With the approval of the Town of Oyster Bay, come join the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society and the Bethpage community for a "Clean Up the Historic Deadman's Curve" Day at 9:00 AM Saturday, June 22, 2013. Cars should park on Sophia Street, N.Windhorst Avenue and N. Hermann Avenue. Please bring plastic bags, hand saws, gloves, brooms, shovels and rakes.
Early risers will meet for breakfast at the Plainview Diner, 1094 Old Country Road, at 8:00 AM.
The most dramatic curve in the very curvy 44-mile Long Island Motor Parkway was the almost 90-degree turn south of Hermann Street in Bethpage. Remnants of the "Deadman's Curve" can still be found today as seen in these "Then & Now" images.
This is the September 1907 survey of the curve in Bethpage. The property was purchased from Hermann Windhorst. The two nearby streets were named for the original owner; Hermann Avenue and Windhorst Avenue.
This 1914 Belcher-Hyde map showed the location of the first Deadman's Curve in Bethpage. As previously posted on VanderbiltCupRaces.com, the turn above Central Avenue was also called a "Deadman's Curve".
A aerial view showed the Motor Parkway in Bethpage was very much intact in 1950.
View Looking South
Then: 1908 During the Motor Parkway Sweepstakes, Axel Peterson's #M36 Rainer battled William Haupt's #P41 at the Deadman's Curve. A Long Island Rail Road train can be seen in the background acting as a spectator stand.
Then: 1908 Deadman's Curve was part of the courses for the1908 Motor Parkway Sweepstakes and the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Note: The banking of the curve and guard rails- pioneering road features for the period.
Then: 1908 The P43 Simplex driven by Frank Lescault at the Bethpage "Deadman's Curve" during the 1908 Motor Parkway Sweepstakes.
Then: 1910 A rare view of an early touring car on the Motor Parkway.
Now: 2003 Amazingly much of the banked curve survives today.
View Looking East
2012 Google Map
A 2012 Google Map view of the Deadman's Curve.
Update: June 15, 2013 Links to Deadman's Curve website pages
Link to Art's Motor Parkway Deadman's Curve I page.
Link to Sam Berliner III's Deadman's Curve page.
Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society Meeting, May 23, 2013
The Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society met on Thursday, May 23, 2013. A special presentation was made by Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci on Deadman's Curve and plans to restore it. Over 35 people enjoyed the program.