In honor of the first day of summer, Newsday chronicled what a day in the life of Long Island looked like. We traveled across Nassau and Suffolk, from Elmont to Montauk, capturing the scenes of the day and speaking with Long Islanders. Scroll down to see updates spanning the entire day from our journalists, influential Instagram users and people all over LI. For more photos, click here. For a video of the day’s events, click here.
Jeff, who only wanted to be identified by his first name, has sold coffee and sandwiches outside the commuter parking lot of the Ronkonkoma LIRR station for several years, after spending his career working on Wall Street. He said the best part of his job is seeing his regular customers, many of whom have become his friends. He even met his fiancé by selling her coffee while she was on the way to catch the train. "You find out someone's whole life story in 10-12 seconds," he said. #DayInTheLifeLI
Danny Torres of East Norwich tees off on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale on Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017. (Credit: Barry Sloan)
Good morning, #LongIsland! We'll be documenting a day in the life of #LI all day — from the mundane to the extraordinary. Follow along on Newsday.com and even join in by using #DayInTheLifeLI across social media. We want to know what you're up to today! It may even get featured on our social media handles, on our website or in the paper! Here, Ted Bucci, owner and manager of Harbor Light Oyster Company pulls up cages of oysters in #Greenport to check on harvesting and sorting along with his son Billy, 19.
Mateo Coronel, 39, has been working at the 7-Eleven on Old Country Road in Hicksville for the last decade. "After 10 years, you become part of the community," he said when asked about the best part of his job. His patrons always say hi when they see him around Hicksville outside of work. And when he is working, special visits aren't uncommon. Coronel mentioned a customer recently whose wife asked where he was going. "I'm not going to 7-Eleven, I'm going to see Mateo," Coronel recited with a smile. #DayintheLifeLI
A beautiful sunrise reaches Long Island over Montauk Lighthouse.
Photo credit: Gordon M. Grant
Happy first day of SUMMER! I have been trying to start my day spending some time outside instead of the usual rush to get ready and leave for work….this mornings sunrise did not disappoint! #DayIntheLifeLI #newsday • • • • • #longbeachnynotcalifornia #iloveny #skylovers #exploreliny #longisland #sunrise #sunriselovers #islandstrong #moodygrams #sunrise_and_sunsets #news12li #abc7ny #justgoshoot #agameoftones #illgrammers #sky_sultans #newyork #sky #skyporn #skypainters #sky_captures #nbc4ny #ig_color #summer #summersolstice #raedunn #newyorkexplored #li148
Paul Kokkosis, 59, of Commack, has been the manager of the California Diner in Patchogue for 20 years. His family has been in the restaurant business since the '60s. Paul said he works an average of 75-80 hours each week but loves what he does because his customers have become like family over the last two decades. "I know almost all my customers by first name," he said. Paul says while Long Island is a little bit expensive, he loves living here because it is so convenient. #dayinthelifeli
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