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    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
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S. Berliner, III
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Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

[Please note that these pages could also have been accessed as URL http://berliner-ultrasonics.home.att.net/lim*.html,
a "vanity" URL (q.v.) that did not require the tilde (~), as was true of ALL of my old pages.}

S. Berliner, III's


Long Island Motor Parkway History Page 2


a.k.a. Vanderbilt Motor Parkway

(and related matters)

Motor Parkway Panel Logo

Because the Main Page overloaded, please visit Continuation Pages 1A, et seq.


note-rt  The index on this page has been truncated (links removed) to save page space; see the LIMP Index on the page preceding the main LIMP page.

On the LIMP History Page:

      - continued, with more photographs.

On this LIMP History Page 2:

      - continued, with more photographs.
  A. R. Pardington, LIMP VP and GM.
  The General Manager's House.
  Sempre Vivolo (Brentwood Toll Lodge).

On the LIMP History Page 3:

  Motor Parkway Historical Miscellany
  Motor Parkway Auto Tags/Plates

On the LIMP History Page 4:

  Nassau County Police Photos (moved from this page on 21 Nov 03).   new.gif (21 Nov 03)

On the main LIMP page:

      now continued on the LONG ISLAND MOTOR PARKWAY HISTORY page, and
      on this LONG ISLAND MOTOR PARKWAY HISTORY page 2, et seq.

LIMP Lodges Page:

  LIMP Toll Lodges (22 Oct 2004)
     : (or booths, kiosks, gates, or accesses) with
  List of LIMP Toll Lodges and
  List of LIMP Toll Gates.
  List of LIMP Accesses (22 Oct 2004).

On Continuation Page 0:

  LIMP POSTS (and reinforced concrete).

On Continuation Page 1A:

  LONG ISLAND MOTOR PARKWAY at confluence of Marcus/Lakeville/NSParkway.

On Continuation Page 2:

  More on the Long Island Motor Parkway.
  Views of the Long Island Motor Parkway Today.
  I. U. Willets Road Fragment.
  Roslyn Road Fragment.
  Bridge at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
  Horace Harding (of Boulevard fame).
  Open LIMP Matters - Questions and Speculations.

On Continuation Page 3:

  Crossings from Roslyn Road to the Maxess Road Bridge.

On Continuation Page 4:

  Old Courthouse Road Bridge, New Hyde Park.
  Garden City Toll Lodge.
  Crossings Continued - Maxess/Duryea Road Bridge.
  More on Duryea Road Crossing.

    On Continuation Page 5:

     and now continued on the LIMP Apocrypha Page.

On Continuation Page 6:

  Dubious Artifact at NSP/NHP Road.
  Queens Vignettes.

On Continuation Page 7:


On Continuation Page 8:

  North Hills.
  Mineola - Carle Place.

On the LIMP-Vanderbilt Cup Race page:

  (unindexed to date - please scroll away)

On the LIMP-Vanderbilt Cup Race continuation page 1:

  1909 LIRR Special VC Timetable.
  Other Vanderbilt Cup Maps. (moved from the main LIMP Vanderbilt Cup page on 18 Dec 2002)
  1908 Vanderbilt Cup Plaque Returns to Long Island
    (balance unindexed to date - please scroll away)

This is yet another page to cover additional information and photographs of this interesting old highway; see also my Automotive, Chrysler, Dudgeon (really!), Mercedes, and SS and JAGUAR car pages and other related pages.

A Motor Parkway Panel has been convened to keep the LIMP alive in situ and in minds and museums.

There is also a lot of automotive material on my ORDNANCE and HISTORY pages.

Also, if you like automotive history, see the links on the Automotive page.

RoW = Right-of-Way.

William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
(Courtesy of Northport Public Library)
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William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
"Willie K."

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Vanderbilt Cup Race Disclaimer. - although the Vanderbilt Cup races are of interest, they are NOT the provenance of this site; see Disclaimer on main LIMP History page.


