Kaylie Jones, Jules Feiffer, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sheila Kohler, and others reveal how Long Island has always been a playground for the rich and famous--and while it used to be that only a select few could afford it, now everyone wants a piece of the pie. The McMansions pop up like mushrooms, limiting resources and destroying an already taxed environment. It feels a little like Rome in its last days--a kind of collective amnesia and blindness to the outside world has taken over. Everyone knows this, but no one wants to do anything about it, because big money is being spent--and made. And as the rich grow richer, the poor grow poorer and more disenfranchised; and greed only breeds more greed and violence. These stories cover the range of Long Island's extremes, from the comfortably rich, to the horribly poor--people pushed to desperate acts in order to protect what they already have, or to try to take what they don't from those who do.
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April 26, 2012
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