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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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  • 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...
  • Say Goodbye to Dozens of LIRR Trains

    The elimination of Long Island Railroad trains began today. To add insult to injury fare hikes are on the way, so riders will be forced to pay more for less. The railroad says the service cuts are necessary to close a 900 million dollar budget gap, less...
  • Loose Pit Bull Causes Lock-down Of 2 Merrick Schools

    Loose Pit Bull Causes Lock-down Of 2 Merrick Schools
    Two elementary schools in North Merrick, Long Island, are on lock-down while police search for the pit bull that mauled a 62-year-old woman last Thursday. There are reports of a dog charging at an officer in the area, but it is unclear whether or not...
  • All NYC Schools Open; Hundreds Other Schools, Colleges Closed

    All NYC Schools Open; Hundreds Other Schools, Colleges Closed
    All New York City public schools are open Wednesday, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's declaration of a weather emergency for New York City due to the overnight snow storm. New NYC School Chancellor Cathie Black made the announcement at 5 a.m. and stated...
  • LI Gun Dealers Caught Selling Assault Weapons

    LI Gun Dealers Caught Selling Assault Weapons
    Four gun store owners and five employees on Long Island are under arrest Thursday after selling assault weapons to undercover investigators, according to the Nassau County D.A. "The nine men arrested today were openly breaking the law, making a...
  • Pill-Popping Thugs Hijack Trucks on I-95

    Pill-Popping Thugs Hijack Trucks on I-95
    On the same day official mourning began for a federal agent gunned down while trying to stop a pharmacy robbery, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called for the Drug Enforcement Administration--DEA--to start sharing information about violent,...
  • In 'Amreeka' and 'Big Fan,' the personal is potent

    In 'Amreeka' and 'Big Fan,' the personal is potent
    Some things change at the Sundance Film Festival, but not everything. There may now be more cab companies licensed than in New York City and a Jumbotron screen installed at the foot of Main Street to broadcast the inauguration, but the festival's search...
  • LI Doctor Arrested For Selling Painkiller Prescriptions To Teens

    LI Doctor Arrested For Selling Painkiller Prescriptions To Teens
    A Long Island doctor was arrested and charged Wednesday, after authorities said he knowingly and unlawfully sold prescriptions for the powerful painkiller Oxycodone to customers. Police say his clientele included several teenagers. Detectives with the...
  • 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...
  • Can NY Dems mesh Obamites with Clintonistas?

     
    People who run political parties are famously wary of newcomers who show up to take part but not to take orders. So at least some of Barack Obama???s earliest New York supporters on Friday will carry pride laced with......
  • Shades of War Room: Nassau Dems, on message

     
    Nassau Democrats had a remarkably quick response Thursday after Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) held a news conference to attack Albany Democrats for imposing a payroll tax to bail out the MTA. The first unsolicited call came from County......
  • Assembly gives first passage to Cuomo initiative bill

     
    After two hours of debate, the State Assembly today passed a local-government consolidation bill backed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, James T. Madore reports. The measure has sparked controversy. Volunteer firefighters, mayors and special district...