Thursday, December 11, 2008

1946 Huntington Planning Map

Former Long Island resident Mike Sussman has a web page devoted to a 1946 planning map of the Town of Huntington. In the excerpt of the map above, you can see the Northern State Parkway terminating near Melville (known long ago as Sweet Hollow). Mike has lots more info on his website:

Mike Sussman: 1946 Huntington Town Planning Map

Direct link to the hi-res file on wikimedia commons

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!

The Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 years old today. Here are some notes and facts about the bridge from Wikipedia:
  • It is the oldest suspension bridge of its size in the U.S.
  • The bridge is 5,989 feet long
  • The bridge has a pedestrian and bicycle path above the roadway
  • Construction began in 1870 and the bridge opened in 1883
  • 27 People died during construction
  • Robert E. Odlum was the first person to jump off the bridge, back in 1885
  • He survived the jump but later died of his injuries

There are plenty more facts like these on Wikipedia, and there are plenty of celebrations going on by the bridge if you happen to be over there!

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