9. The New York State Pavilion Could Have Sunken into the Ground

Years after the World’s Fair, the New York Station Pavilion still commands a formidable presence. Had it not been for restoration efforts, however, the iconic structure could have succumbed to time. Charles Aybar, who worked on restoring the “Tent of Tomorrow” for the lessee of the building between 1964-74, posted the following to the nywf64.com message board:

I remember very clearly the park’s department had sent over engineers to look at the building every year for structural stability. According to their engineers, the building was ‘sinking 6 inches each year since being constructed;’ if this was true the building would be leveled by now! The Tent of Tomorrow was built as a temporary pavilion and was to be demolished thereafter.