This 1999 photo shows the westbound Bay Parkway through Jones Beach. Note the original-issue parkway lightpost with missing crossarm support. (Photo by Steve Anderson.)
Not to be confused with the Brooklyn boulevard, Long Island's Bay Parkway is located entirely within the confines of Jones Beach State Park. The limited-access Bay Parkway begins the west end of Jones Beach, continues past the Meadowbrook and Wantagh parkways, and ends at the Jones Beach Marine Theatre. The parkway also serves the Jones Beach boat basin and fishing piers.
For about half of its 3.2-mile length, the Bay Parkway runs parallel to (and just north of) the Ocean Parkway. Three lanes are provided in the eastbound direction, while two lanes are provided in the westbound direction. The two roadways are separated by a variable, beach grass-covered median. In some locations, some of the original 1930's-era wooden lightposts remain standing.
FINALLY, SOME RECOGNITION: In 2001, the NYSDOT erected new signs that acknowledged the Bay Parkway at the Meadowbrook Parkway-Ocean Parkway-Bay Parkway cloverleaf interchange. The "control cities" for the Bay Parkway are "West End" and "Marine Theatre."
SOURCES: The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro, Vintage Books-Random House (1974); History of the Long Island State Parkway System, New York State Department of Transportation (1985); Robert Moses: Single-Minded Genius by Joann P. Krieg, Heart of the Lakes Publishing (1989); Ralph Herman; Nathan W. Perry; Mike Tantillo.