Riding on Long Island, NY certainly different than less congested parts of the country.
The real issue is not the traffic, that can be mostly avoided.
The challenge is to find areas that are really pretty, with all the housing and development around.
It does exist.
The south shore of Nassau County (closest to NYC) has it special sections like Woodsburgh, Hewlett Harbor, Atlantic Beach, Long Beach and Point Lookout.
There is a 4.5 mile bike way down to Jones Beach. Yes, the parkway is on one side, but the marshes and water are on the other.
Out in Suffolk County there is more semi rural and farmland, especially the North Folk. with its famous Bike, Boat, Bike sponsored by the Suffolk Bike Riders Association.
The South Fork hosts the annual Tour of the Hamptons by the Massapequa Park Bicycle Club.
Northern Nassau County and North Western Suffolk County is a area of hills, mansions, marshes, beaches, long straight runs and twisty roads.
Much as I love my away trips, when I think about it, Long Island has a lot to offer a cyclist.