Last weekend's Mystery Foto is still a mystery!
Mystery Foto questions:
This photo of the Motor Parkway has never been identified and its location can only be speculated. Hint: Wayne Consolla's Online Long Island Motor Parkway Map
- Where do you think this photo was taken including county, village and nearest cross road? Provide a rationale.
Nine possible options:
- The Fresh Meadows curve looking west between 73rd Street bridge and Hollis Court Boulevard: Steve Lucas and Eric
- East of Springfield Boulevard looking east: Sam Berliner III
- West of Winchester Boulevard: Greg O.
- Deadman’s Curve in Bethpage looking south: Tim Ivers and James Spina
- Plainview Road curve, Bethpage looking north: Art Kleiner and Tim Ivers
- Dix Hills bend looking east between McCulloch Drive and East McLane Drive: Dick Gorman
- Heading east in Central Islip near today’s Milford Drive: Frank Femenias
- Hoffman Lane in Hauppauge looking north: Brian McCarthy
What is the estimated date of the photo? Provide a rationale.
Based on Waldo's parked automobile, the photo is circa 1928.
Since this Mystery Foto is still open (and may never be solved), please review the options below and comment on the most likely location.
Factors to consider:
- The curve
- The surrounding pattern of trees
- The grade of the Motor Parkway
Update: A Tour of the Possible Options by Brian McCarthy March 29, 2017
Howard, I know this mystery is a group effort and you will eventually explain why or why not our proposed locations would match this photo. I feel compelled to describe the locations in Suffolk, Nassau, and Queens. I drove through out Suffolk.
*McCulloch Dr east towards E McLlane Dr- It's a east straightaway, then a southerly curve. But there are a few too many highs and lows regarding the grade of the LIMP. Of course the LIMP has widened, but I believe the natural grade remained the same to the present.
*Milford Dr east towards Hawthorne Ave- It's a east straightaway, then a southerly curve. The straightaway looks right enough, but the curve towards Hawthorne is too short/immediate.
*Bridge Rd east towards Hoffman La- It's a east straightaway, then a southerly curve. This area "looked right" from an aerial. But with the interruption of the LIE, Vets Hwy, and Businesses; it's a tough one to prove.
*Bedford Ave towards Old Nichols Rd- It starts out as an east straightaway, but the curve starts out as an "S" shape; and then sharply heads east towards Nichols. Doesn't really match the mystery photo.
*Plainview Rd- We realize it was a north straightaway, then a east curve towards Plainview Rd. After viewing photos of this location, there's consistent guardrailing on the straightaway and curve. The mystery photo has no guardrailing on the straightaway.
*Deadmans Curve #1- We realize it was a south straightway, then a west curve. After viewing photos of this location, there's also consistent guardrailing on the straightaway and curve. Again, the mystery photo lacks guardrailing on the straightaway.
Queens: I'm regarding this locations in the following order of Least Likely to Most Likely
*Fresh Meadows Curve- View west, then northerly curve to Western Terminus. It looks convincing, but the north curve is more pronounced than the curve in the mystery photo.
*E/O Springfield Blvd-View east, then southerly curve. Could be a candidate, the curve is similar to the mystery photo.
*W/O Winchester Blvd- View west, then northerly curve. With the mounting evidence, I feel now this is the mystery photos location.
Like I said before, this is a fun and group effort. These are just my own opinions after viewing everything.
Brian D McCarthy
Fresh Meadows Curve: Steve Lucas and Eric
Fresh Meadows Curve-1938
East of Springfield Boulevard: Sam Berliner III
East of Springfield Boulevard-1924
West of Winchester Boulevard: Greg O.
Update 3/29/2017: Submitted by Frank Femenias
Deadman’s Curve in Bethpage looking south: Tim Ivers and James Spina
Plainview Road curve, Bethpage looking north: Art Kleiner and Tim Ivers
Bethpage Aerial- 1928
Dix Hills bend looking east between McCulloch Drive and East McLane Drive: Dick Gorman
The Final Three Curves in Suffolk County
Suffolk County Airmap-1930
Femenias' Findings (Submitted by Fank Femenias)
Heading east in Central Islip near today’s Milford Drive: Frank Femenias
Motor Parkway at Milford Drive looking east towards the uphill curve.
Then & Now
Two More Options
West of Hoffman Lane in Hauppauge looking north: Brian McCarthy
The final Motor Parkway curve: West of Old Nichols Road