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Dec 12 2019 frank femenias 9:56 PM

David Stephan - In regards to RHR following Queens Ave/46 Ave, was RHR’s western terminus at Parsons Blvd? This is interesting news.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 12 2019 Al Velocci 9:39 PM

Brian, The 50 foot wide spur to Hempstead Tpke. was never built. The cost was too prohibitive. The Parkway would have had to build a bridge over Stewart Ave., the Central Railroad , Sheep Pens Rd., and,  if ever developed that far, Second St. (Meadow St.) which did make it to Oak St. The spur was never in play until July 1, 1918 when the Parkway leased the strip to the federal govt. for $31.99 per month. In 1939 the govt. purchased the spur for $8900.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 12 2019 Brian D McCarthy 5:36 PM

Mr. Poole must have been Mr. Byers official driver. He was probably trying to be on time for something, I hope Mr. Byers stood up for Al.

I’ve been in the position of Joe & Al as far as ‘representing a company’, but thankfully the event wasn’t as dire. A tough spot to be in, especially if you take matters to heart. You just hope that all involved make out. $25,000 versus today is about $730,000. $7,000 is about $200,000 now.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Al Poole's Original Documents from the Helck Family Collection

Dec 12 2019 Art Kleiner 10:06 AM

Marc - Soapbox derby in Akron still going strong - has evolved significantly since 1934 - take aloook -

https://www.soapboxderby.org/akron-area.aspx

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Another Long Island Race Inspired by the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 12 2019 Art Kleiner 6:58 AM

Attached pic is not necessarily a push car but similar.  Couldn’t resist posting it here.  From The Autocar, Dec. 25,1925.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Another Long Island Race Inspired by the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 12 2019 frank femenias 12:41 AM

Don’t know what it’ll fetch but likely the highest $ being iconic, and somewhat depending on condition as well. Absolutely stop the rust and restore before it completely deteriorates, but only under McQueen’s specification of the time. That’s what this car is all about. That’s a hot car!

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 11 2019 Brian D McCarthy 10:24 PM

My hat’s off to this man, he’s amazing!

From Alexander Buchan's Kinetic Sculpture: The Checkered Flag

Dec 11 2019 Brian D McCarthy 10:15 PM

Yes Al, I noticed a Sheep Rd on the 1938 map that Art obtained from Nassau County. It’s shown as heading SW/ diagonally from the LIMP. Map also shows what looks to be the Hempstead Spur that didn’t come to be? I copied a 1914 map you’ll see below that shows Sheep Pens/Westbury Rd on both sides of the LIMP & also shows roads where HWY bridges were planned, but not built. I marked the Station # of the planned bridges ( #331 was Roosevelt Field ) Think I have it right? Realize too that these older roads were scrubbed out due to the military camps.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 11 2019 Jay Jarvis 3:51 PM

Does anyone have any knowledge concerning this trophy? My great uncle was John Larkin and this cup was among my late mothers things when she passed away.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Another Long Island Race Inspired by the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 10 2019 Al Velocci 11:18 AM

Brian, Your mention of the twin bridges/ Merchants Concourse prompts me to share some info I recently uncovered regarding the Parkway bridge at that location. The Parkway was obligated to build three north-south bridges bridges between Clinton Rd. and Merrick Ave. for the Stewart heirs. Howard and I always assumed that bridge was one of them and wondered why there and then in 1908 as there wasn’t any activity in the area. Well, it wasn’t one of the three. That bridge was built over a lightly used Hempstead Town highway called Sheep Pens Rd. that at one time ran from Merrick Rd. near Old Country Rd. diagonally down to Hempstead Village. North of the Meadowbrook it is completely gone.  The section of that road between the Meadowbrook Parkway and Stewart Ave. would be called Ave. C before it became Merchants Concourse. South of Stewart Ave. Sheep Penns Rd. disappeared thru Mitchel Field. It reappears again on the west side of Oak St.,  called Westbury Rd. The bridge built by the Meadow Brook Club came down in 1944, working on when the demo of the Parkway bridge took place.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 09 2019 Daniel Timothy Dey 11:41 PM

Two years ago, I saw one in a driveway in the Grant City section of Staten Island. I knew this had to be an imitation, or just another dark green ‘68 Mustang Fastback, but even as that, it’s something that has to be worth a fortune. Maybe not the $3M, $5M, or $7.5M you people are talking about, but still worthy of some serious bank.

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 09 2019 JeRita 9:25 PM

Howard we think it will sell close to 5 million 4.7 if I gotta pick a number We believe it should be stabilized and conserved but safety is the priority Happy Holiday to all PS Howard if you go for it Bouna Fortuna

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 09 2019 Art Kleiner 7:46 PM

Brian, thanks.  I’m still trying to figure out where I got that last map from. So far no luck!

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 09 2019 Lee Chambers 7:24 PM

1918 Camp Mills photo attributed to me is actually from the New York Heritage digital collection:

https://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16373coll49/id/1797/rec/36

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 09 2019 Brian D McCarthy 4:14 PM

*Viewing north & east at the corner of Glen Cove Rd & Northern Blvd. Bulls Head Hotel & Garage utilized for the 1905 & 1906 VCR. Owned/Operated by the Huwer Family. Long side of the hotel that’s facing west originally faced south, was rotated to leave room for the Socony Station, around 1935. Pretty sure the name on the sign is JAMES HUWER. Felt compelled to post all the maps below - 3.

From Mystery Foto #49 Solved: Bulls Head Hotel in Greenvale (North Roslyn) Circa 1934-1936

Dec 09 2019 Mark Lanese 12:54 PM

The gas station is on the north east corner of North Hempstead Tpke. and Glen Cove Road in Greenvale. It sure has changed over the years.

From Mystery Foto #49 Solved: Bulls Head Hotel in Greenvale (North Roslyn) Circa 1934-1936

Dec 09 2019 James Spina 8:18 AM

I would not be surprised at +7.5M.
That patina must be preserved and that preservation of it will likely cost more than an actual restoration.

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 09 2019 David Stephan 2:44 AM

Adding to Frank’s comment.
The stretch of 46th Ave that forms the northern border of Flushing Cemetery once had a dual identity as Queens Avenue and Rocky Hill Road. From Queens Avenue, Queens Road branched off near where 46th Ave becomes Hollis Court Blvd today. 
That dual identity causes confusion in some sources. Bell Ave (Blvd) originally terminated at RHR, a much older road. 

About Hollywood, Queens.
All were strong backers! Day was a realtor famous for buying and selling much of the outer boroughs through land sales and auctions. A a former Treasury Secretary under Wilson, Senator William Gibbs McAdoo (CA) was deadlocked with Governor Al Smith during the 1924 Democratic Convention and had earlier helped Fairbanks organize United Artists. McAdoo was also a land speculator here and in Florida while he served as senator! 
“H.F.Cotton” is likely H.F. Reindel, attorney for the Cotton & Franklin law firm (previously McAdoo, Cotton & Franklin). Cahill Gordon & Reindel (same Reindel) is the direct successor of McAdoo’s firm and the Joseph P. Day Realty Corporation still exists.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 09 2019 frank femenias 12:17 AM

Great stuff Roy, and I still call them the Interboro, Triborough, and Queensboro! Can’t teach this old dog new tricks.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

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