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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.

In the first photograph you can see the AMF monorail that was running for the fair, looking particularly futuristic because of its suspended system. The New York State Pavilion is in the distance and you can see just the top of the landmarked Unisphere behind the crowds.

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Getting closer to the New York Pavilion, here’s a closeup of the dual rail I-Beam monorail. Facebook commenter Helmut Eppich writes, today there are “humps swelling up from the ground at the lake area near the highways. Apparently, those large humps are the monorail support pylon foundations. Or what’s left.”

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The series ends with a look at the Tent of Tomorrow and what’s left. The original had a colorful fiberglass roof, that was smashed in the 1970s which then hastened the destruction of the polished terrazzo Texaco road map on the floor.

One thing that didn’t exist then but does now are the trees…

The north gate of the Pavilion will be opened between 11 AM and 2 PM on April 22nd. No RSVPs are required, hardhats will be provided.

 1964 World’s Fair, Corona Park, Flushing, Flushing Meadows, New York State Pavilion, queens

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  1. Joel Bader Reply

    Weren’t there plans at one time to connect Manhattan with La Guardia and Kennedy (then known as Idlewild) with monorail systems? I recall reading something about it in an end-of-the-20th century series which ran in Newsday online, if I’m not mistaken. The newspaper had an illustration of the never-built monorail which resembled the monorail ride at the 1964-65 World’s Fair.

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