Jul 20 2016

Sam & Dave’s “Excellent Motor Parkway Adventure” XII: Final Destination Melville

On April 4, 2015, Dave Russo and his 10-year old son Sam experienced a one-day 38-mile bike tour on the Long Island Motor Parkway. In the 12th and final post of the 2015 series, Sammy and Dave complete their exploration in Melville, while reaching their target destination- the bridge remains on Maxess Road.

Thanks, Sammy & Dave!

Howard Kroplick

   Sammy & Dave's "Excellent Motor Parkway Adventure" 
  By Dave Russo
  April 5, 2015
  My name is Dave Russo from Rockville Centre. Last summer my 9-year old son Sammy started playing travel baseball and had his practices were held in Cunningham Park in Queens. During practice I would go on runs through the area and came across the Motor Parkway. So this sparked a little flame in my head as I am a fan of Long Island history in general, specifically the old mansions and remnants of them.
  I began to research the Motor Parkway (which I thought was only a Suffolk County thing that is still used today) and came across your site and others and was just amazed at the history of this road. So my son and I took little trips to various locations on the route and familiarized ourselves with the road and what it had to offer, often meeting people who live right on the road itself with zero knowledge of it or it's fantastic history. So we educate them and they are always very impressed.
  So the two of us since then have really become Long Island Motor  Parkway buffs and have seen everything there is to see from Queens to Melville. Queens offers one glimpse as NYC has maintained the road. Bridges remain, entrance ramps are there, and posts are everywhere but it was built later and although preserved and nice it lacks that "throwback historical" feel of the original road. In Nassau as you know the power lines were run which in one sense ruined the road but in another preserved the authenticity of the original road and so much of it is still visible and the fact that you can go there and see it and imagine a time when tens of thousands of people were standing behind the posts/fence watching this annual race in otherwise farmland filled Long Island is very impressive. Equally impressive is how few people know of this at all and major locations that should be of historical interest like the bridges, lodges, the grandstand are completely neglected or not known.
   So yesterday, we did our long awaited "Vanderbilt Day" where we got up early and got a ride to Queens with our bikes and rode from the Queens beginning all the way to the Maxess Road Bridge in Melville in one day. It was about 38 miles total and we had a great time! (followed by dinner at Friendlys!) .I have become close with an older couple who live directly next to the Old Courthouse Road bridge who took us in for tea and cake and have lived there since farmland was on the other side. We visited Arthur Jesper in Garden City and he showed us his backyard. We have pictures of everything. We have many favorite locations.
   I've been visiting your page for a while now, checking for updates all the time. If there are any pics you are in need of or any part of the Parkway that you need further detailed exploration of we are your team! There is nothing that intimidates us and we love the challenge! We trespass the right way, by simply asking permission. We've never been told no. My little 10-year old is pretty cute and nobody can say no to him. The Sand Pits Bridge was high on our list until the recent pics arrived on your site which took the pressure off of us. Those were great to see.
 Dave & Sammy Russo

Route 110, Melivlle

From the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, we proceeded across Route 110 to the area behind the building at 555 Route 110.

Looking west from the Motor Parkway route behind 555 Route 110. This photo was taken a few weeks after our journey.

Several spots of Motor Parkway remnants

Several posts remain here.

Great piece of elevated Motor Parkway.

This pic is dedicated to Brian.

The Ezekiel Smith Farmway Bridge on Maxess Road, Melville

Alas, we have reached our destination, the bridge remnants at Maxess Road. Here is the bridge location on a sunny day.

1910 date stamp

As night approaches, we lit up this Motor Parkway historic marker. Note: The last Motor Parkway bridge in Suffolk County went over Deep Park Avenue in Dix Hills.

Grandpa arrived for our pickup, so we were able to take our lone joint photo!

A very well-deserved dual scoop ice cream cone at Friendly's.

What a day!

Vanderbilt day 2016 has already been completed. Looking forward to showing our next "Excellent Motor Parkway Adventure."


Jul 20 2016 Brian D McCarthy 10:46 PM

LOL, Dave. You’ll always come across old insulators, etc on the ROWS. I always liked that area. The wood pole transmission line heading east from the R/O the substation follows the LIMP towards and past Maxess Rd until the parkway makes the curve south towards Ruland Rd.

Jul 21 2016 frank femenias 11:24 AM

Incredible 1-day, 38mi journey through some of Nassau/Suffolk’s roughest terrain, then ending at the monumental bridge to top it off. Unforgettable, everlasting memories to last for some time. It seems most of the path can be done by MTB, and I’m guessing nearby roadways had to be used for some stretches to connect it all. I’m estimating a 65 ROW/35 Alternate ratio, but please let us know. Nice job guys!

Jul 21 2016 Dave Russo 11:54 PM

I’ve never seen any information or pictures on any site related to this location behind 555 Broadhollow. This is a very good location and it’s very easily accessed too - just park behind the building and walk back. I was surprised to see so much road and posts.

Our first trip on the LIMP was really awesome. Death bed moments….things you remember till the end.

Frank you are probably very close in your ratio estimate. But the joy comes in getting that 65 percent number higher. Maybe next year we’ll get to 68 - find new location like this one behind 110. Every inch counts!

We did our second annual LIMP day back in April and there are some pretty good finds to come. Thank you Howard for all you do on this site to keep the fire burning!

Jul 24 2016 Robert Hughes 1:37 AM

The historical marker refers to the bridge embankments being the last remains still standing in Suffolk, not that it was the last bridge in Suffolk. I guess it could have been worded better.

Great post about a great adventure. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 24 2016 Harley S. Nemzer 8:52 AM

Thank you for sharing this wonderful adventure with us!

Jul 24 2016 James and Gram 8:55 AM

Brings back wonderful memories of a similar journey with my son Gram!

Jul 24 2016 S. Berliner, III 2:13 PM

Way to go, Sam (and Dad)!  Thanks again.  Minor typo, though - “Deep Park Avenue in Dix Hills.”  I’ve been deep in the park exploring the LIMP but not at Deer Park Road/Avenue.  Sam, III

Jul 24 2016 S. Berliner, III 2:43 PM

Oops - I KNEW I had a pic of the RoW on the west side of 110!  It’s on an image-rich but unrestored page 7 <http://sbiii.com/limpkwy7.html> on my site (I’ll restore it right now) and the pic is available at <http://sbiii.com/b-uattwn/meiii3/pix/limp5-19.jpg>.  Watch out, though; there are several 555s on 110 - the one you mean is 555 Broad Hollow Road - 8½ miles south, the south side of the U. S. Postal facility.  Sam, III

Jul 24 2016 Dave Russo 10:46 PM

Sam——you are a LIMP master but I looked at your pic but that is not the location of the LIMP! That is where I originally thought it was as well. It makes sense and the power lines are there and it’s blocked off but that’s not it! - it is a bit more north behind 555 Broadhollow.

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