List of references to Long Island places in popular culture

Below is a list of references to Long Island locations in popular culture.

Books

*F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" takes place on the North Shore of Long Island.
*Several books by Nelson DeMille, including "Plum Island", "The Gold Coast", "The Charm School" reference Long Island locations are take place on Long Island.
*E.L. Doctorow's novel "World's Fair" was set at the 1939 fair in Queens.
*Mary Gordon and Alice McDermott have written novels set in Irish-American Catholic culture of the urban and suburban areas of Long Island.
*Chang Rae-Lee set his first novel "Native Speaker" (1995) in the Korean-American community in Queens. His third novel "Aloft" was set in suburban Long Island.
* Fictional characters Joe & Frank Hardy, known as "The Hardy Boys" in the famous series of detective stories in both books and television, are from Bayport, Long Island.
*The book "Jaws" originally took place in Long Island, with Amity being a town on it rather than its own island.
*In the Percy Jackson series this is where Camp Half-Blood is situated
*The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt takes place in 1967 Long Island.
* "Montauk" (1975), an autobiographic novel by the Swiss author Max Frisch, retells his love to an American woman and is situated, among other locations, in Montauk.
* Spider Robinson's Callahan books are set in a bar on Long Island.

Film

* "Animal Crackers", the Marx Brothers's second hit movie, was set in a Long Island mansion.
* "Sabrina", with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, had scenes filmed in Glen Cove and Nassau County.
* The 1995 movie "Batman Forever", starring Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, and Drew Barrymore was filmed in part at Webb Institute, in Glen Cove.
* The 2001 independent film "L.I.E." (Long Island Expressway), starring Paul Dano and Brian Cox, dealt with an adolescent boy struggling in his life.
* The 2004 movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet takes place on Long Island, specifically in Rockville Centre and Montauk.
* The 2004 movie "New York Minute", starring Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, has characters who attend Syosset High School.
* The 1959 movie "North by Northwest", starring Cary Grant, has scenes filmed in Glen Cove, Nassau County.
*In the 2008 movie, What Happens in Vegas, Joy (played by Cameron Diaz) retreats to Fire Island.
* In the 1977 move, "Annie Hall", Woody Allen's character remarks to Diane Keaton's character on seeing a pair of gay men walking hand-in-hand: "Oh look, they're on vacation from Fire Island.", a reference to the gay enclaves of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines.
* In "Final Destination (series)", the movies take place on Long Island. In "Final Destination 2", a Mapquest image is shown of the area around "Stony Brook University Hospital" even though the hospital is made out to be a psychiatric hospital.
*In the famous scene from the 1972 classic The Godfather where the severed head of a horse is discovered in the bed of Jack Woltz was filmed in Port Washington. Also the very memorable scene where Sonny Corleone is gunned down at a toll booth was shot on Fire Island
* Although supposed to be set in the fictional town of Greenleaf, Indiana, the 1998 comedy In & Out starring Kevin Kline was filmed in Northport
* The post office scene in the 2002 comedy Men In Black 2 was shot outside the Fire Island lighthouse
* The 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man On The Moon opens with a scene of Jim Carrey who plays Andy narrating his story to the audience which he says begins "In Great Neck, Long Island..." (where Kaufman grew up.)

Comics

*Characters in the comic book Marvel Universe from Long Island include::* At least three members of the superhero team the X-Men: Archangel (real name Warren Worthington and previously called "Angel") is from Centerport; Iceman (real name Bobby Drake) from fictional Fort Washington (unrelated to real-world Port Washington); and Dazzler (real name Alison Blaire) from fictional Gardendale.:* Siblings Susan Storm Richards (the Invisible Woman) and Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) of the superhero team the Fantastic Four lived in a fictional Long Island town, Glenville, early in their careers.
* In the DC Comics universe, the 1970s Teen Titans superhero team was headquartered in a Farmingdale club named Gabriel's Horn. The writer of the series, a Farmingdale native, based it upon an insurance building which he could see from his bedroom window as a boy.Fact|date=March 2007

Television and stage

* * The fictional Seaver family e television show "Growing Pains" lived on Long Island.
* The television series, "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996–2005) takes place in Lynbrook, Long Island.
* In the Broadway musical "RENT", Maureen Johnson is said to be from Hicksville.
* Growing Up Gotti (2004-2005) on A&E took place on Long Island.
* The characters from "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), in an episode from Season 3 get lost in a parking garage in a mall situated in Lynbrook. In fact, there is no mall located in Lynbrook.
* In an episode of "I Love Lucy" (CBS, 1951-1957), the Ricardos are visited by Tennessee Ernie Ford who gets lost on Long Island and needs to walk home to the Ricardos' apartment in Manhattan, of which experience he remarks "And danged if it ain't!!". To the question "Ain't what?", he responds "a LONG ISLAND!!!"
* Irving Berlin composed and produced a musical revue entitled "Yip Yip Yaphank" while he was stationed at Camp Upton there during World War I.

Music

* Billy Joel, a Long Island native, makes many references to places on the island, as well as the culture of New York City. Including the song "The Ballad of Billy The Kid" which features the line "From a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island" and the title of his 1971 solo debut album "Cold Spring Harbor". Also the hit song "The Downeaster Alexa" is written about fishermen primarily on Long Island who struggle to make a living, and mentions Montauk and Gardiner's Bay.
* Several songs by the band Brand New include references to the Island. For example, in the song "Play Crack the Sky," one lyric is, "Four months of calm seas To be pounded in the shallows Off the tip of Montauk Point."
* The band Straylight Run also references the island, such as in the song "Your Name Here (Sunrise Highway)," which references Long Island's own Sunrise Highway, and Carmen's Road: Go east on Sunrise Highway, Turn left at Carman's Avenue, Go right at the first stoplight, And I'll be outside waiting for you, Oh, I'll be waiting for you."
*The song "Soul Power" off the 2002 album Iron Flag by Wu-Tang Clan features dialouge at the end by Method Man and Long Island-native Flavor Flav of Public Enemy that mentions Westbury, Freeport, Roosevelt, Hempstead, New Castle Park, and Hundread Terrace Avenues
*Hardcore group Silent Majority's song "And They Loved It To Death" off the album "You Would Love To Know EP" features the lines "Head up to the North Shore with Huntington girls" and "Head down to the South Shore with Babylon girls." The album also features a song entitled "Amityville Horror". The song "Polar Bear Club" off the album "Life of a Spectator" also features the line "I pray that we're still friends, in the sand at Gilgo Beach", which is located in Babylon.
*The 2005 album "No Matter Where We Go...!" by Latterman features the song "Fear & Loathing On Long Island"
*Public Enemy's hit "Rebel Without A Pause" features the line "Strong Island, where I got 'em wild and thats the reason they're claiming that I'm violent"
*The song "Vibes & Stuff" off the classic album "...The Low End Theory" by A Tribe Called Quest features the lines "Found my thrill in Amityville, I'm always in the Island. Fudge and Monkey know the deal, they know who keeps me smiling" and "...all the people in Long Island, we got the vibes." The song "We Got The Jazz" also features the line: "Make sure you have a system with some phat house speakers. So the new shit can rock from Mars to Massapequa. Cause where I come from quality is job one. And everybody up on Linden know we get the job done."
*Peter Frampton's classic live album Frampton Comes Alive was partly recorded at the old Long Island Arena in Commack on August 24, 1975
*De La Soul's album "Stakes Is High" features the songs "Wonce Again Long Island" and "Long Island Degrees" which reference many different towns and aspects of Long Island.


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