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New York State Pavilion

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1964 Worlds Fair pavilion designed by Philip Johnson

Place Details

Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Flushing
Business and Industry, Gathering Place

Place Matters Profile

April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the exposition showcased America’s economic and technological prowess. Exhibits that now sound whimsically futuristic included Ford’s Magic Skyway, IBM’s multi-media “Information Machine” show, GE’s Progressland pavilion, Du Pont’s "Wonderful World of Chemistry” musical, General Motors Futurama, and Bell Telephone System’s Picturephone. Twin themes, “Peace Through Understanding,” and “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe,” resonated with popular concerns over social and political upheavals of the 1960s, and the fair debuted the latest technologies of the burgeoning space and information age (like the computer), which optimistically promised a better, more logical, future.

Few of the fair’s fantastical structures remain to remind us of the spirit of the event, and while the iconic Unisphere was rehabbed in 1993 and designated a New York City landmark in 1995, Philip Johnson’s New...

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Matthew Silva

The New York State Pavilion is more than just building, it is an icon and a symbol of the city. It is a part of the collective memory of the people who have lived here and passed through Queens for the past 50 years. Queens would not be Queens without it. (February 2014)


Website : http://www.nyspavilion.org/

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