Historical Photos of Long Island
In the case of Long Island, both words are key. Long Island is long— 118 miles. Its widest distance is 23 miles. And it is an island, the largest in the continental United States. Long Island comprises four counties, two that are boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn and Queens) and two that contain suburbs of the city (Nassau and Suffolk). Though it is part of New York State, that hasn't stopped some from suggesting it should be the fifty-first state of the Union because it certainly has everything to thrive and survive on its own including industry, agriculture, natural beauty, and its most important attribute, its inhabitants.
With town names like Matinecock, Massepequa, and Quogue, American Indians inhibited the island leaving a lasting impact on its culture. The Dutch were among the Island's earliest settlers, spreading out from the growing town on the smaller island of Manhattan. The British eventually dominated on Long Island, commanding trade and settlement. The area was settled slowly, and those who wanted a change and a challenge found its paradise.
At the turn of the century, with the influx of immigrants from Europe, the jump from Ellis Island to Long Island was inevitable as well as profitable. New life now meant new business. All forms of work were available—skilled and unskilled; shipping, farming, transportation— and with prosperity increasing for many, something called leisure time entered the vocabulary, and Long Island's beaches including Rockaway, harbor's and forests were there to enjoy.
Showcased in this volume, Historic Photos of Long Island, are nearly 200 images of everything Long Island has to offer from the lighthouse at Montauk, to the growth of the Long Island Rail Road, to the factories of Long Island City, to windmills, tide mills, potatoes, oysters, aviators, and fishermen. All are part of the Island's history with the contributions of its nearly eight million residents.