Image via worldsfairphotos.com: Bill Cotter
Built for the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion is a major focal point of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, it brought millions of people together under its “Tent of Tomorrow” to celebrate culture, technology and the achievements of mankind. Even in its current state, the Pavilion – with its circular theater, three observations towers, and 100-foot high, elliptical ring – is a sight that’s hard to miss.
There has been plenty attention on the New York State Pavilion in recent years, which has sparked a formidable preservation movement that has not only prevented its demolition thus far, but also helped usher in much needed upgrades and public access events. Now, the City Reliquary Museum will hold an exhibition devoted exclusively to the monumental structure, opening on September 29th.
Wall Street in the Stockade Historic District in Kingston
There’s something to be said about a city whose mayor gives historical kayaking tours in his spare time. Kingston, the latest “it” city in the Hudson Valley, is a showcase on how to seamlessly meld historical and hip. Preserved Dutch homes sit side by side with street art murals painted on former industrial buildings, and there’s a palpable buzz from the economic revival going on, much of which centers around the arts and food. But it’s a city that also never forgets its roots – with three landmarked historic districts and shipyards that are still active. It’s no surprise that New Yorkers, particularly Brooklynites, are flocking there in droves, perhaps looking for a version of New York City that once was.
Image via Brooklyn Bridge Park by Etienne Frossard
Once a bustling commerce site and entry point for immigrants, Brooklyn Bridge Park has since transformed into one of New York City’s most visited tourists attractions, boasting six piers and a wide array of recreational facilities. Today, visitors and locals alike revel in the panoramic views of the iconic skyline while strolling along the park’s famous promenade. It’s easy to be distracted by such a sight since Brooklyn Bridge Park does offer the perfect backdrop for photographs. However, it also holds a rich and fascinating history that’s worth exploring.
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Just before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, plans to build a performing arts center at the World Trade Center site are moving full speed ahead. Propelled by a $75 million dollar donation from billionaire Ronald O. Perelman in June, officials recently revealed the new design of the complex, and announced singer Barbra Streisand’s election as the chairwoman of the board on Thursday.
In 2015, artist Ingrid Burrington released a handy illustrated pocket guide to the cryptic symbols you see spray painted on the city’s streets. She raised money for its publication on Kickstarter (our team eagerly bought a copy) and the attention over the project led to a new edition under Melville House Publishing, titled Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure which was just released on August 30th.
Aerial view of Randalls and Wards Islands. Image via Wikimedia Commons by Roy Googin
Robert Caro, author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, once referred to the Triborough Bridge (known officially as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) as “a traffic machine.” This nickname could not be more suited to the superstructure. Regarded as one of the most significant achievements of the Public Works Administration, R.F.K. Bridge is comprised of a complex of three bridges that connect the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. Thousands of commuters speed over its roadways every day. Yet, despite its renown, it still holds many secrets.