Art's Long Island Motor Parkway Site

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Maps, Maps, and Maps

This page is devoted to presenting images of maps that depict the Long Island Motor Parkway over the course of the 20th century.  On this page you will find maps from the first half of the 1900s that included the Motor Parkway and current maps of the areas in which the Motor Parkway ran through but do not have any markings as to where the Parkway existed.  I have indicated to the best of my ability where the Parkway would have been shown.  On most maps I've hilighted the Motor Parkway as shown on the map or where I believe it would have run.

All Hagstrom maps are reproduced with the permision of The Hagstrom Map Company who I graciously thank for its assistance.  Take a good look at each one and you'll probably notice some interesting historical tidbits about Long Island.    

Additions to this page will be done periodically.  Maps may also appear on other pages in this site.

                                                  1910 - Motor Parkway from Jericho Turnpike to Lake Ronkonkoma

"Reproduced with permission from the Hagstrom Map Company, Inc. - KR11404A".

 

1911 P.F. Collier & Son

These two maps are from a publication that included a series of maps from the P.F. Collier & Sons company.  The Motor Parkway is shown running through Nassau County in the first and through Suffolk County in the second, both about midway down in the pictures.   What's interesting in the first is the spur that appears to connect the Motor Parkway near Mineola, south to what I believe to be today's Hempstead Turnpike (crossing the name Hempstead Crossing).  And Central Park, the start of the Motor Parkway when initiated, is clearly shown on the right (east) side of the map, straddling the Long Island Rail Road tracks.  A spur in Suffolk County is also shown on the left (west) side of the second map and is shown in more detail on the last map on this page.  .




Early Postcard Booklet Map

This map is from an early 1900s multi-view postcard booklet published by A. Biren, Brooklyn, NY - "Souvenir Folder of Long Island, NY - The Land of the Sunrise Trails".  
Included are many early photographs of Long Island and this map showing the Long Island Motor Parkway.


1914 NY Times

Polo matches were a very big spectacle on LI during the early 1900s and the Motor Parkway was one way to get to the matches held at the Meadow Brook Club near
Hempstead and Westbury.  The map shown here was from a 1914 NY Times article discussing the polo matches and the best way for people to get there. The Motor Parkway
(the speckled road in the middle of the map) is going east from Rocky Hill Road in Queens, passing Mineola, and continuing past the Meadow Brook Club.

Advertising Card for the Hotel Beau Sejour

Not sure of the date of this, but it was the reverse side of an advertising card for the Hotel Beau Sejour which was located in Central Park (today's Bethpage) until its closing in 1974.  The hotel is featured on my page titled Motor Parkway Odds & Ends.


1935 Hagstrom with Toll Lodges Shown

This set of maps is from a 1935 edition of Hagstrom's Map of Long Island.  The Motor Parkway is shown as the solid dotted line going from left to right about mid way up.  Look for the toll gates that appear on the Parkway - the first one is right to the left of Creedmoor at Springfield Blvd, followed by Lake Success, Albertson, East Williston, Clinton Ave-Garden City, and near Roosevelt Field, the airstrip, not the Shopping Center.  Interestingly, the next set of Hagstrom maps from 1939 do not show the toll gates, as the Parkway had closed a year earlier.

 

This next section of the 1939 Hagstrom map clearly shows what many people believe was the demise of the Motor Parkway - the Northern State Parkway at the top of the map (single dotted line).  The Motor Parkway is at the middle of the map and crosses through what was to become Bethpage State Park into Suffolk County.  Again, the toll gates are clearly marked near Plain Edge, Bethpage, Half Hollow Road (Route 110), Deer Park Road, Commack Road, and one all the way on the right.  


1939 Queens/Nassau (Motor Parkway in Blue)

1939 Nassau/Suffolk (Motor Parkway in Blue)

1939 Suffolk (Motor Parkway in Blue)

Queens/Western Nassau

The Motor Parkway is shown here as it enters Nassau County from Queens. Heading north, it crossed Marcus Avenue and the Northern State Parkway, and was opposite the original home of the United Nations in Lake Success. This area also eventually became the location of the Sperry Corporation (this map actually shows the "Defense Plant Corp.", directly south of the United Nations). Making a sharp right across Lakeville Road, the Parkway went due east following the southern edge of the A.C. Phipps estate (today the Great Neck School District Administration complex and some school buildings). The Parkway then crossed over the Northern State once again and then New Hyde Park Road.

