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Jun 18 2018 Al Velocci 10:17 PM

Howard, I agree with Greg and Tim that we are most likely looking west over the Broadway- Hicksville Rd. bridge. Who ever wrote the caption for the card took some liberties but it is not an error as the area just north and east of Broadway-Hicksville Rd. is known as West Central Park in the 1914 Belcher-Hyde Atlas of Nassau County.  That would make the house on the right belonging to Joseph Walsh who sold the Parkway the R.O. W. in this area. Good work Greg and Tim.

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Jun 18 2018 Greg O. 9:53 PM

One final convincing item; The house on the right in the mystery photo has 2 distinct levels on the roof split down the center of the house. This can be seen on the structure closest to the LIMP in the aerial of the Massapequa-Hicksville bridge.

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Jun 18 2018 Bob Albertson 8:34 PM

Powell Ave bridge. A foundation to a water tower or ice house still is between the entrance to the Bethpage State Park and the Bethpage Bikeway.

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Jun 18 2018 Frank Mendyk 8:06 PM

The building of the Central Ave Bridge over the LIRR at Bethpage. I would say the photographer took the photo facing to the south.  I would guess that the correct image would be of the photo being flipped horizontal as you displayed.
The construction would be the early part of 1908.

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Jun 18 2018 Tim Ivers 8:02 PM

My guess is the Hicksville Rd. Route 107 bridge looking west from the east side of the bridge overpass.  I see the small house by the side of the road, the windmill behind, and what looks like a 2 story house beyond the windmill with reverse gables.
The 1926 aerial shows what might be where these structures were . The year would be 1908.

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Jun 18 2018 Greg O. 4:07 PM

I’ll also add; on even closer scrutiny, the farmhouse next to the weathervane in my supporting photo matches the roofline of the farmhouse that can be just barely seen at the treetops in the mystery photo.

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Jun 18 2018 Greg O. 3:50 PM

I believe this to be the Massapequa-Hicksville Bridge looking West in Sept 1908.
I’ve emailed a supporting photo for my guess showing a weathervane and tree matching the proximity of the mystery photo.

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Jun 18 2018 Richard G Krause 11:53 AM

As residents of Shelter Island, we use the “back roads’to go through South Hampton, which also, go right thru the Country club , whenever we go “UP ISLAND”:  (as the natives always say! )  The next big golf outing will be @ Bethpage State golf course!  The infamous black course!  My Dad a good golfer always played the Black course!  And I got to be his caddie….So happy you had a good time at this golf outing!

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Jun 18 2018 Richard G Krause 11:42 AM

Mr Kroplick, Your Emails are always so much fun!  As a boy growing up in Farmingdale, (I was born on Crestwood blvd in So F,dale, I recall so much of your wonderful photos and evidence, of the Motor parkway!  I also as a pilot, who learned to fly out of Zahns airport!  Had the advantage of seeing it all from the air , in the late 1950,s until today!  I suspect this picture may be of the RR bridge, in Central park?  Pleases keep them coming sir…..Your emails are always an adventure

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Jun 18 2018 Art Kleiner 8:46 AM

How about the Nibbe Farmway Bridge in Central Park.  Circa August/September, 1908.  Second guess - Powell Avenue Bridge same timeframe. 

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Jun 17 2018 Steve Lucas 8:21 PM

I think we’re looking north on Plainview Road during construction of the bridge over the LIMP in 1908. The road in the foreground (all dirt) does not resemble the actual LIMP under construction so I think it could be the straightened out section of Plainview Road that was moved slightly west of the “old” Plainview Road. Since the bridge appears to be almost completed, I would expect the LIMP pavement to have been completed previously if it was in fact the LIMP. The building on the right looks like the rear of an old residence, which means the front could be facing “old” Plainview Road as it would be. Also, I don’t think the LIMP right-of-way would have been that close to a residence. Also, if the “Central Park” notation is accurate, then the only “highway bridge” in the vicinity is Plainview Road.

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Jun 17 2018 Roger A Price 4:27 PM

Howard,
Thanks for those terrific Mustang photos.  Perhaps, of all the cars we’ve owned, our ‘67 Mustang, in Lime Gold, was our favorite.  Wish we still had it.  ‘
Rog

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Jun 17 2018 Bob Fria 1:26 PM

Great photos!  Thanks for sharing this special exhibit. I spoke years ago with the owner of the 64 Green convertible when we were trying to understand it’s heritage.
_______________________________

Howard Kroplick

Bob, thank you for all efforts in researching and preserving the history of the Mustang!

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Jun 17 2018 S. Berliner, III 10:20 AM

Oh, sibling!  Most of the aerials (undated and blurry!) are completely unrelated.  We’re on the RoW centerline, looking at the back end of an abutment fill, with a huge tree and a house with a two-level roof aligned with the RoW.  That knocks out all but Nibbe as far as I can tell.  If the Nibbe pic is oriented N-S, we’re facing ENE.  Sam, III

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Jun 17 2018 JF Purcell 9:37 AM

Thanks for your photos of Shinnecock!  A real treat.

