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New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-002Looking towards the Tent of Tomorrow from the first deck

Robert Fein is one of the passionate members of the 3000+ group People for the New York State Pavilion on Facebook, supporting the preservation of the wonderfully Space Age structures in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park by Philip Johnson. In our previous coverage of this unique architectural landmark, we featured Fein’s then and now photographs of the pavilion when it was in use for the World’s Fair of 1964 compared to the deterioration state captured earlier this year. Now, he’s shared with us new photographs from inside the observation towers (made famous in Men in Black), following up an earlier exploration done by an Untapped Cities contributor.

The captions for the photographs are by Fein himself, who hopes his photographs, and the work by the other supporters, will raise more awareness for saving the pavilion.

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-004Remnants of the VIP deck’s (first deck) sliding glass doors

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-003View of old elevator doors

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-00951 year old staircase with stairs that have rotted away

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-010 Looking down the elevator shaft from third deck

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-005Looking out of one of the slits/openings in the tower. (Note the lights on the top of each pillar that were never taken downfrom the fair)

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-007Looking down through the elevator shaft into the Tent of Tomorrow

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-011View down one of the staircases from second deck to third deck

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYCLooking back at the staircase that you first climb to the first deck

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-001 View of Unisphere from first deck

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-006 View of Unisphere from second deck

New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-008Looking through another slit going up to the third deck

Last year, the Parks Department opened up the Tent of Tomorrow to showcase some of the rehabilitation work that is being done, see the photographs from inside here. In addition, you can read about how the Pavilion stacks up in terms of its landmark status.

4 Comments

  1. donna says:

    i remember riding my bike around the whole park, i use to live in walking distance to shea stadium. i use swim by the globe i had so much fun there. Im so glad they are going to be saved.

  2. Tony P says:

    These remind me of the old fuel structures off the LIE in Rego Park(?) Queens. They were landmarks of a sort even though there was no beauty or nostalgia. Lets hope they stand.

  3. Dennis says:

    The current appearance may cause you to say just tear it down. But I was there when it was new. If it is sound enough to be restored it would be a great attraction.

    My brother and I were young kids and we WANTED to see it.
    I know other kids at the time wanted to visit the top levels as well . It stands to reason it would still have similar wide appeal if the money could be found to restore it.
    Dennis

    • john oliveri says:

      I RECALL SEEING THESE TOWERS FOR THE FIRST TIME, UP CLOSE, 1974, WHEN I WAS 13, ALWAYS HELD MY ATTENTION, RODE MY MINI BIKE AROUND THEM AS A KID, GLAD TO HEAR THAT THEY ARE GONNA BE SAVED, WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO BE A EATERY OF SOME SORT, THE VIEWS & NOSTALGIA WOULD BE INCREDIBILE

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