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Sep 17 2018 Frank Mendyk 5:19 PM

- Photo is over Garden City looking northeast towards Mineola

- The LIMP can been seen in the upper center to upper right from around East Williston to GC (Clinton Rd)
- The Garden City Lodge, Managers office , LIRR bridge and others west.  The Clinton Rd bridge and Old Country Rd bridges can be seen
- Major Roads, Cherry Valley Ave, Cathederal Ave, Rockaway Ave,  Washington Ave, Old Country Rd, Clinton Rd, Franklin Ave and South Ave.
LIRR mainline, LIRR Hempstead branch Stewart RR , LIRR Central, Central branch or etc.
- Garden City Hotel, Vanderbilt Cup races commission HQ’s for the 1904 t0 1910 races
- Golf courses- Cherry Valley Club and Garden City golf club
- The train is on the LIRR Hempstead branch ( Central or etc.)  just east of Cherry Valley Ave and west of the LIRR Garden City station
- Date of photo, The 3 building of Adelphi university were built and opened in 1929.  The houses in the Mott section were stated being built in 1936 that are in the photo. Some houses around Adelphi were built in 1930-1932. I would say the photo is taken around 1935

 

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 17 2018 frank femenias 3:43 PM

Over Garden City South looking NE. Roosevelt Field hangars gave it away for me. Motor Parkway barely seen in photo D on the right edge center, high tree-lined for a short period, parallel with Clinton Rd. The huge, white Garden City hotel just off the center, with amazing RR cars passing on its south side. Those cars appear 1920- 1930s. Never realized how close the RR was to the hotel, even though I’ve passed under the Cherry Valley bridge for ages. The hotel was the meeting place to discuss building the Motor Parkway

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 17 2018 Robert Stambaugh 12:47 PM

Primarily of the Village of Garden City and the area to the east and north.  Garden City Hotel and cathedral in center of picture ‘E’.  Picture ‘D’ shows hangers along Old Country Road in the distance and Camp Mills area north of Transverse Road and the ‘arched’ streets east of Franklin Road.  Train is pulling into Garden City in picture ‘B’.  Cherry Valley Golf course on picture ‘A’.  Motor Parkway cuts across picture ‘C’ from Mineola over to Clinton Road.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 17 2018 Bob Allen 4:19 AM

I love the mystery photos that Howard and his friends come up with!  And this one gives me a chance to bring up one of my pet peeves: why is the Town of North Hempstead so insistent to call Bar Beach “Hempstead Harbor Park?”  It’s been Bar Beach for all of my 67 years and apparently in the thirties as well. (I think it was Barrow Beach about 1900.). I just wish the Town could continue to call it Bar Beach and thus not confuse people in the future.

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Sep 16 2018 Bruce Adams 8:57 PM

I offer from those really long post shadows that, if the LIMP is going west at that point, it would be around noon around December 22 or so.  If the LIMP is heading north or south at that point, the long shadows might indicate its near sunrise or sunset.

From Update #1: John E. Roosevelt Family Photo Album: The Motor Parkway Near Ronkonkoma, Circa 1911

Sep 16 2018 Brian D McCarthy 8:48 PM

Yes, another great aerial courtesy of Mr. Panchyk!

*Location/Orientation: Birds Eye View of Garden City, NE direction.

*LIMP/Structures: The pkwy is best viewed within Closeup D. Pkwy proceeds east from the middle of this closeup, then curves to the north. Garden City Lodge & Managers Office, Clinton Rd Pkwy Bridge, “Open Bridge” ( Mayan Ruins ), Old Country Rd Hwy Bridge, LIRR Mainline Pkwy Bridge, Westbury Ave Pkwy Bridge ( hill like ).

*Major Rds: Clinton Rd. Washington, Franklin, Hilton, Cathedral, Cherry Valley, Rockaway, and Stewart Avenues.

*Building linked to VCR: Garden City Hotel

*Golf Course: Cherry Valley Country Club

*Train: Just E/O Cherry Valley Ave.

*Aerial Date: I’ll guess 1933. Adelphi College established in Garden City 1929. I see buildings on the campus property to the left of Cherry Valley Country Club.

