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Jun 22 2017 Brian D McCarthy 10:22 PM

Thanks for the additional photos, Frank. We can now see how the LIMP runs thru these property’s. It appears that some backyards have the full width all to themselves. Having a “slab” ready made in your backyard can be put to good use with some creativity.

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 22, 2017

Jun 21 2017 Jack Garland 6:51 PM

Enjoyed your visit to the Connetquot Library.  We spoke several years ago after one of your presentations at the Riverhead Museum.  I grew up in Mineola and write “nostalgia” articles for the local paper, the Mineola American.  I believe I sent you an article about my childhood playground, Pettit’s (Bart’s) Nursury, north of Old Country Road and my bicycle adventures along the abandoned Motor Parkway.

JG

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Jun 19 2017 chris lindsley 10:43 PM

that looks like the old Marsicovetere house. They had a stretch pf ROW in their backyard. Part of the row unfortunately was owned by their neighbors. Took pics of this back in 2000. Gotta compare these pics to my collection I took from 99 to 02

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 22, 2017

Jun 19 2017 frank femenias 5:48 PM

The year must be between 1908-1910 when the grandstand was in use for the Vanderbilt Cup Races

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Jun 19 2017 frank femenias 5:44 PM

Don’t know the driver but he resembles Spencer Wishart (American). Wishart raced in the 1909, 10, 11, 12, and ‘14 VCR races. Photo taken at the east end of the Levittown grandstand. I can see the crew pits between the grandstand and the Motor Parkway. The crew pits were once located where the new houses have recently popped up, just west of Crocus Lane. The vehicle could be a Locomobile

From Mystery Foto #24 Solved: William Bruce Brown, the Brother of David Bruce-Bown

Jun 19 2017 JeRita 4:30 PM

Howard it was so great to finally hear your great presentation. So glad you had a good turnout. All the best Jerry and Rita

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Jun 19 2017 Dave Russo 12:03 PM

It looks like Ron and I were in the exact same spot, 36 years apart.

Rons 3rd pic down and my 5th appear to be the same backyard just west of the house on Sigsbee that has the LIMP.

I think we all take for granted how cool this is. Even us who know this is cool! 109 years later this original LIMP is still here. There are some locations where you can see how it survives, but just sitting in someone’s backyard like this is just crazy!

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 22, 2017

Jun 19 2017 Art Kleiner 8:26 AM

Great stuff, Dave.  Thanks for exploring which has given me more to do.

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 22, 2017

Jun 19 2017 Ariejan Bos 6:51 AM

The photo shows William Bruce-Brown in his 1910 Simplex 50hp toy tonneau in front of the grandstand at Levittown, May 1910. The photo was taken by Gladys Roosevelt, with whom he was related through an aunt of his mother. Another photo of William in his Simplex at the same location was shown at the site of TheOldMotor.com.
William’s brother was David, the famous racing driver. Though unsuccessful in the 1910 and 1911 Vanderbilt Cup races, he won in both of these years the American Grand Prize. He would be killed during practice for the 1912 American Grand Prize and Vanderbilt Cup.

From Mystery Foto #24 Solved: William Bruce Brown, the Brother of David Bruce-Bown

Jun 19 2017 Joe Oesterle 5:30 AM

The parkway pavement can still be seen in most of the back yards behind Schley Ave.  I have not been back there much since childhood, but I know it is still there. 
-joe o

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 22, 2017

Jun 18 2017 Brian D McCarthy 9:46 PM

Really good stuff. You really can’t thank Mr. Ridolph enough for his documenting of the LIMP remnants during the 80’s. The photos he has taken obviously required knocking on many doors, and Dave & Sam are doing the same presently. And your site here is reaching out to the right people, Howard. There must be remnants remaining W/O here right up to the library. If I lived in one of these homes, my trusty line trimmer and growth kill would be put to good use.

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 22, 2017

Jun 18 2017 Bob Andreocci 8:12 PM

Once again this road comes back to me.  I delivered mail in Williston Park and William St was on my route.  The park that is just to the north on the east side was into Albertson on was off limits to the carriers of Williston Park.  I did manage to take a bathroom break at the Shelter Rock Library which is at the end of William St…..and I think it was built on LIMP land.  Great discovery.  Thanks

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 22, 2017

Jun 17 2017 Steve Lucas 9:34 PM

That’s William Bruce-Brown, sitting in a 50hp Simplex in front of the grandstand on the LIMP in present day Levittown. His brother, David Bruce-Brown, participated in the 1910 and 1911 Vanderbilt Cup Races. Since William was a friend of the John Roosevelt family, and John’s daughter Gladys took many photographs of the 1909 & 1910 races and another photo of William taken by her was dated May, 1910, I’m guessing that this photo was taken at the same time.

From Mystery Foto #24 Solved: William Bruce Brown, the Brother of David Bruce-Bown

Jun 17 2017 Greg O. 3:34 PM

Going with all guesses this weekend…

I’ll say this is Harry Grant’s brother in an Alco at Indy in 1911 when his brother ran in the inaugural Indy 500. Harry Grant was the winner of the ‘09 and ‘10 Vanderbilt Cup Races. Don’t know the photographer.

From Mystery Foto #24 Solved: William Bruce Brown, the Brother of David Bruce-Bown

Jun 16 2017 Dave Russo 8:39 PM

Brian, definitely piece of a wall. It is in the ground. It looks like a remnant of a once larger wall that was cut and this small part of it remains.

From Exploring and Uncovering the Motor Parkway in the Hempstead Plains (Levittown & Bethpage) Updated

Jun 16 2017 robert miller 1:01 PM

A shame Nassau County didn’t have easements on properties they sold, which closed off inside-the-block sections of the Parkway.  That’s why they must do the arrow and path bit a goodly distance from the actual rights-of-way.

From Exploring and Uncovering the Motor Parkway in the Hempstead Plains (Levittown & Bethpage) Updated

Jun 15 2017 Brian D McCarthy 9:28 PM

Hi Dave. At first glance, these look like chunks of LIMP pavement. Is the wall piece (if it’s still there) situated between the original entrance to the precinct and the PSEG LI ROW on the E/S of Wantagh Ave? I don’t recall a larger wall section in the past. I guess you tried moving it,etc. If it didn’t budge, then I guess it’s set in the ground? It could’ve been a “barrier” like you suggested, similar to the ones that were constructed to keep autos off the closed LIMP.

Told Frank if I was around in 1938, I would’ve drove or biked the LIMP with a camera soon after it closed. The oldest camera I ever had was a polaroid, lol.

From Exploring and Uncovering the Motor Parkway in the Hempstead Plains (Levittown & Bethpage) Updated

Jun 15 2017 HOWIE SCHNEIDER 7:57 PM

Great show great venue great people thank you all who attended

ONE OF MY PERSON FAVORITE CLASSIC CAR SHOWS

WOW !!!!!!!!!

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Jun 15 2017 frank femenias 12:16 AM

Howard, outstanding clarity in the blowup pics, coming from some of the earliest crude photos produced. I’m grateful they all still exist! I got this msg too late for the meeting. Bicyclists not allowed?! I protest! Now we’re working on bringing this venture back to life for all walks of life to enjoy, including bikers. Lol. I’m loving it! (Not McDonalds)

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Jun 14 2017 Dave Russo 5:35 PM

Brian, any thoughts on that wall piece? I figured you might have seen that before in your LIPA path. Maybe it was larger several years ago? I’m surprised there’s been no interest / discussion about this.

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