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Jun 26 2017 frank femenias 3:18 PM

There are two bridges that fit the foto; Little East Neck Rd bridge looking westbound, and Old Westbury Rd bridge looking eastbound. My first guess was incorrect. Good luck everyone.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 26 2017 frank femenias 1:57 AM

Great stuff Howard. The military roadway if constructed would’ve transformed the entire Long Island roadway system we use today. It seems to have been the first draft of the LI Expwy, a roadway to extend as far as possible.
The Lincoln Highway has similarities to the Motor Parkway where remnants still exist throughout its course. The main difference is its 3400 mile length from the Lincoln Tunnel to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.
That Brooklyn Daily Eagle deserves more investigating.

From The Proposed 1916 National Military Highway on Long Island

Jun 25 2017 Steve Lucas 8:27 PM

Not 100% sure but I think we’re looking southeast just before the LIMP turns east and goes over (Old) Westbury Road. Those telephone poles in the background are probably running next to the Central Branch of the LIRR. Photo was probably taken in September, 1908 since the LIMP is not quite finished yet (no guardrails). Also, it looks like the photographer’s Buick in the background and he took several other photos along this stretch of LIMP at the same time.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 25 2017 Greg O. 6:12 PM

Correcting myself- Westbury Road (not Ave) bridge is Westbury.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 25 2017 Greg O. 6:09 PM

Bridge after a left curve along the Central RR looking East South/East- I’ll guess the Westbury Ave parkway bridge.

That looks to be the same photographer and assistant in their Buick from other bridge photos dating this as September 1908 just after LIMP completion.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 25 2017 S. Berliner, III 3:57 PM

I KNEW I had old pix of the RoW at the library and it took me forever to locate them - last two 2000 shots at <http://sbiii.com/limpkwy6.html#wlalsear> [easier to go to <http://sbiii.com/limpkwy6.html#nsp-nhp>; directly above that].  Thanks as always, Dave and Howard, and you too, Frank M.  Sam, III

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 27, 2017

Jun 25 2017 Ariejan Bos 3:07 PM

The bridge is the Westbury Road bridge, the direction of the photo is south-east. Behind the bridge the telegraph poles along the Long Island Railroad are visible. The photo is one of a series of photos of the almost finished Motor Parkway, dating from September 1908. The car in the distance is the photographer’s Buick, featuring in several other photos of this series. Of these at least one was photographed on the same bridge in the opposite direction shortly before or after the mystery photo: on both photos you can see the same piece of sewer pipe on the west side of the road.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 25 2017 Tim Ivers 12:38 PM

Looks like the view westbound east of the Plainview Road bridge in Bethpage in 1908.
The remains of water pumping stations on the roadsides.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 25 2017 Gene 11:16 AM

I suspect that is in Bethpage over the LIRR tracks and Central Ave.  The camera is looking south/southwest, in a location about where the 135 now runs.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 25 2017 Frank Mendyk 9:29 AM

It’s really nice to see that so many remnants remain in this section today after almost 80 years.

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 27, 2017

Jun 25 2017 Bruce Adams 6:49 AM

What a great thing to have a piece of history sitting in your backyard.

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 27, 2017

Jun 25 2017 Art Kleiner 6:03 AM

Let’s see if it’s the Newbridge Road Bridge in today’s Levittown.  Curved bridge, telegraph poles.  View looking west (car going east).

September, 1908 - road is finished by guard rails not in place for the Vanderbilt Cup Race.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 23 2017 Frank Mendyk 9:28 AM

The photo was taken looking east along the parkway just before the Westbury Rd parkway bridge (bridge #38}.  You can observe the LIRR Central branch telegraph/block poles on the right side of the photo.

The photo was taken in September of 1908 as per the photo posted in the LIMP Bridge series. You can observe the same Buick going over the bridge.  The telegraph poles can also be seen in the completed bridge/ construction photo of August 20,1908.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 23 2017 Joe Oesterle 6:30 AM

Bloomindale Rd.  Coming from the NW, heading South then East.
I suspect the picture in 1908, as the car on the bridge looks like the official photographer’s car.  The bend, the lack of trees and the power lines were all usable clues.

From Mystery Foto #25 Solved: The Westbury Road Motor Parkway Bridge in East Meadow in September 1908

Jun 22 2017 Dave Russo 11:43 PM

Great pics Frank! You gotta give more details though! Your 6th pic down and my first are the same backyard. From that location I’m pretty sure there is nothing to the east of that location, so I’m assuming that all of your pictures are between this house and heading west towards the VFW Hall but please give us the details.

Shocked that all of this remains in backyards. These people must all be single men. I can’t see how wives would allow backyards to remain like this! I know mine wouldn’t!

That one house might have the oldest paved basketball court in the world!

From Motor Parkway Pavement Rediscovered in Albertson/Williston Park -Updated June 27, 2017

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 27, 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

From Answers to the Questions Raised at the Connetquot Public Library Presentation

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 27, 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

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

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

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