Ron Ridolph has been exploring and enjoying the Motor Parkway for more than 30 years. Over several weeks in 1981, Ron walked the length of the road from Fresh Meadows to Lake Ronkonkoma. His resulting 532 photographs documented the Motor Parkway as it existed 29 years ago. Many of these photos will be posted on VanderbiltCupRaces.com over the next four months. Here are a few of Ron's gems:
The Wheeler Farmway Bridge in Queens was much more visible than today's view.
The Great Neck Lodge in Lake Success was completely intact and was a private home.
The Williston Park/East Williston LIRR Bridge before it was taken down.
The Roslyn Lodge in East Williston.
Motor Parkway pavement was still on the ground within Wheatley Hills Golf Club in 1981.
Ron also documented the removal of the Motor Parkway LIRR bridges in both Mineola (right) and in Williston Park/East Williston.
The Garden City Lodge before it was relocated to the village of Garden City.
The remnants of the Botto Farmway Bridge located in a wooded area of Bethpage State Parkway. The concrete was removed years ago.
A rare photo of the embankments for a Motor Parkway bridge located in the sandpits west of Route 110 in Melville. Almost 100 years after being constructed, the embankments are still strong enough to support a hopper capable of holding 30 tons of sand.
The steps from Petit Trianon leading to Lake Ronkonkoma.
Thanks Ron for this great contribution to VanderbiltCupRaces.com!
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Congratulations to the Village of East Williston and Mayor Nancy Zolezzi on yesterday's dedication of a new Village Hall. Black Beast photos from the event will be posted next week.