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Merrick

Merrick
Beginnings: Named after its first inhabitants, the Meroke Indians. During the colonial period, Merrick became a trading center because vessels could enter Jones Inlet and sail up deep channels to docks beside what is now Merrick Road. During the War of 1812 these channels, canals and coves made Merrick a haven for buccaneers who preyed on merchants. Pirates in whaleboats once robbed prominent landowner George Hewlett and two friends while they were duck hunting. At one point, residents armed with muskets captured one bandit leader and shipped him to New York in irons for trial.
Photo: Merrick Road, Merrick from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: Named after its first inhabitants, the Meroke Indians. During the colonial period, Merrick became a trading center because vessels could enter Jones Inlet and sail up deep channels to docks beside what is now Merrick Road. During the War of 1812 these channels, canals and coves made Merrick a haven for buccaneers who preyed on merchants. Pirates in whaleboats once robbed prominent landowner George Hewlett and two friends while they were duck hunting. At one point, residents armed with muskets captured one bandit leader and shipped him to New York in irons for trial.
Photo: Merrick Road, Merrick from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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Top Merrick Articles

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  • Driver Commits Suicide Prompting Parkway Closure

    Driver Commits Suicide Prompting Parkway Closure
    MERRICK, N.Y. (WPIX) -- A standoff between New York State police troopers and an armed motorist forced the closure of the Meadowbrook State Parkway south of Merrick Road for about three hours on Tuesday, PIX News has learned. Police say the man, who...
  • LIRR Derailment Disrupts Monday Commute

    Dustin Collins had to push back his morning meetings. Jermaine Yates said he was going to have to explain to his boss why he was late for work -- for the third time in a week. "My boss doesn't want to hear it," Yates, 33, of Brentwood, said Monday...
  • Man Racks Up More than $81K In Unpaid Parking Tickets

    MERRICK, N.Y - Most of us have been guilty of racking up some sort of debt with unpaid parking tickets at one time or another, but one local man is in a class of his own. Alexander Khamish, 30, an insurance broker from Merrick is singing the blues...
  • Woman Dies After Hit by Train in Merrick

    A Long Island Rail Road train fatally hit a woman on the tracks by the Merrick station, according to the LIRR. The incident, which happened around 11:03 a.m., is being investigating by Metropolitan Transportation Authority police, said LIRR spokesman...
  • Driver Killed in Meadowbrook Crash

    Somewhere down around Fighting Island and High Flats Marsh, south of Merrick Road, a driver hit a puddle on the Meadowbrook State Parkway late Thursday night, lost control of the vehicle and was killed in a crash, police said. The victim was identified...
  • Armed Thieves Jump Counter, Rob Fast Food Joint

    Armed Thieves Jump Counter, Rob Fast Food Joint
    New York City police are on the hunt for two men wanted in connection with three robberies at a fast food restaurants in Queens. The pair of suspects first struck on Aug. 6 at 12:30 a.m. when they walked into a Crown Friend Chicken restaurant located...
  • A dramatic vision

    When architect Hugh Hardy first stepped inside Baltimore's long-dormant Hippodrome Theatre five years ago, he didn't see the broken lights, the worn-out seats, the water-damaged plaster in the ceiling. He saw instead a once-lavish space in which...