Photo: Frank Campione, CREATE Architecture Planning & Design

New York Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Park, Queens

The New York State Pavilion was built by Philip Johnson & Richard Foster Architects for the 1964 World’s Fair. It consists of three main components: a plaza surrounded by steel columns with a mosaic map of the state on the floor, a circular theater where a 360-degree film was shown during the fair, and three observation towers, the tallest measuring 250 feet.

There have been various attempts to save the New York Pavilion. The Queens Theater took over the circular theater in 1989 and continues to operate there. However, the parks department, which is responsible for the site, rejected an elaborate plan to convert other structures into an air and space museum. The plan had considerable support, including the backing of Philip Johnson.

Today, the structures are rusting and falling apart. The mosaic tile map of New York is open to the elements and destroyed in many places.

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