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.
Dogs play at a dog park in Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Credit: Mandy Hofmockel
— Adelphi University (@AdelphiU) June 21, 2017
— Hank Winnicki (@HankWinnicki) June 21, 2017
Dog Trainer Paul Kearney (not pictured) brings his Siberian Huskies, Summer and Tucker, out for a drive to Robert Moses State Park at 8:19 in the morning on June 21, 2017 @newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara #DayinthelifeLI #longisland #lifebythesea #myislandhome #dogs #huskiesofinstagram #solstice #longestdayoftheyear @epiniat
Maintenance workers power wash head stones at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale. See more images from Newsday photographers in our Day in the Life of Long Island gallery here.
Dusted off what I learned from two rather undistinguished years of Spanish in high school to talk to Pedro, who was pushing this impressively stacked load on Maplewood Drive in New Cassel as Salsa music blared from his cart. Been needing to get back to Spanish. Thanks much for the motivation, Pedro! #DayintheLifeLI
Stephanie Greene, 26, of Valley Stream, joined the ranks of the Long Island Rail Road commuters just two weeks ago, when she began her new job as a software engineer for Google in Manhattan. So far, riding the LIRR has been a pleasant experience, said Greene, who is not dreading the so-called #SummerOfHell caused by Amtrak's planned Penn Station track work. "I'm kind of lucky. Software engineers tend to be pretty flexible," she said. Although she's considered moving to the city to be closer to her new job, Greene says she's leaning toward staying put in Valley Stream, which, she likes both for its proximity to New York City and it's suburban charm. "I looked all over Nassau when I was trying to decide where to live. And I liked that it was relatively safe for it's price point. And it was one of the most diverse towns I had ever seen. It was like an even split of the major races, which is kind of nice," said Greene, who acknowledged Valley Stream's multicultural flavor is seen as a negative by some village residents. "They can get over it. They can go somewhere else." #dayinthelifeLI
— Dr. Tonie Mc Donald (@tmcdon3) June 21, 2017
Paddling with News 12 See what happened and who fell when the News 12 Long Island morning family went paddleboarding.
Just after 8 a.m. at the Valley Stream #LIRR station, and there's not a spot to be had at the station parking lot. Somehow the MTA plans to fit 125 more cars here in the summer, when an express bus is going to run out of here to Manhattan to help move commuters during the #SummerOfHell. #dayinthelifeLI