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Old 05-23-2010, 06:22 PM
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This revision updates (21 additions are shown in italics) On LI, You Ain't Where You Think You Are, rev. 1, posted on May 7, 2009.

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The USPS uses non-conforming postal zones -- now referred to as ZIP Codes -- and this leads to severe geographic confusions about where a particular place may be located in the cities, villages and hamlets of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Of all 293 communities (2 cities, 96 villages and 195 hamlets) located on Long Island, only the Village of Sea Cliff in the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County and its same-named postal zone have identical borders. All the other postal zones in either county have a different border from the community (city, village or hamlet) whose name the postal zone "shares".

The following should help you understand better the confusion between postal zone community and true community -- and, it may also bring a smile or two to your lips:

This is a preliminary and partial listing of famous Long Island places that are "Not Where You Think They Are". It's somewhat incredulous that the majority of places in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have a different community name in their mailing address than the community they are actually in,

..........You Ain't Where You Think You Are
..............Place, Community (Postal Zone)

Adventureland, Hamlet of East Farmingdale (Farmingdale, NY)

Albertson Downs, Hamlet of Roslyn Heights (Albertson, NY)

American Airpower Museum, Hamlet of East Farmingdale (Farmingdale, NY)

Bideawee Dog Park, Hamlet of Remsenburg-Speonk (Westhampton, NY)

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Hamlet of East Patchogue (Patchogue, NY

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Hamlet of Yaphank (Upton, NY)

Callahans Beach, Fort Salonga (Northport, NY)

Christopher Morley Park, Village of North Hills (Roslyn, NY)

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, Village of Laurel Hollow (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

Cold Spring Harbor Lab, Village of Laurel Hollow (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

Costco, Hamlet of Salisbury (Westbury, NY)

Crab Meadow Beach, Fort Salonga (Northport, NY)

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Hamlet of East Garden City (Garden City, NY)

C.W. Post University, Village of Brookville (Greenvale, NY)

Fishers Island, Hamlet of Fishers Island (Fishers Island, CT)

Fortunoff, Hamlet of East Garden City (Westbury, NY)

Green Acres Mall, Hamlet of South Valley Stream (Valley Stream, NY)

Hempstead Lake State Park, Hamlet of Lakeview (West Hempstead, NY)

Hofstra University Dorms, Hamlet of East Garden City (Hempstead, NY)

Jericho Cider Mill, Village of Muttontown (Jericho, NY)

Leonard's of Great Neck, Hamlet of University Gardens (Great Neck, NY)

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Hamlet of Elwood (Huntington, NY)

Long Island Jewish Hospital, Village of Lake Success (New Hyde Park, NY)
AlexisT points out, "The front of LIJ is located in Lake Success. The bulk of the hospital is located in New York City. This is important to note because the NYC DOH regulates the hospital, the city clerk issues all birth and death certificates, and in any health statistics it is listed under Queens."

Long Island RR Station, Village of Great Neck Plaza (Great Neck, NY)

Long Island RR Station, Hamlet of East Northport (Northport, NY)

Mall at The Source, Hamlet of East Garden City (Westbury, NY)

Manor East Massapequa, Hamlet of North Massapequa (Massapequa, NY)

Maria Regina School, Hamlet of North Wantagh (Seaford, NY)

Martha Clara Vineyards, Hamlet of Northville (Riverhead, NY)

Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict convent, Hamlet of Elwood (Huntington, NY)

Nassau Executive Building, Village of Garden City (Mineola, NY)

Nassau County Community College, Hamlet of East Garden City (Garden City, NY)

Nassau County Family Court, Hamlet of Salisbury (Westbury, NY)

Nassau County Juvenile Detention Center, Hamlet of Salisbury (Westbury NY)

Nassau County Supreme Court, Village of Garden City (Mineola, NY)

Navy Operational Support Center, Hamlet of North Amityville (Amityville, NY)

Oheka Castle, Hamlet of West Hills (Huntington, NY)

Planting Fields Arboretum, Village of Upper Brookville (Oyster Bay, NY)

Republic Airport, Hamlet of East Farmingdale (Farmingdale, NY)

Roosevelt Field, Hamlet of East Garden City (Garden City, NY)

Sagamore Hill, Village of Cove Neck (Oyster Bay, NY)

St. Francis Hospital, Village of Flower Hill (Roslyn, NY)

Sands Point Preserve, Village of Sands Point (Port Washington, NY)

Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, Hamlet of East Shoreham (Shoreham, NY)

Smithtown Municipal Sanitation Facility, Hamlet of Commack (Kings Park, NY)

SUNY Farmingdale, Hamlet of East Farmingdale (Farmingdale, NY)

Suffolk Old County Seat, Hamlet of Riverside (Riverhead, NY)

Sunrise Mall, Hamlet of East Massapequa (Massapequa, NY)

Nikola Tesla Lab, Hamlet of East Shoreham (Shoreham, NY)

Tanger Factory Outlet Center, Hamlet of Calverton (Riverhead, NY)

The Tides, Hamlet of Sound Beach (Rocky Point, NY)

Tilles Center, Village of Brookville (Greenvale, NY)

Troop L, NYS Police, Hamlet of East Farmingdale (Farmingdale, NY)

Michael J. Tully Park, Hamlet of North New Hyde Park (New Hyde Park, NY)

Venetian Shores, Hamlet of West Babylon (Lindenhurst, NY)

Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Hamlet of East Garden City (Uniondale, NY)

Walt Whitman House, Hamlet of West Hills (Huntington Station, NY)

Walt Whitman Mall, Hamlet of South Huntington (Huntington Station, NY)

Westbury Music Fair, Hamlet of Jericho (Westbury, NY)

Whole Foods, Village of Munsey Park (Manhasset, NY)

Zorn's Poultry Farms, Hamlet of Plainedge (Bethpage, NY)

Please post a reply if you know of additional places that "Ain't Where You Think You Are" that I can add to the above list.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:48 PM
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Walter, you know that I disagree with you about Venetian Shores. Everyone I know from this area, not to mention the Town of Babylon, considers it in Lindenhurst.

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