Jul 16 2016

The 1938 U.S. Department of Agriculture Aerial Suvey of Nassau County #2: Garden City to East Meadow

On August 3, 1938, the United States Department of Agriculture conducted an aerial survey of Nassau County. These enlargeable aerials (NC_8_3_38 series) have been posted  on the Stony Brook University Digital Research Collections.
Unfortunately, these aerials are not sorted, indexed by location and are combined with other aerials in the Stony Brook Collection. VanderbiltCupRaces.com has located the relevant aerials and will post them in a new series. Second in the series is the Long Island Motor Parkway from Garden City to East Meadow.


Howard Kroplick

Garden City to East Meadow


Long Island Motor Parkway Bridges

Roosevelt Field (top) Mitchel Field Ibottom)

South of Mitchel Field


Merrick Avenue can be seen on the far right.

Westbury and East Meadow


The extension of the Northern State Parkway under construction.

Garden City to East Meadow


Roosevelt Raceway and Meadow Brook Polo Field

The keyhole entrance of the Meadow Brook Lodge and the Merrick Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge.


Jul 17 2016 Anthony Brucia 1:07 PM

Great work Howard.  How does one go about determining locations?  Is there a “key” somewhere?  Anthony Brucia
From Howard Kroplick

There is not key to the 1938 Nassau aerials.  However, the aerial numbers are in sequence from north to south. For example, 4-24 is just south of 4-25.

Jul 24 2016 Brian D McCarthy 11:25 PM

Initially, I was able to search freely on the Stony Brook website. Unless I’m missing something, whatever aerial maps I want to view are not coming up. Maybe Stony Brook is restricting access because of all our searching? I did print out a 1938 aerial of my childhood home and surrounding area in Brentwood. When I lived there it was a 1/2 acre. It looked to be a full acre in 1938, and farmlike. I hope the map coordinates I emailed covering the LIMP in Suffolk County circa 1938 will be helpful to you, Howard.

Jul 25 2016 frank femenias 1:25 PM

Brian- Try going in with this link http://alex.sinc.stonybrook.edu/1938ind.html
I tried again and seems fine on this end.

Jul 25 2016 Brian D McCarthy 7:37 PM

Thank you, Frank. You led me in the right direction.

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