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Jan 20 2020 Al Velocci 2:35 PM

ART, Regarding the 1905 newspaper clipping, Forest Park etc., and Vanderbilt’s involvement. We can thank the Wiliamsburg Bridge which opened in December of 1903 for that. Willie K was quick to take advantage of the fact that this bridge dramatically reduced travel time to Long Island compared to the Brooklyn Bridge. Willie preferred this route rather than taking ferries from Manhattan. My understanding is that some ferries banned automobiles at the time because of the problems with horse drawn vehicles. Other ferries solved that problem by having motorized vehicles board first, much earlier and shutting off their motors. On docking, the motor vehicles had to wait until the horse drawn vehicles were long gone before they could even start their engines. The route thru the cemeteries was never thought of as a private venture. As least as early as 1901 there was talk of extending Eastern Parkway thru the cemeteries to the Forest Park area.  The opening of the Williamsburg Bridge mightily increased the demand for a roadway thru the cemeteries to Queens That battle would go on until the mid 1930’s.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Planning a Long Island Auto Speedway Before the Motor Parkway (1901 to 1905)

Jan 19 2020 frank femenias 9:20 PM

Will be missing this on Thursday while in CA. Hoping the pre-revolutionary mill’s raising is captured on video/photos!

From The Roslyn Grist Mill and a Tuckerette

Jan 19 2020 Brian D McCarthy 3:22 PM

Absolutely Howard, this was all meant to happen. A recent discovery of my family history proves just that. Hope to make it to Roslyn this Thursday.
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Howard Kroplick

Hope to see you there. Event is likely to be covered by NYC and Long Island media.

From The Roslyn Grist Mill and a Tuckerette

Jan 19 2020 S. Berliner, III 3:15 PM

You’ve curdled my blood with those interior shots, Howard!  I all-too-well remember being the perfect little gentleman, accompanying my mother (however unwillingly) to tea at the Mill!  That could be me in that one shot - except that I would NEVER have had my cap on indoors!  Seems to me it was at grade then (ca. ‘45-‘47?).  When was the road raised (1900s) - and why?  I imagine there was much more room between the roadway and the entrance back when I was a kid, which might explain my recollection of it being at grade.  Great work, though; I hope to see it all documented hereon.  Sam, III
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Howard Kroplick I

Sam, they raised the road bed when they filled in a section of Silver Lake opposite the Mill with landfill.

From The Roslyn Grist Mill and a Tuckerette

Jan 19 2020 Brian D McCarthy 3:08 PM

After some reading about Preston Tucker, this man was a dynamo! He was true to his convictions, and outside forces couldn’t break him. Lung Cancer is shown as his cause of death, but he was still young in his early 50’s. There must have been other contributing factors.

From The Dream of the Tucker Torpedo Concept Car Is Becoming A Reality

Jan 19 2020 Jim Kaplan 12:15 PM

The photo captioned “View looking east from atop the bridge.” is actually looking west; Executive Drive back yards appear at left, Windsor Gate Drive property is at right.
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Howard Kroplick
Correct! Thanks!

From Mystery Foto #2 Solved: The New Hyde Park Road Motor Parkway Bridge Abutment

Jan 19 2020 Roy Warner 10:28 AM

Absolutely beautiful 1957 Buick Special (3 portholes). The Doctor’s Car. I was 9 y/o at the time and remember it well.

From Alert: Alco Black Beast Sighting on Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park

Jan 19 2020 Roy Warner 10:26 AM

I guess the proposed private route through the Cypress Hills Cemetery was similar to what was eventually cut through by the State of NY for the Interboro Pkwy (now Jackie Robinson Pky) in 1935. I never checked, but I suppose the Cemetery either sold the right of way to the State or it was obtained through eminent domain.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Planning a Long Island Auto Speedway Before the Motor Parkway (1901 to 1905)

Jan 19 2020 LMK 9:40 AM

What a great coincidence…

From The Roslyn Grist Mill and a Tuckerette

Jan 19 2020 James 9:09 AM

As a kid my son Gram would make me pass that shop every weekend in hopes of seeking my the Black Beast being serviced. That passion grew into a lifequest as he is studies for a career in Auto Restoration at Penn College. So much of what he dreams for his future ties into his first season toting of the Black Beast and our countless strolls on The Motor Parkway.

