04/16/14 9:00am
The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Before it became a memory of the 90′s blockbuster Men in Black, the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park debuted as one of many attractions of the 1964 World’s Fair. With the 50th anniversary of this wonderful piece of New York City approaching on April 22nd, the City has decided to reopened the long-shuttered Pavilion for public access. On that Tuesday, between 11am and 2pm, enter the portal of the Tent of Tomorrow for this wonderful opportunity to time travel back half a century to explore an iconic New York City structure. You’ll even get a hard hat to wear for the visit!  (more…)

04/10/14 10:00am

Andy Warhol-Queens Museum-Queens-Corona Park-Untapped Cities-Art-Flushing Meadows-001Andy Warhol: Most Wanted Man No. 2, John Victor G. (Photo via Queens Museum)

This guy sure as hell is not as pretty as Marilyn Monroe. In 1964, the man pictured above, along with twelve other unfortunate souls who happened to be at the end of an NYPD mugshot camera, became the inspiration for an installation by a then up and coming artist named Andy Warhol.

Fifty years ago, before he became one of the world’s most influential and polarizing artists, Warhol sparked a small controversy during the construction of the 1964 NYC World’s Fair. On the exterior of the New York State Pavilion in Queens, Warhol installed enlarged mugshots of the man pictured above and twelve others; all taken from an NYPD booklet, featuring the most wanted criminals of 1962. The piece, titled 13 Most Wanted Men was put on display in April of 1964. While it was one of the many art displays commissioned for the fair, it was deemed offensive and was covered up with sliver paint before the fair opened. (more…)

04/10/14 9:00am

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Who would have guessed that the largest roadside restaurant in the United States was once right here in New York City? According to Highway Host, Howard Johnson’s Rego Park, Queens location was the largest Roadside restaurant in the U.S. when it was built in 1939. And believe it or not, it was quite luxurious!  (more…)

04/09/14 10:00am

3-Steinway Street IIISteinway Street in Astoria, Queens

The history of Steinway Street, running through Astoria, Queens, is deeply intertwined with the history of the piano maker Steinway and Sons. The street is also a central part of what is historically known as Steinway Village. Today, Steinway Street is a major shopping street with a vast array of stores. A stretch is also home to a micro-neighborhood dubbed Little Egypt.

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04/09/14 9:00am

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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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04/07/14 10:00am
Detail of a painting by Meres One

Detail of a painting by Meres One, who was curator and resident artist at 5 Pointz.

The iconic 5 Pointz building in Long Island City may have been painted over, but the artists can’t be silenced.  In the Whitewash show at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, members of the graffiti collective have voiced their thoughts and feelings after discovering that the beloved art center had been suddenly whitewashed overnight.

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