Spotted: The coolest Good Humor hot rod ice cream truck ever!
Another super-sweet scooter with sidecar setup from 2010 Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet. This awesome baby reads “Vespa Taxi Co.” on the front and “Pine Bowl Speedway Stunt Team – Poestenkill, NY” on the sidecar.
The Pine Bowl Speedway was a racing oval in upstate New York State in the 1950′s and 60′s.
One of my bucket list items is to ride in a side car. Something like this would do just fine!
The town of Setauket (seh-taw-ket) sits on the north shore of Long Island. First settled in the 1650′s, Setauket has a large number of historical buildings interspersed with its more modern residences.
Often as you ride through some of the town’s small shady lanes, you get the distinct feeling that you are somewhere else. This town doesn’t fit the popular Long Island stereotype; strip malls, tons of traffic and women who sound like Fran Drescher on The Nanny.
One of my favorite buildings that I pass when traveling along the North Shore through towns like Saint James, Nissequogue, Stony Brook and on to Port Jefferson is the delightfully tiny Setauket Post Office. Built in 1941, this quaint little Greek revival building was designed by Richard Haviland Smythe. It features 4 columns whose capitals are topped with cornstalks in the spirit of those found in our nation’s Capitol building, designed by Benjamin Latrobe.
For More Information:
- Setauket – East Setauket Wikipedia
- AIA Architectural Guide to Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island
Local Long Island:
As I continue to learn, Long Island has some lovely and interesting places that are rich in history, some of which are hiding in plain sight. What better way to explore these historical gems than by motorcycle? This post is part of a series of motorcycle rides that focus on local Long Island history.
A few weeks ago after picking up a ‘Watch for Motorcycles‘ bumper sticker in a local bike shop, I faxed a letter to the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. In my fax I stated that I was a New York State motorcyclist and requested that if possible, that I’d like to be sent a few more bumper stickers to distribute to my friends and family. I got no response to my fax though I included my email address along with my name and street address. That was until yesterday… after work I received a large square box from the Traffic Safety Committee.
Inside the box was a stack of about 40 bumper stickers, a roll of pens, 2 posters and a manila envelope full of keychains to distribute. Way to go New York State!
The pens have rotating sayings when you click the top button: “Wear Quality Riding Gear”, “Look Twice, Save a Life”, “Enroll in Rider Training”, “Wear Reflective Gear”, “Don’t Drink & Ride!” and “Learning is for Life”. The keychains are a small liquid level that reads “Ride Level Headed”. The posters contain information on why and where to take a RiderCourse to learn to ride and last but not least the bumper stickers are 2-part Watch for Motorcycles decals. I’m so surprised and really pleased!
For More Information:
Long Island is home to several notable, historical windmills. Most of the mills are in the smock style and reside on the eastern end of the island. While going through some of the photos I’ve collected in my travels, I did a little digging to find out about their history.
Baiting Hollow – Windmill House
The Windmill House on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow isn’t a working windmill. It is a unique structure however and deserves some major style points.
Unfortunately, I’ve hit a dead end trying to find any information on the building. I’ve sent an email to the town in hope that they could give me some insight. If you have any leads – please send them my way!
The Beebe windmill is located in the town of Bridgehampton, less than 5 miles from the ghost of Bridgehampton Motor Racing Circuit.
Old Hook Mill
One of the most well known windmills on the Island, the Old Hook Mill is a familiar sight to many Hampton-goers. The mill was built in 1806 by Nathaniel Dominy V. Once a year, the windmill blades of the Old Hook Mill turn making it the last working smock mill on Long Island.
View the Old Hook Mill in Google Streetview.
The National Golf Links of America
According to reports around the web, the mill at The National was purchased by Charles Blair Macdonald in Europe. It was then shipped to Long Island and then re-constructed on the golf course grounds.
This project was prompted by the comments of a golf club member. After knocking his ball into a water barrel, the member remarked that it would be the perfect place for a windmill. Macdonald reconstructed the windmill in the very spot the water barrel stood and sent the member the bill.