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Nov 21 2017 Brian D McCarthy 9:32 PM

Wonder what became of the House&Garage; that the Jones Family resided in after the LIMP closed? Looks to be a well constructed home. Perhaps the family was able to purchase it and relocate nearby?

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 21 2017 S. Berliner, III 8:25 PM

I am not at all abashed but find it pretty funny that, of ALL the well-known features, some of the very best, my fog lifted for the ball field and track out in Brentwood, of all places.  What a remarkable geographic similitude.  Sam, III

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Nov 20 2017 Brian D McCarthy 10:40 PM

Thought the buildings on the N & S sides of the LIMP were affiliated with the Wheeler Farm. Sidney and his family had nice living arrangements. Wheeler bridge #1 wasn’t filled in back then. It served as a convenient way to traverse between their home & garage.

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 20 2017 Frank Mendyk 6:30 PM

The photo is taken facing east/southeast over Alley Pond Park and Creedmoor.
Major Roads
              Grand Central Parkway, Cross Island Parkway, Utopia Parkway, Winchester Blvd., Rocky Hill Rd (Springfield Blvd,), Hillside Ave 25B, Commonwealth Blvd., Little Neck Parkway. LIMP

LIMP - Rocky Hill Rd bridge, Rocky Hill Rd Toll Lodge, Wheeler Farmway bridge, Winchester Blvd. (Alley Rd) bridge , Commonwealth Blvd. Bridge, and Little Neck Parkway bridge.
The photo was taken on March 7, 1940 just after the close of the LIMP as observed in the photo. The Grand Central and Cross Island Parkways were still under construction.  The parkways were completed at the end of 1940.
The website from were the photo was posted is NYC.GOV/records.  The photo is also posted on Facebook “Old images of Queens and Nassau”.

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 20 2017 S. Berliner, III 5:13 PM

Just recovering from surgery and complications and still too groggy to think clearly BUT - bet that’s looking NNW over the still-surviving Brentwood track and ball field at today’s LIU Brentwood campus.  I could always cheat of look up that “dead -giveaway” transverse toll gate, which would then seem to be at Wicks Road - ???  Uh, oh.  Better pack this in.  Sam, II
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Howard Kroplick

Sam, here’s to a quick recovery!

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 20 2017 S. Berliner, III 4:53 PM

Just one more rape of our heritage, another “monumental act of vandalism”.  And, now that it’s gone, we can rend our garments, gnash our teeth, and moan.  But it does give me an idea for another LIMPPS project (for someone else to mastermind)!  How about doing a photo inventory of all known remaining VCR and LIMP background houses?  If done by each PS member who lives in a given area, it wouldn’t be all that burdensome and some noted LI historian just MIGHT put it all together on-line.  It could even generate more Mystery Fotos!  Sam, III
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Howard Kroplick

Sam, here is the starting point as posted in 2011:
http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/sunday_february_13_2011_then_now_extant_structures_on_the_vanderbilt_cup_ra

From A Tribute to a 1906 Hairpin Turn Landmark in Old Westbury

Nov 20 2017 Al Velocci 12:02 PM

Howard,  The “golfway” bridge” was originally built as a farmway bridge. In 1908 the Parkway acquired 50 plus acres in the vicinity from Titus. The tract purchased extended eastward from the Parkway to Glen Cove Rd. The sale contained two conditions. Titus also owned the property west of the Parkway r.o.w. In order for Titus to continue to have access to Glen Cove Rd. the Parkway were obligated to build a bridge over the r.o.w.  The second condition was that Titus retained the right to a 33 feet wide strip of land from the bridge to Glen Cove Rd.  When the golf course was built the bridge then became a golfway bridge. The covenent regarding the 33 feet wide strip became a moot point when the golf club acquired both properties. Al.
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Howard Kroplick

Thanks Al. I agree.

From A New Motor Parkway Historic Marker Installed at the Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston

Nov 20 2017 David B. Keith 1:29 AM

Well, well, what do you know!  I pre-empted myself.  This is what happens when you’re in your eighty-fifth year.

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Nov 19 2017 Steven Waldman 9:25 PM

View south east from Alley Pond Park,Winchester Blvd crossing Cross Island Parkway that appears almost completed which dates this photo about 1940, in view is Union Turnpike and Motor Parkway crossing under Grand Central Parkway, Creedmore Hospital in view, this looks like Fairchild Aerial Survey the 7th down is the Cross Island Parkway Grand Central Parkway interchange,4th down is view North to Grand Central Parkway with Motor Parkway crossing under 5th down shows Union Turnpike crossing Motor Parkway and Grand Central Parkway and is view south, the top 3 down are Little Neck Parkway crossing under Motor Parkway toll house?

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 19 2017 JeRita 7:17 PM

Thank you Howard for sharing this on your wonderful site. You are an inspiration to us to always look forward while keeping an eye on our past. Rita and Jerry JeRita [like Brangelina only better]

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Nov 19 2017 Art Kleiner 3:07 PM

Identify the location and orientation: Alley Pond Park in Queens, looking southeast

Identify the major roads: LIMP, Winchestser, Grand Central Pkwy., Cross Island Pkwy., Union Turnpike, Springfield Blvd. 73rd. Ave., 76th Ave., Rocky Hill Rd.

