• Dec 17 2008

    A Queens Tour of the Long Island Motor Parkway

    Many viewers have requested maps of the Long Island Motor Parkway so they can walk this historical road and find remnants of America's first parkway. I have put together routes in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties using a 1940 map which still showed the Long Island Motor Parkway right-of-way. In the (0 comments)


  • Dec 16 2008

    Sampling of Recent Blog Comments

    Comments on the Blog posts are encouraged and much appreciated. Below are a sampling. (0 comments)


  • Dec 15 2008

    VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: New Queens LIMP Signage

    Along the right-of-way of the Long Island Motor Parkway, there are several historical plaques that commemorate the road. Unfortunately, many of the plagues provide misinformation and often mistakenly call the road the "Vanderbilt Motor Parkway". Wrong!!! For several months, historian Bob Miller has tried to correct and expand the Motor (0 comments)


  • Dec 15 2008

    Video:“The Long Island Motor Parkway” with Robert Miller

    In 2007, Queens historian Robert Miller with Fred Hadley put together this excellent 21-minute tour of the Long Island Motor Parkway from Lake Ronkonkoma to Queens. (1 comments)


  • Dec 14 2008

    The LIMP Bridge over Stewart Avenue in Bethpage

    Dr. Mark D. has emailed me the following request: I am looking for views of the LIMP bridge over Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, the outer bank is still standing with roadway. I rode my bike on that section as a kid. (0 comments)


  • Dec 13 2008

    Film: Chaplin, Normand, Sennett and the 1914 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    The best documentation of the 1914 Vanderbilt Cup Race is a Mack Sennett-produced slapstick comedy starring Mabel Normand, Ben Turpin and Charlie Chaplin called Mabel at the Wheel. Actual scenes of the race, won by Ralph DePalma in a Mercedes, were used as part of the film. A 2008 book Chaplin by (0 comments)


  • Dec 12 2008

    Was This Building The Prototype for the LIMP Toll Lodges?

    The first six toll lodges for the Long Island Motor Parkway were designed by the prominent architect John Russell Pope from 1908 to 1911. Prior to receiving this commssion from William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., Pope worked on various Long Island estates and properties including the gatehouse for Willie K's Deepdale estate. One (0 comments)


  • Dec 09 2008

    The Mineola Lodge and the Long Island Motor Parkway

    In the new book The Long Island Motor Parkway written by Al Velocci and me, there were over 200 published images of this historic road, many shown for the very first time. However, several unique images were left on the editing floor due to either quality or space issues. Over the (0 comments)


  • Dec 09 2008

    The Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge over Willis Avenue in Willison Park

    Tony B. of Mineola has requested views of the Willis Avenue area of the Long Island Motor Parkway. The above 1930s image of the Long Island Motor Parkway bridge over Willis Avenue is the only known existing photo of this section. The photo is courtesy of Bob Valentine. Thanks, Bob! (3 comments)


  • Dec 06 2008

    Looking for the Restored 1909 Alco-6 Racer

    It has been over 15 years since the restored 1908 Alco-6 racer that won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races called the United States its home. For years, I had heard the car was in a lobby in an office building in France. Three weeks ago, I decided to take up the challenge (2 comments)




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