Dec 11 2009

The Fairchild Collection of the NY State Archives-North Hempstead

The latest favorite website on The Fairchild Aerial Survey Collection in the New York State Archives,forwarded by Bill Bellmer, provides hundreds of historic aerial photos of New York. Last Thursday's post highlighted several Motor Parkway aerial surveys in Queens. A few more Motor Parkway treasures can be found in the North Hempstead Collection:

North Hempstead Collection


This 12/27/1951 aerial of Lake Success is filled with Vanderbilt, Motor Parkway and UN history. Enlarge the image on the website, move to the left and you can find the still standing Northern State Parkway Motor Parkway Bridge, Willie K's former Deepdale Estate, the State Police Headquarters, the embankment for the Lakeville Road Bridge, the Great Neck Lodge (a private home in 1951). Move to the right and you will discover the huge Sperry plant, the site of the first UN Headquarters .


This July 7, 1951 aerial of Roosevelt Field shows how the Motor Parkway surrounded this historic airfield which closed only 37 days before this aerial was taken.


Enlarge this aerial and move to the left and you will find still standing two Motor Parkway bridges in Mineola in 1951. Note the Motor Parkway went under Old County Road and over the Long Island Rail Road. Also note the line of trees on the border of the Motor Parkway in this area.


This October 15, 1951 aerial of Glen Cove Road and the LIRR in Mineola shows a different view of the Motor Parkway Bridge over the railroad tracks.


The Motor Parkway right-of-way from Mineola to East Meadow can be seen in this 1951 aerial. Can you find the Garden City Lodge and the Meadow Brook Lodge?


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