Fire Island is a coastal barrier island off the south coast of Long Island New York, east of New York City. It is comprised of 15 towns, national seashore parks and bird refuges all accessible by different ferry services. The island is almost empty in the winter and springs forth every year for summer weekend getaways of mainly New Yorkers looking to avoid the heat and reach the beach. People customarily rent out homes for summer weekends where friends and strangers often come together. People often communally rent a house for a series of weekends where everyone lives and cooks together in a ‘share’ house. Each town has its own separate rules, governments and attracts a different group of beach-goers with 2 being primarily gay; Cherry Grove and The Pines. The Pines was built in the 1960’s and is much newer than the Grove, as well as the other 13 towns, with larger houses, swimming pools and a gorgeous harbor with yachts. It is an expensive, gay resort.