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Feb 24 2020 Brian D McCarthy 11:33 PM

I referred to the Mitchel Field Atlas below for the B? 

The long narrow building east of General Bronze must have been built after June 1950 since it’s not in the aerial below, but existing in the 1951 aerial.

From Mystery Foto #8 Solved: A 1951 Aerial View of Mitchel Field & the Motor Parkway & 2017 Circus Trains

Feb 24 2020 Al Velocci 8:50 PM

Art, Has anyone commented on the length of the Parkway bridge over Central Ave./LIRR at Bethpage? The three span Parkway bridge over Westbury Ave. in Mineola is less than 80 feet across. the one over Central Ave./LIRR is between 96-100 feet. Anyone?

From Kleiner's Korner: Documentation of the Long Island Motor Parkway Bridges in Nassau County (#43-#52)

Feb 24 2020 Tom 5:54 PM

“Known for it’s good food”

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Advertising

Feb 24 2020 Tom 5:51 PM

Let’s spend a few days at the Meadow Brook Hotel, I hear they have good rates.

From Mystery Foto #7 Solved:The Intersection of Old Country Road & Post Avenue in Westbury (1908 & 2020)

Feb 24 2020 Brian D McCarthy 4:01 PM

The lake or the 2 ponds south must be fed by an underground spring for flow to occur. And maybe the natural elevation is higher to lower north to the harbor? It’ll be neat to witness the Gristmill in action!
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Howard Kroplick
Brian, you are 100% correct. Silver Lake and the Roslyn ponds are fed by springs from the surround hills (including Harbor Hill). Our end objective is to return the water mill to the Roslyn Grist Mill.

From The Restoration of the Roslyn Grist Mill (Updated: February 21, 2020)

Feb 23 2020 mark schaier 9:33 PM

Howard, thanks for the posting Roslyn Times of Jan. 31, the page of the photo collages in the middle with me your groupie next to your favorite co-author Al Velocci checking out the water is still flowing from Silver Lake.

From The Restoration of the Roslyn Grist Mill (Updated: February 21, 2020)

Feb 23 2020 Steve Lucas 8:57 PM

We are looking west with Stewart Avenue being the main road going from the lower right corner to the top center. The LIMP is curving eastward from Clinton Road near the top right corner. Several airplanes are parked on a taxiway near the upper left corner. Besides Stewart Avenue, the major roads in the photo are: Commercial Avenue; Wheeler Avenue; Miller Avenue; Duncan Avenue; Hazelhurst Avenue; Selfridge Avenue; and Bane Road. The Central Branch of the LIRR runs through the center from top to bottom. The golf course is the Intercollegiate Golf Club (Old Westbury Club) in the upper right corner. Based on an enlargement of some of the cars, I think the date is around 1950. An old diagram shows building “A” as bldg. 368 and that’s the best I could do for buildings before running out of time.

From Mystery Foto #8 Solved: A 1951 Aerial View of Mitchel Field & the Motor Parkway & 2017 Circus Trains

Feb 23 2020 Michael Cain 2:56 PM

Very happy to see this historic artifact safely in good hands.

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: The Last Known Surviving Poster for the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Feb 23 2020 Peter Stephens 12:48 PM

    Thank you Howard for the memories. I spent the 50s along the Old Motor Parkway between LIJ Hospital and Hillside Avenue and Wheatley Hills Golf Course. We had a high swing near the Motor Parkway where Herricks High School is today. We called the woods, ” Bloody Hollow.” In the fullness of time I have learned that there are several “Bloody Hollows” on Long Island.

From Newsday: Ready for HIS STORY

Feb 23 2020 Brian D McCarthy 9:31 AM

*Orientation of Photographer - viewing west

*LIMP - upper right of image, curving north past Clinton Rd

*Planes - located at runway area south of Commercial Ave, east of Oak St

*Roads - LIMP, Stewart Ave, Ellington Ave, Main Gate ( Selfridge Ave ),Miller Ave, Oak St, Commercial Ave, Clinton Rd.

*Buildings:  A - Visiting Officers Quarters, B - Recreation Center ( Military? ), C - Stewart School, D - General Bronze Co., E - A & P warehouse

*RR and Golf Course - LIRR East & West, Meadowbrook Golf Club

*Year & rational - I’ll say 1948. I don’t witness the General Bronze Co. in a 1940 aerial, and the long narrow building east of General Bronze is gone in a 1950 aerial. Upon extreme zoom, this long building has lettering along it; but I can’t form it together.

 

 

From Mystery Foto #8 Solved: A 1951 Aerial View of Mitchel Field & the Motor Parkway & 2017 Circus Trains

Feb 23 2020 Sheri Mignano 9:13 AM

Great work! sleuthing is well rewarded in these priceless artifacts!

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: The Last Known Surviving Poster for the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Feb 23 2020 Walt Gosden 9:04 AM

Wonderful artifact ! thank you for sharing this with us.
Walt G.

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: The Last Known Surviving Poster for the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Feb 23 2020 Brian D McCarthy 8:53 AM

Must have been a nice surprise for Mr. Vanderbilt. Good timing as well.

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: The Last Known Surviving Poster for the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Feb 23 2020 Howard Kroplick 5:20 AM

From Art: Thanks for fact-checking Sam!  Duly noted and changes made.

