Dec 01 2011

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series: #12 The Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge in Queens

When the 48 miles of the Motor Parkway were completed in 1926, a total of 65 bridges were built by William K. Vanderbilt Jr. and his associates over and under the parkway. Going west to east, the last of the 12 Queens bridges was the Motor Parkway farmway bridge connecting the north and south sections of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr's huge Deepdale Estate.

May  1911 Survey



 In 1910, the western terminus of the Motor Parkway ended in Lake Success. As shown in this 1911 survey map, William K. Vanderbilt, jr. sold 7.865 acres of his property to begin the extension of the Motor Parkway into Queens. 





1914 Belcher Hyde Map

The highlighted Vanderbilt Deepdale Estate was huge encompassing both Nassau and Queens County. Since the Motor Parkway split the property, a farmway bridge was built to connect the north and south  sections, just west of the Nassau County border. 






1924 Aerial- Queens

 The Motor Parkway can be seen crossing diagonally in this aerial of Vanderbilt's property. Willie K's Deepdale Mansion can be seen at the top with the Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge in the middle.  












  A close-up shows the earliest known image of the Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge.








1928 Motor Parkway Atlas Blueprint

The Atlas Survey marked the Motor Parkway  right-of-way from Little Neck Road (Little Neck Parkway) to New Hyde Park Road (Marcus Avenue). The notation for the Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge read: "Private Road- Parkway Bridge".







1929 Aerial

This 1929 aerial of Lake Success looking north east is one of my favorites from the book The Long Island Motor Parkway (page74).  The golf course and club in the foreground was the old Glen Oaks Country Club, today the home of the North Shore Towers complex. The Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge can be seen on the far right.







 A close-up of the aerial provides the best image of the Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge- right next to two sand bunkers.










July 12, 1952 Aerial- Queens




This spectacular aerial shows the Long Island Jewish Hospital under construction and the SperryLake Success  plant on the right. As seen in the highlight, the bridge was still intact, 14 years after the Motor Parkway was closed.







 Current Views-2003





Although the bridge was taken down for a LIJ parking lot in the 1950s, several Motor Parkway concrete posts still mark the border between theNorth Shore Towers' golf course and the Parkway's right-of-way.



Google Earth -2011

This Google Earth aerial highlights the site of the Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge.








Links to related posts on and the Internet:

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series

The 1928 Long Island Motor Parkway Atlas

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway- Bridges

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway Bridges- Queens

Google Map: Vanderbilt Farmway Bridge in Queens


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Dec 06 2011 tom 9:27 AM

Really kind of a shame all that beautiful area has been torn up. That must have been some estate for Willie K.

Dec 09 2011 Howard Kroplick 2:09 PM

From Joey Tabaco:
“This was the 1st section of the LIMP that we found as preteen kids in the mid 50s, right behind LIJ and what is now the North Shore Towers Golf Course. The LIMP roadbed was still intact but the underpass at the bridge had already been burried.”

Dec 09 2011 Howard Kroplick 2:10 PM

From Mitch Kahn:

“As a kid growing up in Glen Oaks I’d squeeze through the fence where 74th Avenue dead ended at the southwest corner of the golf course and was fascinated by this “road with no cars”. Only years later did I learn what it was.”

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