Feb 07 2016

Amazing Aerials from the Cradle of Aviation: #2 1955 Mitchel Field and Salisbury Park Updated:2/8/16

The second exclusive aerial from the Cradle of Aviation Museum collection documents Mitchel Field Air Force Base and Salisbury Park in East Meadow on January 28, 1955.  Discover the hidden treasures revealed in the closeups.

Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday!

Howard Kroplick

Mitchel Field

As seen by the airplanes parked on the right and in the branches, Mitchel Field was very busy in 1955.

The extension of Runway 23 had not yet begun.

As seen in November 1956, the concrete extension of Runway 23 was complete.

Meadowbrook Golf Club and Meadowbrook State Parkway

Construction of the Meadowbrook State Parkway had just begun in this section. Note the outline of the parkway cutting right through the old Meadowbrook Golf Club, taken over by eminent domain.

Meadowbrook Polo Club

The Meadowbrook Polo Field was still very much intact.

The Long Island Motor Parkway

Look closely (upper right corner) and you will see the keyhole-shaped entrance to the Meadow Brook Lodge from Merrick Avenue. A comparison of the 1955 aerial with the below 1931 aerial confirms that this lodge was taken down prior to January 28, 1955.

The entrance to the Motor Parkway at the Meadow Brook Lodge and the Merrick Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge as seen in 1931.

Another discovery- the remnants of the Motor Parkway were used as a golf cart path in 1955.

Intersection of Merrick Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow

Racers roared down Hempstead Turnpike here as part of the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race.

Borrelli's Italian Restaurant, the second buidling on the south west corner,  was under construction in January 1955.

Dave Shor, the Shake Shack of its day, was at the south east corner

Borelli's Italian Restaurant

Since 1955

Dave Shor. It was always Dave Shor's to all my fellow East Meadowers. Color 1959 postcard submitted by Gary Hammond.

Then & Now

Then: 1955

Now: 2016

Note: The concrete extension of Runway 23 is still intact today.

It was here that Sonny Corleone was gunned down in the Godfather!