Feb 16 2011

First Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society

An outgrowth of the long-standing Long Island Motor Parkway Panel, a group dedicated to the preservation of the Long Island Motor Parkway was established last night at the Bonwit Inn on the Motor Parkway in Commack. Ten people had a wonderful time sharing stories about our favorite historic road and planning future restoration and preservation projects.

Participants at the First Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society:


Standing (left to right): Gines Navarrete, Bruce Adams, Joey Tabaco, Art Kleiner, Mark Adler

Seated (left to right): Elliot Zolin, Steve Lucas, Al Velocci, Howard Kroplick

Late arrival after the photo was taken: Susan Blackwell

Officials Elected

President: Howard Kroplick

Vice-President: Al Velocci

Recording Secretary: Steve Lucas

Corresponding Secretary: Bruce Adams

Facebook Administrator: Joey Tabaco

Facebook Page and Website

Joey Tabaco has created this Facebook page on the Motor Parkway.

Website: VanderbiltCupRaces.com

First Project: The Old Bethpage Village Restoration Motor Parkway Bridge





The Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society's first project will be to clean up the Old Bethpage Village Restoration bridge this Spring.

If you would like to join the The Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society, please leave a comment below or send an email to [email protected] . We plan on meeting every three months at the Bonwit Inn.

The Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society has been accepted to be listed in PreservationDirectory.com, a comprehensive directory of historic and cultural resource organizations.

Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com:

Help Restore the Old Bethpage Restoration Village Motor Parkway Bridge

A CALL TO ACTION: The Old Bethpage Restoration Village Motor Parkway Bridge

Index: Long Island Motor Parkway Bridges


Feb 18 2011 Howard Kroplick 6:04 PM

From Joe D:
“I’m so glad your having this In a place that has to do with the Motor Parkway “The Bonwit Inn”. Where Mr Lewis Austin had a place.  Thank You Howard”

Feb 18 2011 Howard Kroplick 6:08 PM

From Ron R:
” Please enroll me in the LIMP Preservation Society as I wish to apply for same. “

Feb 18 2011 Howard Kroplick 6:10 PM

From Chris C:

“Count me in”

Feb 20 2011 Ron Ridolph 2:32 PM

Hello and Greetings to ALL:

This new venture is most welcomed as it is timely with my 70th birthday and it has brought me great joy that cannot be explained !!!!

Some of you know me from my admiration and enjoyment of our LIMP, those who do not I would like to introduce myself.

My start is a puzzled 4 year old riding in our family car from the cemetaries in Farmingdale and going to grandparents, aunts,  uncles and cousins and friends in Wyandanch. When we were motoring along Ruland Road and Colonial Springs Road, I asked my parents why these bridges were here and the tops missing and their answer was that it as an old road owned by rich people. Next came Republic Aviation family picnics held at Chateau Goodreau on Bagatelle Road and I played on the LIMP roadway and not knowing what it really was.  My Law Enforcement position took me to the various sites but expecially to the 8th Precinct in Levittown of which the desk is on the eastbound lane of the LIMP. along with the impound storage yard in the rear.  Many people do not realize that the width is only 100 feet in width and getting a delivery of gasoline is virtually impossible as the driver has to reverse his direction of sorts !!!! A lot of scrapes and broken side view mirrors !!!

Next is taking slide photographs from beginning to end in the early 80’s and the demolition of the two remaining LIMP bridges over the LIRR, one in Williston Park and the other in Mineola ....These slides are now entrusted to our leader and to all of you to enjoy !!!! My compliments to those who cleaned east of Round Swamp Road at the campsite and now all of you with the first task of the bridge at the OBRV.
  As for and to the meeting, I was there in spirit and will always be there in some manner and any help any of you need, feel free to write or call as my data is on the bottom of the page.  I will be sending emails to some or all of you at various times. Please visit, see and peruse my website as it is my life story and what I am, what I do and what I enjoy !!!!    ***  SEE:

  My best to all and hats off the Howard for starting this venture along with his wonderful site of http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com  !!!!!    I   NEVER DREAMED OF EVER SEEING THESE DAYS AND THE GOINGS ON OF THE MATTERS AT HAND !!!!!!

  MAY GOD BLESS US   AND KEEP US ALL   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  Cordially and Fraternally,  Ron     What a Life !!!!!!

Feb 28 2011 bob valentine 7:39 AM

howard/al   please include me with this new group.  i already have my “easy pass” #459.  bob valentine

Mar 06 2011 Joel Friedman 11:21 AM

Dear Howard:

Fantastic as to what you and Al and the others are doing. Please count me in!


Joel Friedman

Mar 07 2011 Dr Mario E Bortolussi 9:02 AM

Please enroll me in the LIMP Preservation Society as I wish to apply for same.

Apr 04 2011 chris lindsley 7:35 PM

Please enroll me in this group. I haven’t been active in LIMP walks recently, but I am still a fan

May 08 2011 DON CORIE 11:35 AM


            THANK YOU,


May 22 2011 Ken Wiebke 7:50 PM


  Not too sure about the aconrym LIMP;  but count me in, in any case.  I

Ken Wiebke

May 24 2011 Howard Kroplick 12:04 AM

Hi Ken:

Thank goodness for the PS!!


Jun 03 2011 Greg Oreiro 9:40 PM

Howard- Can’t believe I’m so late to the party on this! Shame on me for only checking in today after the great news about the newly approved LIMP trail today!
Congrats on the news about the new trail, and congrats on all the Indy celebrations!

PLEASE enroll me in the LIMP-PS-ASAP! What ever I can do to help would be a pleasure!


...And… on an unrelated matter; The last time I spoke with you at the Cradle of Aviation exhibition last year, we were talking about Mackay’s Horse Tamer…hope that restoration is going well!

Jun 24 2011 Gerry Crosson 12:12 PM

I am a Greeter/Museum Guide at the Vanderbilt Musuem in Centerport.  One of my duties is to show visitors the Long Island Motor Parkway and Vanderbilt Cup Auto Race exhibits Howard Kroplick put together for the Museum.  I have become a LIMP and Vanderbilt Cup buff as a result.  Please let me know what I can do to advance the cause of preserving the LIMP.

Jun 24 2011 Gerry Crosson 12:22 PM

If the plot of land on the western shore of Lake Ronkonkoma that was the eastern terminus of the Motor Parkway is still owned by Suffolk County I would like to see that plot become a county park named after William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.  That would be a fitting memorial for both the Motor Parkway and Mr. Vanderbilt himself.

Jun 24 2011 Gerry Crosson 12:26 PM

Perhaps some county owned land within the Motor Parkway right of way could be set aside by Nassau County as a county park named after William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.  That would also be a fitting memorial for both the Motor Parkway and Mr. Vanderbilt.

Jun 27 2011 Howard Kroplick 9:12 PM

Hi Gerry & Greg:
Thanks for the comments.

Welcome to the Long Island Motor Preservation Society!


Aug 01 2011 Paul Emmert 12:44 AM

We have so much history here on Long Island, the LIMP is part of it. If You want to see more, come out to the LIEF, Long Island Early Fliers picnic at the Bayport Aerodrome on Aug 14. Thank U Howard.

Nov 13 2011 ROGER YACKEL 10:06 AM




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