Post by Ralph Herman
In this movie, there is a shootout at a toll plaza. In the movie it's
referred to as "the causeway". The toll booths are very old fashioned
Would anyone know if an actual road was used for this scene or was it
all merely a set?
BTW, do they ever say where (what town) the family home was located?
Although no village is mentioned in the film, it was probably Point
Lookout on Long Beach Island (east of the City of Long Beach). A well
known, popular mafia address in the 1940's.
The actual house used in the filming was in Douglaston, Queens.
The "causeway" was the Meadowbrook Causeway (the western approach to
Jones Beach from the Southern State Parkway).... which is now called
the Meadowbrook Parkway. Assuming the family compound was in Point
Lookout, the toll both would have been near the southern end of the
Meadowbrook Causeway.... probably the on Loop Parkway leg of the
causeway, since the Loop Parkway was a toll road at the time.
Today, the toll booths on the Loop parkway are only used in the summer
to collect the parking fees for the Jones Beach parking fields, but
they are not the originals.
Actually there are no toll booths on the Loop Parkway anymore. There
are tollbooths on the Meadowbrook and Wantagh parkways, southbound
only (in the case of the meadowbrook it is between the exit and
entrance ramps for the Loop), and they have bypass lanes. The
Meadowbrook bypass lanes are signed well ("Fee Booth Bypass, Ocean
Parkway, Robert Moses State Park, Captree State Park, Town Beaches"),
while the Wantagh ones are not ("Thru Traffic"). In neither case is
it clear that you have to go through the booths sometimes, and use the
bypass at other times, to get to Jones Beach. Those booths simply
sell you a reciept. You have to present your receipt to the parking
lot attendants as you enter the lots, as those attendants are not
permitted to handle cash (there is no booth so it is not secure). If
you enter Jones Beach State Park from the Loop or from the Robert
Moses Causeway, you are required to go to the West Bathhouse to pay
your parking fee. However this is by far the majority of beach
users...most beach users come from NYC or LOng Island via Meadowbrook
or Wantagh Parkways.
It seemed much easier back in the day when they just charged the fee
at the toll booths on the Parkways, but 2 things prevent them from
doing so: commuter traffic that uses Meadowbrook Pkwy, Ocean Pkwy, and
the Robert Moses Causeway to beat congestion on mainland Long Island,
and people heading to TOBAY, West Gilgo, Gilgo, Cedar, Overlook, and
Oak Beaches, which are owned by the Towns (TOBAY by Town of Oyster
Bay, the rest by Town of Babylon) and thus charge their own fees and/
or ban access by non-residents. TOBAY was always a bargain for me
when I was growing up...only a couple dollars more than Jones Beach,
and a lot less crowded since it is resident restricted on summer
weekends and holidays.
Post by Ralph Herman
I agree that the movie set for the booths was probably the old
Mitchell Field base, which today includes the sites of the Nassau
Coliseum and Nassau Community College.