Jul 02 2018

Mystery Friday Foto #26: A 2003 “Now” Foto on the Meadow Brook Lodge Entrance Right-Of-Way

My favorite co-author Al Velocci challenged you to identify this former location on the Motor Parkway right-of-way.

Mystery Foto #26- Is the year really almost half over?

Answer to the Mystery Foto questions

  • Identify the location of this 2003 Foto and orientation of the photographer?

Merrick Avenue on the East Meadow/Westbury border looking west  at the New York Community Bank parking lot ramp.

  • Link the Foto to the Long Island Motor Parkway.

The former entrance to the Meadow Brook Lodge.

  • Link the Foto to the Vanderbilt Cup Races

The courses for the 1908, 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races went over the Merrick Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge, a few feet north from the Mystery Foto location.

Comments (21)

Congrats to Brian McHale, Ron Ridolph, Dave Russo, John Cunningham,Tim Ivers, Steve Lucas, Joe Oesterle, Art Kleiner (see Kleiner's Korner), Richard Panchyk, Lee Chambers, Andy,Eric Shaffer, Greg Tsistinas, Sam Berliner III, John Herling, Greg O., Frank Femenias (see Femenias' Findings) and Frank Mendyk for identifying the Merrick Avenue location.

Kudos to Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner, Greg O. and Frank Femenias for linking the Mystery Foto to the 1908, 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races.


Howard Kroplick


Femenias' Findings (Submitted by Frank Femenias)

Kleiner's Korner (Submitted by Art Kleiner)

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 3, 1909

1908 Postacrd


Google Earth Looking East

Google Earth Looking West

Then and Now


Jun 28 2018 Brian McHale 9:54 PM

Looking west from Merrick Rd.  towards toll house.

Jun 28 2018 Ron Ridolph 10:03 PM

The photo is at Merrick Avenue looking West and on former lands of the LIMP.

Jun 28 2018 Dave Russo 11:06 PM

Easiest one ever! The “then” pics can be confusing sometimes, but the “now” pics—-those I know!

NY Community Bank building on Merrick Ave in Westbury looking west up the former entrance ramp to the LIMP - former location of the Meadowbrook Lodge.

The LIMP is located just north (right) of this location. Eisenhower Park is directly behind this photographer.

Jun 28 2018 Denis Byrne 11:58 PM

I believe this is looking west from the west boundary of Eisenhower Park along Merrick Ave at the driveway of the federal offices (FAA?) and that this driveway is the old MP Right of Way.

Jun 29 2018 Joseph Emanuele 11:51 AM

Garden City, off old country rd

Jun 29 2018 John Cunningham 1:58 PM

This picture is the current site of the Meadowbrook lodge and bridge from the previous mystery foto.  Photographer is facing northwest, in the direction of the racecourse and grandstand at Roosevelt Field.  The smokestacks in the background are from the Covanta Hempstead plant on merchants concourse.  This section was used during the 1908 Cup race.  Very new at this so please forgive any mistakes.  At the very least, it has to be the same area as the previous mystery foto.

Jun 29 2018 Tim Ivers 4:19 PM

Merrick Avenue looking west just north of Stewart Avenue.
The driveway of the NY Community Bank
Formerly the site of the Meadow Brook Lodge of the LIMP.

Jun 29 2018 Steve Lucas 10:46 PM

We are looking west on Merrick Avenue on the border between Westbury and East Meadow. The driveway in the photo leads to the rear parking lot of the New York Community Bancorp building, 615 Merrick Avenue. It was built over the entrance to the Meadow Brook Lodge on the LIMP. A few feet to the north would have been the LIMP bridge over Merrick Avenue, which was part of the course for the 1908, 1909, and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races.

Jun 30 2018 Joe Oesterle 12:37 AM

The entrance off Merrick Rd to the Meadowbrook Lodge.

Jun 30 2018 Art Kleiner 6:57 AM

Identify the location of this 2003 Foto and orientation of the photographer?
Merrick Avenue, East Meadow looking west from Eisenhower Park. 

