"That same antenna will not work for me because I am 25 miles away on Long Island, too far away from the ESB for an indoor antenna (I've already confirmed that)"
Did you actually try the Leaf Antenna? I live 36 miles away in Central NJ, and pick up the same NYC stations you appear to be seeking, including hard to get ABC (vhf). Trick was to move the antenna to garage vent (to avoid interference from aluminum siding). Now I get all all the stations I could ask for (including two vhf ABCs). When I mount the leaf near a window on the other side of my house, I pick up about 20 Philly stations (many 50+ miles away).
Hope your able to pick up the channels you're looking for!