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We’re going to venture a guess that even the NYC Parks Department was unprepared for the sheer number of people excited to catch a glimpse of the long-closed, and deteriorating New York Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair today. While press got early access (the only time we gladly relished the opportunity), the public lines stretched around the pavilion, across the elevated walkway over Grand Central to the Queens Zoo.

Thus far, we’ve been privy to Abandoned NYC’s haunting photos of the Philip Johnson structure, vintage photos that brought us back to the future, and a great mash-up of then & now images. Stepping into the space today, we were reminded of the more mundane things that have been left behind: signage reproduced from the time when it was a very active space for a short period of time.

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The long vacant New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be open to the public briefly on April 22nd, the actual date of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair. In anticipation, the Facebook page People for the New York State Pavilion has been busier than ever. We came across these great before/after photographs by Robert Fein, a member of the page and student at Queensborough Community College. Taken in gloomy weather, the then and now images particularly highlight the state of deterioration at the site.

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The New York City hot dog, best served street side doused in ketchup and mustard, is both gritty and served quickly—indeed an emblem of the city itself. Each urban space and culture around the world develops its own street food, from currywurst in Berlin to porchetta sandwiches in Rome. In many instances street food is one of the most authentic and accessible foods one can eat in a foreign country, presenting culinary traditions adopted to modern urban centers.

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Queens Jazz Trail Untapped Cities fun maps

When people talk about jazz history in New York City, they usually talk about Harlem and Greenwich Village. Indeed, Harlem was full of jazz clubs in the 1920s, like the Apollo and the Cotton Club. But if you were going to trace jazz back to its true home, you’d have to go to Queens, where many of the musicians who performed in Manhattan’s clubs lived. The Queens Jazz Trail Map by Ephemera Press was commissioned by Flushing Town Hall to show the homes of jazz legends and places of interest for jazz fans.  (more…)

While “architecture” and Flushing are not two words that are normally associated, we hope you’ll be surprised to find quite a range of unique buildings and structures, ranging from an abandoned movie theater, a wooden Quaker Meeting house, stately government buildings, and the remains of the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.

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Throughout the past several decades, Flushing, Queens has become one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic Chinese diasporas outside of Asia, even within New York City itself.  Flushing can be quite daunting to the outsider who’s not familiar with the area or traditional Chinese cuisine. Fortunately, after many visits through the bustling streets, seemingly endless restaurants, and surrounding parks, we have put together a day long walking guide to help give you a taste of the food, sightseeing attractions, and culture. Read on after for this guide for the top architectural sites in Flushing.

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