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Thursday, April 24, 2014

New York World's Fair

The 1954-1965 World's Fair is in the news again.  The Fair opened 50 years ago, after all.

The New York State Pavilion was a magnificent part of the Fair.

Here it is in its heyday:

Yes, those towers, which once held a restaurant with a view of all 5 boroughs of NYC, were "alien spacecraft" in the first Men in Black movie.

Back in the late 80's, there was an exhibit at the Queens Museum celebrating the Fair, and Drew and I went to the exhibit.  Afterwards, we walked around the New York State Pavilion, and looked at the map of the state that took up the entire floor...except that it was in serious disrepair.

And now you can't go to the Pavilion at all, it's in such a state.  Visitors were allowed to tour the place on the 22nd, the 50th anniversary of the Fair's opening, but had to wear hard hats.

So sad they let the place decay like that!

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