Justin Capera


10 Phrases Only Long Islanders May Understand

Ah, Lawn Guyland. That magical strip of land between New York City and New England where people tawk funny, drink too much cawfee, and love shopping at the mawl.

But it’s not just the accent that sometimes makes it hard for people not from Long Island to understand Long Islanders. There’s also a few terms used locally that can prove confusing to those not in the know.

Here are 10 phrases that only Long Islanders may understand.


Sea fog rolls into Southampton. 

What Long Islanders call going to the East End, home of the Hamptons and the North Fork Wine Trail.


Long Island Rail Road riders packed the Jamaica station during a Wednesday morning ruch hour commute snafu (Photo by Kristen Ferrara/Instagram)

Out of context or without prior knowledge of the Long Island Rail Road, one might think change at Jamaica involves a personal transformation in the Caribbean.


Times Square on a rainy night in New York City

No, it’s not Kansas City Long Islanders are referring to. It’s The Big Apple.


Long IslandThis is not a matching pair of utensils. It’s the North and South forks on the East End.


A sign warns of COVID-19 restrictions at a beach on Dune Road in Westhampton. Long Island Press photo.

This pejorative portmanteau is what full-time East End residents call people from the city who summer in the Hamptons. 


A Nassau County police helicopter flies over Jones Beach State Park. Photo by Kevin Kane.

If a Long Islander says, “Make a left at The Pencil,” the driver should look for the Jones beach water tower, not a writing instrument.


LIRR riders arrive in Long Beach (Photo by Joe Abate)

Any eastbound LIRR train leaving Penn Station packed with bridge-and-tunnel crowd riders going home after a night out on the town on any given weekend.


Intersection at Main Street in Southampton.

These figurative tumbleweeds roll through Long Island beach towns after they become ghost towns the day after Labor Day, when beach season ends and the kids go back to school.


Harlem Globetrotterrs
The Harlem Globetrotterrs’s star player, Flight Time, makes a trick shot from the roof of Nassau Coliseum.

No, this isn’t the name of an island north of LI. It’s what East End residents refer to Long Islanders who live west of the Twin Forks.


Port Jefferson ferry passes a power plant on its way to Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Not a brand of Port wine, it’s what Port Jefferson residents call the village’s harbor-front downtown.

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SBU Prostate Cancer Treatment Research Shows Promise

Team leaders L. to R.: Robert Rizzo, Iwao Ojima, Martin Kaczocha, and Lloyd Trotman.

A Stony Brook University-led research team is investigating a new prostate cancer treatment that could offer an alternative to chemotherapy without the adverse effects on patients or tumors building up a resistance. 

The research is testing a fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) in the treatment of inflammation, pain, and halting the spread of certain cancers as drug targets themselves, or in combination with chemotherapy treatments such as docetaxel or cabazitaxel, a class of drugs known as taxanes.

“In our research, neither docetaxel or cabazitaxel alone was able to eradicate prostate cancer cells in vitro, while combinations of taxanes with FABP5 inhibitors resulted in complete prostate cell death with synergism at very low concentrations of taxanes,” said Iwao Ojima, Ph.D., the lead investigator and director of SBU’s Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery.

The study, in collaboration with Artelo Biosciences, is funded by a five-year $4.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The research seeks to advance findings from a preliminary study of FABP and its inhibitors that earned a Fusion Award seed grant from the Renaissance School of Medicine at SBU.

The original work that Ojima and team co-leader Martin Kaczocha, Ph.D., did with Lloyd Trotman, Ph.D., a professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, led to a peer-reviewed paper published in the medical journal The Prostate. The team found FABP worked against highly drug-resistant metastatic prostate cancer cells and also enhanced the anti-tumor effects of taxane drugs in animal models, the researchers say.  

Ojima, Kaczoha, and Trotman are working on the project with Robert Rizzo, Ph.D. a professor of applied mathematics and statistics at SBU.

”We expect to continue the momentum of breakthroughs with our cancer research enterprise,” said Yusuf Hannun, M.D., director of the SBU Cancer Center. “This expansion of the research by Dr. Ojima and his colleagues with new federal funding is the type of progressive work we hope sets the bar toward our NCI cancer center designation and impacts patient care in the near future.” 

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