 

The Parkway continues east, and appears as the southern edge of the Links Golf Club, today a gated residential community. This is the gray shaded area in the middle left part of the map. Crossing Shelter Rock Road, it veers northeast and approaches I.U. Willets Road for just a bit and then heads southeast, before straightening out and heading mainly east. My guess, and its only a guess is that the landowner did not want the Parkway running through his/her property.

Roosevelt Field & Eisenhower Park Area

The next set of maps are of the area from Clinton Ave. in Garden City on the west to Eisenhower Park (Salisbury at the time) and Westbury in the east.  This area holds special importance to me as I am within 5 minutes of the park.  Maps are a combination of a 1950s map and one just a few years old.

 

 

The above map shows the entire area from Clinton Ave. in Garden City (which ran north/south and is on the left in the yellow and over which the Motor Parkway crossed) to the beginning of its route through the East Meadow-Westbury area.  Crossing Whaleneck (Merrick Ave.) the Parkway continued east through the Nassau County Park at Salisbury and into Levittown along today's Salisbury Park Drive. 

 

This shows the Motor Parkway in blue as it passes south of Roosevelt Field and Roosevelt Raceway. The Meadowbrook Club Polo Field is directly north of the Parkway(left side of the picture) and Post and Whaleneck Avenues run north and south on the right hand side. Whaleneck Avenue is actually Merrick Avenue today. The road directly south of the Motor Parkway is Stewart Avenue - another page on this site details the area north of Stewart but south of the Motor Parkway and what has been found there. South of Stewart Avenue runs the Central LI Railroad which had as shown a station called Salisbury Plains. The Meadowbrook Club Golf Course is there as well. Traveling the area now would find you close to if not directly on the Meadowbrook Parkway.

 

This is roughly the same area as the previous map. The Motor Parkway is shown in blue and is between Stewart Avenue and today's Meadowbrook Parkway on the north. The area previously occupied by the Meadowbrook Club and the Salisbury Plains Station is now a combination of Nassau Community College, industry, and the Meadowbrook Parkway. You can see the tracks of the Central Railroad ending just east of Endo Blvd. near exit M4 of the Meadowbrook. The area shown on this map east of Merrick Avenue as the Nassau County Park Public Golf Links is Eisenhower Park. North of where Stewart crosses Merrick Avenue had previously been the Day Crane and Delahany Company as indicated on the previous map.

Roosevelt Raceway, Eisenhower Park Area

This 1950 Hagstrom map shows Roosevelt Raceway and the Polo Fields of the Meadowbrook Club directly north of the Motor Parkway. The Parkway then continued east through the then called Nassau County Park at Salisbury (today's Eisenhower Park). To make things easier to view I've added the words Motor Parkway and Stewart Avenue in red. Earlier maps show Stewart Ave. cutting through the park under other names and continuing on the park's east side as you see in this map. The road on the east side of the park in yellow, north of the Motor Parkway is indicated as Bellmore Westbury Road - older maps show it continuing past the Motor Parkway. Also of note in this map are the railroad tracks south of Stewart Ave. mentioned earlier, leading to the Salisbury Plains Station in the middle of the picture. The Meadowbrook Club Golf Course is adjacent. The major addition to the map that was to come in about 6 years was the Meadowbrook Parkway, slicing north through Salisbury Park from the bottom of the picture where the dotted line is shown. This dotted line actually indicates the Meadow Brook.

1936 Socony-Vacuum Map of LI

1936 Map Showing Suffolk County Spur

Detail from the above 1936 map. This shows the Motor Parkway going east and west in blue and a spur (in green) running north from the Motor Parkway, just north of Crooked Hill Road and Pilgrim State Hospital.