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Dec 06 2019 frank femenias 12:54 PM

Al, Art - Amazing map how only Hillside Ave retained its name. Rocky Hill Road alone took on several names as it snaked through Flushing including; Flushing Ave (Braddock Ave), Springfield Blvd, 56th Ave, Luke Pl,  216th St, 48th Ave, and 47th Ave. Only a tiny portion of the Rocky Hill Rd name (1000ft) remains today in Auburndale, Queens. Let’s just call it RHR!  :D

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 05 2019 frank femenias 7:42 PM

Neat, Sam. 1931 Broadway, today’s Lincoln Center!

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 05 2019 Art Kleiner 11:28 AM

Here’s a picture of Elsie in her real automobile stopping to talk with a horseman.  The picture was from an article in “The Automobile” titled “Woman as Drivers of Automobiles” dated April 19, 1906.  Generally very positive and encouraged women to participate in this new pastime.

From Elsie Janis and The Broadway Show "The Vanderbilt Cup"

Dec 05 2019 frank femenias 2:09 AM

The enhanced photo helped a bit. As always, great stuff! Thank you gentlemen for keeping the historic roadway alive!

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 04 2019 S. Berlner, III 11:21 PM

Ran across more (‘nuf?) - NYC - definitely.  Sam,  III

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 04 2019 S. Berliner, III 11:09 PM

You’re very welcome, Frank.  Thought you might like that one.  Thank YOU!  I didn’t bother following that business card further but I could if anyone wants to know badly enough.  Also, both the DPL and the LoC have endless more S&W pix (not my thing).  Further, I rather doubt there was an “F. Ed Spooner”; that’s far more likely “Fred. Spooner”, as he, himself, put it.  Hey; that phone was in NYC per attached stamp on the back of a photo.  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 04 2019 Al Prete 9:55 PM

The “Hollywood in Queens” map fascinates me, not only because Queens never got its Hollywood, but also because almost none of the streets on the map bear their current names. From looking at a modern map, it looks like the roads are now named as follows: Black Stump Road = 73rd Avenue, Queens Road = Springfield Boulevard, Rocky Hill Road = who knows? The Central Rail Road is the old Creedmoor branch.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 04 2019 Ernie Finamore 3:15 PM

But we can thank Howard for preserving Vince’s creation for us. Thank you, Howard! You know it’s one of my personal favorites in your collection…

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Dec 03 2019 frank femenias 10:08 PM

Sam - Your sis is gorgeous too. Hope I was able to improve the 1904 photo. I’m curious how it compares after on this webpage.

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 03 2019 frank femenias 9:44 PM

Sam - correct again, Rice Circle where Lee once lived.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part I)

Dec 03 2019 S. Berliner, III 7:18 PM

Gotcha, Frank!  Ask and it shall be given - Fred. Spooner (left) and C. S. Wells (right)!  If you want to call them, their phone number is 3472-3 (where - NYC?).  :ยท)  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 03 2019 S, Berliner, III 8:32 AM

Even ten years older, the resemblance is clear.  Familialy, this goes from bad to worse - that little boy stole my father’s hat!  [That’s my grand., great-grand., and Dad., ca. 1904]  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 02 2019 frank femenias 11:42 PM

Thanks Howard, this mystery was a first for me. I’ve never seen before any personal images of Spooner, nor Lazarnick, only their remarkable and extensive work - finally both now captured on the other side of the camera! Now, where’s Wells? Great stuff!

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 02 2019 Dave Russo 8:34 PM

I find it fascinating to look back at LI history and realize how HUGE of an impact in culture that horses had. It’s really one of the major reasons why the wealthy sought out space away from the city to have their Gold Coast space. Sure they wanted escape from NYC, gardens, and hunting space, but so many of these people had huge stables (and many of them had full size tracks!) and bred horses for horse racing and polo, which LI was really noted for.

When I look back at the old pics of Roosevelt Raceway and see the place was packed and everyone was dressed up in suits at the races. When I was growing up in the 80’s the place was no longer big, but I heard many stories about it, and just about every one of my friends fathers would often go to Belmont and talk odds and betting (the Italians especially seemed to love it the most!)

The ruins of Roosevelt existed for a long time and I wish I had the explorer bug then that I have now because there was so much to see. We used to ride our bikes past that place (the recently closed Nathans was a popular arcade spot) and take short cuts though the park, but never looked at anything. That huge Roosevelt Raceway sign hung over Merrick Ave for YEARS after it closed! That thing should be in my house right now!

From Memories of Roosevelt Raceway (1936-1988)

Dec 02 2019 Dave Russo 8:18 PM

I can’t believe this section of LIMP remained until 1995. There is nothing to see now. What a cool little stretch this was. Glad the pics remain. I certainly knew nothing of the LIMP in 1995.

From Mystery Foto #47 Solved: A House Built on the Long Island Motor Parkway Right-Of-Way

Dec 02 2019 Dick Gorman 4:10 PM

Mystery Foto #48… I will go out on a limb here and say the adorable child is Muriel Vanderbilt Willie K’s daughter. She would be about the right age as the child seen in this photo. If it is her the photographer might be Willie K himself.
That’s all I’ve got.

From Mystery Foto #48 Solved: Marion Spooner Photographed at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 02 2019 S. Berliner, III 3:10 PM

Frank - that’s quite different from Lee’s “street” aligning; the house location you describe is not only deep in Officer’s Territory, if it’s the center house on Rice Circle, it was, as I recall, the CO’s house.  Even behind it, on Harmon Avenue, was Top Brass housing.  From this and the the 05 Sep 2018 blog pic, I would guess that Lee’s dad was Dr. George F. Chambers, Pres. of NCCC (and other such - as at U. Pitts.), which would account for the residence.  This is one of those multi-faceted threads I love so dearly.  Sam, III

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part I)

Dec 02 2019 frank femenias 12:38 PM

Sam - It does line up. Lee’s house was located in the center of the semi circle where the red line travels through

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part I)

Dec 02 2019 Art Kleiner 6:34 AM

Brian - confirmed - yellow boxes are golf courses.  See attached.  The key to the map also denotes aviation fields, state parks, yacht clubs and cities, towns and places.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part I)

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