Much more in this aerial. No desire to burn the Midnight Oil.

 

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 16 2018 Art Kleiner 8:24 PM

Identify the location and orientation of the photographer:
Garden City looking northeast

Where is the Motor Parkway?
Running diagonally from top left to middle right in pics C & D.  Next to Roosevelt Field/Curtis Airfield

Which Motor Parkway structures are hidden in this aerial?
Old Country Road bridge, Clinton Road bridge, Garden City Lodge/General Manager’s office

Identify the major roads:
Clinton Road, Stewart Ave., Cherry Valley Rd., Washington Ave., Old Country Road, Motor Parkway, Franklin Ave., Transverse Rd., Cambridge Place (near golf course)

Link a building in this aerial to the Vanderbilt Cup Races: Garden City Hotel

Identify the golf course: Salisbury Golf Links/Cherry Valley Club

Where is there a train in the aerial?  Train is between Garden City Hotel and St. Mary’s School/Cathedral in Pic. E.

What is the date of the aerial? Provide a rationale: early 1930s - Adelphi College buildings were built in 1928

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 16 2018 Kirk Gibson 7:10 PM

Nice choices, Howard. I love the Mercedes Benz 710.

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Sep 16 2018 Richard G Krause 9:17 AM

Hmmm   Well the car looks to be a Model “A” Ford ?...“MY” older brother , 10 years my senior, ) Used to buy them, for about 5 bucks each….And he often ( after getting a few of them) made one good one!    I often got to sit in the rumble seat, And to this day…....GOOD OLE MODEL “A” s ...Have fond memories for me! Ain,t nothing like a Rumble seat !  Of course @ 77 years of age I might have a tough time getting in and out of one, today!

From Mystery Foto #36 Unveiled: Christopher Morley's Cat Teaches How to Draw A Map of Long Island in 1927

Sep 16 2018 Joseph DeBono 8:32 AM

Congratulations.On the Roslyn landmark Society

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Sep 16 2018 mark schaier 5:12 AM

Howard, the photo of a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine, Lehrman Collection, is wrong, it’s is a 1935 Duesenberg JN Bohman & Schwartz Convertible Coupe (2585 J-560).

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Sep 16 2018 Mike K 2:46 AM

Love the Weekly Newsletter.

“Frank Femenias: Terrific job covering the Motor Parkway, the fun never seizes!”

Perhaps the writer meant “... never ceases!” I bet the fun of researching the Motor Parkway and its era does seize the writer! Y’all are superb detectives.

Some of us old-school teachers (or old school-teachers, and I am both) can’t resist the fun of usage checks. LOL

From Update #1: John E. Roosevelt Family Photo Album: The Motor Parkway Near Ronkonkoma, Circa 1911

Sep 16 2018 Lee Chambers 1:07 AM

Frank,

I believe you are correct about Chestnut Street in East Garden City and the unknown road running through the Base. 

From left to right, West to East, it’s easy to see how it once crossed Oak Street (Oak Street was originally Avenue E on Camp Mills.  It would seem likely someone with a proclivity for trees renamed the local streets after Camp Mills was decommissioned following WW1). 

Continuing Eastward, Chestnut (or whatever it was known as at the time) continued across West Road on what became Mitchel Field.  From there, it went directly through the site where the Hospital would be built on (what else), Hospital Road (the same building that still houses NCC’s 90.3 WHPC-FM in the basement that used to be the morgue where I got my start in 1976!). 

Following its Eastward trajectory, the road then bisected the expanse that would be turned into the Parade Grounds / Quadrangle which was at the time was still covered with wooden buildings left over from the WW1 Camp Mills era.

From there it split the very property where I would later grow up in the Commanding Officer’s Quarters, then dead-ended a few yards later at East Road along the border with the Polo Grounds property. 

Although I have found vintage street maps of Mitchel Field while it was an active Base, I have as of yet not found one for Camp Mills.  Does anyone know of a source that might contain the original name of Chestnut and all the other streets in East Garden City that once were part of Camp Mills?

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Sep 16 2018 Lee Chambers 12:41 AM

Main aerial photo is over Garden City, facing NorthEast. 

