Dec 09 2019

Mystery Foto #49 Solved: Bulls Head Hotel in Greenvale (North Roslyn) Circa 1934-1936

This weekend's Mystery Photo was a busy location on courses for the Vanderbilt Cup Races.

Photo was courtesy of  Bryant Library Local Historic Collection.

Mystery Foto questions:

  • Identify the location and the orientation of the photographer.

​At the northeast corner of Glen Cove Road and Northern Boulevard (North Hempstead Turnpike) in Greenvale (formerly North Roslyn)/ The photographer was looking east. Police officer Harry LaRue can be seen on the far right.

  • Which Vanderbilt Cup Races utilized this location?

​​1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races

  • Identify the building in the Foto.

​Bulls Head Hotel owned by Aloysius Huwer (1844-1924). In 2005, Fred Blumlein wrote:

Greenvale’s Bulls Head Hotel, located smack-dab on the corner of that tough turn, played an important role in the 1905 race. Aloysius Huwer, proprietor of the hotel (and the writer’s great-grandfather), rented his “Auto & Wagon Shed,” to race driver and car owner, Walter White. White and his mechanics bunked in the Hotel and used Huwer’s Shed to ready his steam-driven racer for the event. White’s machine was the only steam racer ever to be driven in the Vanderbilt Cup Races. He received an “A” for trying, but had to abandon his car in the fifth lap because of engine and tire troubles. During the 1906 race, the Bulls Head Hotel and Shed became the base camp for the Pope-Toledo car group. They were the last race team to use the site during the races. 

As seen in the Mystery Foto, in the 1930's the building was used as a boarding house.

  • What changes were made at this location from the time of the Vanderbilt Cup Races to when the Mystery Foto was taken? 

​The Socony service station in the 1930's was located on the northeast corner where the hotel stood. As seen in the Mystery Foto, the building was moved further east to make room for the service station and turned 180 degrees on a new foundation. The building was soon to developers in 2005 and orn down.

  • What was the approximate year of the Mystery Foto? 


  • Kudos question: Identify the automobiles 

​Tim Ivers with some consensus (from left to right):

1930 Ford Model A Tudor

1932 Plymouth (oval rear window)

1932 Chevrolet

Far right:

1930 Ford Model A Sport Coupe

Comments (11)

Congrats to Greg O., Steve Lucas, Tim Ivers, Mark Lanese, and Brian McCarthy for identifying the Mystery Foto and Bulls Head Hotel.

Kudos to Tim Ivers for the best guesses for the automobiles.


Howard Kroplick


Bulls Head

Because of the popularity of the hotel, the entire area was known as Bulls Head. Later it became North Roslyn and now Greenvale.

Adam Heiss' Bulls Head Hotel

Bulls Head Hotel when owned by Adam Heiss. Courtesy of John Santos.

1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

Bulls Head Hotel-1905

1905: As seen in this photo, a real bull was kept south of North Hempstead Turnpike across from the hotel. Ironically, this is the current location of Ben's Deli !

Bulls Head was the headquarters for racing teams for both the 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races including the White Steamer in 1905.

Fred Blumlein has identified his great-grandfather Aloysius Huwer  standing on the porch in this photo

The Huwer Family

Felice Nazzaro taking the Bulls Head Turn with the #8 FIAT during the 1905 race.