History Page 2

- - - * - - - Vanderbilt Cup Disclaimer - moved to main Vanderbilt Cup Page 01 Aug 2015).

A Motor Parkway Panel
was convened to
    keep the Long Island Motor Parkway alive in Situ and in Minds and Museums.

  note-rt - effective 16 Feb 2011, the Motor Parkway Panel was disbanded and all activities thereof assumed by the
Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society   rev (02 Jun 2015)

note-rt - This page has been re-posted after conversion without 100% updating;
please bear with me.

PHOTOGRAPHS - continued

Now, let us turn to the photographs; these were apparently xerocopies of copies of originals in the files of the Vanderbilt Museum, many possibly taken by Willie K, himself.  There are two series, one taken from wall montages and one from a scrapbook prepared by Children's Librarian Mrs. Reeder.  These snapshots are, as noted above, not of the greatest quality, but the do give a flavor and I will try to get permission to reproduce them directly from the originals.

First, those from the library walls.  Here is a pre-Parkway shot of No. 19 skidding around Krug's Corner in Mineola, with Krug's Hotel in the background on the southwest corner of Willis Avenue and Jericho Turnpike; this tells us two things, at least - the photo is taken to the southwest and the race is running clockwise (notice the "Thomas 'Flyer' Headquarters" banner):

Krug's Corner
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Parkway photos start with a real steam traction engine (one of the only non-muscle powered devices used) grading the ground surface before spreading aggregate, being fed by a tank wagon because, while it could carry enough coal for a day's work, it needed to refill with water for the boiler almost every hour, then a snapshot entitled "FIRST ACTUAL WORK DONE ON L.I.M.P. Jun 6th '08", a bridge under construction, showing the photographers car under girders laid on freshly-prepared abutments prior to back-filling, and photo 110 showing "Lodge progress - Sep. 16 '08":

steam roller  first actual work

bridge construction  lodge progress

Continuing with those from the library walls, we have a racer careening along the LIMP, haveing just passed under a bridge, and then one whizzing around a banked curve (Dead Man's?):

racer under LIMP bridge)  racer on LIMP curve

And, lastly, one of a lodgekeeper outside a brand new lodge (note the snazzy uniform with brass {?} buttons and cap), plus two badly faded sepias of a new lodge and keeper, again in the uniform:

lodgekeeper at new lodge  new lodge  lodgekeeper at new lodge

Next we turn to the scrapbook; starting with a blur that I thought represented the opening ceremonies of the Parkway (but on re-examination doubt seriously - wish I knew why it went out of focus) and "View showing mixing of first concrete on culvert Sta. 511+00 &bsp; June 23 '08":

First Work on Parkway{?}  Mixing First Concrete

Vanderbilt was not present at the opening ceremony; he was either at the bedside of his dying father-in-law or off on the Corsair escaping hayfever; Arthur Pardington presented Willie K's speech.

There's that steam traction engine pulling the grader again, plus "View showing finished roadway and side ditching   Aug 6 '0{8?}":

steam traction engine and grader  view of finished pavement

"Forms for Bridge Abutments.   Westbury Road   July 28 '08" and a badly-blurred "Formwork for Bridge at Westbury Rd.   July 28 '08":

Westbury Rd brdige  Westbury Rd bridge

These are possibly different prints of the same photo - but see the rear curtain windows of the photographer's car.

"View looking South through bridge over Jerusalem Road   Sep 3 '08" and that other view of the photographer's car at an unfinished bridge again:

Jerusalem Rd bridge  unfinished bridge

Postcard "No 2   Dead Man's Curve, Motor Parkway, L. I." (no question now about contemporary name and space between words) and a view of a right-hand curve with a big hill to the right {where?} and note the chicken-wire {?} fencing at the property line:

R. H. Curve 

Postcard "No. 6   'Car Coming' - Watching the Races on the Motor Parkway, L. I." and Postcard "{No. 4?} "A View of the Motor Parkway, L. I." with a picture of toll plate 437 (probably of 1932) superimposed:

postcard 6  postcard 4?

