since I was out in suffolk yesterday...
* speonk - spee-onk
* quogue - kwogg (rhymes with fog)
* quiogue - kwee-ogg
* aquebogue - a-kwee-uh-bogg
* hauppauge - hopp-ogg
* cutchogue - cutch-ogg
* patchogue - patch-ogg
* napeague - nappy-ogg (lol)
ok, enough of the "ogg's"....
* babylon - bab-ba-lon (not baby-lon.. lmao)
* copiague - co-paygg
* islandia - eye-lan-dee-uh
* islip - ice-lip (some lady on the train yesterday said "central iss-lip".... then a man that was helping her out w/ directions [and everyone else in the area about to disembark @ jamaica - myself included] corrected the incorrect pronunciation of this one).....
* commack - co-mack (rhymes with throw back).... (not cum-mack or comm-ack)
* wyandanch - wiine-danch (2 syllables, not 3.... saying it like wy-ann-danch might make you a target out there by the riff raff)
* centereach - cenn-a-reach (the "ter" is not stressed)
* ronkonkoma - ron-conn-kuh-muh (not ron-conn-coma)
* moriches - muh-rich-iss
connetquot (not a town/city, but I'll include this one anyway) - conn-uh-quo ("quo", as in, status quo)
I'm from Long ****ing Island and I just WTFed at the -ogue places. I still put my own spin on pronunciations ("Mo-rich-ess," CenTEReach to name a few...) I invite those bros to come at me if they're going to get mad at how I pronounce their city...
"Copiague" is closer to "koh-pee-yaig" but that's just me. I don't live in Suffolk so I wouldn't know.
"Houston Street" is.. well, it's obvious to any New Yorker but until I was 16 I thought it was pronounced like the Texas city.
"Van Wyck" is "Wick." I don't care if the guy was Dutch or whatever, half the city was named after something Dutch and look at how we fooked up their names. What's one more mispronunciation?
As for "Brooklyn," it's "Brook-lyn." I've had plenty of Brooklynite instructors throughout my school career and they all pronounce it the same way... never heard the (more closer to the original) "Bruke-len," but where the hell do people get "Bruck-len" from?