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Dec 16 2018 S. Berliner, III 11:19 PM

Hah!  There’;s an old typo!  The LIMP didn’t eliminate “highways”; only the at-grade crossings of same.  What got me to write, though, is to ask if there’s a date anywhere on the brochure.  One might assume 1917-18 from “War Tax”.  Thanks , Frank.  Sam, III

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 16 2018 Howard Kroplick 11:05 PM

Update: Added Long Island Motor Parkway brochure courtesy of Frank Femenias.

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 16 2018 frank femenias 9:20 PM

There’s actually a third photo of this bridge on the front cover of a ‘Long Island Motor Parkway’ brochure, that I somehow cannot locate now, even if my life depended on it. Or was I dreaming?

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 16 2018 S. Berliner, III 7:39 PM

I somehow missed Bridge Series 15 but find it hard to believe that all traces are gone.  The abutments and wing walls didn’t sit flat on the ground.  Assuming they had rebar in the foundations, it’s probably still under there and thus readily locatable by magnetometer.  It seems unlikely anyone would have bothered to bulldoze the underpinnings up in an undeveloped area like that.  How precisely can we locate Station 742?  Buried treasure seekers, get cracking!  Sam, III

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 16 2018 Howard Kroplick 1:46 PM

Update: Captions have been added to the images

From Updated: My Favorite Queens Motor Parkway Images for the New York City Parks Department

Dec 16 2018 Gary Monti 1:32 PM

In the far distance of the photo, to the North,  are the hangars of Curtiss Field. Curtiss Field was renamed and incorporated one year later as the eastern section of Roosevelt Field.

From The Salvation Army Hotel Being Moved Down Clinton Road in Garden City in 1928

Dec 16 2018 Al Velocci 11:41 AM

HI Bill, Regarding the sale of property to the golf course.  The Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co. on June 10, 1925, sold off the 110 acre parcel to the Intercollegiate Golf Club for $232,780 taking back a $200,000 mortgage. I’m assuming, based on the large mortgage, they had no plans to expand the airfield and the property was simply unneeded. On March 1, 1928 Intercollegiate sold the property to Golf Associates. On June 1, that same year they sold the golf course to the Old Westbury Golf Club. By the end of 1932, the club closed and the property was sold off to the Clearview Golf and Yacht Club. (They were looking for a new location as the City of New York purchased their club for $940,000) They never re-opened the golf course and in 1942 they sold the property to a Walter Haber. In 1950 the property was acquired by Webb & Knpp who already owned the 250 acre Roosevelt Field. Al.

From The Salvation Army Hotel Being Moved Down Clinton Road in Garden City in 1928

Dec 16 2018 Art Kleiner 6:28 AM

Howard, is there anything we can do to support the efforts to get historical markers placed? 
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Howard Kroplick

Art, will do. Right now they are in the early planning stages of the project.

From Updated: My Favorite Queens Motor Parkway Images for the New York City Parks Department

Dec 16 2018 Joseph DeBono 6:14 AM

Those are all great images Howard, of the Motor Parkway in Queens. Haven’t seen them in a while.Thanks for showing them.

From Updated: My Favorite Queens Motor Parkway Images for the New York City Parks Department

Dec 15 2018 Howard Kroplick 11:54 AM

I am convinced by Brian, Greg and Frank, the survey team was in front of the Smith Farmway Bridge in Lake Success.

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 14 2018 frank femenias 9:45 AM

Amazing a 3-storied structure can be rolled away just like that, and then later moved again to Hempstead! Thanks for sharing these Bill.

From The Salvation Army Hotel Being Moved Down Clinton Road in Garden City in 1928

Dec 14 2018 Howard Kroplick 9:28 AM

Village Historian Bill Bellmer has added a photo of the former Salvation Army Hotel as it stands today as apartments in Hempstead.

From The Salvation Army Hotel Being Moved Down Clinton Road in Garden City in 1928

Dec 13 2018 frank femenias 9:37 PM

Brrr, ankles in snow. This could also be the second only photo of Smith farmway bridge. Check out the matching rails

http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/images/made/images/blog/12-02-2007-01-10-49-859_edited-1_1_620_392.jpg

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 13 2018 Brian D McCarthy 1:50 PM

These photos are amazing! Check out that Steam Roller, must have ran on firewood!

Field Party image brings the Smith Farmway Bridge to mind.

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 13 2018 Greg O. 1:35 AM

Also, forgot to add as per your link I shared, it’s stated;
“...Moreover, the wooden railings were typical for a farmway bridge.”

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 13 2018 Greg O. 1:29 AM

Hi Howard,
Looking closely at ‘the 1st bridge after Great Neck’ photo of the Smith Farmway Bridge, the tree line very much resembles that of the field party posing. Could this be the Smith bridge and not Old Courthouse?

http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/long_island_motor_parkway_bridge_series15_the_smith_farmway_bridge_in_lake_

From Updated: Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: A Motor Parkway Survey Team in Lake Success in 1909

Dec 12 2018 Brian D McCarthy 8:26 PM

Excellent image and captures, Bill.

From The Salvation Army Hotel Being Moved Down Clinton Road in Garden City in 1928

Dec 12 2018 S. Berliner, III 5:45 PM

‘Tis I, again!  I just realized that the second Close-Up, “Curtiss Engineering headquarters and factories”, shows a small but substantial building just in front of the Engineering building, left (east) of the truck on Stewart.  When I worked in the NW corner of the Engrg. building ca. 1958, that was the LI Nat’l Bank (my first adult account), later Franklin, now Chase.  As a North-oriented person, I made up a ref. map to show this - <http://sbiii.com/histpix/curt_map.jpg>.  B=Bank, E=Engrg., F1=orig. factory (with pass-through), F2=later factory, P=power plant, plus (approx.) T=toll lodge and S=super’s bldg.  More fun; love this!  Sam,III

From Mystery Foto #49 Solved:Hazelhurst Field, Garden City Lodge,Curtiss Engineering & Camp Mills in 1918

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