Jun 03 2009

The Motor Parkway Bridge over Broad Hollow Road in Melville

Edith, when Al Velocci and I wrote The Long Island Motor Parkway, we wanted to include many photos which have never been published before. Just one month prior to our deadline, we discovered this rare 1935 photo of the Broad Hollow Bridge looking north in the archives of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

The narrow section on the right was built to accomodate the trolley line that once ran between Babylon and Huntington Village and ceased operations in 1927. The sign on the bridge points to the parkway entrance at the Huntington Lodge.

In her email to VanderbiltCupRaces.com, Edith related her memories of the Motor Parkway:

I grew up on a small farm on the Easty side of Broad Hollow Road just South of Ruland Road, next to what was then the St. Rose Industrial Home for Girls. Although the LIMP was abandoned in the late forties, the bridges in our area were still there and we would ride our bicycles generally from the Broad Hollow Road bridge East to and over the junction of Duryea, Bayliss, Pinelawn and another road, but being some 59 years ago my memory is a bit foggy.

Houses and buildings in the area around St. Rose were then given names. As I recall, our home was one of the much older buildings in the area, to us an old farm house, whose origins and expansion from the 1800s could clearly be seen, was the "Green House", being shingled in that colour. The main building at St. Rose was naturally the Big House (bell and all), the Big Barn, the Yellow Barn, and so it went. The women's residence at the Aggie School (not the Agricultural and Technical College), the Mott House was close to the foot of the Melville and Broad Hollow Roads, and it was a big day the Mott House was moved to its final location near the City of Glass on the Melville Road.

Edith, thanks for the memories! In appreciation, tomorrow I will post an aerial that shows your Melville home in 1951.


Jun 07 2009 Pat Masterson 7:52 PM

Howard, I have in my collection another picture of the Broadhollow Road LIMP bridge. It’s from further to the left, and closer. It was taken in 1945. Since the parkway had been closed about 7 years, no maintenance had been done. The “entrance” words are almost indistinguishable by this time. Let me know if you would be interested in having a copy.  -pat

Jun 16 2009 Howard Kroplick 3:55 PM

Hi Pat:

Great to hear from you. Hope all is well in Florida.

I definitely would like to receive the photo. Please send it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Nov 01 2009 Edith Patricia Klarmann 2:34 PM

Looking at this foto—yet again, as the tracks were on the West side of Broad Hollow Road, this ivew then must be looking South? 
Page 54 of “The Cross-Island Line”, Vincent Seyfried, shows the trolley line on the West side by Walt Whitman’s birthplace, which would put the smaller opening to the West, the right side of the above picture, ergo looking South?
Any fotos further South, or East crossing Ruland Road area?

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