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Dec 08 2019 Roy M Warner 10:47 AM

#20 (Fresh Meadows GC) became the site of Fresh Meadows after the War, which is where I grew up (on the other side of Horace Harding Blvd). #18 (former reformatory school) became the site of Queens College in 1937, from which I graduated (when there was no tuition). #19 (Pomonock GC) became Pomonock apartment complex. #23 became Alley Pond Park and surrounding garden apts and houses, with a right of way taken for the the Cross Island Parkway. #33 became the Aqueduct Race Track. #s 12 (the Ash dump) and 16, 17 became the site of the 39-40 and 64-65 World Fairs, which after 65 became Flushing Meadows Park, #3 became portions of the Grand Central Pkwy right of way and a part of what became LaGuardia, #30 (Forest Park) was used for the right of way for the Interboro Pkwy (now Jackie Robinson Pkwy), #13 - the southerly portion became LeFrak City (1959-60), #10, 11 became postwar housing in Fresh Meadows, north of Horace Harding, the site for Francis Lewis HS (from which I graduated), Kissena Golf Course (public) and Kissena Park [I could go on but I’m getting dizzy going back and forth between the map and these comments]

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 08 2019 Robert Luttgen 9:28 AM

Charming patina?  I saw a lot of rust that needs to be dealt with before it gets out of control.  Should this vehicle end up in Roslyn (best of luck Howard) I would vote for a restoration.

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 08 2019 NELSON MEDINA 5:44 AM

Howard beautiful job on this draft.
7.5 is what she will fetch.
What a piece of history… on many points ... for Ford on the Mustang & Steve McQueen for showing the world how things are done.
Best
Nelson

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 07 2019 frank femenias 11:38 AM

Al, here’s a link to the LIMP interactive map showing the old Queens’ streets in light blue. The old street names are revealed by clicking on the road. 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1396j0_672hYkvbcNFJInbc1mXNJspD9f&ll=40.742491469161216,-73.75760775553289&z=14

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 07 2019 Al Prete 10:17 AM

Art - the old/new street name reference confirms some research that I did since my last post: Queens Road did not become Bell Blvd., but, rather, Hollis Court Blvd. This street now has several disconnected pieces due to construction of the Clearview Expressway.

This website, the source of my research, is a fascinating journey back in time through all five boroughs:

https://forgotten-ny.com/

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 06 2019 Brian D McCarthy 8:06 PM

Liking your last map, Art - Meadowbrook Extension. Very obvious that today’s Merchants Concourse follows the past 2 roadways that used the twin bridges over the LIMP ( cloverleaf ). Is this map larger than is seen here? If so, it would be neat to view it.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 06 2019 Brian D McCarthy 5:53 PM

I remember going downhill in a gokart/contraption with my older brother lol. Wasn’t made as well as these though. $10 prize at that time had to be music to their ears! Check out that starting ramp they built in the video, couldn’t make it any steeper than that!

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Dec 06 2019 Al Prete 3:34 PM

If RHR became Springfield Blvd., then Queens Road must have become something else, possibly Bell Blvd. I can’t find any evidence that a “Queens Road” existed in that part of the borough. Today, Bell Blvd. almost meets Hillside, but not quite.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 06 2019 Art Kleiner 3:21 PM

Here’s a resource I’ve used to map (no pun intended) old to new street names.  I can’t vouch for its accuracy but a start. 
https://stevemorse.org/census/changes/QueensChanges0.htm

Here’s what it says for Rocky Hill Road:
ROCKY HILL ROAD 47th AVE BAYSIDE
ROCKY HILL ROAD 48th AVE BAYSIDE
ROCKY HILL ROAD BRADDOCK AVE QUEENS VILLAGE
ROCKY HILL ROAD WINCHESTER BLVD QUEENS VILLAGE

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 06 2019 frank femenias 12:54 PM

Al, Art - Amazing map how only Hillside Ave retained its name. Rocky Hill Road alone took on several names as it snaked through Flushing including; Flushing Ave (Braddock Ave), Springfield Blvd, 56th Ave, Luke Pl,  216th St, 48th Ave, and 47th Ave. Only a tiny portion of the Rocky Hill Rd name (1000ft) remains today in Auburndale, Queens. Let’s just call it RHR!  :D

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 05 2019 frank femenias 7:42 PM

Neat, Sam. 1931 Broadway, today’s Lincoln Center!

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 05 2019 Art Kleiner 11:28 AM

Here’s a picture of Elsie in her real automobile stopping to talk with a horseman.  The picture was from an article in “The Automobile” titled “Woman as Drivers of Automobiles” dated April 19, 1906.  Generally very positive and encouraged women to participate in this new pastime.

From Elsie Janis and The Broadway Show "The Vanderbilt Cup"

Dec 05 2019 frank femenias 2:09 AM

The enhanced photo helped a bit. As always, great stuff! Thank you gentlemen for keeping the historic roadway alive!

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 04 2019 S. Berlner, III 11:21 PM

Ran across more (‘nuf?) - NYC - definitely.  Sam,  III

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 04 2019 S. Berliner, III 11:09 PM

You’re very welcome, Frank.  Thought you might like that one.  Thank YOU!  I didn’t bother following that business card further but I could if anyone wants to know badly enough.  Also, both the DPL and the LoC have endless more S&W pix (not my thing).  Further, I rather doubt there was an “F. Ed Spooner”; that’s far more likely “Fred. Spooner”, as he, himself, put it.  Hey; that phone was in NYC per attached stamp on the back of a photo.  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 04 2019 Al Prete 9:55 PM

The “Hollywood in Queens” map fascinates me, not only because Queens never got its Hollywood, but also because almost none of the streets on the map bear their current names. From looking at a modern map, it looks like the roads are now named as follows: Black Stump Road = 73rd Avenue, Queens Road = Springfield Boulevard, Rocky Hill Road = who knows? The Central Rail Road is the old Creedmoor branch.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 04 2019 Ernie Finamore 3:15 PM

But we can thank Howard for preserving Vince’s creation for us. Thank you, Howard! You know it’s one of my personal favorites in your collection…

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: Vince Gardner Building the Mustang III Concept Show Car

Dec 03 2019 frank femenias 10:08 PM

Sam - Your sis is gorgeous too. Hope I was able to improve the 1904 photo. I’m curious how it compares after on this webpage.

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 03 2019 frank femenias 9:44 PM

Sam - correct again, Rice Circle where Lee once lived.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part I)

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