Oct 23 2017

Mystery Foto: #42 Solved: A 1926 Aerial of the Motor Parkway & A Guide to Finding 1926/1950 Aerials

This weekend's Mystery Foto was inspired by Brian McCarthy's discovery of 1926 and 1950 aerials found at the MyNassauProperty.com website.

Answers to the Mystery Foto questions:

Identify the following:

  • Location

North is up. Looking west to east; Albertson, Williston Park, Roslyn Heights, East Williston, Westbury and Old Westbury.

  • Major roads

West to east: Long Island Motor Parkway, Willis Avenue, Oyster Bay LIRR Branch, Roslyn Road, Guinea Woods Road (Glen Cove Road), and Hillside Avenue (East Williston Road).

  • Motor Parkway bridges and building

Bridges: West to east: Willis Avenue, LIRR Oyster Bay Branch, Roslyn Road, Robbins Lane, Wheatley Hills Golf Club, and Hillside Avenue

Building: Roslyn Lodge

  • Golf Course

Wheatley Hills Golf Club

Comments (15)

Congrats to Joe Oesterle, Frank Mendyk, Greg O., Brian McCarthy, George Philippides, Tim Ivers, Sam Berliner III, Frank Mendyk, Steve Lucas, Dave Russo, Dave Kilkenny, Frank Femenias (see below Femenias Findings) and Ernie M. for correctly identifying the Mystery Foto aerial.

Kudos to Brian McCarthy for forwarding the MyNassauProperty.com website and Frank Femenias for his always amazing overlays.


Howard Kroplick

Finding 1926 and 1950 Nassau County Aerials Submitted by Brian McCarthy.

Click on the maps and aerials on the MyNassauProperty.com website.
Place the mouse on the desired location and click.

Zoom in by clicking or using the +/- .

Keep zooming until the current aerial appears.

Note: You may need to click on the corner to move the pesky address insert.

Click on the Layer tab and select the desired year (1926, 1950, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010 or 2013).
Note: You may have to repeat the process when switching years.


Motor Parkway (on the top) crossing Willis Avenue  and Oyster Bay LIRR tracks

Motor Parkway (on top) crossing Oyster Bay LIRR tracks and  Roslyn Road. The Roslyn Lodge (black building) can be seen west of Roslyn Road.

Wheatley Hills Golf Club with the farmway bridge connecting the course. Far right is Guinea Woods Road (Glen Cove Road). On the bottom is East Willston Road (Hillside Avenue) with its Motor Parkway bridge. Just above the bridge is the golf clubhouse, formerly the Totus homestead.



Layer: 1926

1926 Aerial

1950 Aerial

2013 Aerial

Feminias Findings (Submitted by Frank Femenias)

Location: Roslyn Lodge (Restored but still standing) and Roslyn Road Bridge.

Location: Roslyn Road Bridge and Robbins Farmway Bridge

Location: Wheatley Hills Golfway Bridge

Location: Hillside Avenue Bridge


Oct 19 2017 Joe Oesterle 11:20 PM

LIMP enters left, crosses Willis Ave, LIRR, Roslyn Rd, and I am trying hard to see the farmway bridge that is supposed to be just east of Roslyn Rd.  Then it turns south through Wheatly Hills Golf Club, and crosses over Hillside Ave.

I also see the old Willis House, and the old pond across Willis Avenue.  I believe there was an old horse farm just east of the LIRR north of Hillside Ave.  We can also see than Wheatly Hills Golf Club has expanded over the years. 

We can see the old houses that were just north of the LIMP on Willis Ave on the west side.  I believe at least one of those houses still stands today.  The ‘Happiness Homes’ in Williston Park have not yet begun construction. 

North of the LIMP east of Willis Ave we can see the street have been gridded, but no houses appear. 

Oct 20 2017 Frank Mendyk 12:13 AM

The location of the mystery photo is a section of the LIMP from Willis Ave to Hillside Ave.  This would include the towns and villages of Albertson, Williston Park, East Williston and Old Westbury.

The major roads in the photo would be Willis Ave, Roslyn Rd, Guinea Woods Rd (Glen Cove Rd), and Hillside Ave.
LIRR Oyster Bay branch

LIMP bridges,  Willis Ave, LIRR Oyster Bay branch, Roslyn Rd, Robbins Lane, Wheatley Hills, and Hillside Ave.  Building - Roslyn Lodge

The golf course seen in the photo is Wheatley Hills golf club.

Oct 20 2017 Greg O. 7:29 AM

-LIMP section between the Willis Ave bridge and the Hillside Ave bridge

Major roads
-LIMP, Glen Cove Rd, Willis Ave, Hillside Ave.

Motor Parkway bridges and building
-Roslyn Lodge, Willis Ave bridge, LIRR bridge, Roslyn Rd, Robbins Lane, Wheatley Golfway Bridge, Hillside Ave.

Golf course
-Wheatley Hills Golf Club

Oct 21 2017 Brian D McCarthy 4:57 PM

Glad to be an inspiration for this Mystery Foto, Howard!

*Location:  East Williston & Williston Park

*Major Rds:  LIMP, Willis Ave, Oyster Bay Branch LIRR, Roslyn Rd, Hillside Ave, Glen Cove Rd

*LIMP Bridges & Buildings:  Willis Ave, Oyster Bay Branch LIRR, Roslyn Rd, Robbins La, Wheatley Hills Golfway ( was originally designated as a Farmway type for the Titus Farm ), and Hillside Ave. Large building just w/o the LIMP was originally the Titus Home, but then became the initial clubhouse for the golf course in 1913. The building further west is the present day clubhouse.

