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Apr 05 2020 S. Berliner, III 3:19 PM

I used to walk from Silver Point (Cedarhurst) to Long Beach and back (and now have skin cancer to show for it) while my folks swam it out beyond the breakers.  Lets hear it for the redoubtable Potter sisters - they showed ‘em!  “Hippomobile”, indeed (that one took me a while).  As to the Jones Beach GP, there’s NO WAY Ocean Parkway would have ever been blocked off (especially after WKV’s stunts 70 years before).  Sam, III

From Kleiner's Korner: Long Beach Gets a Race in 1906 (Or Does It?)

Apr 04 2020 Megan 9:57 AM

The one in the photo is at a small lake in PA. The other one is at a residence in Pottsville, PA
I’d love to know the story of the dogs on the lantern. Why were they chosen and where are the other lanterns from the Estate at Sands Point? From old photos, it appears that there were many along the road leading up to the home.

From Then & Now: Alva Vanderbilt Belmont's Beacon Towers in Sands Point

Apr 04 2020 Art Kleiner 9:41 AM

Some more ads from the same publication.

From Kleiner's Korner: The Motor Parkway in Advertising Part III

Apr 04 2020 Art Kleiner 9:40 AM

A few more ads placed in Automobile Topics after the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Races.

From Kleiner's Korner: The Motor Parkway in Advertising Part III

Apr 03 2020 Howard Kroplick 10:55 PM

So Cool! Where is it now?

From Then & Now: Alva Vanderbilt Belmont's Beacon Towers in Sands Point

Apr 03 2020 Megan 9:56 PM

Here it is 80 years later!!

From Then & Now: Alva Vanderbilt Belmont's Beacon Towers in Sands Point

Apr 03 2020 Howard Kroplick 9:53 AM

From Art Kleiner: 
Here’s the documentation, as least documenting the suggestion by the NYC Parks Commissioner (Robert Moses?).  Will be included in an upcoming post pertaining to the 1938 RPA update from which it is taken.

From Motor Parkway Survey Bookmap C: The Western Terminus in Fresh Meadows, Queens

Apr 03 2020 Al Velocci 9:37 AM

In 1923 a toll booth was erected on the south side of the ROW 700 feet east of Rocky Hill Rd.

From Interactive 1924 Aerial Survey of New York City and the Motor Parkway in Queens & Lake Success

Apr 03 2020 David Stephan 6:07 AM

Al V., the RPA’s “priceless chance” (see earlier comment) referred to forming a freeway from the World’s Fair to Farmingdale using the ROW and was stated in July 1937. I have same memory of one-way traffic plan, but cannot remember source, either.

From Motor Parkway Survey Bookmap C: The Western Terminus in Fresh Meadows, Queens

Apr 03 2020 frank femenias 3:18 AM

The chimney was on the east side of the house, as in the aerial

From Interactive 1924 Aerial Survey of New York City and the Motor Parkway in Queens & Lake Success

Apr 03 2020 frank femenias 3:10 AM

Also, could this be lodge keeper Sidney Jones’ home on the Right-of-Way?

From Interactive 1924 Aerial Survey of New York City and the Motor Parkway in Queens & Lake Success

Apr 03 2020 frank femenias 2:43 AM

Great find David Stephan! The horizontal line may well be the Hillside lodge. Amazingly, the same approximate location of the future Rocky Hill lodge. The rectangular patch could’ve been a clearing to prevent obstruction of the Motor Parkway entrance sign below. LOVE the LIMP!

http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/mystery_friday_foto_6_can_you_identify_this_motor_parkway_location

From Interactive 1924 Aerial Survey of New York City and the Motor Parkway in Queens & Lake Success

Apr 02 2020 Brian D McCarthy 11:09 PM

Aerials on the library website are very clear, as good or better than the 1926 aerials of Nassau County LRV. Thinking the narrow white area on the parkway just w/o the farmway bridge is a temporary toll/kiosk, still enough room on each side for cars. Makes sense where it’s located ( before Rocky Hill Rd ). If a toll wasn’t collected here, they were sure to be stopped at the Great Neck Lodge. The area circled just w/o Rocky Hill Rd I’m not sure, maybe a ‘footprint’ showing the future extension of the LIMP : )

From Interactive 1924 Aerial Survey of New York City and the Motor Parkway in Queens & Lake Success

Apr 02 2020 Brian D McCarthy 9:38 PM

Very cool that you lived next door to Mr. Ericson, Bob; and how he relayed the history to you. The maps below are like a time line. The original property of the Lodge is obvious on the older images, the today image shows the original overlay. All courtesy of this website.

From The Motor Parkway Toll Collection Structures:#19 and #20 The Ronkonkoma Toll Gate & Ronkonkoma Lodge

Apr 02 2020 S. Berliner, III 8:18 PM

Whee, we are really getting far afield from the MP [bottom of Two Lakes (very likely Twin Lakes), Alaska, eh?] but I LOVE it!  This blog site is truly world class!  Thanks as always, Howard!  Sam, III
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From Mystery Foto #13 Solved: Willie K's Seaplane at Port Washington Marine Base in 1938 & Howard Hughes

Apr 02 2020 S. Berliner, III 8:05 PM

Al V., that’s exactly as I remember it playing out - W/B in the AM and E/B PM.  Can’t document where I read that, though, but it was a LONG while back, well before MPPS.  Sam, III

From Motor Parkway Survey Bookmap C: The Western Terminus in Fresh Meadows, Queens

Apr 02 2020 Howard Kroplick 4:31 PM

Two photos of a Sikorsky S-39B NC-888W and a registry of S-39 seaplanes have been posted.

From Mystery Foto #13 Solved: Willie K's Seaplane at Port Washington Marine Base in 1938 & Howard Hughes

Apr 02 2020 Howard Kroplick 2:34 PM

Spec sheets and history of the Sikorsky S-39 have been posted.

From Mystery Foto #13 Solved: Willie K's Seaplane at Port Washington Marine Base in 1938 & Howard Hughes

Apr 02 2020 Al Velocci 1:48 PM

Art/David,  Shortly after the Parkway was taken over by NYC wasn’t there some suggestions that the ROW be used for the coming World’s Fair ? I have a recollection that to help with the expected heavy traffic, the Parkway could be turned into a one way road, westbound in the morning and eastbound later in the day.

From Motor Parkway Survey Bookmap C: The Western Terminus in Fresh Meadows, Queens

Apr 02 2020 Al Velocci 1:32 PM

Howard, that section of the unused original Parkway ROW, west of the new ROW was sold back to the Wigmore Co. in 1927.

From Motor Parkway Survey Bookmap C: The Western Terminus in Fresh Meadows, Queens

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