Long Island Motor Parkway


  • Feb 19 2009

    The Parkway Behind the Stewart School in Garden City

    I am very excited to be visiting the Stewart School in Garden City this Tuesday. I will be consulting with a group of dedicated 4th and 5th graders who are researching the Long Island Motor Parkway. (1 comments)


  • Feb 18 2009

    The Toll Kiosks of the Motor Parkway

    Bruce, according to my research, eight of the 20 Long Island Motor Parkway toll collection structures were kiosks, booths or shanties. As discussed last week, it is my opinion that the above kiosk at Nassau Boulevard (as seen on July 9, 1938) was originally built by the Motor Parkway. As shown below, the (0 comments)


  • Feb 17 2009

    The Ronkonkoma Lodge in 1930

    Last week, I posted images of the Long Island Motor Parkway toll collection structures at the western terminus in Queens. Here is a rare photo of the Ronkonkoma Lodge on the other end of the Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma. As with the Rocky Hill Road Toll Booth, the Ronkonkoma (4 comments)


  • Feb 13 2009

    Newsday Cites Sayville Presentation

    Newsday cited tomorrow's "Long Island Motor Parkway" presentation at the Sayville Historical Society in its Explore Long Island section. (0 comments)


  • Feb 10 2009

    In Search of the Nassau Boulevard Toll Booth: Part III

    Sunday's post In Search of the Fresh Meadows Toll Booth: Part I documented that the Motor Parkway designated two new "toll lodges" in Queens when the Nassau Boulevard entrance was opened on July 1, 1928. The existence of the Rocky Hill Road Toll Booth was confirmed in both aerial photos and a (11 comments)


  • Feb 09 2009

    In Search of the Nassau Boulevard Toll Booth: Part II

    In Sunday's post In Search of the Fresh Meadows Toll Booth: Part I, it was documented that the Motor Parkway designated two new "toll lodges" in Queens when the Nassau Boulevard entrance was opened on July 1, 1928. The existence of the unique Rocky Hill Road Toll Booth, which crossed the Motor (0 comments)


  • Feb 08 2009

    In Search of the Nassau Boulevard Toll Booth: Part I

    As described in the book The Long Island Motor Parkway, the Motor Parkway was extended three miles in the late 1920s from Rocky Hill Road (Springfield Boulevard) to Nassau Boulevard (later renamed Horace Harding Boulevard). The above image of a rare 1928 Motor Parkway brochure (courtesy of Robert Harrington) promoted the (2 comments)


  • Feb 06 2009

    The Opening of the Motor Parkway Bike Path- July 9, 1938

    The crushing impact of the Depression, coupled with the ever-expanding free New York State Parkway system, effectively sealed the fate of the Long Island Motor Parkway (LIMP). On June 16, 1937, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. offered the parkway to the public. It officially closed on April 17, 1938 with the right-of-way turned over to (0 comments)


  • Feb 01 2009

    Sayville Presentation “The Long Island Motor Parkway” on February 15, 2009

    The Sayville Historical Society will be sponsoring a Motor Parkway presentation on Sunday, February 15th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. I will be presentating my favorite images from our book The Long Island Motor Parkway and show memorabilia from the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Motor Parkway. (0 comments)


  • Jan 20 2009

    When the Alco Black Beast Warmed Up for the First Indy 500 on the Motor Parkway

    Mark Dill has discovered an Indianapolis Star article published on May 21, 1911 describing how Harry Grant warmed up the Alco Black Beast for the first Indy 500 Race. The Alco reached a speed of over 107 mph on a practice run on the Long Island Motor Parkway. (0 comments)




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