2. Citi Field Sits on the Former World’s Fair Sites
Map of the 1939 World’s Fair, photo courtesy Justin Rivers
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was the site of two World’s Fairs built atop the former Corona ash dump, immortalized as the “Valley of Ashes” in literature by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The site that Citi Field is on was a parking lot in both the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs, bounded much like today by the 7 train (IRT Flushing Line), the parking lot, Grand Central Parkway and the World’s Fair’s Marina. In 1939, that parking lot was named the Roosevelt Avenue Parking Field.
You can discover more on our popular tour of the remnants of the World’s Fairs, where we cover The Mets remnants at the top of the tour: