Mar 21 2012

Will the Motor Parkway Mystery In Old Bethpage Be Solved by Al Velocci Tonight?

Motor Parkway fans have debated for years the location of the road west of the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge. Did the parkway turn left and head up the hill, turn right at grade level or somehow even go through the hill? Long Island Motor Parkway historian Al Velocci  tackles this mystery at the first meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society at Old Bethpage Village Restoration tonight at 7:30 PM. All are welcome to attend!

Some of Al's clues to solving this long-standing Motor Parkway mystery:


Howard Kroplick


A 1907 survey of the Motor Parkway in the area east of Claremont Avenue in Old Bethpage. The 1928 Motor Parkway Atlas view of Old Bethpage. This amazing 1927 Fairchild aerial of the area The Motor Parkway in Old Bethpage was still very much visible in this 1950 aerial Three concrete posts are still standing at grade level. Looking south, the Motor Parkway is somewhere on top, below or in the hill in the background. Is Al Velocci pointing to the Motor Parkway right-of-way or a pine tree? Find out tonight!!

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Mar 25 2012 Denis Byrne 6:53 PM

I found some interesting stuff but still confused a bit about the exact route there myself. If you go off the suspected ROW, you can find old trees that still have rusted out supports to prevent a storm from ripping them out, they are very old and could have been installed when efforts to landscape the ROW were made. I’m sure I can still find them if i get over there.

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