Where I live: 7 miles to the east of Queens. Basically suburban area and I live near the water which is nice. Some streets are great and smooth and perfect for riding, some streets seem as if they are diabolically planned to taco a wheel. I ride a lot on the main 3 lane highway traffic lights, 55mph limit as many other cyclists do, I have rarely had car issues there as most of it has a big shoulder. We also have 2 MUPs local to me, one a bit boring no scenery goes to the beach, the other is a nice route through a couple parks and stuff (and much longer).
Where I work: doesn't matter cause I can't ride there. Well I can but my bike would probably get stolen about halfway through my ride... or I could take like a 9 mile detour... no thanks I'll drive.
How I ride: Mostly for training purposes, I do Triathlons. Bike rides are like a treat for me, I really enjoy being on my bike and look forward to when i can hop on and do 30 or 40 miles at a high pace. Its a fun and great workout. My parents also are only a few miles away from me so I ride to their house in the summer if I don't have anything big I need to carry to or from there. Finally I ride to the pool as well on my old Hybrid. I am not a lane taker but I feel that I take a vehicular presence on the road. I respect cars and they seem to resepct me back.
That said even though we're only 7 miles from the city, the abundance of absentminded stupidity of people in cars AND on bikes here is astoundingly higher than in the 5 boroughs of NYC.