With the permission of a surrounding neighbor, members of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society took an up-close look last Saturday of the "Mayan Ruins" Motor Parkway Bridge in Garden City.
Thanks, Mike Z.!
Frank Femenias: "We had full access to both walls. After close examination, it was determined that the walls are indeed the bridge abutments. The creases were already there and exposed. Apparently, some of the crown on the Russell wall was once skimmed off, reducing the height of the wall. Then, that finding later was confirmed after reading the latest comment on the Ruins blog by a former childhood resident. The comment states that the Russell wall once stood approx 8 ft high. Today it stands approx 3 ft.. The Pell Terrace wall (almost totally covered in vine) has half it's length at approx 8 ft high, the other half approx 3 ft., similar to the Russell wall. These two walls are the abutments. The group later investigated behind the managers house and we were all pleased to see the massive cleanup and removal of trees. The path there once again is clear."
August 1928 ,
These images show the unfinished "Mayan Ruins" bridge south of Old Country Road in Garden City .
The photo was taken at the scene of a car accident by Motor Parkway motorcycle patrolman Thomas Zinzi. His motorcycle can be seen on side of the Motor Parkway.
Looking west, the south wall is completely covered in ivy. Everyone agrees that the entire wall is still intact.
Frank taking measurements.
Several feet of the West Wall (seen on the far left) have been removed from the top.
Greg showing Art approximately how much of the West Wall is missing.
Overall, it was confirmed that the two concrete structures are the remains of the two walls of the "Mayan Ruins" Motor Parkway Bridge.