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Long Island Fun Facts
- Levittown, the first suburbia in the U.S., was built on Long Island in 1947.
- In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field, as he embarked on the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Long Island is the largest island among the 48 contiguous states.
- The only working water mill and windmill in the U.S. are located in the Long Island community of Water Mill.
- Richard Nixon's deceased dog Checkers is buried at Long Island's Bide-a-Wee Pet Cemetery.
- In 2001 Long Island residents spent $51.3 million on flowers for their landscaping.
Interesting Facts About Long Island
- Long Island is the most populated island in the United States and the 17th most populated island in the world. Interesting fact: Long Island is more populated than the entire country of Jamaica and of Ireland!
- If Long Island would be its own state, it rank 12th in terms of population.
- Long Island was sculpted by melted glaciers, which is why there is a clear difference between the hilly North Shore and the flat South Shore of Long Island. The North Shore is known for its large mansions, exclusive vacationing, and rich history of its affluent citizens and architecture. The South Shore is more laid back and hosts more entertainment and sports venues.
- When the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, it became the first land-transport route between Long Island and mainland U.S.A. Before that, the only way to travel between the two was by boat.
- The largest industrial park in the U.S. is located on Long Island, the Hauppauge Industrial Park which houses 1,300 companies and employs more than 55,000 people.
Interesting Facts About Nassau and Suffolk, New York
- Together Nassau and Suffolk counties' nearly 180 fire agencies possess more fire trucks than New York City and Los Angeles County combined.
- More 7-Eleven coffee is purchased on Long Island than in all of California.