Been living on Long Island NY since 1996. It would be a really nice place to live if only housing was not so expensive. Don't expect to get a home for under $300,000. Rent for a studio apartment starts at about $900, one bedroom $1100, outragious.
If you are a minority also expect to be discriminated against when you apply for a job or a promotion. Also don't be suprised if you find yourself in the 'wrong' neighbohood and get pulled over and asked "what are you doing here".