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Jan 22 2018 S. Berliner, III 11:54 AM

“Grace” Fippinger?  Sheri, did she work for NY Tel?  If so, she was my ex’s long-time (‘60s-‘90’s?) friend and colleague and a relative of a D. Fippinger with whom I worked in 1993.  Sam, III <sbiii at sbiii.com>/781-874-0454

From Update: The Vanderbilt Cup Race Driver who was Developing a Unique "City" Near the Motor Parkway

Jan 21 2018 Harley Nemzer 4:59 PM

I love seeing History discovered!  Thanks!

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Jan 21 2018 sheri mignano 4:46 PM

I have the audio files of the interviews conducted with Tesio’s daughter and her husband (Fred Fippinger). Emily Fippinger co-founded the Hicksville library where the interviews took place in the late 1970s, and Tesio’s granddaughter Grace Fippinger was active in the Hicksville community as well. I invite any and all comments/suggestions.  THANK YOU HOWARD AND AL!  You’re the best!

From Update: The Vanderbilt Cup Race Driver who was Developing a Unique "City" Near the Motor Parkway

Jan 21 2018 Dave Russo 4:42 PM

Thanks Art. Great info. My main question was why this was never developed in the “LEVITT” time zone. Levittown is quite famous for it’s construction / development, I’m just wondering why back then this was “preserved”.

So looking at your site, I see in 2012 the builder was denied pretty handily. What happened since then that allowed this construction?

From Aerial Advertising Banners Flying Over the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race Grandstand

Jan 21 2018 Dave Russo 4:36 PM

Long Island has a ton of stories like this. Love it. You guys are amazing with your research ability. Cool how you attached the “NOW” pics. Good post!

From Update: The Vanderbilt Cup Race Driver who was Developing a Unique "City" Near the Motor Parkway

Jan 21 2018 Brian D McCarthy 1:35 PM

Ditto to Joe Oestrele’s comment.

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Jan 21 2018 Laura and Kenneth Harris 11:36 AM

Thanks for the historical research.  That area was not very far from where I lived as a child in the 1950’s.

Ken Harris

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Jan 21 2018 Oren Bloom 7:12 AM

Special interest to me:  Area is less than 3/4 mile from Billy Joel"s early Meeting Lane, Hicksville home, and less than mile from my childhood Heather Lane, Levittown home.

From Update: The Vanderbilt Cup Race Driver who was Developing a Unique "City" Near the Motor Parkway

Jan 21 2018 S. Berliner, III 1:30 AM

Lest any other curious LIMPers also get confused, the Frisia was purchased from the RHL Line by the Hamburg-American Line ca. Jan 1922 (and was reportedly to be renamed Holsatia, after the 1868-1916 ship of that name).  Sam, III

From William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.'s Yacht: Tarantula II (1913-1918)

Jan 21 2018 S. Berliner, III 1:02 AM

Re the Transactions document, 06 Apr 1920, Lots 176 and 178, my ex and I each worked with a Fippinger (related to each other) ca. 1970-90; I’ll see if I can track either one down.  This could prove interesting.  Sam, III

From Update: The Vanderbilt Cup Race Driver who was Developing a Unique "City" Near the Motor Parkway

Jan 21 2018 Jim Barnes 12:42 AM

Your site gets better and better.
Did you get to meet Steve gettle.an in great neck.he drives a open car that was owned by the vanderbilts
You two have to meet.
I mentioned you to him at one show and he said you had not met yet.
This was last year.
I hope you have met by now.
If not let me know a d I will get you two together.
Jim barnes

From William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.'s Yacht: Tarantula II (1913-1918)

Jan 20 2018 Joe Oesterle 11:55 PM

Thanks again.  Your crew never seems to fail when it comes to highlighting lost bits of history.  I love posts like this.
-joe o

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Jan 20 2018 Louise esposito 10:27 AM

My parents collected antiques.  I am in the process of cleaning out my 92-year-old fathers home and I found an envelope attached to the back a dresser that my parents had bought from an antique dealer. In the envelope is a note hand written by Gladys van Ausdall stating that this highboy Dresser belonged to her father. It states the dresser never left Coldspring Harbor since the middle 1800’s and had been at their home on Grove Street as well as in the roadhouse. We still have the dresser and if I can figure out how to attach a picture of the note and the dresser, I will.  The note is signed by Gladys and dated 1966.

