The New York State Pavilion was constructed for the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Designed by architect Philip Johnson (born 1906), the “Tent of Tomorrow” measures 350 feet by 250 feet, with sixteen 100-foot columns suspending a 50,000 square-foot roof of multi-colored panels. The popular exhibit for the state of New York also held three towers, measuring 60 feet, 150 feet, and 226 feet. The two shorter towers held cafeterias for the fair, and the tallest tower, as the highest point of the fair, held an observation deck. Fair visitors ascended the towers in the “Sky Streak” capsule elevators.
I hate that it’s abandoned. I love historic places like this and I think it’s such a shame to be left to decay like this!
Same photo as above but converted to B&W. I love the color version above but the B&W adds to that feel of abandonment.
You may remember in the 1997 film Men in Black, the observatory towers are revealed to contain the ships used by the first extra-terrestrials to visit Earth. The World’s Fair was organized to cover up the evidence of their landing (“Why else would they hold it in Queens?” says Agent K).
The last place we visited was Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, along the Queens side of the East River where we got a nice great at the NYC skyline.
I saw up-close what was left of the iconic Pepsi Cola sign:
And look out at the skyline at the end of the pier.
These are my kind of clouds!!
Thanks Brian, I had a great day! 😀
I appreciate you showing me around YOUR city.
Next time you can come to Jersey and you can pretend to like it along with the pizza!
And it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do a “me at” photo. So this is “me at” the Unisphere: