New York is world famous for being a vibrant busy city. But every now and then, everyone needs a break. Long Island is one of the closest places where one can find some peace and quiet and some alone time with nature.
A few months after moving to NY, we really needed a break from the permanent buzz of the great city. And we wanted to see the ocean. Southampton, in Long Island proved to be the perfect spot for a low season getaway.
When in New York, you can easily ride on the subway to the beach. Coney Island and Brighton beach are the most famous New York beaches and a bit further away you can go swim and surf at Rockaway beach. Needless to say that these are crowded beaches but the whole fun crowd is one of the reasons to come to Coney Island.
But if you want to be really out the city in desert and wonderful long beaches, you can easily find this only an hour on the train away from New York.
Long Island has lot of wonderful beaches. Take the train from Penn station, to reach your preferred Long Island beach, from the popular Long Beach to the upper class [“Hamptons”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hamptons]. Southampton is a negotiable 2 hours away and during the low season very quit and peaceful. It’s full of snuggly B&Bs, nice restaurants that serve great clam chowder and crab cakes but mostly it has long long beaches on which to rest, walk or nap.
Besides the beaches, Agawan Lake also provides a calm spot to hang out at the sunset listening to the frogs and toads sing.
We chose to rent a bike to get around this small town and then cycle to the Northern coast of long Island, crossing the peaceful forest of maple, oak, cedar, pine, and beech trees and small harbors, bays and coves, all the way to Sag Harbor. After the long ride to Sag Harbor, we sat down on the sand of the calm Havens Beach, amongst the calm waters of the Bay, watching on the peaceful pine forests not far away and the tall reeds. And suddenly, this felt like a familiar landscape, one we used to read about in adventure books of our childhood about the Native American Indians, like the adventures of the brave Sioux [“Yakari”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakari]. Long Island is the home place of the [“Shinnecock Indian Nation”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinnecock_Indian_Nation] and such a powerful iconic landscape immediately evoked powerful collective memories that belong to the Shinnecock’s as well as to all of us. Nature is not a possession of any particular nation or time. More the reason to fight for it. It’s good to be reminded of this.
article by jeabzz and cc-in-paris