Looking 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.
Remnants of the VIP deck’s (first deck) sliding glass doors
View of old elevator doors
51 year old staircase with stairs that have rotted away
Looking down the elevator shaft from third deck
Looking 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)
Looking down through the elevator shaft into the Tent of Tomorrow
View down one of the staircases from second deck to third deck
Looking back at the staircase that you first climb to the first deck
View of Unisphere from first deck
View of Unisphere from second deck
Looking 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.