In photo C, the hangers along Old Country Road can be seen in the top right corner.

Clinton Road runs perpendicular to it.  The LIMP runs parallel to Clinton Road until it veers 90 degrees to the East through what will become Roosevelt Field.

Photo D shows more detail of the runways at Roosevelt Field.  The train can be seen on the lower left corner of the shot as well as in Photo E.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 15 2018 S. Berliner, III 11:56 PM

I usually applaud your taste, Howard, but that 1937 Cadillac V16 Series 90 Hartman Cabriolet has got to be one of the most awkward abortions ever put on wheels!  Also, I’d bet that Mercedes “SS” 710 may actually have started out as a VERY late 680 S-modell; the hood and radiator tank had to be raised about an inch in production to accommodate the higher 7.1 litre SS engine.  Sam, III

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Sep 15 2018 Roy Warner 11:23 PM

I’m pretty sure that the photographer is looking northeast over Garden City, and that the large building is the original Garden City Hotel that eventually burned down and was rebuilt to the modern facility that it is today.
I think that I can make out the southbound Motor Parkway and its curve to the east, which was very near what is Roosevelt Field and its parking lot somewhat north of Stewart Avenue today.
I’m guessing that the row of structures running from the west to the east, which look like airplane hangers, were part of an air field; which one, I don’t know, given that the real Roosevelt Field was to the east.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 15 2018 Steve Lucas 10:07 PM

We are over Garden City looking northeast. While difficult to see, the LIMP runs north-south from the upper left to the right center of the photo. LIMP structures that while hidden from view, should be in the photo are: Clinton Road bridge; Garden City Lodge; General Managers office; Mayan ruins; Mineola Lodge (kiosk) and Old Country Road underpass. Additional roads are: Cherry Valley Ave.; South Ave.; Stewart Ave.; Cathedral Ave.; Westminster Ave.; and Franklin Ave. Also visible is the Garden City Hotel, headquarters for the Vanderbilt Race Commission from 1904 to 1910. The Cherry Valley Country Club is in the foreground with the Garden City Golf Club in the distance. The train is at the Garden City station just below (south) of the hotel. Since there appears to be no activity or any cars at Adelphi College, the date could be 1929 just before the first classes were held there.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 15 2018 Dave Kilkenny 9:02 AM

Another great shot of Garden CIty!  The photographer is over Garden City South looking northeast across GC and Mineola.

- The Motor Parkway is in the very top right of the picture, best seen by close-up C in the top right of the image.  The road is coming from the north, crosses over Jericho Tpke, Old Country and bends over to Clinton Rd where you just make out the GC toll (or not). 
- Major roads include Stewart Ave and South Ave, Rockaway Ave and 1st Street.  Others include Franklin Ave, Washington and Old Country in the distance. 
- The course in the foreground is the Cherry Valley club and the Garden City Club off in the distance.
- You can just make out the train thru the trees pulling into the Graden City Station on the Hempstead line.
- I would put the date of this aerial around 1937 since the Mott section is in its very early infancy.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

Sep 14 2018 Greg O. 4:14 PM

Identify the location and orientation of the photographer
-Looking North East Over Garden City. Roosevelt Field just visible in the very upper right hand corner.

Where is the Motor Parkway?
-Along the top and top right of the photo. Roughly around Searingtown Rd all the way to just after the Managers’ office off of Clinton.

Which Motor Parkway structures are hidden in this aerial?
-Tough to see any of the bridges, Mgrs house, or toll lodges, but Graves garage and Krug’s are also within the photo’s frame.

Identify the major roads
-Old Country Rd, Clinton, Stewart Ave, Franklin Ave, etc

Link a building in this aerial to the Vanderbilt Cup Races
-Garden City Hotel, The Garden City Hotel was the headquarters for the Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island from 1904 to 1910. Graves garage is in there too, but not able to

Identify the golf course
-Cherry Valley Club

Where is there a train in the aerial?
-Very right side edge of photo ‘C’

What is the date of the aerial? Provide a rationale.
Purely a guess, but I’d say around 1930

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: Cherry Valley Club, Garden City Hotel & Roosevelt Field in 1936

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