• May 14 2009

    Restoration Update: The Alco-6 Black Beast Racer

    The restoration of the 1909 Alco-6 Black Beast Racer is nearly completed. The above photo was taken last Friday, May 8, 2009. The Alco-6 has been invited to the upcoming Greenwich Concours on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Come and celebrate its return to the United States for the first time in 15 years. (1 comments)


  • May 12 2009

    The Long Island Motor Parkway Porcelain Plates

    Last week we discussed the Long Island Motor Parkway porcelain plates, which may have been the first-ever "E-Z" passes. Ron Ridolph has provided this link to www.porcelainplates.net which provides an excellent review of the history of these plates. Scroll down to the section after "IV. Oddball Porcelains". (0 comments)


  • May 11 2009

    Garden City News “Quest Students are History Detectives”

    As previously posted, I have been assisting 13 fourth and fifth graders of the Stewart School in their research of the Long Island Motor Parkway. On April 27th, the students and I explored the archives of William K. Vanderbilt Jr. at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport.The Garden City (0 comments)


  • May 10 2009

    The Vanderbilt Cup: Up-Close on Long Island in 2002

    In June 2002, the Smithsonian Institute loaned the Vanderbilt Cup for a Stony Brook exhibit The Crowd Goes Wild! Spectator Sports on Long Island- the last time this historic trophy was on Long Island. In addition to the cup, the exhibit featured Walter McCarthy's 1908 Simplex. Accordingly, Walter was able to get (0 comments)


  • May 09 2009

    Anderson Cooper’s Grandfather at the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    CNN journalist Anderson Cooper's grandfather Reginald Vanderbilt was William K.Vanderbilt Jr's cousin. In this photo, Reggie Vanderbilt (second from the left) can be seen speaking to Willie K. at the start of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race. The man with the binoculars is Jefferson De Mont Thompson, chairman of the (0 comments)


  • May 06 2009

    Presentation “The Long Island Motor Parkway” on May 13th in Smithtown

    The Vanderbilt Cup Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will be hosting a presentation “The Long Island Motor Parkway” with Howard Kroplick at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 13th at the Smithtown Historical Society Brush Barn. This historical barn is located at 211 East Main Street (Route 25) in Smithtown. (0 comments)


  • May 05 2009

    The National Highway Association’s #25 Motor Parkway License Plate

    Gene, here's a neat coincidence- I also own the number 25 Motor Parkway red and white plate issued in 1928. Accordingly, I have researched this particular plate at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum. First , let's discuss the Motor Parkway plate -which was likely the first "E-Z" pass. (2 comments)


  • May 05 2009

    The “X” Mercedes Racer in the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    A total of 116 cars participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island from 1904 to 1910. Only one car raced without a number- the "X" Mercedes driven by American Al Campbell during the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race. As seen in this photo, the "X" car is making the "New Hyde Park Turn" (0 comments)


  • May 03 2009

    Great Neck Historical Society Presentation on Thursday, June 11, 2009

    The Great Neck Historical Society will be hosting a presentation "Great Neck and Lake Success- Their Role in the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway" on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 7:30 PM in the Community Room at the Great Neck Library (159 Bayview Avenue). (4 comments)


  • May 02 2009

    The Proposed Motor Parkway Monorail in Queens

    In the early 1930s, the crushing impact of the Depression coupled with the ever-expanding free New York State highly system effectively sealed the fate of the Long Island Motor Parkway. Several innovative proposals were made for the parkway's right-of-way, including a monorail rapid transit system proposed by the Queens Chamber (2 comments)




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