From Mystery Foto #59 Solved: The Van Ausdall's Hotel in Cold Spring Harbor, NY Circa 1914

Jan 20 2018 Art Kleiner 7:28 AM

Dave - pertaining to Levittown and why the Motor Parkway area hasn’t until now been developed, living in Levittown I’ve done some research.  I can’t tell you why Levitt never purchased the Motor Parkway property (perhaps the aviation field didn’t want to sell), but over the years its been at the center of a long protracted legal battle between the developer who was able to buy the property some 25 or 30 years ago (Josato at one time) and the Town of Hempstead.  The property changed hands in what appeared to be a sweetheart deal ($80,000) with the developer thinking he was going to be able to build homes.  However, when Levittown was created, there were a number of zoning covenants/requirements (i.e. building of sub-developments, lot sizes, front and side yard area, etc.) built into the deeds that were even more restrictive than the Town zoning laws. 

These covenants were set to expire in 1975 but probably at the request of Levittown residents, the Town Board adopted Resolution No. 1781-1975 on Dec. 9, 1975 that created a new zoning district within the Town’s Building Zone Ordinance named the “Levittown Planned Residence District” (LPRD).  This kept some of the original building requirements and has been used over the last 30 years as the basis for the legal battles between the community and developers and up until very recently has held up. 

From my website which obviously needs updating. 
http://www.freewebs.com/limparkway/levittown2012.htm

From Aerial Advertising Banners Flying Over the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race Grandstand

Jan 18 2018 Dave Russo 9:43 PM

It makes no sense to me that for over 100 years somehow the LIMP location at this grandstand location was not built on. In a town that is so nationally famous for its amazingly aggressive construction somehow this exact location avoided construction. There has to be a reason. It just makes no sense. Maybe something was planned at some time for this spot? Some sort of recognition? Well as we all know there are new houses up on this location now.

From Aerial Advertising Banners Flying Over the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race Grandstand

Jan 18 2018 Dave Russo 9:32 PM

Very Cool to see. Seeing stuff like this just makes me think how cool of a spot this grandstand location was and how there is zero education/appreciation/knowledge about this Levittown spot from the general public. I had many friends in Levittown growing up and nobody knew about this.

From Aerial Advertising Banners Flying Over the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race Grandstand

Jan 18 2018 Brian D McCarthy 1:20 PM

Very cool info Howard, thanks! Thoroughly enjoyed reading about Samuel F Perkins. I’m sure others will as well.
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Howard Kroplick

Brian, thanks for the feedback! I first saw a Vanderbilt Cup Race “flying banner” photo years ago. I finally decided to research this Very unusual advertising media in 1909.

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Jan 17 2018 Brian D McCarthy 2:15 PM

Tarantula? Curious name for the vessel. I remember reading that Willy K wanted to enlist in the Navy, but was denied because of health reasons ( also read that he was frequently sick as a child ). This didn’t seem to discourage him. He offered/donated some of his vessels to the Navy to support the war effort?

From William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.'s Yacht: Tarantula II (1913-1918)

Jan 17 2018 Denise 12:43 PM

Made me smile with enjoyment.  Thanks for posting this and for the determined & successful detective work complete with photos.

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Jan 16 2018 S. Berliner, III 9:34 PM

If you’ll allow me, here’s a perfect place to ask old Panelists and newer M. P. Pres. Soc. readers if anyone has new info. about my claim that there was an “apron” leading back to 193rd Street:

  http://sbiii.com/limp-qns.html#193rdstr

I never have uncovered the photos to back it up.  Sam, III

From Updated:Mystery Foto #2 Solved:An Aerial of Fresh Meadows from the New York Life Archives Circa 1950

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