4. The Observation Towers

World's Fair Towers, a remnant of  the 1964 World's Fair in Queens

Three concrete Observation Towers were another part of the New York State Pavilion. During the fair, the tallest tower, which was also the tallest point in the fair at 226 feet, served as an observation deck. It was accessed by the “Sky Streak capsule,” an elevator that took guests to the top for a magnificent view of New York City. The two shorter towers housed cafeterias.

Abandoned after the fair, the Towers had a starring role in the 1997 film Men in Black. The structures will be getting some love in the current restoration project as workers waterproof the tower bases, replace stairs, conduct electrical upgrades, and perform structural conservation work.