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08/16/2013 08:19 am ET Updated Oct 16, 2013

The Most Stunning Beach Houses NYC Has Ever Known

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Five miles out from Long Island's southern shore lies the narrow 30-mile long emerald sandbar known as Fire Island. While most locals today think of this little spit of paradise simply as the sleepier, campier, no-Range Rovers allowed alternative to the Hamptons, Fire Island has a far more interesting story to tell. Beginning in the late '50s, this secluded escape became the setting for major cultural and political shifts that would bring tumultuous and far-reaching transformations over the next two decades.

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