*Golf Course: Wheatley Hills

Oct 22 2017 George Philippides 12:40 AM

This is a view of the LIMP circa 1928, overlooking the Wheatley Hills Golf club.
LIMP cuts through the golf course North-South. In the center of golf course is a bridge over parkway connecting two halves of golf course. Hillside avenue is left to right, on southern border. LIMP running west crosses Roslyn Road, which had a bridge.

Oct 22 2017 Tim Ivers 10:52 AM

East Williston, showing the LIMP curving through the Wheatley Hills Golf Course?
Glen Cove Road on vertical right.
Hillside Avenue across bottom, and LIMP bridge over Hillside visible lower right.

Oct 22 2017 S. Berliner, III 3:47 PM

Anyone can look it up so I’ll go it alone.  That’s the area of the Wheatley Hills GC in Williston Park/Albertson/wherever, directly over Roslyn Road just north of the Jericho Pike (like that?), with Willis Avenue at far left, then the LIRR’s Oyster Bay Branch, then Roslyn Road, the LIMP Row curving down from the near top, and finally Guinea Woods Road at far right.  I. U. Willets Road is at the very top and Hillside-cum-East Williston Avenue at the bottom.  The road crossings are obvious, as is the Roslyn Lodge, and the Wheatley Hills GC bridge shows clearly near the lower right.  Whew!  Sam, III

Oct 22 2017 paul dinatale 4:56 PM

i think i see the roosevelt race track but i may be mistaken as there were many tracks for horse racing back then.  that is about all i can say

Oct 22 2017 paul dinatale 4:59 PM

also on the top of the photo looks like mitchell field or roosevelt air field.???

Oct 22 2017 Frank Mendyk 5:23 PM

The location of the mystery photo is a section of the LIMP from Willis Ave to Hillside Ave. This would include the hamlets and villages of Albertson, Williston Park, East Williston, and Old Westbury.
Major roads - Willis Ave, Roslyn Rd, Guinea Woods Rd (Glen Cove Rd), New York State Route 25B ( Hillside Ave, East Williston Ave),  and the future ROW for New York State Route 908G (Northern State Parkway).

LIMP bridges - Willis Ave, LIRR Oyster bay Branch, Roslyn Rd, Robbins Lane, Wheatley Hills, and Hillside Ave.
Building - Roslyn Lodge

Golf Course - Wheatley Hill golf club.

Oct 22 2017 Steve Lucas 8:12 PM

We’re looking at an aerial view over East Williston with north at the top of the photo. The LIMP enters at the left, heads east and then curves south with bridges over Willis Avenue, LIRR Oyster Bay Branch, Roslyn Road and Hillside Avenue. Also in view is the “golfway” bridge in the middle of Wheatley Hills Golf Course and the Roslyn Lodge just west of Roslyn Road. The other major road is Glen Cove Road running north - south near the right side of the photo.

Oct 22 2017 Dave Russo 9:39 PM

Upon first glance from west to east that looks like LIMP going over Willis Ave, then over Roslyn Road, proceeding into what is now Wheatley Hills golf course, making the sharp turn south to avoid the rich/powerful people of Old Westbury, just like the Northern State was forced to do and crossing over Hillside.

Brian thanks for map tip. Very cool. Strange thing….I tinkered around w it for a few mins and it appears the 1926 aerials are more clear/concise then the 50’s. you would think it would be the opposite.

Oct 23 2017 Dave Kilkenny 10:44 AM

This is a view of the MP directly over Williston Park, Roslyn, Albertson and East Williston - starting from Willis Avenue on the left thru the Wheatley Hills golf course.  You can also make out the Roslyn toll lodge.

MP crosses over Willis, LIRR, Roslyn Rd, Hillside Ave.

I believe you can also make out the home of Willis on the bottom left by the lake.  I’m not sure when the home was demolished.

Oct 23 2017 frank femenias 8:16 PM

Nice find producing another fantastic aerial! 1926 East Williston with north up. A rare view of still intact Motor Pkwy bridges that have ALL been taken down and gone forever. From left to right are; Willis Ave bridge, Oyster Bay LIRR bridge, Roslyn Rd bridge, after the curve southward the Wheatley Hills Golf bridge, and the Hillside Ave bridge. Motor Pkwy was built four years before the golf course and club members could access the clubhouse from the parkway. Howard, sending an overlay.

Oct 23 2017 ErnieM 8:25 PM

We’re looking at East Williston. North is up. You see the LIMP enter at the bottom where it jumps over Hillside Avenue before entering the Wheatly Hills Golf Club, then curving left (west) near the top of the image. There is a bridge for golfers there! Glen Cove Road is to the right (east).

Oct 23 2017 frank femenias 8:43 PM

Whoops! Forgot Robbins Farmway bridge after Roslyn Rd

Oct 23 2017 frank femenias 8:45 PM

....And the Roslyn Lodge

Oct 23 2017 Brian D McCarthy 11:06 PM

Dave Russo….I was delighted that the 1926 maps are clearer than the 1950 ones. Your seeing the parkway in it’s magnificence! Here’s another neat trick…locate the Robbins La Pkwy Bridge ( Between Roslyn Rd and Wheatley Hills Golf Course ) on the 1926 or any of the other maps, then click on the location. The current property info will display. It matches perfectly with Frank Femenias"s submitted aerials.

Also want to point out that Mr. Berliner has had these maps for years, and the maps are on his website. I just came across the Nassau County site because of extensive internet searching.

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