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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A narrow barrier island off the southern shore of Long Island in southeast New York. It has many resort communities, a state park, and a nationally protected seashore area that includes the Sunken Forest, with unusual plant and animal life.


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  • I turned south onto William Floyd Parkway, stopped for a supersize coffee to help me wake up, and drove the last couple of miles to the bridge that separates the mainland of Long Island from the thirty-two-mile-long barrier beach called Fire Island.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • On Tuesday, police said remains from one of the unidentified victims were matched by DNA to body parts found in 1996 on Fire Island, which is at least 48 kilometres from the parkway dumping ground. - Home Page

  • And they plan to dramatically raise the quality and service of the Blue Whale Restaurant, which for years was known as Fire Island's finest restaurant.


  • Craigslist to meet a client on Fire Island, which is about three miles west of where the bodies were found.

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  • Gilbert, 24, worked as a prostitute and had arranged through the Craigslist classified ads website to meet a client on Fire Island, which is about a mile from Oak Beach. Chronicle

  • Before Stonewall, Fire Island—the playground of thousands of New York gay men—was the only beach in America where nudity was tolerated by authorities.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Fire Island residents were urged Thursday to leave, and Town of Islip officials expected to issue a mandatory evacuation in the coming days.

    Evacuations, Transit Shutdown Eyed in City

  • In New York, Fire Island resident Dave Lambie, an electrician, was one.

    The Currents Along the Shore

  • Uri Landesman , president of Manhattan-based Platinum Partners, was at his desk Monday, his vacation on Fire Island on Long Island having been cut short Friday when officials ordered an evacuation and warned they would sever power to the island.

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  • In 1850, when sailing home to America with her husband and son, her ship encountered a hurricane and was wrecked a few miles off Fire Island, N.Y. Her death by drowning, at the age of 40, made her more famous than she had been during her short life.

    Let Them Be Sea Captains!


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