was growing up, my parents owned a women’s clothing store in Queens. It was for older women. I got my bras there, until I realized I didn’t want those huge, taupe bras. Everything was beige, with massive amounts of hooks.  -Jessica Valenti

Gleason used to rack balls for me when he was a kid in Brooklyn and in Long Island.  -Minnesota Fats

The residents and elected officials of Long Island have fought vigorously for many years and spent millions of dollars to preserve the quality of life that the Long Island Sound offers.  -Tim Bishop

There isn’t an amount of money you could offer me to do reality TV. I would rather get my job back on the building site. Or I could own a construction business. Maybe I could retire to my house in Long Island and take up painting, like Captain Beefheart. A crazy recluse: I like that idea.  -Dave Gahan

From 1983 to 2000, William Goren stole more than $30 million from investors on Long Island and in Queens. His favorite targets were widows and retired couples, like Helga and Simon Novack, Holocaust survivors who gave Mr. Goren their life savings.  -Alex Berenson

I did a terrible job of composing myself. I was a spoiled brat from Long Island who benefitted from the energy of New York.  – John McEnroe

The Long Island Sound is an environmentally unique estuary that needs to be protected.  -Tim Bishop

My mother was not a country girl. She was a Brooklyn girl, born and raised in Flatbush, and then a Long Island girl, who liked shopping, ‘a little glitter’ in her clothes, and keeping secret the actual color of her hair, which from the day I was born to the day she died, was the ‘platinum blonde’ of Jean Harlow’s.  -Tom Junod

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In 1949, when I was 2, my family moved from Yonkers, NY, to a development of brick houses in Elmont, a Long Island suburb of New York City. What I remember most about the house was the glider on our porch. I used to sit there evenings close to my father, Victor, as he talked about the moon and the stars. He taught me to dream big.  -Susan Lucci

My parents tried to shield me from how famous they were when I was growing up on Long Island. I had no idea.  -Alexa Ray Joel

I went to high school in Rockville Center on Long Island. It’s this small, soccer -loving town that my parents moved to, from Queens, before my brother and I were born.  -Crystal Dunn

We need to get serious about combating gang violence on Long Island, and the entire nation.  -Tim Bishop

My hair journey involved a lot of trying to figure out how to deal with my hair as a bi -racial girl in a white community living in Long Island, N.Y., where no one had a clue what to do with it.  -Soledad O’Brien

In the springtime, we have softshell crab from Maryland, which I’d never had until I came to America. In the summer and early fall, we have striped bass, ‘stripeys,’ which come all the way up the Hudson River but mostly gather in the sound at the tip of Long Island, off Montauk.  -Daniel Boulud

When I was in art school, there was a stigma attached to coming from comfortable suburbia. If you were from Great Neck, Long Island, you couldn’t be a ‘real artist’, so I found crafty ways of implying that I was from New York.  – Laurie Simmons

I’m sure you’re used to hearing that when people get to Long Island for the first time, it’s a bit of a shock to the system. But I found Long Island people very endearing.  – Katie Nolan

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I’m from New York. I was born in Long Island.  -Scott Storch

There are good waves not that far from Manhattan  – on Long Island, in north Jersey. It’s true that the best surf around here tends to happen in winter, so you need a good wetsuit, and the time window of good waves is often pretty short, so you have to stay on top of the forecasts.  -William Finnegan

I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place.  -William Bell

Where I lived, on Long Island, you had the radio stations that always played Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and AC/DC and all that. I grew up on all that stuff.  -John Petrucci

Some of my best memories of growing up on Long Island include spending all day fishing for fluke on Great South Bay.  – Lee Zeldin

‘Strong Island’ is slang for Long Island, New York. And it really grew out of  – what may surprise people, it really grew out of the very vibrant hip -hop scene that, you know, is located and still generates artists out of Long Island.  -Yance Ford

When I grew up, I lived in a neighborhood that had social clubs. It’s never delightful to glamorize one’s youth. My neighborhood was poor. But people felt part of the neighborhood. This was in Rockaway Beach, Long Island.  -Sherry Turkle

There are a lot of interesting differences between Boston and New York in general, and I think they’re sort of heightened in Long Island.  – Katie Nolan

I grew up on Long Island, and from as early as I can remember, as far back as first grade, I had two real passions  – one of them was putting on plays, and the other was journalism. I was directing plays and editing school papers from first grade on, all the way through college.  – R. J. Cutler

