As Billy Joel once famously said, “either you date a rich girl from the North Shore, or a cool girl from the South Shore.”
Long Island’s cultural divide is an age-old division between old and new money, Old World refinery and gauche ostentatiousness—and that’s just among the wealthy Long Islanders. Then there’s the economic divide that informs everything from music preferences to life experiences, although we live just miles apart.
With that in mind, here are the Top 10 Differences between the North Shore (NS) and the South Shore (SS) of Long Island:
“I’m gonna call up my mortgage guy to reFInance this place.” (SS)
Starting from when the North Shore guys outgrow their Brooks Brothers booties.
vs. un-tricked out Bentleys (NS).
vs. wine from a box (SS)
North Shore folks might have to drive through multiple guarded gates to meet those who live adjacent.
But we’re all raised on Billy Joel.
vs. Pomme Frites (NS)
vs. Coors Light (SS)
2. McMansions of obnoxious square footage, facades of stone, plaster and vinyl (together) with columns on small plots of land (SS)
vs. Actual mansions, complete with tennis courts, guest houses, English gardens and copious acreage overlooking the Long Island Sound.