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!