As spring finally emerges from winter, the 50th Anniversary of the second year of the fair arrives tomorrow, April 21st. Although there are no plans for an organized celebration we encourage those local to the park to visit and celebrate in their own way. We are sure you will meet others roaming the park with maps and stories!
It’s hard to believe that one year full has passed since we made history in April 2014 with the first Open Gate on Opening Day event. Thousands of visitors had the opportunity to envision the past and the future of the pavilion. One such visitor had documented his visit and it conveys the feeling of the day. Please check it out, we love his account: http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/blog/worlds-fair-1964-new-york-state-pavilion-opened
On June 7, 2015 NYC Parks will once again host a celebration of the World's Fairs. We will be there so come out and say hi. Details of the day’s events have not been announced yet but we will post here as soon as we find out.
Happy New Year friends and supporters! We eagerly anticipate spring weather, although we've barely scratched the surface of winter. Cold weather may slow down our painting but it didn't keep us from tidying up a bit recently at the pavilion. We worked hard in freezing temperatures and rain; we are a dedicated bunch!
With the warmer weather, we will also be bringing you more news and information in regards to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the second season of the New York Worlds Fair. We hope to plan more events and participate in others throughout the year.
Come out to Flushing Meadows. It's a beautiful park with so much to offer, even in the winter months. Visit the Queens Museum, NY Hall of Science, Queens Botanical Gardens, the Queens Zoo and the other services the park offers. You would be taking in the rich history of Flushing Meadows by visiting the other fair legacies in the park, along with the NYSP!
We are all very excited to close out 2014, the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair and the New York State Pavilion. It was a banner year for the pavilion with three Open Gate events and the announcement that funds have been allocated to begin some restoration of the Towers.
Our third Open Gate this past weekend on October 19 was a hit. Although the crowds were small compared to the first two events, over 500 people visited the pavilion. That's close to 5000 people this year who went through the gates! It was an amazing Anniversary Celebration Year throughout the Park!
Our work continues. We will do what we can to get the pavilion ready for the winter, and hope to be back early spring to care for the structure however we can. Stay warm and we hope to see you next season!
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NY Worlds Fair first season closing, The New York State Pavilion Paint Project and NYC Parks present an Open Gate Event at the Pavilion on Sunday October 19th! The gates will open on a first come, first served basis at 12:30 PM and remain open until 5 PM.
The last two Open Gate Events were hugely successful and many did not have the opportunity to attend. Here’s your chance to visit during the historical anniversary year of the fair. Come see our displays and bring your camera to capture the splendor of this iconic structure from inside the Tent of Tomorrow. Hard hats will be provided at the gate and you can meet the volunteer crew that has been helping to maintain the structure and raise awareness for the past five years.
Afterward, don't miss Beatles tribute band, Yesterday and Today, at the Unisphere at 6PM for a free concert! Watch for future announcements about other happenings in the park that day. See you there and thanks again for your support!
As we all continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair, we are excited to share the following announcement from Ryan Ritchey, filmmaker of After The Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair. The film is now available for pre-order! But that's not the only news!
As a special thank you and exclusively for those who pre-order, the filmmakers created a collection of interview outtakes, photos, and other goodies you can access online.
So let’s all go on a journey through time, reliving the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, then take a fun look at how the fair still affects our lives today in everything from pop culture to technology, all the while knowing that your pre-order made a difference in the current state of the New York State Pavilion!
Please visit their web site for more information on the soon to be released film After The Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair and preview the first six minutes, you will not be disappointed! You may see some familiar names too! http://worldsfairmovie.com/
Hello Supporters! Great news out of the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz' Office! Funds have been allocated to begin work on the NYSP Observation Towers and the Pavilion's electrical system. Approximately $5.8 million has been budgeted to begin the process. We hope to stay close and involved in the process and hope we ALL had some hand in convincing the elected officials this is the right thing to do! The struggle is worth it. Thank you again for your support! http://nyspproject.com/announceKatz.png
Hello everyone! Another amazing day at the pavilion on May 18th, the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Flushing Meadows of the World's Fair hosted by NYC Parks. Many things to see and do and it felt like the Fair was alive once again!
We were again pleasantly surprised at the support from all the admirers of the pavilion! Approximately 2000 more people went through the gates to view the spectacular structure and the displays inside. We also had an information table (see photo) with a scale model set up outside the gates where many visitors stopped to chat and show their support. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion rounded out the tables outside the pavilion to share their efforts too. The pavilion looked proud!
We did get to meet a few supporters which we enjoy very much. We hope many here had the opportunity to visit. We do hope for more Open Gate events in the near future.
Thank you to all our supporters The work continues and watch for a new progress report coming soon!
Hello everyone! What an amazing day at the pavilion on April 22nd, the 50th anniversary of opening day. We were so surprised at the support from all the admirers of the pavilion, the park and the World's Fair. Approximately 2000people went through the gates for a glimpse. Much work went into the event and we finished as much of the painting as possible. There is more to do ad we won't let up! Thank you to all of our supporters. Here is the latest progress report fro the project and there is a link that will take you to all the press the event received. Look for future updates and possible pavilion related events! THANK YOU http://nyspproject.com/progress_report_for_the_new_yorkk.htm
Hello- We are back at work for the World's Fair Anniversary season. Much going on since the ring in of the New Year and we have made more progress.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has vowed not to tear down the pavilion! John and Mitch attended a press conference at the Queens Theatre where she declared her support in saving the structure. We also met some other officials at an anniversary meeting which led to an invitation to join the NYSP Task Force that Melinda set up. The first Task Force meeting certainly showed great support for the project.
