On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Dave and his 11-year old son Sammy embarked on another bike adventure exploring lost and forgotten sections of the Long Island Motor Parkway.
Dave Russo: "We did the same 38 mile bike trip this time as last time....the focus this time (and every trip going forward) was to find things that were new/different/off the beaten path."
In the third post of the Russo's second series, Sam & Dave explore the amazing "Mayan Ruins" Motor Parkway Bridge in Garden City.
Dave Russo: The "Mayan Ruins" Motor Parkway Bridge in Garden City. I was unaware that BOTH sides of the bridge remain in tact. I thought only one of them existed, next to the swing set.
I've passed by that house on Transverse Road many times and only saw the one side - and that's all I really ever saw online and never thought to look the other way (which is more hidden for sure).
So our intent was to knock on the door of the house and ask if we could see the bridge remnants. Well there is a sign on the door that says the house is abandoned and it's empty. So naturally we helped ourselves to the backyard and took several pics/videos of both sides of the bridge - the eastern side is more or less covered in vines/greenery.
It's not great to see but I think it's very cool that both sides of this bridge still remain - how did the homeowners for over 100 years allow these to remain? It's great that it did.
April 19, 1928 Accident (Courtesy of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum)
My favorite co-author Al Velocci found this accident report and photos in the archives of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum. Looking north, the photo shows the road clearly below grade with concrete posts above the Motor Parkway. Also note the people on the left at the accident scene and the motorcycle on the right..
This second image shows the opposite view looking south on the Motor Parkway. Eureka: There are two abutments of an unfinished bridge. Note the motorcycle on the left which was owned by Motor Parkway patrolman Thomas Zinzi.
Submitted by Frank Femenias (see below comments)