Dec 19 2008

A Nassau County Tour of the Long Island Motor Parkway

Several people have requested maps of the path of the 44-mile Long Island Motor Parkway to explore for remnants of the America's first automobile road and its ever-present parkway concrete posts. To help these LIMP fans, I have put together routes in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties using a 1940 map showing the Long Island Motor Parkway right-of-way.

In the second of a three-part series, click here for a pdf of the Nassau County LIMP map. The Suffolk County map will follow in a few days.

Long Island Motor Parkway highlights in Nassau include:

-The remains of the Great Neck Lodge (part of a private home) off Lakeville Road in Lake Success

-The Old Courthouse Road Bridge over the Motor Parkway in Manhasset Hills

-The Roslyn Toll Lodge (now a private home) off Roslyn Road in East Williston

-The site of the Garden City Toll Lodge off Clinton Road in East Garden City

-The General Manager's Home off Clinton Road in East Garden City

-The site of the Vanderbilt Cup Race grandstand on Orchid Road and Skimmer Road in Levittown

-Deadman's Curve at N.Hermann Road and Sofia Road in Bethpage

-Battle Row Campgrounds in Old Bethpage

-The Colyer Farmway Bridge in Old Bethpage Restoration Village

Click here for a pdf of the Queens LIMP map. Long Island Motor Parkway highlights in Queens include:

-The Western Terminus of the Motor Parkway at Horace Harding Boulevard and Peck Avenue

-The Queens Greenway Bike Path from Cunningham Park to Alley Pond Park inluding hundreds of concrete posts

- Three original Motor Parkway bridges at 73rd Avenue, Hollis Hills Terrace and Springfield Boulevard

- The entrance and exit ramps to the Motor Parkway at Springfield Boulevard


Dec 21 2008 James Pearsall 9:52 PM

I was born in Woodmere 1939, lived there until 1948, then moved to Lynbrook. As a Boy Scout we camped at Harkness Scout Camp in Jericho and walked on part of the Motor Parkway. My father, born 1897, said he rode on it many times. Any effort to preserve this important historical entity is worthile supporting. Many thanks. Jim Pearsall, now in NJ.

Dec 24 2008 Howard Kroplick 10:10 PM


Thanks for the comment. What streets bordered the Harkness Scout Camp? I will try to find some old aerial images of it.



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