5. The Pavilion Lights Up Every Night

New York State Pavilion lit up green
Photo Courtesy of  NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

Thanks to a brand new lighting system, the New York State Pavilion will have a colorful glow every night of the week. After being tested in November of 2022, the lights went on for the first time on April 15, 2023. “Parks Green” is the color that was chosen for the inaugural display in honor of the New York City Parks Department.

The new lights are part of a $24 million restoration project which includes additional work such as stabilizing the structures, replacing deteriorated suspension cables and fixing the tower stairs, and more tasks. The pavilion will glowin different colored lights for holidays and special events.