Aug 27 2016

Vanderbilt Cup Racers on Glen Cove Road & Old Westbury Road & Special Exhibit “Images of East Hills”

My initial interest in the Vanderbilt Cup Races was the discovery that Glen Cove Road near my home in East Hills was part of the courses for both the 1905 and 1906 races. Below are some photos of the Vanderbilt Cup Race drivers on Glen Cove Road and Old Westbury Road (now the Long Island Expressway Service Road).

In celebration of East Hills' 85th Anniversary, several of these photos will be part of my special exhibit "Images of East Hills (1873-2016)" which will be on display on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the East Hills Village Hall,  209 Harbor Hill Road. Hope to see you there!


Howard Kroplick

1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race

The section of the 1905 course located on Glen Cove Road in Roslyn (now East Hills).

Walter White's White Steamer taking the Bull's Head Turn at Noth Hempstead Turnpike on to Glen Cove Road during a practice run.

The steamer on Glen Cove Road in front of the white picket fence that surround Clarence Mackay's Estate on Glen Cove Road. This automobile was the only non-gasoline automobile to race in the Vanderbilt Cup Races.

Vincenzo Lancia in his #4 FIAT on Glen Cove Road, once again in front of Mackay's Harbor Hill Estate.

1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

The two sections of present-day East Hills used for the 1906 course.

Lancia drove a FIAT again in the 1906 race. He is seen here on Old Westbury Road.

Exhibit "Images of East Hills (1873-2016)

Here are some teaser images that will be displayed in next Saturday's exhibit. Can you answer these questions?

Who built and owned this East Hills estate? Which Vanderbilt Cup Race did he attend?

Can you identify the roads in this 1938 aerial of East Hills?

What year was this plant built? What is its current use?

Name the former Secretary of Defense who lived in this East Hills's house built in 1820.

What famous lyricist lived in the Dairyman's Cottage of the Harbor Hill Estate for over 20 years?


Aug 28 2016 JeRita 8:37 PM

WOW look how small the trees are They are huge now I love the shot of the Mackay home w/ the statues [Thank you for saving one] Did Irving Berlin live there One of my friends has a Brougham carriage owned by Irving’s father in law who lived in Old Westbury

Aug 28 2016 Howard Kroplick 9:05 PM

From Rich R.:

Amazing photos of history in my (our) backyard.

Aug 29 2016 S. Berliner, III 11:50 AM

2200 Northern Boulevard in East Hills is (or was last) owned by Pall Corp.  I was in there when they gutted it after Helena Rubenstein vacated it - what a vast, empty cavern!  I had a friend who, after her father, a Mill Neck police officer, always referred to the corner of Glen Cove Road and the North Hempstead Turnpike as Bull’s Head.  I also remember that one of my very first solo drives in February of 1950 was the full 24 mile length of Grand Avenue/Baldwin Road/Henry Street/Clinton Street-cum-Road/Guinea Woods Road/Glen Cove Road and the open grassy areas and white wooden fencing up north.  I feel I should instantly recognize the 1938 aerial but I just can’t place it - too rectangular and too much open land - this should be a “DUH”!  Sam, III

Aug 29 2016 Ted 7:37 PM

Omg Howard,my Uncle worked in Helena Rubiinstein when I was a teenager and early 20s,I think he was the president.I went their many times to watch them make cosmetics and always brought samples home for my Mom,what memories this brings back.

Aug 30 2016 Tim Ivers 4:53 PM

1..Mackay’s “Harbor Hill”
  1906 Cup race
2.  Glen Cove Rd. L. to .r. Across bottom;  25A l. to r. across top
3.  Helena Rubenstein Bldg. circa. 1958, now multi use offices
4.  Robert Lovett
5.  Hal David

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