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I started off at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, and started doing theater in Manhattan in 1969.  -Joe Morton

Surprisingly, Manhattan casts a sort of undersized shadow onto Long Island. Where I grew up, everyone seemed totally disconnected from the city  – ours could have been any suburb, anywhere  – though when traffic was thin, it took us only half an hour to get into midtown.  -Darin Strauss

My father was the Formica King of Long Island, and my mother was the daughter of a Bengal Lancer in India.  -Ricky Jay

The three greatest people in my life were white, OK. My high school coach, my high school superintendent and my mentor in Manhasset, Long Island.  -Jim Brown

Long Island is shaped the way it is largely because of Robert Moses. Long Island is a perfect example of how political power shapes people’s lives every day.  -Robert Caro

There’s a certain type of character that you can’t help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.  -Steve Buscemi

I’m from New York. My grandparents were settlers of Long Island City. When they came here, there was no bridge, and they had to hire a boat across the river. They had a farm, and my grandmother had to go once a week to Manhattan to buy provisions  – very primitive.  – Iris Apfel

We have a house near East Hampton, and of all the beaches I’ve been to, I think there is something so beautiful about Long Island beaches. I love them in the fall and winter.  -Aerin Lauder

As a little boy, my first job was delivering newspapers, and then I had a variety of different jobs. I worked in a butcher shop. I worked in a supermarket. I worked in construction. I dug ditches on the Long Island Expressway in 1954, 1955, 1956.  -Kenneth Langone

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My wife and I live in Brooklyn, N.Y., not too far from where my Long Island childhood happened.  -Darin Strauss

The Long Island experience is so strange. You’re a satellite around the city, so the presence of the city is always looming.  -Fred Armisen

We were determined to be in the fashion, and to visit the various delightful watering places on Long Island Sound. Of course, it would be necessary to combine business with pleasure and pursue our calling as beggars.  -W. H. Davies

I came from Long Island, so I had a lot of experience at the stick. I played in junior high school, then I played in high school. The technical aspect of the game was my forte. I had all that experience, then I had strength and I was in good condition.  -Jim Brown

Indeed, most magicians catch the bug as kids. My first audience was my family in Long Island. My first ‘assistant’ was my mother, whom I levitated on a broom in our living room.  -Criss Angel

I grew up playing for Manhasset High on Long Island on a team with six black guys.  -Ken Howard

On a personal note, I was born in Brooklyn. My folks moved out to Long Island when I was quite young, but once a Brooklynite, always a Brooklynite.  -Mitch Kapor

I was a small kid from Huntington, Long Island. I never imagined that anything like that would happen to me.  -Gerry Coone

In my district, the budget scales back and eliminates several long -term shore protection projects important to the safety and economic security of Long Island.  -Tim Bishop

It’s like turning the space program over to the Long Island Railroad.  -David R. Brower

I was a young kid from Long Island who wanted to do something large with her life, so I can relate to that.  -Edie Falco

General Washington had rather incautiously encamped the bulk of his army on Long Island  – a large and plentiful district about two miles from the city of New York.  – Mercy Otis Warren

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The design of those commissioners, frigates and warlike force is directed rather against Long Island and these your Honors’ possessions, than to the imagined reform of New England.  -Peter Stuyvesant

My grandfather was a cop in Long Island. I often try to draw on things that I’ve heard about him.  -Yancy Butler

I went to a radio station on Long Island in 1982, and thank goodness for me, it was so new that there was no receptionist. So the DJ opened up his booth, and took my tape and listened to it and thought it was a hit song.  -Jon Bon Jovi

We’ve seen that there are a lot of people out there  – teenagers in Topeka, housewives in Long Island, millionaire Internet start -up moguls  – that all want to connect with each other about what it is to be human.  -Rainn Wilson

I always like to sing barefoot, but when I first started doing these dates with the symphonies, I of course thought I should clean up my act, being a Jewish girl from Long Island with a little bit of a trucker mouth. So I wore a gown and some high heels.  -Idina Menzel

We weren’t poor growing up on Long Island, but it wasn’t lavish  – just a regular middle -class house.  -Criss Angel

You know, growing up, I lived in a neighborhood in Long Island where there was basically one black family. And I remember hearing all the parents and the kids in the neighborhood say racist things about this family.  -Lorraine Bracco

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