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 GatsbyThe 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:

Tour the Remnants of the World’s Fairs at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

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  1. The Mets Hall of Fame and Museum gave this Yankee fan a good laugh…it was only added AFTER Met fans complained that CitiField was basically a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers, and had nothing in that honored the home team. Thus, it gave the Dodgers TWO home stadiums.

    An embarrassed Met owner Jeff Wilpon dusted off the plaques of the long moribund Met Hall of Fame and added a few new victims — I mean honorees — and created the Mets Museum.

    First time I went to CitiField, I scrutinized the plaques and cracked up at the sight of Tug McGraw’s having a misspelled word. If I’d done that when I was associate editor their house magazine “Inside Pitch,” back in the 1980s (they fired me on when they sold the paper to “Baseball America” in 1985, another reason why I don’t root for the Mets any more), I would have been flogged as pre-game entertainment.

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