dukehjsteve wrote:Related NY trivia pertaining to Long Island is that until the mid 1890's, Queens included all of what is now Nassau County. Queens then split in two, with the western part linking up with New York City and the eastern part becoming Nassau County, between the now-shrunken Queens to its west and Suffolk County to its east.
More precisely, the annexation of Queens into New York City took place January 1, 1898. References to places in Queens as being in (or on) Long Island persisted for some time after that. And they obviously endure today when people go back to sources from the first few decades after the consolidation of Queens with New York City and come up with references to Celtic Park as being in "Laurel Hill, L.I."
Today, neighborhoods in Queens, such as Laurel Hill (and Forest Hills and Jamaica, etc), would normally be referred to as Laurel Hill, Queens, or Laurel Hill, NY. References to places as being on Long Island are limited to the two counties dukehjsteve mentioned--Nassau and Suffolk.