We would like to tell those who may not yet know, that the New York State Pavilion Paint Project Crew along with NYC Parks, will be hosting an Open Gate Event at the pavilion on anniversary day, April 22, 2014. Fifty years to the day after the fair originally began it's two year run. Details can be found at http://nyspproject.org and also look for the link to the facebook event! We hope to see you there. More details and special guests will be forthcoming.
Bigger news- A recent meeting at the pavilion with elected officials and the media yielded positive responses and commitment from the Queens Borough President to save the building! Below are a few articles with what transpired. The paint crew co-founders attended and were personally thanked by the borough president and the park administrator for our hard work and dedication to our project! Also, People for the Pavilion were represented and are gaining momentum so please continue to support all the efforts going towards saving the structure. The uphill struggle continues but we have found support from many.
We end 2013 on a high note...WE REACHED GOAL! Which means we start off the new year with with a fighting chance to finish by the anniversary date of the opening of the fair in April 2014. Happy New Year to our supporters, friends and families!
Mitch and Crew
Our efforts have gone national! Yes, we are in the latest feature article for Preservation Magazine, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation based in Washington DC! Check it out http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/
We are still hopeful our efforts are just the start of seeing this building return as a useful destination for the community and more.
We recently spent some time at the pavilion doing more painting! Here is the latest Progress Report with info on the use of donations and pictures of the newest paint. Thank you for your continued support. Please help to spread the word!
This past Friday with an emergency visit to the pavilion, the graffiti on the wall was covered with fresh paint. We try not to let these vandals get the upper hand but they do put pressure on our precious supply of paint and materials. Please spread the word as we will be back to the pavilion soon to continue the project and will be in need of future paint purchases!
Thank you for your continued support!!
Graffiti was discovered on two outside sections of painted wall. Pictures are posted on the gofundme page. Unfortunately donated materials are needed to cover up these acts of vandalism. We had also discovered vandals got inside and dumped up to a gallon of yellow paint (luckily they kept it inside a messed up storage room and didn't harm previous painting efforts). We hope to have the graffiti covered by the weekend. We have decided to raise our goal to cover some of these additional expenses and to try to have enough paint to complete the project. Please continue to spread the word and thank you for your support!!
We have been on a short hiatus as the weather has not been human friendly of late! A heat wave and high humidity prevents us from painting. Last time we did the yellow paint was watery form the heat! We will be back soon and will have an update of the progress and use of materials. We have also been to the park keeping an eye on things and all is well. Thanks again for your support!!!
We are ready to secure more paint and will be making a bit more progress soon. We will be posting an update in the next few weeks with more photos and a progress report...keep an eye out and continue to help spread the word! Thank you.
We are at 76% of goal! Thank you again to those who have supported the project. There is a heatwave in town for the next several days which is not conducive to the project. We will be getting back to the pavilion soon to continue where we left off! Please spread the word so we can achieve our goal! Enjoy the summer...
We are just shy of 70% of goal. Thanks again for your support! We have been back to the pavilion for touch up and clean up. Besides painting we are attempting to clear debris to make the place look even better. More paint on the way soon and we will update you on the progress!
42% towards the goal! Thank you contributors! Please continue to spread the word. Nicer weather around the corner and the new season will be starting soon. The crew is anxious to get rolling (pun intended)!
We began 2014 on a high note...WE SURPASSED GOAL! This page will remain open for donations which will help us with future maintenance and touch up. So please continue to spread the word! We held a Open Gate event on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair in April! Two additional openings in May and October were very successful too. Still a bit more work is needed. Look for new progress reports as we continue the project. Thank you!
Please check out http://nyspproject.org and the media coverage of the event. Please note- No funds from this gofundme was used for any purpose other than purchasing paint and directly related materials for the maintenance and improvement of the structure.
We are a grass roots effort lending support to preserving an iconic structure remaining from the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York. We (John P.; Mitch S.; Stephanie B.; Gary M.; Jim B.; Tom B.; et. al.) have spent the past few years gathering donations of materials and paint to restore some dignity to the structure in hoping it raises awareness towards the restoration and reuse. We have just about completed the outside paint and intend to start the interior in the spring of 2013. Designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson it has fallen into disrepair over the years. It has more recently been seen in movies like Men in Black and Ironman 2, as well as TV on CSI:NY.
The 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair has arrived and thepavilin lookedgreat. There is more to do! The money raised will go towards red, white and yellow paint and associated materials. We estimate 130 gallon of the red, white and 3 yellow. Typical cost per gallon is approximately $35 but we hope to seek discounts from generous paint distributors and other private donations. Thank you!
The paint: Sherwin Williams A-100 Satin Show Stopper Red- 5 Gal Pails Sherwin Williams A-100 Satin Extra White- 5 Gal Pails Sherwin Williams Enamel Acrylic Latex High Gloss- Worlds Fair Yellow 1 Gal cans (formula available upon request)
For more information on this amazing building see these links:
If we have funds remaining after purchase of paint and material, the funds will be used to help secure the NYSP as to protect the efforts of its volunteers. Locks, clean-up, fence and gate repairs may be some of the items needed upon completion of the paint project. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of your gift.
Born 5 years after the end of the Fair but have admired the Pavilion since I was very little. From the car window it looked to me to be our very own ancient ruin. Looking forward to the day the Pavilion is restored to its old glory.
My mom passed away 3 weeks ago. She was a big philanthropist. This donation is in her honor, as she appreciated the arts and preserving history. It's because of my adoration for my friend Beverly Greenstein that I saw this opportunity and seized it. Good to see ordinary people doing extraordinary projects and bringing good things to the community (even though it's not my home state of PA) :)
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