From Kleiner's Korner: Documentation of the Long Island Motor Parkway Bridges in Nassau County (#43-#52)

Feb 23 2020 george philippides 1:36 AM

Looking west down Stewart Avenue Garden City.
Building A is Nassau Community College( now)
Building B is near Garden City Bowl/near old Meadowbrook Polo Club
Building C is Stewart School, which I attended for grades 4-6
BuildingD, no clue.
Structure near Building E( a factory) is the Lilco Gas tank.
Airplanes are in Mitchell Field
The gold club is the Old Westbury Golf Club(formerly Intercollegiate)
The Railroad is the Garden City-Mitchell Field connector off of the LIRR
Year is early 1950s, after Meadobrook Polo Club left, before Roosevelt Field Mall developed

From Mystery Foto #8 Solved: A 1951 Aerial View of Mitchel Field & the Motor Parkway & 2017 Circus Trains

Feb 23 2020 Lee Chambers 1:00 AM

Orientation is facing West.

Major roads from left to right, Miller Avenue., Bane Road (Wheeler Ave. west of that and Commercial Ave. even farther west).

The LIRR Central Line built by Alexander Stewart.  Ellington Ave. East (and Ellington Ave. West, west of that - Channel 21’s tower would one day stand at the end of it.  Today, townhomes are there.). 

North Road (now gone and populated by apartments) and Stewart Avenue.  LIMP is north of that and can be seen curving towards Clinton St. near the LIMP Lodge (roughly in line with the South Ring Road at Roosevelt Field today).

Major Buildings at Mitchel Field: Building A - Visiting Airmen’s Quarters (Bradley Hall).  Also visible is the PX (now NCC Bookstore)  and the Non Commissioned Officer’s Club next to it, next to Selfridge Ave.  Bldg. 104 and the one west of that which would become NCC’s North Hall are as seen as well.  Coal silos in the distance.  NCO Gymnasium and Pool too.

Temporary wooden barracks constructed with the outbreak of War along Stewart Ave. would later be classrooms at NCC, though many were torn down to provide parking in the area to alleviate complaints about students parking in front of Military homes nearby.

In the distance, the LILCO Gas Heats Best tower is obvious.  Building E in front of it may have been the A&P distribution warehouse by the railroad siding.  Newsday building adjacent to the tower.  Building C is the Curtis factory in Garden City. 

Planes would be to the left of the photo along the Flight Line, though a few can be seen on the taxiway at the extreme northern tip of the last concrete runway constructed not far from Commercial Ave. 

Golf Course was located in the extreme southwest corner of what is generally regarded today at Roosevelt Field and environs, hugging Garden City. 

Railroad siding near Building D where it crosses Stewart Ave. is where Quentin Roosevelt Blvd. now is.  Gulf service station at that intersection has not yet been built.  Across the street from where it would be constructed appears to be a private residence, not connected with the Base. 

As for the date, barracks mean it’s after 1941.  Lack of Endo Labs in the bottom right corner indicates it’s pre 1963.  Baseball diamond on the Quad suggests in could be 1950’s.  780’ low cinder platform on the LIRR means it’s likely before service was terminated on the line in 1953 (other than once a night service to Roosevelt Raceway).  Presence of Building B is pre Garden City Bowling Alley.  Extreme small size of trees across the Base could be from 1940’s.  Lack of Meadowbrook Parkway is pre 1956.  Polo Field in the extreme bottom left is pre MSP too.

From Mystery Foto #8 Solved: A 1951 Aerial View of Mitchel Field & the Motor Parkway & 2017 Circus Trains

Feb 22 2020 Jonathan B. Richards II 11:31 PM

Breath taking and most historic photo images are presented in this Long Island Parkway Bridge Series #43. You never disappoint us, Thank you for the superb scholarship and stupendous posts provided each week. Jonathan Richards in Chesterfield, Missouri.
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Howard Kroplick
Jonathan, thanks so much for the feedback! Much appreciated.

From Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series #43: Massapequa-Hicksville Motor Parkway Bridge in Plainedge

Feb 22 2020 S. Berliner, III 9:33 PM

Fraud!  Fake news! Misrepresentation!  #53 Clody Farmway Bridge (Melville Sand Pits) is in Suffolk County (the county line is at the fence between the Restoration and the sand pits)!  Sam, III

From Kleiner's Korner: Documentation of the Long Island Motor Parkway Bridges in Nassau County (#43-#52)

Feb 22 2020 S. Berliner, III 9:24 PM

Looking west along Stewart Avenue, with the ubiquitous LILCO gas holder at top, from above Merrick or Whaleneck Avenue.  The LIMP is the dark line at right. The planes are on Hazelhurst Aviation Field #2/Mitchel Field.  Roads - Stewart and LIMP as noted, Commercial to the left/south of the tracks, Hazelhurst around the oval, Clinton across the very top.  A is the post HQ.  B - base hospital?.  C - the Stewart Elementary School.  D - General Bronze?  E - U. S. Marine Corps(?) with gas holder.  The tracks are the former Central RR of LI/LIRR Central Branch/MTA-LIRR Meadowbrook Secondary; forgot the GC name.  Date immediately prior to WWII - monoplanes on field and lack of development along north side of Stewart.  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #8 Solved: A 1951 Aerial View of Mitchel Field & the Motor Parkway & 2017 Circus Trains

Feb 21 2020 Joseph Oesterle 9:55 PM

LIMP is on the right.  Top to bottom.  Follow the LIMP up to Roosevelt Field, and down to the Meadowbrook Lodge. 

Building E is the Gas Tower.

From Mystery Foto #8 Solved: A 1951 Aerial View of Mitchel Field & the Motor Parkway & 2017 Circus Trains

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