WELCOME BACK TO THE ’64 FAIR
Anniversary events through October
PHOTO COURTESY RON MARZLOCK
The Unisphere was the central hub of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows. Behind it is the U.S. Pavilion and Shea Stadium. To the right rear is the Singer Bowl, now the USTA’s Louis Armstrong Stadium.
April 10, 2014
With the grandiose Unisphere and the hulking New York State Pavilion remaining as testaments to the fair, it’s hard not to imagine what it looked like when the area was covered with 150 pavilions, swarming with millions of visitors.
Robert Moses, president and creator of the fair, said that the Unisphere would remind future generations that “a pageant of surpassing interest and significance” once took place there. He was right, and to honor the memory of that massive undertaking, the city and other institutions are holding special events through October [when the fair closed for the season].
It is also the 75th anniversary of the 1939-40 World’s Fair at the fairgrounds.
Listed below is the most comprehensive schedule of programs available at this time. Additional events will be posted as they become available at Itsinqueens.com/worldsfair.
Exhibit: “The 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fair,” Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City, now through June 30, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Suggested donation: $5; free for GAHS members.
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