This is no April Fool’s joke: The New York State Pavilion re-opens later this month, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the World’s Fair. You’ll see firsthand how sad and neglected this Queens landmark has become, and perhaps be inspired to help save it.
It’s the first time in 27 years you’ll be able to tour the soaring concrete New York State Pavilion space, and then only for three hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and only on Tuesday, April 22nd. There are no reservations, and it’s FREE – just show up, hopefully wearing sturdy shoes.
Hardhats are required and will be provided by one of the volunteers from the New York State Pavilion Paint Project, who have been fighting to save the structure. They’ll also be answering questions and talk about the Pavilion’s past, present, and future, and help point out the most dramatic photo ops.
The structure is within Flushing Meadow Park, and the NYC Parks Dept. doesn’t have the estimated $50 million it would cost to renovate or restore it.
photo courtesy New York State Pavilion Paint Project
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