• A hamlet located in the town of Brookhaven •
East Moriches is known for its arts and culture, economic center and state-of-the-art educational system. The area consists of 2.66% water and is filled with many marinas and bay-side restaurants and shops. The water surrounding the area was once filled with shellfish, eelgrass and other important aquatic species, and continues to be a major aspect of Long Island’s oceanic ecosystem.
East Moriches became known internationally on July 17, 1996, when TWA Flight 800 exploded 8 miles (13 km) off the coast and fell into the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard Station, East Moriches, was used by emergency responders, and was the site where the bodies were initially prepared for transport. A helipad was constructed at the station, and the media located their equipment and crews there for breaking news. Today there are parks in Smith Point and Center Moriches in Long Island dedicated to those who died in the crash, and a plaque bearing their names.
East Moriches offers recently renovated elementary and middle schools. Students then have the option to choose one of three high schools to attend – Westhampton Beach, Center Moriches or Eastport-South Manor.
The median home cost in East Moriches is $356,200.
As of 2014, East Moriches’ population is 5,074. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 26.19 percent.
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