Notice the height of the posts and the "hardware cloth" {?} wire fencing in the card on the right.

Racer under a bridge and on a curve, again:

racer/bridge  racer/curve

Arthur Rayner Pardington, erstwhile Vice President and General Manager of the LIMP, moved to Detroit in 1913 to help create the Lincoln Highway (today's Route 30) from New Jersey to California; see NEWSDAY L.I. History- Pioneers in Motion sidebar (thanks to LIMP aficionado John Herling for this tip).  On 20 May 2003, Marshall Davies Lloyd, grand-nephew twice removed (if I have this right) of A. R. Pardington, checked in with me and I objected to the spelling of "Rayner", knowing full well of the famed and historic "Raynor" family of Long Island; wrong again, and I was not alone.

His family was direct from England; his father, born in England, was the Rev. Rayner S. Pardington, and even R.S.'s cemetery in Brooklyn has it wrong:


How do we know?  Because (1) Mr. Lloyd says so and (2) because the Smithtown Public Library has ARP's papers, donated by his son-in-law, Robert S. Noble (and Noble's son), and the curator of the collection, librarian Richard Hawkins, found ARP's appointment to and discharge from the N.Y. State Naval Militia, both of which spell it "Rayner".

Mr. Lloyd also was kind enough to furnish this obituary:

Obituary courtesy of M. D. Lloyd
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If you have trouble with that, here it is in plain text (again courtesy of Mr. Lloyd):

The Fort Wayne Daily, Fri., 6 Aug 1915; P14

Lincoln Highway Man Passes Away at Home in Detroit.

  William M. Griffin, Fort Wayne's premier Lincoln highway booster, today received formal notice from the Lincoln Highway association of the death of A. B. A. R. Pardington, vice president and secretary, of that organization, which occured recently in Detroit.  Mr. Pardington was in Fort Wayne on the occasion of the Lincoln highway dedication and delivered a short address at the Concordia college campus.  It was his last public appearance, as shortly afterward he was taken seriously ill and never rallied.  Mr. Griffin and a number of other local men were close personal friends of the decedent.

  [Mr. Lloyd pasted the clipping up from three parts of the page.]

On 18 Feb 2004, Mr. Lloyd steered me to President Woodrow Wilson's membership card no. 1 in the Lincoln Highway Association (03 Mar 2004):


(Smithsonian Inst. images - all rights reserved)
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These are from the Smithsonian's America on the Move exhibit.  Note who signed the card!

1 Vanderbilt Court
(Garden City)
The General Manager's House

On 17 May 2000, being in Garden City anyway and wanting pictures of the General Manager's house, I found an unexpected bonus; opposite the house, on the south side of Vanderbilt Court (shown on my rapidly-disintegrating 1967 5th Edition Nassau Hagstrom's map 4 at E-10, oddly enough, as Huntongton Road), are a few remanent posts and several had twist wire still threaded through (see LIMP POSTS).  Here is the house, formerly tenanted by the Super, Mr. A(lfred). J. Kienzle*, and then owned by him after the Parkway closed down.  The first view is looking ENE from near Clinton Road, the second from further east on Vanderbilt, looking WNW, and the last is of a new foundation just to the east, going in smack across the old entry ramp (I theeenk)!

We have a disagreement!  One says the above is so and another advises that Kienzle "never lived there, that building was an office building only.  Kienzle lived in Mineola for most of the time he worked for the Parkway.  He did move to Garden City in the early 1940's and lived on Stewart Ave. {an old Garden City directory would resolve the matter easily}.

  [* - I had read the name variously as "Kienzley" or "Kiengley" erroneously, based on his flourished signature on the tickets reproduced on these pages.]

