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Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines, are located on Fire Island (located about 50 miles east from New York City). Fire Island is a barrier beach island (about 35 miles long and half a mile wide) which runs parallel to Long Island's south shore, and is surrounded by the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and the Great South Bay to the north. The eastern most point of the island ends in the Hamptons, and the western most point of the island meets the Nassau County town beach areas. The beaches in the Grove and the Pines are among the most beautiful on the east coast. Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines, are the only two predominantly "Gay communities" on Fire Island, among a dozen or so other small towns or communities.



Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines are about and hour and a half travel from New York City. There are several ways to get there. Driving from New York City on the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to exit 59 and then to Sayville. Another option that many residents and vacationers take, is to use the Long Island Rail Road, which departs from Penn Station in New York City to the Sayville train station, from there you can take a commuter van that will take you directly to the ferry terminal. Also, you can travel by Bus directly from New York City to the ferry terminal in Sayville, and last you can fly to any of the airports in the metropolitan area, JFK, La Guardia or McArthur airport in Long Island, the closest to Sayville. There is also sea-plane service from Manhattan to Fire Island Pines.

These are the options to get to both communities. There are no private cars allowed on the island. To get to the Grove or the Pines you must take a ferry from the Sayville ferry terminal (you can also take a water taxi, but this option has very limited service, and is very costly). The ferry terminal in Sayville has individual areas of departure to the various towns on Fire Island.


DRIVING TO SAYVILLE

1. Long Island Expressway East to exit 59 - Ocean Avenue.

2. When you get on the service road, turn right at the first light on Ocean Avenue (that will be Route 93).

3. Take Route 93 South for 6-1/2 miles (Note: 93 will become Lakeland Avenue) to Main Street - which is the traffic light following the second RR crossing. (second RR crossing will be LIRR Sayville station). Cross over Main Street and continue ahead about a half mile to the stop sign, which dead-ends at Edwards Avenue. Turn left on Edwards Avenue.

4. At the next stop sign turn right on Foster Avenue and continue about 100 yards, you will see signs for the ferries (sign on right side of the street). At Terry Street, make a left.

5. On Terry Street , continue to the next intersection (restaurant on your left side) and make a right turn onto River Road (unmarked but you will see the Ferry Terminal Signs). Look for ferry terminal on your left side, and you will find the gates for Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines. There is a seasonal parking lot next to Cherry Grove gate, and a daily visitors parking lot across the street (on the right side of River Road) from the terminal.

TAKING THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD

1. Take the Long Island Railroad from New York City's Penn Station (Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street) to Sayville. You will have to change to connecting trains going to the most eastern points of Long Island on the way, so be sure to check with your conductor. Train connections are made in Jamaica station or Babylon station. Fares varry depending on time of travel.

2. Commuter vans will be waiting at the Sayville train station to take you to the ferry terminal.



HOW TO GET TO CHERRY GROVE/FIRE ISLAND PINES
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