New York City is consistently celebrated as one of the greatest cities world wide. With its high-energy, unparalleled diversity, and distinct American Dream aura, it’s no wonder. But the big city life isn’t for everyone. The crowds, chaos, and cost of living are just a few of the reasons more people, particularly millennials and young professionals, are steering toward the outskirts of Manhattan in their personal and professional endeavors.
Beyond the five boroughs are some under the radar hotspots, offering both proximity to the big apple’s madness, and chiller (but certainly not boring) vibes. Especially in Summer months, Long Island is the go-to spot even for city lovers.
1. Long Beach, NY
Nope, not California – just 40 minutes from Manhattan in Nassau County, NY you’ll find beaches on par with the Hamptons, surf shops, buzzing nightlife, and over two miles of boardwalk to walk, run or cycle. This lively community has become a solution for small NYC-bound businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers looking to network, with the opening of a coworking space, Bridgeworks Long Beach. This beachy coworking campus offers flexible office space leases and the perfect proximity to NYC – the best of both worlds for business professionals.
2. Greenport, NY
Hop on the Hampton Jitney for an easy 90-minute ride into the city from Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island. This smaller town offers trendy shops and bars, quaint North Shore beaches, countless vineyards for local wine tasting, and a growing live-music scene. Foodies love the hidden gem for its local farmers’ market and farm-to-table waterfront restaurants. Greenport has also been ranked in the safest towns of NY consistently over the past 10 years.
3. Port Jefferson, NY
Similar to Long Beach, Port Jefferson offers a train station with over a dozen trains daily to Manhattan. Millennials love the local bar and happy hour scene, and the ferry port (which runs to Bridgeport, Connecticut on the hour) sets a picturesque harbor scene ideal for a summer night stroll. Port Jefferson is brimming with things to do; like the Maritime Children’s Museum (among others), an art gallery, and countless events year round.
Bridgeworks is a vibrant coworking space right by the beach on Long Island, NY, offering office space for rent, meeting rooms, networking events and much more. Bridgeworks Long Beach also features countless communal spaces, cafés, lounges and added bonuses like social bikes and ping pong. Corporate NYC commuters and digital nomads alike take advantage of the new creative hub for the network, boost productivity, and of course, cut the commute time. Learn more at www.bridgeworkslongbeach.com.