• "Life Of An American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion" Opens in Brooklyn

    September 13, 2016

    Kodachrome of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair (taken in 1965).

    photo by: ElectroSpark archives/Steve Fasnacht

    In August, the Queens Museum hosted a month-long exhibition about the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition we held earlier this year, but now the Pavilion is getting the spotlight again, in Brooklyn.

    From September 29-January 15, "Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion" will be open to the public at The City Reliquary Museum (opening reception on October 1). According to Untapped Cities, this ambitious project "will feature a number of displays, including archival images from Bill Cotter of worldsfairphotos.com, memorabilia from The Museum of Interesting Things, and photographs by Phil Buehler, Marco Catini, and Robert Fein."

    Further, the exhibit asks an important question about balancing reinvention with restoration:

    "Strolling through the exhibition, visitors will get the opportunity to see the structure during its heyday at the World’s Fair, as well as in its present, ruined state. While vintage photos do exist online, the exhibition specifically asks viewers to consider the importance of ruins in the modern age, and whether or not an architectural icon should be reinvented to fit in the current cultural landscape."

    Visit The City Reliquary Museum for more information about the exhibit and details about the October 1 opening reception and film screening of "Modern Ruin." Also, check out Untapped Cities for their coverage of the exhibit.


  • Celebrating the World's Fair

    October 21, 2014

    What an anniversary it has been!

    For the past six months, Queens has commemorated the 1964-65 World's Fair, which brought tens of millions of people to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park exactly 50 years ago. This weekend, that celebration wrapped up with tours of the New York State Pavilion, a concert, and a sprawling scavenger hunt almost half a century to the day the history-making event shut its gates.

    Braving the chilly fall weather, a small team from the National Trust canvassed the entire festival area — clipboards and Pavilion swag in hand. Since announcing the New York Station Pavilion as a National Treasure on April 22 (the day the World's Fair began in 1964), we have collected over 5,000 signatures on our petition calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio to continue making the restoration of the Pavilion a priority. This past weekend, we added several hundred more names to that tally, and we could not be more thrilled with the outpouring of local support.

    If you haven't already, please join our campaign by signing today.

  • Long Neglected, Lakes and Ponds in City Parks Will Get Some Attention

    October 7, 2014

    Excerpt from The New York Times:

    It is the largest lake in New York City, a historic salt marsh that was flooded when Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was fashioned from a former ash dump to host the 1939 World’s Fair.

    But while years of effort and millions of dollars have gone toward cleaning up the city’s major waterways, like the Hudson and Bronx Rivers, city officials and parks advocates have paid less attention to Meadow Lake and the four dozen other lakes and ponds scattered across the parkland.

    Read the full story >>


  • An Important First Step in Pavilion Restoration

    July 15, 2014

    It’s an exciting time for the New York State Pavilion! Just last week, it was announced that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and the New York City Council have allocated $5.8 million towards the New York State Pavilion to begin restoration. Though the exact use of this money has not yet been determined, it will most likely involve electrical and structural improvements to the iconic towers. You can catch the full story in these New York Times and New York Daily News articles.

    This is a significant first step towards saving the Pavilion and we encourage you to thank Mayor de Blasio for his support and ask that he continue to make the rehabilitation of the Pavilion a priority of his administration. We are very excited about this development, but is it crucial to remember that while $5.8 million is a strong start, the National Trust is advocating that this landmark be fully restored and reused, a solution that will cost roughly $72 million in total.

    We also want to offer a note of congratulation to our local partner, People for the Pavilion, who received an honorary Social Media in Travel and Tourism (SMITTY) Award from Travel + Leisure Magazine. They also have a major event coming up on August 1, 2014: Pavilion Day with the Mets.

    Check back in again soon for more Pavilion updates!

  • In The News - Where the Masai met Mickey Mouse: happy 50th birthday to the New York State Pavilion

    June 2, 2014

    Excerpt from The Guardian

    "Fifty years on... there are calls to breathe new life into the collapsing corpse of the New York State Pavilion, with Kellberg's book and a documentary film by Matthew Silva on the way. "There is growing support to see the structure revived," says Salmaan Khan of People for the Pavilion, set up to campaign for its revival. Melinda Katz, Queens' borough president, has formed a taskforce dedicated to preserving the pavilion, although funds are the big question. It will cost around $40m (£24m) just to stabilise the structure. Still, there is no danger of it being torn down: it is on the National Register for Historic Places, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently declared it a national treasure."

    Read the full story >>

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