LONG ISLAND’S GOT IT!

Looking for a getaway close to home? Just look east.

Aired on August 27, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> LONG ISLAND HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

WHETHER YOU LIKE TO CATCH SUN AT THE BEACH, SIP WINE OR SHOT AT A MOM AND POP STORE, IT'S A TRAIN RIDE AWAY.

THAT MAKES THE ISLAND THE PERFECT PLACE TO BE.

IT HAPPENS TO BE A GOOD SPOT TO SPEND QUALITY TIME DURING THE REST OF THE YEAR.

JOINING US TO TELL US ABOUT THAT IS CHRISTEN JARGEN.

THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

WHEN I THINK OF LONG ISLAND AS A TOURIST DESTINATION, I THINK OF PLACES LIKE THE HAMPTONS, FIRE ISLAND.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TO ANY OF THOSE PLACES, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

WHAT DO YOU SAY MAKES THEM SO ATTRACTIVE?

THOSE ARE FAMOUS PLACES.

EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNOWS THE HAMPTONS AND EVERYONE HAS HEARD OF MONTAUK.

WE HAVE FIRE ISLAND.

WE HAVE JONES COAST.

WE HAVE SOME OF THE MOST NOTABLE PLACES IN THE WORLD.

THE BEACHES, THE INCREDIBLE CUISINE, THE SEAFOOD, THE CULTURE, THE CHARM THAT WE HAVE.

THERE'S SO MUCH TO LONG ISLAND THAT PEOPLE PROBABLY AREN'T AWARE OF.

TELL US SOME OF THOSE PLACES THAT THEY MAY NOT BE AWARE OF.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE COMING FROM NEW YORK CITY, THE GREATEST THING IS YOU CAN JUMP ON A TRAIN IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AND GO TO ANY ONE OF OUR UNIQUE CHARMING DOWNTOWNS OR BEACHES.

THE HOME OF BLUE POINT BREWERY, YOU CAN GO THERE.

INCREDIBLE RESTAURANTS, BARS.

THERE'S GREAT COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC THEATER HERE.

THERE'S A LOT OF CULTURE THAT WE OFFER ON LONG ISLAND.

THERE'S BEEN SHOWS LIKE TURN SERIES THAT ARE DEDICATED TO OUR HISTORY.

THE REVOLUTION WAS REALLY SHAPED ON LONG ISLAND.

WE LIKE TO SAY LONG ISLAND IS THE REASON YOU DON'T HAVE A BRITISH ACCENT.

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE CULTURAL AMENITIES.

ELABORATE ON THAT.

IF YOU ARE A CULTURAL TOURIST AND WANTS TO SEE MUSEUMS OR A HISTORY BUFF THAT WANTS TO SEE SOME HISTORICAL SITES, WHAT DOES LONG ISLAND OFFER?

WE PROBABLY START WITH OUR NATIONAL PARK, WHICH IS THE HOME OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT.

MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT LONG ISLAND IS ACTUALLY -- WAS THE FIRST SUMMER WHITE HOUSE.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE WHITE HOUSE EVER STAYED OPEN DURING SUMMER.

IT USED TO CLOSE BECAUSE OF THE HEAT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

WHEN ROOSEVELT WAS PRESIDENT, THE TELEPHONE WAS INVESTED.

HE COULD KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING ALL YEAR.

WE HAVE INCREDIBLE AVIATION AND MILITARY HISTORY.

WE HAVE THE ARMORY MUSEUM WHERE YOU CAN COME AND LITERALLY RELIVE WORLD WAR II AND RIGHT IN A TANK AND HAVE ACTORS PORTRAY IT FOR YOU.

IT'S QUITE FUN.

I HAVE A PICTURE IN MY HELMET WITH MY STARBUCKS CUP.

THERE'S REALLY GREAT, BEAUTIFUL AVIATION, MILITARY HISTORY HERE.

I THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED BY THAT.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE -- YOU TOUCHED ON THIS.

ASIDE FROMACTIVITIES, THINGS TO DO THAT YOU COULDN'T BO IN NEW YORK CITY.

THAT'S TOUGH.

WHAT CAN YOU NOT DO IN NEW YORK CITY?

I THINK ONE OF THE UNIQUE ASPECTS ABOUT LONG ISLAND IS WE ARE AN ESCAPE FOR NEW YORK CITY.

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LONG ISLAND IS OUR EVENTS.

IF YOU LOOK AT -- WE ACTUALLY -- WE LAUNCHED NEW SOFTWARE BECAUSE THE EVENTS ARE SO POPULAR TO MAKE THEM MORE ENGAGING.

EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND, THERE ARE A LITANY EVENTS.

FITFEST ON LONG BEACH.

WE HAVE SEAFOOD FESTIVALS.

WE HAVE THE DICKENS FESTIVAL WHERE LITERALLY THE WHOLE TOWN DRESSES UP LIKE A CHARLES DICKENS NOVEL.

WE HAVE THE EVENT IN THE HAMPTONS WHICH IS THE ARTS WEEKEND.

WINTERFEST IN THE WINTER WHERE IT'S A JAZZ ON THE VINES AND MUSIC AND VINEYARDS.

LOOK AT THE CALENDAR.

THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE HOLD OUR MOST UNIQUE ASPECTS.

IF YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY, TOURISM IS REALLY -- IT'S NOT JUST VISITORS COMING FOR THE WEEKEND.

WE'RE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT OUR OURSELVES AS THE VISITOR ECONOMY.

IT'S $5.9 BILLION ON LONG ISLAND.

WHAT THAT MEANS IS THE REASON WHY -- WE DON'T JUST INVITE TOURISTS HERE TO TAKE UP OUR FAVORITE PARKING SPOTS.

WE DO IT BECAUSE IT'S MORE THAN $700 MILLIONS IN LOCAL AND STATE REVENUE.

THAT KEEP OURS PERSONAL TAXES LOWER.

WE INVITE VISITORS TO COME.

YOU MENTIONED SOME OF THE THINGS AVAILABLE.

TELL US A FEW MORE.

I MOVED HERE THREE YEARS AGO FROM ARIZONA.

I STILL SEE WINTER AS AN INCREDIBLE NOVELTY.

I MAYBE IT SEE IT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.

THE SNOW, IT'S LIKE A WINTER WONDERLAND.

THE VILLAGES BECOME THESE INCREDIBLE NEW ENGLAND-STYLE CHARMING PLACES WHERE YOU CAN GET UNIQUE AND LOCAL CRAFTS AND RETAIL ITEMS.

IT'S A PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR UNIQUE SHOPPING FOR THE WINTER.

IF SOMEBODY WHO IS WATCHING NOW WANTS TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES IN LONG ISLAND, WHO SHOULD THEY TALK TO?

OF COURSE, WE LIKE TO SAY, CALL US AND GET ONLINE.

DISCOVERLONGISLAND.COM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TALKING TO YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Funders

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