Image via Matthew Silva, from A Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion
- Discover the hidden-in-plain-sight remnants of the 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fairs with playwright and Untapped Cities tour guide, Justin Rivers
- Visit the monument to a 5000-year time capsule
- View the original guidebooks from each of the World’s Fairs
- Get a comprehensive history of the past, present, and future of Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, with Insider information from our partners involved with the preservation of the New York State Pavilion
- Each guest will receive reproductions of World’s Fair Maps from both 1939 and 1964
- Price: $35 per person
- What to know: The tour is all outdoors. If you choose to drive, free parking is available. The tour is 1.5 hours long. Please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes. Please note that this tour will not enter inside the New York State Pavilion. Please become an Untapped Cities Insider to also visit inside the Pavilion later this year. No cancellations or refunds.
- What to wear: Comfortable walking shoes, outdoor attire, camera (if desired)
MORE ABOUT THE TOUR
Didn’t make it to the 1939/40 or 1964/65 World’s Fairs? Well here’s your chance. This tour will uncover numerous remnants of both fairs, with a focus on the hidden time capsules, the Fountain of the Planets, the Unisphere, and the historic New York State Pavilion. And if you did attend back in the day, revisit the park and add color by telling us your story!
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has lived many lives from marshy tidal wetlands to an early 20th Century ash dump, to the site of not one, but two World’s Fairs. This tour explores the past, present, and future of this 900 acre park which was an obsession of the late “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Join playwright, author, and Untapped Cities Tour guide, Justin Rivers as he leads you on a journey through Flushing Meadows’ many unnoticed treasures.
The tour ends at the Queens Museum where the New York Panorama, a 1964 World’s Fair remnant is on hand for viewing. It’s a must-see for any New Yorker or anyone visiting New York.
The Robert Moses mosaic at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Image via Flickr: Edenpictures
Image via NYPL