With the documentation of the 12 Motor Parkway Bridges in Queens completed (18% of the total 65 bridges built), it is time to cross the border into Nassau County. First up is the Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge located in Lake Success.
1914 Belcher Hyde Map
As shown here, the property for the Marcus Avenue Bridge (then called Hyde Park Road) was located on William K. Vanderbilt Jr.'s Deepdale Estate in Lake Success.
May 1911 Survey
A total of 6.282 acres were purchased from Willie. K spanning the area from Marcus Avenue (Hyde Park Road) to Lakeville Road.
June 1911 Construction Photos
Similar to the Queens bridges over Little Neck Boulevard, Commonwealth Boulevard and Winchester Boulevard, the bridge construction was a steel trestle used for railroad bridges.
1924 Aerial- Queens
This aerial shows the relationship among the Marcus Avenue Bridge, the Deepdale Mansion and Lakeville Road.
1928 Motor Parkway Atlas Blueprint
The Atlas Survey indicated the Motor Parkway right-of-way from Marcus Avenue (called New Hyde Park Road) to the next bridge over Lakeville Road.
This 1929 aerial of Lake Success looking north east is one of my favorites from the book The Long Island Motor Parkway (page74). The golf course and club in the foreground was the old Glen Oaks Country Club, today the home of the North Shore Towers complex. The Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge was seen in the middle of the aerial.
A close-up of the aerial highlights the north and south embankments.
This recently found photo is the best known ground image of the bridge.
August 15, 1934 Aerial
An early aerial of Lake Success Looking east.
August 17, 1934 Aerial
An aerial taken two days later looking west. The New York State Parkway Police barracks (formerly Willie K's guest house) can be seen in the background just above the bridge.
2011 Current Views
A view looking north on the Motor Parkway right-of way towards Marcus Avenue. The elevated area on the left.
Marcus Avenue looking west. Note the elevated ground where the bridge embankment was located.
Marcus Aveue looking east towards Lakeville Road. The concrete retaining wall on the north side marks the location of the bridge's north embankment.
2011 Bing Maps
This Bing Map highlights the site of the Marcus Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge.
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