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Jan 25 2020 S. Berliner, III 3:02 PM

Brian, better make it late winter or VERY early spring; that brush “springs” up quite quickly.  How I wish I could join you.  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #2 Solved: The New Hyde Park Road Motor Parkway Bridge Abutment

Jan 25 2020 S. Berliner, III 2:55 PM

I know I’m being an oodge but just WHEN was the roadway raised and (assuming I’m remembering correctly) when was if widened to its present width (i.e., almost to the mill doorsill)?  Still hoping you’ll be able to show us the actual lift.  Sam, III
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Howard Kroplick I

The roadbed was expanded by four feet around 1910. The entire lift last Thursday took five hours. We are working on a time-lapse video.

From Update: The Roslyn Grist Mill and a Tuckerette

Jan 25 2020 Art Kleiner 11:14 AM

Yes, Brian - great attendance, many officials, ability to witness it up close and personal and great media attention!  Howard put on a great show!

From The Roslyn Grist Mill Has Lift-Off & Upcoming Tucker 1044 Appearance on Tuesday

Jan 25 2020 Art Kleiner 7:16 AM

I happened to come across this article from Newsday, of March 3, 1942 pertaining to Long Island Lighting’s purchase of 15 acres of Motor Parkway property from Nassau County.  I believe this would be the the southern border of the Links Golf Club.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 24 2020 Brian D McCarthy 8:44 PM

Great footage of the Roslyn Grist Mill! Looks that everything went smoothly, that’s what happens when you have a plan. I did want to see this in person, but couldn’t make it. Knew you would fill us in, thanks Howard.

From The Roslyn Grist Mill Has Lift-Off & Upcoming Tucker 1044 Appearance on Tuesday

Jan 24 2020 Howard Kroplick 7:40 PM

Images of Kawika Sylva have been added.

From Update: The Roslyn Grist Mill and a Tuckerette

Jan 24 2020 Brian D McCarthy 4:58 PM

Thanks Sam III, that’ll be a location to check out in early spring.

From Mystery Foto #2 Solved: The New Hyde Park Road Motor Parkway Bridge Abutment

Jan 24 2020 S. Berliner, III 12:41 PM

This is so bitterly frustrating, I could cry; my LIMP page 10 covered this in detail and ALL the pix, from 06 Jun 2001, are lost so there’s nothing to post - GAHHH!  However, here’s a glimmer.  I was able to recover two blurry thumbnails captioned as follows: “Then, crossing the NSP on LR S/B and swinging L onto Marcus Avenue and entering NSP E/B and getting off at the very next exit for New Hyde Park Road S/B but stopping about half way up the ramp on the N side just past the guard rail (you can easily see where; there isn’t much choice where to pull off), I did what I could to document the remanent abutment (it really is more like a wing wall than an abutment); the first two photos show it under all the trees and poison ivy (lots of that!), and where it peters out into the ground at the far right center, just beyond the last branch” (first pic.) and “Here’s a close-up of the last bit under that branch and another view of the top of the wall” (second pic.) .  It ain’t much but all I could extract (so far).  As far as I know, all that remanent structure should still be there, under the brush on the north side of the north guard rail on the S/B off ramp to New Hyde Park Road (red line on third pic).  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #2 Solved: The New Hyde Park Road Motor Parkway Bridge Abutment

Jan 23 2020 DD 11:50 PM

Also, at LNP/Union intersection, in 1931/2, in other photos from this series that featured the bridge in the background, there was a large pile of stones/concrete on all four corners and the same long, iron pieces at all four corners of that intersection.

From Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series: #11 Little Neck Road Motor Parkway Bridge in Queens

Jan 23 2020 DD 11:43 PM

Al is correct. That must be Shiloah at LNP. That cross street (with the sign too small to read) is way to close to the bridge to be Union at LNP.

From Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series: #11 Little Neck Road Motor Parkway Bridge in Queens

Jan 23 2020 robert miller 1:21 PM

I took shots of that in 1969.  You can still see it when you leave eastbound exit off Northern State for New Hyde Park Road south.  Exit straight part is using LIMP right of way on west side of NHP Road.

From Mystery Foto #2 Solved: The New Hyde Park Road Motor Parkway Bridge Abutment

Jan 23 2020 Art Kleiner 12:05 AM

Thanks for the confirmation, Mark!

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 22 2020 S. Berliner, III 11:51 AM

FAB, Art; thanks!  Now all we need is for some hero (not I, said the little red hen!) to accurately superimpose the bridges and lodges/toll booths!  Sam, III

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The 1941 Suffolk County Map of The Motor Parkway

Jan 21 2020 Mark Lanese 11:28 PM

Art. That is the exact location of where the gated entrance to the Links Golf Club was. I grew up in that neighborhood and remember it well.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 21 2020 Brian D McCarthy 5:35 PM

The latest Mystery Foto #3   01/17/2020 - The Links Golf Course’s Private opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown - has made me to come to realize that the image above - Motor Parkway pavement was still on the ground within Wheatley Hills Golf Club in 1981 - isn’t captioned correctly. Above image matches the same curved road/path ( not LIMP ) and clubhouse in The Links.
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Howard Kroplick
Brian, you are 100% correct. The caption has been changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From From the Ron Ridolph Collection: Images of the Long Island Motor Parkway

Jan 21 2020 John Tucker 4:41 PM

Glad that I could be of help. I’m so glad that our families have this common bond and it’s growing!
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Howard Kroplick

John, you just gave me a very big smile!!

From Update: The Roslyn Grist Mill and a Tuckerette

Jan 21 2020 Art Kleiner 11:17 AM

I had a chance to visit the area last Friday also in the frigid temps (24F)!  No remnants of the gate except possibly a brick found on the other side of the roadway.  Along with other possible pieces of a wall. 

The blue dot in the first pic shows where i was standing.  Estimate of where the gate was. 

And don’t forget the no parking sign in the area - I’m sure Willie K. and friends obeyed.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 20 2020 Al Velocci 10:34 PM

Mark, Vanderbilt was more than friendly with members of the Links Golf Club, he was also a member.                                                                            Brian, The Titus homestead was the original clubhouse which was later expanded. In 1927 a new clubhouse was built. In 1976 it was severely damaged by a fire. It was rebuilt, modernized and expanded at that time.

From Mystery Foto #3 Solved: The Links Golf Course's Private Opening on the Motor Parkway in Searingtown

Jan 20 2020 Al Velocci 2:35 PM

ART, Regarding the 1905 newspaper clipping, Forest Park etc., and Vanderbilt’s involvement. We can thank the Wiliamsburg Bridge which opened in December of 1903 for that. Willie K was quick to take advantage of the fact that this bridge dramatically reduced travel time to Long Island compared to the Brooklyn Bridge. Willie preferred this route rather than taking ferries from Manhattan. My understanding is that some ferries banned automobiles at the time because of the problems with horse drawn vehicles. Other ferries solved that problem by having motorized vehicles board first, much earlier and shutting off their motors. On docking, the motor vehicles had to wait until the horse drawn vehicles were long gone before they could even start their engines. The route thru the cemeteries was never thought of as a private venture. As least as early as 1901 there was talk of extending Eastern Parkway thru the cemeteries to the Forest Park area.  The opening of the Williamsburg Bridge mightily increased the demand for a roadway thru the cemeteries to Queens That battle would go on until the mid 1930’s.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Planning a Long Island Auto Speedway Before the Motor Parkway (1901 to 1905)

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