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Open thread: Do you live “on” Long Island or “in” Long Island?

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Welcome to Open Threads, where Curbed reaches out to readers to get their opinion on topics of interest. Want to discuss something with fellow readers? Let us know.


What would you say?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    I’m ON Long Island
    (205 votes)
  • 8%
    I’m IN Long Island
    (19 votes)
224 votes total Vote Now

We know that you live “on” an island, but “in” a town or area. So while Maui is an island, you might say that you live “in” Maui, but you wouldn’t say that you live “on” Rhode Island.

But what if your residence is both a geographical island and has “island” in its name? That’s the exact predicament that Long Islanders are faced with.

We’re reaching out to readers to get your opinions: Do you say that you live “on” Long Island, or that you live “in” Long Island? It’s something that’s always been a topic of debate to native Long Islanders, so we wanted to hear from you and get a discussion going.

Later this week, we’re going to follow up with comments from our copy editor to give you the grammatical side of the topic.