1 Vanderbilt Ct (Kienzley's) 1 Vanderbilt Ct (Kienzley's) E end of Vanderbilt Ct
(photo 17 May 00 by and © 2000 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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{Unfortunately, I never noticed a tiny "Private Road" sign buried in the underbrush at the south side by the Clinton Road sidewalk until after I crossed Clinton and looked back; thus, technically, and if the sign is legally valid (and if it is, why is there a municipal street sign and why wasn't it marked private years ago?), I was a trespasser, for which I would apologize if it is legally warranted and if I knew to whom to do so.}

I happened to drive past on 17 May 2000 and there was a huge 2-2½ story house being completed right across the RoW!

NOT SO!  I am amazed how confused I can get at times!  That's NOT the RoW!  It's on the N side of the GM's house and the new house is further in on Vanderbilt Court than the LIMP entry ramp.  On 31 May 02, I walked W in from Raymond Court all the way to the top of the embankment and, turning around to face SE, took this photo of the W face of the GM's house:

W end of GM's House
(photo 31 May 02 by and © 2002 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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This photo gives an excellent idea of just how high the embankment is.  Can you imagine that standing right here ca. 1916 or so, the late L. I. aviation pioneer, George Dade, could look unimpeded all the way N to the hangars that stood in the SE corner of the intersection of OldCountry Road and Clinton Street?

Sempre Vivolo
(The Brentwood Toll Lodge)

LIMP Historian Bob Miller says that the Brentwood Toll Lodge is still in existence today as the Sempre Vivolo Restaurant, moved about 100' from it's original location {696 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, 631-435-1737}.  - I made a point to get out there 17 May 2000 with the digital, spoke to Carmine Vivolo, son of the owner, Vincent Vivolo (who has four other Xxxx Vivolo restaurants in the NY Metro area), and took these photos:

Sempre Vivolo (Brentwood TL - ESE) Sempre Vivolo (Brentwood TL - WSW) Sempre Vivolo (Brentwood TL - W)
Sempre Vivolo (Brentwood TL - N) Sempre Vivolo (Brentwood TL - NE)
(photo 17 May 00 by and © 2000 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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They are taken from the sidewalk on Motor Parkway looking ESE and WSW (couldn't get a clear shot of the latter), then from their parking lot looking W, from the back parking lot looking N, and from the rear street (an LIE access ramp-cum-service road) looking NE.  The restaurant is located on the south side of Motor Parkway, just west of LIE Exit 55 (Old Willets Path to the north and Caleb's Path to the south), opposite Kennedy Drive, and features fine, "up-scale' Italian cuisine.  If it was the Brentwood Toll Lodge, it isn't evident to me, but I'd have to see a photo of the lodge to tell; the Vivolos got it ca. 1985 as a residence from a contractor who had already modified it heavily.

Here again, we have a falling out among thieves; one swears the above is so and one insists it just ain't so!  Unless someone can advance definitive proof this was NOT the Toll Lodge, I'll go with Bob.

Well, on 05 Jan 2004, I heard from a gentleman whose "mother claimed that she was born in that house in July, 1931, which would have been prior to 1938 when the toll lodges were sold".  he wrote further (heavily edited) that "in addition, unlike the Garden City toll lodge, this property was always a single story (well, there was an attic).  The house was a #4 (or #6) Bridge Road, Brentwood.  It had a large kitchen, a living room, and two bedrooms".  "There was never any other building or structure nearby.  Bridge Road still runs next to the Sempre Vivolo Restaurant,which was enlarged although not drastically, from the original structure that was my grandmother's house".nbsp; He "visited the site last week when I was visiting my in-laws.  Bridge Road was still there - - - and that restaurant is most definitely my grandmother's house.  I do remember that the house used to be about twice as high above Motor Parkway than it currently is". (05 Jan 2004)

Now what?  I'll try to check the beams and rafters, if allowed.

Nassau County Police Dept. Photos of the LIMP moved to LIMP History Page 4 on 21 Nov 2003.

Associate Mark DeSantis has sent along a lot of Vanderbilt Cup Race photos; many have been moved to the new LIMP-Vanderbilt Cup Race page.  See his site for many more.

Because the Main Page overloaded, please visit Continuation Pages 1A, et seq.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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