Make Yourself at Home in Huntington, New YorkBy Dawn Allcot
We spoke to locals Donna Spinoso-Gelb, a Huntington luxury realtor; Justin Conway, Huntington native and American Ninja Warrior competitor; and Lauren Matarazzo, a resident of neighboring Levittown, NY.
So you’ve decided to move to Huntington, Long Island in New York? That’s great! Grab your debit card and sunscreen and get set for everything from New York pizza to outdoor sports and shopping.
Prepare to Spend Money
Long Island’s North Shore is named the “Gold Coast” for the multimillion dollar estates and the luxury lifestyle that’s easy to find here. As a result, Huntington, NY, boasts some of the best fine dining and shopping experiences east of Manhattan (“the city,” to locals). Prime Steakhouse, located on Huntington Harbor, is a haven for boaters and locals, with delectable filet mignon, seafood and sushi, wine tasting events and dockside dining. Walt Whitman Shops, one of Long Island’s 11 malls, includes high-end anchor stores Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.
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Find Main Street, USA in Huntington Village
Huntington, like any Long Island town, offers many affordable attractions, too. Avoid the mall, park your car in one of the town’s municipal lots, and walk the streets of Huntington Village, with an endless array of mom-and-pop shops, bars, and restaurants. Don’t forget to stop in New York Book Revue, Long Island’s largest independent book store, or check their website for local author book signings, activities, and workshops.
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Where (Else) to Eat
“Huntington Village is the place to go for all things yummy!” Donna Spinoso-Gelb, Huntington Manager for Signature Premier Properties, a Huntington luxury real estate company, said. “The variety is endless, from a burger at Sapsuckers, Greek food at Mediterranean Grill, sushi at Kashi, or Italian at Piccolo.”
In the mood for New York style pizza? Rosa’s Pizza on Main Street or Little Vincent’s on New York Ave are the best, according to locals.
“I drive all the way from Nassau County for Rosa’s ravioli pizza,” Lauren Matarazzo said; she lives 15 miles away in Levittown, NY.
“Little Vincent’s always has a line down the block in the Village after-hours,” Justin Conway, a Huntington native and competitor on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, said. “Their specialty is the child’s cheese slice. It’s a regular slice with a pile of cold cheese on top.”
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If you prefer to do your own cooking, “our farmers’ markets offer locally grown produce from our North Fork and East End,” Spinoso-Gelb said. “Always healthy, delicious treats available.” Deer Park’s Tanger Outlets, just a short drive from Huntington, hosts a market every Saturday afternoon, but if you hop on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) eastbound to Rte. 25A, you’ll find farm stands and wineries dotting the landscape.
Some of the Most Amazing Things to Do Are Free
It’s easy to spend money in Huntington, but some of the best things to do are free or, at least, low-cost. Get the Empire Passport each season for free parking and admission to state parks and beaches.
“There are so many activities to do on the water: boating, paddle boarding, kayaking or just relaxing on our beautiful North and South shore beaches,” Spinoso-Gelb said.
You can enjoy all these activities, plus hike, bike, fish, have a picnic, or play golf at Sunken Meadow State Park, which overlooks the Long Island Sound.
Let’s See a Show
The Huntington Arts Council presents year-round art shows, community band performances and more. The John W. Engeman Theater in neighboring Northport produces theatrical classics like “West Side Story” and children’s musicals for a fraction of the price of a Broadway play. The Paramount is an intimate concert venue to see top acts past and present, from Echosmith to Peter Frampton.
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Rather than braving city traffic to see the New York Mets or Yankees at their home stadiums, enjoy local talent at a Long Island Ducks minor league game at Bethpage Ballpark, complete with the antics of team mascot QuackerJack, fun giveaways and great food.
Historic Sites in Huntington
From poet Walt Whitman’s Long Island Estate to the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, Huntington and surrounding towns are rich with history. Locals might tell you that Vanderbilt Motor Parkway was once a private raceway for the rich, and they’d be right. Long Island’s first road created exclusively for automobiles was funded by William Kissam Vanderbilt II as a safe place to hold the Vanderbilt Cup.
The Huntington Harbor Lighthouse, a 100-plus year old station that once sought to guide sailors safely to Long Island’s North Shore, still stands as an historic site and tourist attraction.
“Each Labor Day weekend, there is a Huntington Lighthouse Festival where bands play on the Lighthouse from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and thousands of boats raft up and enjoy the day,” Spinoso-Gelb said.
Something for Everyone in Huntington, NY
From live music to beautiful beaches, Long Island is a great place to work, play, and live. We hope this short guide will help you find some of your favorite spots in and around Huntington, NY. Fellow Long Islanders, what do you like to do in Huntington?
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