Recap: Open House at the New York State Pavilion [PHOTOS]

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 at 3:00 pm by
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Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the New York State Pavilion. The national treasure and its UFO-looking towers debuted as part of the 1964 World’s Fair. The premises has been off limits to the public for decades, but this morning offered a brief window for all to enjoy. Alas, the gates are now closed.

Officials at the event noted that the Pavilion is now one of 44 National Treasures.

Our Queens correspondent sends us some beautiful images from the site. Apparently lines queued for about a mile, backing up to the zoo. Note the decorative geographic tiles. Those once lined the floor, but only four remain intact.

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The open house of sorts came courtesy of People for the Pavilion:

People for the Pavilion is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the New York State Pavilion in Queens, New York. We strongly believe in the inherent value of the structure as an iconic piece of New York’s history, as well as in its potential to provide a vibrant community space for the neighborhoods surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and for the greater New York City community.

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