This weekend's Mystery Foto was another amazing aerial from Fairchild Aerial Surveys.
Mystery Foto questions:
- Identify the location and orientation of the aerial
Lake Success looking south/west at Lakeville Road with Northern State Parkway on the right. The two Robert Moses bridges over the Northern State Parkway can be seen on the right; the easterly one is Lakeville Road and the westerly one was the abandoned bridge for the Long Island Motor Parkway.
- Relate the aerial to Long Island Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Races
Remnants of the Motor Parkway can be seen going into Queens. See below Femenias' Findings.
Lakeville Road seen in Mystery Foto was part of the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race course.
- Why are hundreds of automobiles parked in the Mystery Foto?
This was the parking lot for the Sperry Gyroscope Plant.
- What facility was being built in the aerial?
The Long Island Jewish Hospital.
- Identify the golf course.
Glen Oaks Golf and Country Club.
- What year was the aerial taken? Provide a rationale.
June 10, 1952. Provided on the back of the photo. Only kidding, the rationale includes: the four lanes of the Northern State Parkway, construction of the hospital building and level of growth seen on the Motor Parkway bridge.
Congrats to Joe Oesterle, Greg O., Brian McHale, Steve Lucas, David I, Tim Ivers, Sam Berliner III, Art Kleiner (see Kleiner's Korner), Edith Klarmann, Dick Gorman, Tom Hutchins, Frank Femenias (see Femenias' Findings) and Steven Vilardi for identifying Lake Success and the orientation of the aerial. Kudos to Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner and Frank Femenias for linking the Mystery Foto to the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race course (Lakeville Road).
The Sperry Gyroscope Plant in Lake Success on September 27, 1952
As noted by Sam Berliner III, this 2016 Mystery Foto shows a similar view highlighting the Sperry Gyroscope Plant.
1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course
The section of Lakeville Road in the Mystery Foto was part of the 1905 course.
Northern State Parkway Motor Parkway Bridge
A 1954 view of the area looking east.
More trees growing on the Motor Parkway bridge.
The Motor Parkway bridge being taken down in the 1960s.
Femenias' Findings (Submitted by Frank Femenias)
Then & Now
Kleiner's Korner (Submitted by art Kleiner)
Newsday, October 22, 1949
The New York Times, December 11, 1950
The New York Times, May 21, 2000