Sep 18 2019

Hold the Date: Presentation: Memories of the Long Island Motor Parkway in Central Park (Bethpage)

The Central Park Historical Society and the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society will be co-hosting a special program on the Long Island Motor Parkway, the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race and the role of Central Park (Bethpage) on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 beginning at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, New York.
The program will feature background historical information by historians Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci and memories and tales of the Motor Parkway from several long-time Bethpage residents including Lenny Mulqueen and Paul Merin.
Please bring your friends and family to this special evening.


Howard Kroplick

Questions to be answered during the presentations

Where exactly was the ground-breaking ceremony for the Motor Parkway held in Bethpage?

Where was the Bethpage Lodge located?

Why was there a LIRR train parked at Deadman's Curve?

Where was the photographer standing in Bethpage for this photo?

When was the longest Motor Parkway bridge taken down in Bethpage?

Where was the Motor Parkway House located in Bethpage?

How did the Motor Parkway become a playground in the 1950s?


Sep 19 2019 Al Prete 10:25 AM

October 23 is a Wednesday.

Howard Kroplick

Good catch. thanks! The program is on Wednesday, October 23rd!

Oct 23 2019 Ernie Finamore 4:38 PM

Hoping to bring 93 year old Ernie Sr. with me tonight. He grew up in Bethpage, had 45 yrs. @ Grumman, and is a charter member of the CPHS.

Oct 24 2019 Daniel Essex 12:26 AM

I would have loved to attended this.
I grew up playing on the parkway as it converted back to woods in the early sixties right through to the seventies. We all knew where dead man’s turn was.
Great times.

Oct 24 2019 Ernie Finamore 12:43 PM

Thank you for a very enjoyable evening last night. My 93 year old Dad had a very good time, seeing many of his friends from the Central Park Historical Society, and speaking of his beloved home town Bethpage. Afterwards, he had fun identifying some 50-75 year old baseball card sized aviation photos that were brought to the meeting by one of the attendees. I know he enjoyed explaining the source of the Bethpage town name to the audience, and I thank his friend Lenny for handing over the microphone for him to do so. He doesn’t get to do much public speaking anymore because he is limited to the amount of walking he can do, so a few years ago I had to “retire” him from his weekly docent duties at the Cradle of Aviation, where he is of course a founding member. That was something he very much enjoyed, proudly speaking of the museum’s aircraft, many of which he had a hand in assembling back in their original era, especially the Lunar Excursion Module, or “LEM” as it’s commonly known. I bring him to the museum occasionally to participate in special events (like the July 20th celebration of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary, where he was treated with much celebrity) and to say hello to his friends there.
My brother Tom (who could not attend last night) and I are looking forward to next spring and seeing the renovations and changes you’ve made to the Roslyn Harbor garage. Amazingly, we have yet to see the Tucker in person since it’s completion!
Thanks again, from both Ernie Jr. and Sr. !! :>)

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