Identify the Motor Parkway structures and buildings: Rocky Hill Rd. Bridge and Lodge, Creedmore Bridge, probably others.

What is the approximate date of the Mystery Foto. Provide a rationale. March 7, 1940.  Completion of Cross Island Parkway around that time and caption in photo sent to Howard.

Bonus: Provide the Internet link to this aerial.
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~35~35~1437298~143832:dpr_18286?qvq=q:alley&mi=36&trs=126

And one more taken in January - showing snow on ground.
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~35~35~1436940~143795:dpr_18179?qvq=q:alley&mi=8&trs=126

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 19 2017 Artie Finnegan 2:41 PM

Howard: Great job getting the marker for the golf course.  Also nice photo by Bob Valentine.  Good job.  Artie.
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Artie, It was all the effort of the Wheatley Hills Golf Club. I just assisted with the copy.

From A New Motor Parkway Historic Marker Installed at the Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston

Nov 19 2017 LMK 2:37 PM

Enjoyed this and the video too..

From A Tribute to a 1906 Hairpin Turn Landmark in Old Westbury

Nov 19 2017 R Troy 1:44 PM

Howard, that’s great news! 

Thanks,

Ron

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Nov 19 2017 Fred & Marie Miceli 11:40 AM

Congratulations to my friends Rita & Jerry Trapani.

Fred Miceli
A Former President Long Island Dreamboats Cadillac & LaSalle Car Club.

From Rita and Jerry Trapani Honored as Recipients of The 2017 Gil Bergen Preservationist Award

Nov 19 2017 eric shaffer 6:41 AM

The photo is looking east from Queens into Nassau County .Rocky Hill Toll House on right Union Turnpike in the middle. The motor parkway snaking its way towards Nassau County over the newly constructed GCP and CIP interchange.

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 19 2017 R Troy 12:17 AM

It’s a shame that most Long Islanders can’t get these broadcasts (courtesy of Altice).
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Howard Kroplick

It will soon be posted online.

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Nov 18 2017 Steve Lucas 11:05 PM

We’re looking southeast over Alley Pond Park in eastern Queens County out to Nassau County. The major roads are Springfield Blvd., Union Tpke., Grand Central Pkwy., Cross Island Pkwy. (still under construction), and the recently closed LIMP. We can see LIMP bridges over Rocky Hill Road (Springfield Blvd.), Winchester Blvd., Commonwealth Blvd., Little Neck Pkwy., and under the GCP bridge over the LIMP. I think the Wheeler farmway bridge is there also. The Rocky Hill Road toll lodge (kiosk) is also visible. The date of the photo is definitely March 7, 1940 since I was able to track down the actual image on the http://www.nyc.gov/records website in the DPR: Parks and Recreation collection of photos image number dpt_18286.

From Mystery Foto #46 Solved: A Spectacular 1940 Aerial of the Rocky Hill Lodge & the Gatekeeper's House

Nov 18 2017 RLR 9:51 PM

Do we dare ask what will appear in its place? History is one thing money can’t buy.
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Howard Kroplick

Like many older properties in the area, this is likely a tear-down to be replaced by a brand new house.

#1 Wheatley was over 110 years old….. I’ll miss it!

From A Tribute to a 1906 Hairpin Turn Landmark in Old Westbury

Nov 18 2017 Brian D McCarthy 3:58 PM

Great Image, Frank! Nice find.
ID Location/Orientation: Birds Eye View of Oakland Gardens & Glen Oaks, Queens. View is East.

ID Major Rds.: From west to east…LIMP, Springfield Blvd, Union Tpke, Cross Island & Grand Central Pkwys, Winchester & Commonwealth Blvds, Little Neck Pkwy.

ID LIMP structures&buildings;: From west to east…Pkwy bridge ( Springfield ), Rocky Hill Toll Booth, Wheeler bridge #1 ( Fairly sure I see an opening/underpass on the N/S of the LIMP, just E/O the House; that’s E/O the Toll Booth in an enlarged view ), Wheeler bridge #2 ( See a path north & south of the LIMP, between Grand Central & Winchester; in an enlarged view ), Pkwy bridge ( Winchester ), Creedmoor Hwy bridge ( Looks to be a “white” overpass N/O Union Tpke, between Winchester & Commonwealth Blvds; in an enlarged view ), Pkwy bridge ( Commonwealth ), Pkwy bridge ( Little Neck ), and Creedmoor Facility ( S/O Union Tpke ).

Aerial Date/Rationale: The Rocky Hill Toll Booth was removed within 3 yrs of LIMP closing. So I’ll guess 1940.

Internet Link: Perhaps Frank found this image a “www1.nyc.gov”. I didn’t explore this site, yet. But it’s bookmarked.

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