Apr 19 2017

Exploring the “Mayan Ruins” Bridge in Garden City

With the permission of a surrounding neighbor, members of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society took an up-close look last Saturday of the "Mayan Ruins" Motor Parkway Bridge in Garden City.

Thanks, Mike Z.!


Howard Kroplick

August 1928

These images show the unfinished "Mayan Ruins" bridge south of Old Country Road in Garden City .

The photo was taken at the scene of a car accident by Motor Parkway motorcycle patrolman Thomas Zinzi. His motorcycle can be seen on side of the Motor Parkway.

East Wall

Looking west, the south wall is completely covered in ivy. Everyone agrees that the entire wall is still intact.

Frank taking measurements.

West Wall

Several feet of the West Wall (seen on the far left) have been removed from the top.

Greg showing Art approximately how much of the West Wall is missing.

Overall, it was confirmed that the two concrete structures are the remains of the two walls of the "Mayan Ruins" Motor Parkway Bridge.


Apr 20 2017 frank femenias 12:50 AM

This day’s findings was conducted by the best there is. These are bridge abutments, reduced in height over the years from approximately 8 feet to 3 feet. And the local kids had a blast playing around them over the years.

Apr 20 2017 Dave Russo 12:19 PM

Great work guys but for this mission to be fully completed we have to do one thing: DIG!!!

I volunteer to dig. Might be good idea to do this before someone moves into that other house.

Apr 20 2017 Brian D McCarthy 1:20 PM

Good photos, Howard. Frank and I arrived a little late. In case anyone is wondering, I’m the redhead walking along with Frank at the west abutment. I’m a bit camera shy anyway.

Apr 20 2017 Bill H 11:00 PM

Just to clarify, is this in Garden City near Old Country Road or near Vanderbilt Court where there was a bridge over Clinton Road?  Thanks in advance.
Howard Kroplick:

Bill, it is actually near Transverse Road in Garden City.

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