7. The Unisphere

Unisphere in Flushing Meadows, one of the remnants of  the 1964 World's Fair in Queens

One of the most recognizable remnants of the 1964 World’s Fair is the Unisphere. Created as the centerpiece of the fair, it stands at the same spot where the 1939 Fair’s Trylon and Perisphere once stood, at the center of the radial street plan of the fairgrounds. The giant globe holds the title of being the largest representation of Earth on Earth!

The Unisphere was designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke. It is made of 350 tons of stainless steel and measures 120 feet in diameter. Capital cities of the world are marked by lights on the stainless steel structure and mountain ranges are shown in relief. Circling the globe are three orbital rings that represent the path of early satellites.