South Shore (Long Island)
The South Shore of
Long Island, in the U.S. stateof New York, is the area along Long Island's Atlantic Oceanshoreline. Though some consider the South Shore to include parts of Queens, particularly the beach communities in the Rockaways such as Belle Harbor, the term is generally used to refer to the Long Island coastline in Nassau County and Suffolk County. It is often used as a generic name for the entire southern half of Long Island rather than just the area immediately adjacent to the coastline.
In contrast to the North Shore's reputation of "old money" and nobility, the South Shore is perceived as
middle classand ethnic, with the few pockets of material wealth and high real estate values coming from "new money." Although the South Shore's money is commonly thought as of nouveau riche, the towns listed have old money residents. Many of these towns have estates belonging to aristocratic families from Europe and some towns are newly developed areas where old money has migrated too along with new money. An example is Babylon beging home to the Duke of Argyle and have had new money (celebrities) become residents nowadays.
Due to the more diverse ethnic mix, people from the South Shore have a much higher tendency to speak with the iconic
New York accentthan those from the North Shore. Despite the thought that the North Shore is the wealthiest part of the island with exception of the Hamptons, the most affluent town is located on the South Shore; Hewlett Bay Park is the richest place in New York State, a tiny village of 484 residents located in the Five Towns, which ranks number 18 on the list of highest-income places in the United States, based upon per capita income.
Though the western stretch of the North Shore is considered by most locals to be the more fashionable of Long Island's coasts, once the island splits into two forks at its east end, the South Fork and its tony Hamptons is much more affluent and contains some of the most expensive properties in the world.
South Shore communities
*North Valley Stream
*West Gilgo Beach
Affluent South Shore communities
*Hewlett Bay Park
In approximate west to east order:
Jones Beach State Park
Gilgo State Park
*Robert Moses State Park
Smith Point County Park
*West Hampton Dunes
Montauk Point State Park
With its waterfront location,
beaches can be found along the entire South Shore, offering a mix of beaches open to the public and others that offer limited public access, requiring beach passes or limited parking availability. The sands of the South Shore beaches are exceptionally pristine, with finer, white sand and somewhat clearer waters than those of the North Shore beaches. Beaches on the North Shore tend to be extremely rocky and met with murky water.
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