Neighborhood Essay

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The village that I live in is called MerricK . Merrick is a hamlet in Nassau County, Long Island on the South Shore. This village is 35 miles from New York and one expressway exit from Jones Beach. The name "Merrick" is taken from Meroke, the name (meaning peaceful) of the Algonquian tribe . The first people that lived here are the Merokee Indians that farmed and fished in the area. In 1650, a Reverend Denton moved his congregation to the area from Stamford, Conn., and founded the Town of Merrick. They were drawn by the fertile soil and the Meadow Brook - then a wide rushing stream, now a small trickle paralleling the parkway that took its name. Merrick has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (11 km2)…show more content…
The houses in South Merrick are selling for close to a million dollars or more because the close proximity to the water opposed to the houses sold in North Merrick which are selling in 500’. The architectural styles of the houses vary: central hall colonials, split levels, high ranches, wide line ranches, small capes, white stucco Spanish ranches. The crime rate in Merrick is very low. Few times I forgot the car’s doors wide open or even the engine running for couples of hours until my husband came home and everything was perfectly fine. The lecture that followed after it is another story. Another characteristic of Merrick is the fact that a large majority of its residents choose to grow their families in a town where they spent their childhood. The surroundings are beautiful. Well kept properties, a willow bordered pond where duck-feeding is allowed, tennis courts and baseball fields run by the Town of Hempstead are nearby, as are a swimming pool and indoor ice rink run by Nassau County. There are four synagogues in town - two Conservative, one Reform and one Orthodox - and seven churches - two Catholic, one Episcopal, one Baptist, one Methodist, one Presbyterian and a newly completed Greek Orthodox Church topped by a copper dome. In 2004 me and my husband decided to buy a house. We were living in Queens at that time. Finding the perfect neighborhood was challenging.

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