15 Facts About Long Island

1. Long Island will be cold, gray and dry Sunday ahead of freezing weather expected to hit Thanksgiving Day, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service said.

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2. Long Island has a wide variety of golf courses found all over the island.

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3. Long Island has a professional soccer club, the New York Cosmos, who play in the Division 2 North American Soccer League at James M Shuart Stadium in Hempstead.

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4. Long Island has become a producer of diverse craft beers, with 15 microbreweries existing across Nassau and Suffolk Counties as of 2013.

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5. Long Island is well known for its production of alcoholic beverages.

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6. Long Island has historically been a center for fishing and seafood.

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7. Long Island contains the Webb Institute, a small naval architecture college in Glen Cove.

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8. Long Island is home to a range of higher-education institutions, both public and private.

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9. The state of Long Island would have included nearly 3 million people.

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10. Long Island is one of the most densely populated regions in the United States.

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11. Long Island has a moderately sunny climate, averaging 2,400 to 2,800 hours of sunshine annually.

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12. From the 1920s to the 1940s, Long Island began the transformation from backwoods and farms as developers created numerous suburbs.

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13. Long Island was the site of Mitchel Air Force Base and was a major center of military aircraft production by companies such as Grumman and Fairchild Aircraft during World War II and for some decades afterward.

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14. In the 19th century, Long Island was still mainly rural and devoted to agriculture.

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15. All of Long Island became part of the Province of New York within the Shire of York.

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