From Alert: Alco Black Beast Sighting on Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park

Jan 19 2020 Mark Lanese 8:13 AM

The photographer was standing on the Long Island Motor Parkway looking north at the private entrance for the Links Golf Club in North Hills. The Links Club was an exclusive organization with wealthy members. I assume Vanderbilt was friends with some of these members and built them their own private entrance off of his Parkway

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 19 2020 Art Kleiner 7:46 AM

Steven, thanks for the input.  Not in all cases, but sometimes the documents I use are not clear to start with so enlarging them makes it worse.  I’ll try increasing the resolution and see how that works.  By the way, do you see a difference when viewing on a pc or smart phone?

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Planning a Long Island Auto Speedway Before the Motor Parkway (1901 to 1905)

Jan 19 2020 Steven Lynch 1:48 AM

Wonderful and rare material, as always. Why are most of the maps, photos, etc. too small to read clearly via a thumbnail/link? I am referring to all the issues, not this one in specific. It can’t be a bandwidth issue?

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Planning a Long Island Auto Speedway Before the Motor Parkway (1901 to 1905)

Jan 18 2020 Steve Lucas 10:41 PM

We are looking north from the LIMP through the private entrance to the Links Golf Club in either Manhasset Hills, Searingtown, North New Hyde Park, Roslyn, or North Hills, depending on your point of view or which decade of the 20th. century. It was located between New Hyde Park Road and Shelter Rock Road (closer to Shelter Rock Road). I believe it was the only legitimate entrance / exit from the LIMP onto private property, which is understandable since Willie K. was a founding member of the golf club.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 18 2020 Brian D McCarthy 10:33 PM

Definitely an interesting mystery.

*Location & Orientation:  I think this within the Wheatley Hills Golf & Country Club, and figuring this photo is showing broadly west. The building seen is likely the former Titus home that became the first clubhouse for the country club.Not sure if this building is still there with the new clubhouse built off it.

*Purpose & Uniqueness of this Opening:  This opening was created for club members to access the LIMP. Wasn’t complimentary, toll pass had to be purchased. Think I’m seeing the actual road/path that leads to the LIMP from the clubhouse. The maps below show where I think this opening was.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 18 2020 Joseph Oesterle 9:49 PM

The entrance to the Links Golf Club, previous the IU Willets property, off the LIMP in Manhasset Hills.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 18 2020 Tim Ivers 6:22 PM

Looks like an entrance to the old Liks Golf Club looking west off Shelter Rock Road in North Hills. The gateway was created to allow access for its elite clientele, including Willam K Vanderbilt Jr.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 16 2020 Greg O. 11:46 PM

I recognized this private entrance to the Links golf club looking North from the LIMP right away by remembering a very early mystery photo from June 3rd 2013 (Holy cow! Coming up on 7 years ago! -you learn a lot hanging around this place!)

Located in North Hills and unique in that there were no other private entrance/exits from the LIMP- If I recall correctly, for easing founding member Willie K’s quick Mercedes commute from Deepdale to the West.
I’m sure Robert Miller’s 2013 mystery photo was taken at an earlier date due to much less foliage being present.

Art K had some great contributions in that previous mystery photo, so I’ll just leave the link;
http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/mystery_foto_friday_18_can_you_identify_this_private_entrance_to_the_long_i

And a pre-congratulatory mention to Art, Steve and Joe who will most likely guess this one correctly again! -Ha!

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 16 2020 Al Prete 4:55 PM

“I don’t think it’s a bad repair.” Famous last words.

All kidding aside, I’m glad the Beast will be back on the road soon.

That 1957 Buick in front of the repair shop is an eye catcher too.

From Alert: Alco Black Beast Sighting on Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park

Jan 16 2020 Brian D McCarthy 10:32 AM

Thanks Al. Took me a while to figure what was to the right. Then I was able to see the windows on the side of the home. Hope you don’t run out of these unknown photos : )

From Mystery Foto #2 Solved: The New Hyde Park Road Motor Parkway Bridge Abutment

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