2. The Structures Were Demolished

Photograph Courtesy of NYC Parks Archives

October 27, 1940 was the last day of the fair and the highest day of attendance with over 550,000 visitors. However, overall attendance lagged far behind the 1939 season and profits made in 1940 couldn’t make up for the debts of the previous year. Demolition of the fair site began the day after the gates closed. It is possible that parts of the Trylon and Perisphere were sold to make armaments for World War II.