On Sunday, April 2, 2017, Dave Russo and his 12-year old son Sammy embarked on their third annual "Vanderbilt Day". Instead of duplicating the Queens to Melville route, they decided to hike the "unknown" sections of the Motor Parkway from Bethpage to Dix Hills. In the first in this new series, Sammy and Dave documented their excellent Motor Parkway hike from Stewart Avenue to Deadman's Curve in Bethpage.
Dave Russo April 2, 2017: "The original plan was to start at the Maxess Road Bridge and work our way east but we feared that would not be long enough so we decided on a new starting point.....The starting point was Stewart Avenue in Bethpage and we made our way to Dix Hills. This time we left the bikes at home and walked 13 miles. And not a normal 13 miles, there were large portions of the exploration through woods, thorns and thickets. We both came out with many scratches and bites, but at the end of the day we completed our mission and can add another chapter to the memory book!"
Stewart Avenue, Bethpage
Our lone joint photo of the day. We drove to Dix Hills and parked one car, mommy drove us back to Bethpage, took the picture, called us crazy and all sorts of other names, and left us to our mission.
On top of the abutment - pavement, looking west.
Looking west at top of abutment.
The bridge as seen on September 3, 1908. The road under the Motor Parkway then was called Jerusalem Road, often confused with Jerusalem Avenue.
Heading east - approaching Broadway, pavement.
Foran Halfway House Tea Room, Bethpage
The first and only fast food restaurant on the Motor Parkway.
Ellen Foran's establishment in 1938.
Heading east, more original pavement leading up to the curve. Notice how the LIPA lines are always to our right.
Lots of posts along fence line - just east of N. Windhorst Avenue
Deadman's Curve, Bethpage
Looking east over N. Herman Avenue at the curve of the Dead Man.
Great curve picture.
Sam's all time favorite location.
Right after the actual curve, looking east.
Deadman's Curve during the 1908 Motor Parkway Sweepstakes, looking south and west.