Link the Foto to the Long Island Motor Parkway.
Driveway was the entrance ramp to the Motor Parkway via the Meadowbrook lodge. 

Link the Foto to the Vanderbilt Cup Races
Part of the course for the 1908, 1909 and 1910 races.

Jun 30 2018 Art Kleiner 7:00 AM

Actually, Merrick Avenue in Westbury.

Jul 01 2018 Richard Panchyk 1:01 AM

This is a shot looking at the entrance/exit to what is now the NYCB building at 615 Merrick Avenue (west side) and shows the ROW of the Motor Parkway as it approached the Merrick Avenue crossing, heading into what is now Eisenhower Park. The camera is facing west.

Jul 01 2018 Lee Chambers 1:23 AM

Photo is looking westward from Merrick Ave.  The ramp leading to the parking structure behind the bank was the route of the LIMP as it crossed Merrick Ave. into the Salisbury Golf Club. 

Off in the distance, a portion of the recycling plant can be seen, former site of Mitchel Gardens.  The LIMP skirted the edge of the property which was intended as civilian housing for those working at Mitchel Field.

Jul 01 2018 Andy 1:30 AM

615 Merrick Ave looking west.

Jul 01 2018 eric shaffer 7:10 AM

Looking west it shows the approximate location of the entrance to the meadowbrook toll lodge on the LIMP.

Jul 01 2018 Greg Tsistinas 8:59 AM

I pass this spot twice a day! It’s now a driveway to the NYCB bank on Merrick ave in west bury across from Eisenhower park facing west! It was the on ramp to the Long Island Motor Parkway where there was a toll house at the entrance! Before that it was the turn that came down from Ellison ave that then cut over Merrick Ave into Eisenhower park through the golf course and out to Salisbury park drive! Some of the golf cart paths are actually part of the old race course!How cool is that?

Jul 01 2018 S. Berliner, III 4:17 PM

Give-away time!  NY Commercial Bankcorp building at 615 Merrick Avenue in Westbury{?} looking (LI) west along LIMP RoW (or was it the Merrick Road ramp?).  Ve (Howard, Al, and I) vuz dere, Cholly, ‘way back.  VCR?  Well, duh - I duuno and won’t look it up.  Sam, III

Jul 01 2018 John Herling 7:11 PM

This is a driveway leading into a parking lot behind the New York Community Bank building on Merrick Avenue.

Jul 01 2018 Greg O. 10:43 PM

Looking West from Merrick Ave at was once the exact location of the entrance for the Meadowbrook Lodge.

The Meadow Brook Lodge was the beginning of the parkway section for the 1908, 1909 and 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Races courses.

Jul 02 2018 frank femenias 2:43 PM

This is the former entrance ramp to the Motor Pkwy and to the Meadowbrook lodge. We’re looking West from Merrick Ave in East Garden City/Westbury across the street from Eisenhower Park. The lodge was up the hill and just to the right behind the building against the low hedge in the back. But before reaching the lodge the ramp ascended up the hill, curved to the left, then quickly curved back around towards the lodge. Howard, sending a photo . 

This ramp also provided access for spectators viewing the 1908 - 1910 races. The parkway bridge just to the right of the photo carried the Motor Pkwy through the center of the building. 

When Brian McCarthy and I tried to gain access last year, we were greeted with a closed gate and overhead camera. I think the gate remains open during business hours

Jul 02 2018 Frank Mendyk 7:11 PM

The ramp leading up to the Meadow Brook Lodge in Westbury/East Meadow.
The photo is looking west from the west side of Merrick Ave.

Jul 03 2018 S. Berliner, III 11:45 AM

Oog - “Meadow Brook”!  Here’s a Street View shot more closely approximating the Chaplinesque lodge entrance view, allowing for that damn truck obstructing the angle: <http://sbiii.com/limpnass/615merrk.jpg>.  The LIMP ramp is on the far side of the fences.  While we’re at it, stretching my memory, isn’t that greenish-gray Butler building at the left Howard’s old tennis court venture (or next door to it)?  Sam, III

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