Just to the south of Long Island lies a half-mile-wide and thirty-two-mile long barrier beach with a lighthouse, called Fire Island.
The National Park Service website presents several possibilities for the origin of the "fire" in Fire Island. The less colorful version cites references to an inlet name. Poor penmanship could have attributed to a mistaken reading of "fire" rather than "five" for the"Five Islands patented by William Nicholls in 1688 in what is now the western end of Fire Island." The racier theory involves pirates setting fire to the island to lure vessels to the shore, and the grasping-at-straws version blames poison ivy, "either for its red leaves in autumn or its fiery itch." As a tidbit for Long Island Trivial Pursuit, it may be useful to know that FI is the the ancestral home of one of the four signers from New York of the Declaration of Independence, the William Floyd Estate.
A grid of bicycle paths connects the villages and leads adventurers to coastline views of dunes and vegetation. The comfortable temperatures are why all the New Yorkers leave both Manhattan [and Florida] to spend their summers here.