Buyers tend to come to Merrick as young, married couples and stay a lifetime! They put down roots, start a family and become a vital part of the community. When their children grow up, they may leave temporarily to attend school and pursue job opportunities but, more often than not, once they marry, the children return once more to begin a new generation of homeowners.
Merrick has that small town feel. It is named after the Meroke Indian tribe, the earliest residents of this region. The name is said to mean "peaceful." In the mid-1600's, settlers came from England looking for a better way of life and freedom of religion. Agriculture was their chief occupation.
The first large scale real estate development in Merrick were the "Gables" built south of Sunrise Highway. They were built by Joseph Frankel and William Fox, owner of Fox Film Corp which later became known as Twentieth Century Fox. Errol Flynn and Ed Begley, Sr as well as Jr., are the most recognizable homeowners of that era.
In the summer of 2010, the HBO Miniseries "Mildred Pierce" was filmed at the Merrick Gables. The Civic Association supported this endeavor as a chance to publicize this lovely community. Kate Winslet and Melissa Leo were two of the big stars in this story about a housewife struggling to support her family during the Depression. The Gable homes were chosen because they looked similar to those found in Los Angeles in the 1930's. The stucco homes were built in the trendy Spanish style of the day.
Merrick, like many of the Long Island south shore communities bordering the Great South Bay has a tremendous amount to offer. As a current Merrick resident, I need only reflect on what drew me here six ago.
Merrick is conveniently located 45 minutes from the City and it is well-known for its award-winning schools, There is easy access to highways, and, short distances (or walking) to transportation, shops, restaurants, houses of worship. Jewel Quinn Senior Community Services, Merrick Golf Course, Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve, (affectionately known as Merrick Mountain) Merrick Cinemas offering special bargain pricing and just about anything else you can possibly need in the course of daily living.
Merrick has and, always will be, a desirable place to settle down in Nassau County, situated on the south shore of Long Island.
Gordon, Patricia. Yesterdays in the Merricks. Published as a Public Service by Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, New York, 1975.