Fifty years ago today on April 22, 1964 the New York World's Fair opened its' first day celebrating the lifestyle of the exciting jet set age rumored to come. As reported by the New York State Pavilion Paint Project a tease of the excitement exploding on that thrilling day will be felt by those fortunate to be able to take a step inside the New York Sate Pavilion. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 22, 2014 for the first time in 27 years folks will be able to take an up close rare glance of the past that gave hope for the future.
The New York State Pavilion Paint Project is using the World's Fair anniversary as an opportunity to raise awareness and donations for their effort to restore the structures. All visitors will be given a hard hat before entering inside the Pavilion's “Tent of Tomorrow” for a unique photo opportunity. Once inside one will view the still amazing map of New York State designed and crafted using beautiful terrazzo mosaic panels. New York City worked to keep the structures intact after the Fair but unfortunately money ran out in the 1970's forcing the authorities to close the decaying structures. Fortunately the city also ran out of money slated to demolish the structures as well.
The 1964-65 World's Fair is still remembered every day from afar by all passing Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY as they drive to and from work, school and activities. From miles away the one can view the Unisphere along with the New York State Pavilion featuring the “Tent of Tomorrow” and the towers that once lifted the many visitors in glass elevators to take in the views of New York from above. When enjoying the park, World's Fair remnants sit in plain sight as if treasures waiting to be rediscovered. The painters working to bring back the rusty New York State Pavilion hopefully is just the beginning of exciting restored New York World's Fair structures to come.
With the work of those dancing to restore the historic structures, the New York World's Fair of 50 years ago continues to give hopes for an amazing future.