Dec 08 2011

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series: #13 Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge in Lake Success

With the documentation of the 12  Motor Parkway Bridges in Queens completed (18% of the total 65 bridges built),  it is time to cross the border into Nassau County. First up is the Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge located in Lake Success.


1914 Belcher Hyde Map


As shown here, the property for the Marcus Avenue Bridge (then called Hyde Park Road) was  located on William K. Vanderbilt Jr.'s Deepdale Estate in Lake Success.






May  1911 Survey

A total of 6.282 acres were purchased from Willie. K spanning the area from Marcus Avenue (Hyde Park Road) to Lakeville Road.







June 1911 Construction Photos






Similar to the Queens bridges over Little Neck Boulevard, Commonwealth Boulevard and Winchester Boulevard, the bridge construction was a steel trestle used for railroad bridges.




1924 Aerial- Queens

 This aerial shows the relationship among the Marcus Avenue Bridge, the Deepdale Mansion and Lakeville Road.










1928 Motor Parkway Atlas Blueprint

The Atlas Survey indicated the Motor Parkway  right-of-way from Marcus Avenue (called New Hyde Park Road) to the next bridge over Lakeville Road.











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 Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge was seen in the middle of the aerial.










A close-up of the aerial highlights the north and south embankments.








1930s Image




 This recently found photo is the best known ground image of the bridge.








August 15, 1934 Aerial








 An early aerial of Lake Success Looking east.







August 17, 1934 Aerial





 An aerial taken two days later looking west.  The New York State Parkway Police barracks (formerly Willie K's guest house) can be seen in the background just above the bridge.








 2011 Current Views


 A view looking north on the Motor Parkway right-of way towards Marcus Avenue. The elevated area on the left.







  Marcus Avenue looking west. Note the elevated ground where the bridge embankment was located.








 Marcus Aveue looking east towards Lakeville Road. The concrete retaining wall on the north side marks the location of the bridge's north embankment. 







2011 Bing Maps

This Bing Map highlights the site of the Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway 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

Newly Discovered Photos of Motor Parkway Bridges and Willie K’s Guest Lodge in Lake Success

Google Maps: Marcus Avenue, Lake Success


Index: Archives on

Archives: Monthly Highlights (2008-2011)


Update: June 19, 2012

This 1927 aerial shows a spectacular view of the Deepdale Estate, former Lake Success home of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., and the Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge. The Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge


Dec 19 2011 Howard Kroplick 5:58 PM

From James S:

“Gram and I spent part of yesterday scrutinizing the wooded area sandwiched by the Grand Central and Marcus Ave where there was a bridge crossing just a few 100 feet west of what is now Lakeville Road as depicted in last week’s newsletter. Gram was excited to find a few small pieces of asphalt coating cement that I’m sure are final remnants of the parkway. He is endlessly fascinated by the road and we are plannng a hike over bits of the road from Bethpage the Christmas Holiday.”

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