Then and Now


  • Jun 23 2010

    Then & Now: The Railroad Bridge on Ellison Road in Westbury

    One of the most spectacular vantage points of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race course was the Long Island Rail Road Bridge on Ellison Road in Westbury. Drivers mounting the sharp grade of the bridge would often find the wheels of their cars lifting off the road as if they were about (0 comments)


  • Jun 01 2010

    Then & Now: “The Most Difficult Turn” on the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Course

    John M: "My family has a legend connected to the Cup races. My Grandmother's family at one time lived in the house on the triangle at Mineola Avenue and Old Northern Boulevard. One year the race went by the house and they supposedly did a good business selling sandwiches and (1 comments)


  • Mar 06 2010

    Then & Now:The Woodbury Turn of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    Nassau County made up the vast majority of the Vanderbilt Cup Race courses. For the 1904 race, approximately one mile of the 30-mile course was in Queens- linking Hempstead Turnpike with Jericho Turnpike. All the other courses (1905-1910) were located totally in Nassau County. The closest the race came to Suffolk (1 comments)


  • Feb 18 2010

    Then & Now: The Locomobile Factory in Bridgeport

    Old 16, the first American car to win a Vanderbilt Cup Race, was manufactured directly across the Long Island Sound in Bridgeport. Here are some photos of the Locomobile factory, one of the largest automobile manufacturing plants of its era. Remember to click on the photo to enlarge it. (2 comments)


  • Dec 28 2009

    Then & Now: The Motor Parkway Office in Garden City

    From 1915 to mid-1929, the first Long Island Motor Parkway Office was built in Garden City. In 1929, the small office was replaced by this attractive building which served as the office for General Manager Alfred Kienzle. (11 comments)


  • Dec 25 2009

    Then & Now: Lake Success during the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    As shown in this map of the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race, Lakeville Road in Lake Success and New Hyde Park made up the western section of the course. (0 comments)


  • Dec 24 2009

    Today: Motor Parkway and Vanderbilt Cup Race Course Scenes

    Happy holidays and a healthy and joyful 2010 ! Howard Kroplick Enjoy these photos taken on December 24, 2009 of Willie K's former mansion, the Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Race courses. (0 comments)


  • Jul 03 2009

    Then & Now: The Motor Parkway Around Roosevelt Field

    Izzy, as shown in the above 1938 aerial, the Long Island Motor Parkway was located to the west and south of the historic airfield Roosevelt Field. (5 comments)


  • Jun 30 2009

    Then & Now: The Massapequa Lodge

    Continuing our "Then and Now" series, this photo captured Old 16, the eventual winner of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, climbing the Long Island Motor Prarkway bridge over Massapequa-Hicksville Road. To the right is the Massapqua Lodge, one of the three John Russell Pope-designed toll lodges opened in 1908. (0 comments)


  • Jun 27 2009

    Film “The Levittown Vanderbilt Cup Race Grandstand”

    Mush, I have several hundred photos of the races that went throught the heart of the Hempstead Plains, now Levittown, from 1908 to 1910. I will be more than happy to send you copies of some of my favorites. (3 comments)




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