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Long Island is an island located in southeastern New York, just east of Manhattan and contains four counties, two of which are part of New York City and two of which are mainly suburban. A series of bridges, tunnels, and ferries connect Long Island to smaller surrounding islands and the rest of New York. Long Island claims the title as the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, extending over 118 miles from New York Harbor and varies in width from 12 to 23 miles between the north and south coasts of the island. With a population of about 7.6 million residents, Long Island is the most populated island in the nation. It is also the 17th most populous island in the world. Long Island has long been known for its affluence and high quality of life; many American aristocrats and European nobility established large estates on the North Shore of Long Island during the 1920’s, some of which are preserved in their original state, and some of which have been donated to the public as parks, arboretums, universities, or museums.

Long Island’s climate is similar to that of most coastal areas in the Northeastern United States, with warm, humid summers and cold winters, but the Atlantic Ocean currents bring sea breezes that make the summer heat milder and limit the frequency and severity of thunderstorms. Although Long Island is somewhat susceptible to hurricanes, its northern location and relatively cool waters tend to weaken the storms to below dangerous levels before they reach Long Island. Much of the economy in Long Island is based on scientific research and engineering. Some of the major establishments and institutions in Long Island include the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Motorola Enterprise Mobility, Stony Brook University, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.