The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has completed their extension of the 1/2 mile section of the Bethpage Bikeway in Bethpage State Park. Here is a "Then & Now" of this section built on and near the Long Island Motor Parkway.
March 1908 Survey
Long Island Motor Parkway, Inc. purchased 16.28 acres in this area from the Botto family.
Then: July 1908 Construction Photos
Looking west from the Botto Farm.
Looking north from the Botto Farm.
1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race
This section of the Motor Parkway was part of the course for the 1908 Motor Parkway Sweepstakes and the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
A banked Motor Parkway curve similar to the one seen in Bethpage State Park.
Then: 1926 Aerial
The Botto Farm was north and south of the the Motor Parkway.
1928 Motor Parkway Atlas
Then: 1940s Aerial
The Motor Parkway (now the Bethpage Bikeway) can be seen in the right corner.
This lonely concrete post was the only indication of the Motor Parkway.
A curved section of the Motor Parkway
The road seemed to disappear after 500 yards. There was no indication of the road after this point...until 2012.
The NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) obtained funding to extend the existing 8.8 mile Bethpage Bike Path from the picnic fields at Bethpage State Park. I will continue through Trail View State Park on to Syosset, terminating at the LIRR Station, in a combination Shared Use Path/ On-Road facility with a total length of 16.8 miles.
This 1950 aerial of the Motor Parkway shows the area completed including a banked curves built for the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Then: March 12, 2012 Bikeway Construction Photos
After over 50 years, the Motor Parkway was uncovered.
Then: March 20, 2012
One week later, this section of the Motor Parkway was being "repaved".
This curved section was preserved and not repaved.
Today: October 26, 2013
"Motor Vehicles" are no longer allowed on this section of America's first parkway built for automobiles.
The ribbon on the left was placed there by Sam Berliner III, Al Velocci and me in 2005 to mark the path of the Motor Parkway.
The Bethpage Bikeway is being enjoyed by walkers, skaters and bikers.
An information kiosk on the Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Races will be soon constructed by the NYS Department of Transportation in front of a remnant of a curved bank.
Here I am checking out the trapped rock on the concrete banked curve.