Yea, i graduated last year and i've been working at a firm in manhattan. The area around the school isnt what you'd call 'great'. Thats the reason why im leaning towards living on campus, plus i do not know if i want to have to worry about commuting during 1L (long island is known for its horrible traffic). You have the nassau colliseum really close so you can go to games if ur bored, theres roosevelt mall(big), which is also really close...ur also relatively close to jones beach and the jones beach ampitheater(a very cool place to see concerts). In terms of safety, i wouldnt walk around hempstead turnpike at night by myself, but you could also say that in manhattan (i almost got robbed once there!). But i mean, will you be wondering around at night alot? probably not, so i mean, i wouldnt worry to much about it.
On a completely side note, if me you and sexonthebeach lived in the same house we'd be like that TV show on ABC, but instead of med students we'd be law students...awesome.