Dec 04 2008

A Rare Photo of the North Hempstead Turnpike LIMP Bridge

In the early 1950s, Robert C. Levine went for a walk with a friend in a Queens park and stumbled on remains of the Long Island Motor Parkway. The road ended on an abandoned bridge near ball fields in Fresh Meadows. His friend documented the moment in the above photo with Robert leaning on the guard rail.

This bridge carried the Long Island Motor Parkway over the North Hempstead Turnpike from 1928 to 1938. It was the first bridge after the western terminus at Horace Harding Boulevard. Identical to the three remaining bridges in Queens, it was demolished in the 1950s when the area was developed as part of Cunningham Park.

Thanks, Robert for your contribution to .


Oct 25 2009 steve janiver 8:53 PM

Great pic.  I lived a couple of blocks from what I believe is that bridge. I was born in 1952 and I would see the above bridge standing alone in a green field.  This grass area was next to p.s. 179 and the woods at approx 199st and 67th ave.

It drove me crazy looking at this bridge on grassland wondering what was there before it.  Wow.  Mystery kinda sort solved.


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