Long Beach, NY is a city in Nassau County, New York on a barrier island off the South Shore of Long Island and one of only two cities on the island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 35,462. It was incorporated in 1922, and is nicknamed The City By the Sea (as seen, in Latin, on its official seal). The City of Long Beach, NY is surrounded by the Town of Hempstead. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 km² (2.0 mi²). The city is located on a barrier island off the South Shore of Long Island. It shares the island with Atlantic Beach to the west and Lido Beach and Point Lookout to the east. Within its section of the barrier island, the city takes up the entire north-south span, fronting on both Reynolds Channel to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. A drawbridge, the Long Beach Bridge, connects it to Island Park on the mainland of Long Island. To the west, the Atlantic Beach Bridge, connects the island to Lawrence on the mainland of Long Island.

The Loop Parkway, located to the east along the Lido Beach and Point Lookout borders connects the island to Jones Beach. Long Beach, NY is true to its name as it is longer than it is wide. The whole city is less than a mile wide from ocean to bay and about three and a half miles long. The city is divided into the West End, home to many small bungalows, and the East End. Although the dividing line is located at Edwards Boulevard, the location of the city's train station, most residents see New York Avenue farther to the west as the true dividing line. West of New York Avenue, the barrier island is less than a half mile wide and West Beech Street is the main east/west commercial street. This area, known as the West End, is home to small bungalows and houses located very close to each other along small narrow streets that run from the beach to the bay, named after US States until it meets East Atlantic Beach at Nevada Avenue. East of New York Avenue, the island is wider between the bay and ocean and is home to larger more expansive family houses, as well as the city's boardwalk, which begins at New York Avenue and ends at Neptune Boulevard. Graphic sourced with thanks from Brakemoor.com

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