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Jun 17 2018 Walt Gosden 8:59 AM

I was at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course only once, but it wasn’t for a golf game or to view one. It was for a fund raising dinner for ARF. ARF is the Animal Relief Fund, and was a favored charity of Charles Addams and his wife. The well know cartoonist and humorist and his wife suggested an automotive display during a fund raising dinner as Charles was a collector of pre war European automobiles, and could provide a few cars and knew he could make a call to get a few more for people to view. He invited Austin Clark , who was a close friend to attend and bring a car and Austin called me up and said he told Charles “I have a friend who will bring a car too” and that was me. I drove out with a gal I worked with as my guest in my 1941 Packard woody station wagon . We took the LIE and then headed south to go to meet Austin at his L. I. Auto Museum that was just east of the golf course by about a mile or more. The Packard had a factory overdrive unit so it was 75+ mph on the LIE.
Once at the museum Austin was a bit upset because the 1912 (?) Packard model 18 Town car he wanted to take to the event didn’t run, battery didn’t charge correctly or was totally beyond charging up, anyway what happened was that my friend/guest drove the 41 Packard and Austin got in his wife’s new Toyota and put a rope from the back of her car to the front axle of the Packard town car and said “this will get us there and back, mind/use the hand brake to stop”. So off we were , me now behind the wheel of the brass era Packard which was behind the Toyota and behind me was the 41 Packard woody as a sweep car. All of this being done at dusk. (if you are now rolling your eyes as you are reading this questioning our sanity, this is the kind of stuff we used to do and not get arrested for) It was an uneventful trip/tow to the golf course but Austin cut the right turn into the golf course driveway a bit close and I had to do some really quick thinking and turning not to see the car I was in flip on its side as we went down into the soft shoulder a bit (well more then a bit) as we turned in. Being a good driver I used my hand and signaled that we were turning in , later to be told by the gal who was driving my 1941Packard behind me - “were you $%#@$ nuts to take one hand off the steering wheel to tell that you were turning? ” I just shrugged and smiled.  We had a wonderful dinner and evening and the ARF made a considerable amount of money for their on going efforts . There were some other cars present there when we arrived on display, but all were about a decade or less old at the time , the sole exception was Charles Addams Bugatti and Aston Martin which where there as well . Charles was very pleased that I took the time to drive my 1941 Packard woody there (it was a 70+ mile trip one way) and I told him and his wife that it was my pleasure and that I liked and admired their efforts and most of all the puppies they were rescuing. We towed the Packard town car back to the museum after midnight and I then drove the 41 Packard back home and dropped my friend off on the way at her home. I recall that evening with great fondness , and yes I still like puppies and Packards.

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Jun 17 2018 Earl Gandel 2:51 AM

Howard,
Thanks!  It is beautiful, and it’s made me homesick. (We live in CA now.) We’ve used the clubhouse as a checkpoint on the Bridgehampton Rally a couple of times. Car racing, golf and beaches are the specialties of the area.
Earl

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Jun 17 2018 frank femenias 12:50 AM

I think we’re looking at the Powell Ave bridge being built from Powell Ave itself looking east. The house on the right is already dilapidated that I doubt it still exists today. I need to check this as well

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Jun 17 2018 frank femenias 12:40 AM

Love these puzzles! But this one is truly puzzling. The wind vane should give it away but haven’t yet seen one in any old Bethpage photos (Hoping someone spots one soon). Caption says “Motor Pkwy” but I believe were actually “near” Motor Pkwy. The dirt roadway appears to be an already established main thoroughfare, not a farm path nor the parkway itself being developed. Heck, it even has power line pole service already established.

On this overcast day it’s hard to tell orientation, but the siding of the house on the right seems to be well lit (photo facing northwest), but that’s a poor observation under this cloudy day. The puzzle continues….

I don’t think we’re on Motor Parkway, but on Powel Ave looking east with the bridge going over the Motor Parkway (which is underneath), traveling north-south.

I think this is it. Happy Father’s Day to all. This mystery puzzle made mine even more enjoyable. Thank you guys. Can’t wait for more possible solutions.   

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Jun 16 2018 Brian D McCarthy 10:02 PM

After a couple of days of thinking and imagining, here’s my best:

* ID Location/Orientation/Rationale: I decided that the photo was taken from the farm way road, east of the soon to be Nibbe Farm Way Bridge over passing the LIMP. On the Noel Gish Postcard Collection Blog here 10/22/2011, there’s a postcard titled “Motor Parkway through Nibbe’s Hollow. Central Park L.I.” You can see buildings & a wind vane or wind mill east of the Nibbe Bridge. The wind vane or wind mill has a square structure built around it. The wind vane in the mystery image doesn’t appear to have a structure around it. The stakes on the farm way road are likely center line markers for the bridge. The 4 poles that are west of the bridge & limp could be for telegraph/telephone service to the buildings, possibly west from Broadway. 1926 LRV aerial map shows the farm way road extending west to Broadway and east to Plainview Rd.

* Image Date/Rationale: Aug/Sept 1908. Prior to the 1908 VCR in Oct.

From this Dad to All, have a great Father’s Day!

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