New York State Pavilion Preservation

$6,436 of $3,400 goal

Raised by 113 people in 47 months
Mitch Silverstein  FLUSHING, NY

We began 2014 on a high note...WE SURPASSED GOAL! This fundraising effort has remained open for donations which helps us with future maintenance and touch up. Thank you for your continued support and please spread the word! 

We held our first Open Gate event on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964-65 NY World/s Fair in April 2014 and two additional openings in May and October that year which were very successful.

2015 was also a great year for the pavilion. More events, more recognition, money for the towers and the amazing painting of the crown by the Structural Steel Painters Association and Union members.

Look for new progress reports as we continue our  project and support other efforts into 2016. Thank you!


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.; Ed G.; 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 completed the outside paint and started 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 had arrived in April 2014 and the pavilin looked great. We have since hosted several successful open ngate events at the pavilion. However, there is more to do! The money raised will go towards red, white and yellow paint and associated materials. Typical cost per gallon is approximately $35-45 but we hope to seek discounts from generous paint distributors and other private donations. Thank you!

Check out and the media coverage of our events. 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.


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.

Thank you!

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Update 42
Posted by Mitch Silversten
4 months ago
Hello supporters,

Its been a fairly quiet season at the site of the pavilion so far but a busy season raising awareness for the future!

The Ideas Competition presented by the National Trust and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz finished with the announcement of the winners a few days ago. The submissions covered a wide range of ideas from the practical to the whimsical. Check out the winners and all the other entries here:

Although the winning design will not be used as a scheme for renovating the pavilion, the purpose of the competition was very successful in bringing attention to the structure from all over the world.

The interest is gaining momentum and we hope to see progress in the work slated for the towers beginning soon.

Our crew has been busy keeping watch over the pavilion. Earlier this summer it was hit by vandals and an interior wall was covered with graffiti. Luckily we were on-site shortly after and got it covered up quickly!

Our project continues with plans to soon get back to painting and maintenance. The early summer was all rain and the mid summer was all heat! We are hoping for some good working weather.

Keep an eye out for an announcement later this season, We are hoping to be able to open the gates again in October. Nothing concrete yet but we will let you know first if it will happen.

Thank you again for supporting our project and our partners in helping the New York State Pavilion have a bright future!

The Crew
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Update 41
Posted by Mitch Silversten
5 months ago
Hello Supporters!

Please try to make it out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the “Only in Queens Summer Festival” on Sunday June 26th!

The paint crew will be hosting another Open Gate event at the New York State Pavilion! Come on by, say hello and check out our displays.

Looking back at this gofundme campaign we are very grateful for the contributions from all of you. Our original goal was well exceeded. We believe the original event on April 22, 2014 which drew huge crowds on a Tuesday morning was a milestone and turning point for the pavilion. We worked extremely hard for years to make the pavilion presentable to the world. We could not have done it without your support then and your continued support. Thank you again. Be proud you are a part of the success.

With the crown painted, money allocated for the towers and the Ideas Competition in its home stretch, attention has not waned for the pavilion. We hope to see continued progress and success even if it is one baby step at a time.

We will be out there again this season doing what we can to maintain the structure. We have had a late start this year for several reasons but especially all that rainy weather. We will update our progress and seek more contributions to help soon. Check out our new reward structure!

Thanks again and we hope to see you on the 26th!

The Crew
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Update 40
Posted by Mitch Silversten
6 months ago
Hello Supporters!

The New York State Pavilion Paint Project will once again be hosting an Open Gate Event at the New York State Pavilion. Sunday June 26, 2016 is the “Only in Queens Summer Festival” and the gates will be open from 1-5 PM. If you are in the area please come say hello and enjoy many of the other festivities that will be going on in the park that day. Great fun to be had by all! Please see the Facebook event listing here:

Also, on Thursday June 9, 2016, the Queens Theatre will be hosting an outdoor screening of Matthew Silva’s documentary “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion.” Bring a chair or a blanket. The event starts at 8PM and is free! Please go here for more information and a cool interview with Matthew:

If you have not yet checked out the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition site, you are missing out on quite a variety of amazing ideas! Please visit and vote for your favorites:
(hint: Vote for our co-founder, Mitch Silverstein’s idea…)

We have not gotten out to the pavilion often this season as it has rained most weekends, but we think the season has arrived and we will do our best this year to maintain and advocate for our favorite structure!

Check out our new rewards for donating to our project too.

We thank you for your support!

The Paint Crew
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Update 39
Posted by Mitch Silversten
8 months ago
Hello Supporters,

The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition is underway! Please check out the following link:

Presented by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, People for the Pavilion and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

YOU can submit your own ideas! It's open to anyone in the world over the age of 13. Just follow some simple rules for submission and your idea will be posted for all to see.

Judges will select first, second and third place winners with cash rewards and there will be a fan favorite selection chosen by your votes!

Please check it out and help continue to raise awareness for the pavilion.

(While you are over there vote for Mitch's idea. His was the first submission at the bottom of the page!)

Spring is upon us so look for fresh updates soon as the Paint Crew continues to raise awareness and support by maintaining and improving the pavilion!

Thank you!
The Crew
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James Voketaitis
45 months ago

A good cause

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$6,436 of $3,400 goal

Raised by 113 people in 47 months
Created January 05, 2013
Jeanine Shama
12 months ago
Fred Stern
13 months ago

Mitch, you, and your team have done a fantastic job toward the restoration of the NY State Pavilion. Your efforts, have also brought the pavilion into the limelight, for not only the public, but the to the people that can make this happen.

13 months ago
Joann Garrido
13 months ago

It's so encouraging to see that so many people care for this pavilion and that work is underway to restore it. Here's hoping this helps the good work to continue. I come from New York and the NYSP is a part of my life.

Doug Drexler
14 months ago

Hi Mitch! Thanks for all you do!

Erik Delfino
17 months ago

Thank you so much for your efforts!

Irina Loizzo
18 months ago
Salmaan Khan
20 months ago

You guys rock!

Trey Callaway
21 months ago

Just wanted to kick in for some Spring Cleaning when you guys finally thaw out your brushes and go back to work! John, Mitch, et al-- THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR AMAZING DEDICATION AND EFFORT!

Stevan LaBonte
22 months ago

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.

James Voketaitis
45 months ago

A good cause

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